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Ashton native and Illinois educator of year to speak

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – Ashton native Josh Stumpenhorst, last year’s Illinois Teacher of the Year, will speak during a free program April 13 at Sauk Valley Community College, 173 state Route 2.

“Education Around the World” will take place during the college’s annual Child Fair. The program will start at 9:30 a.m. in room 1K4, with poster displays of teaching methods used in various countries. An international appetizer buffet will start at 2 p.m.

Stumpenhorst, a sixth-grade teacher at Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville, will be the keynote speaker. He will talk from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. about ideas and methods to use in the classroom. He is credited with starting “Innovation Days,” used in classrooms around the country and the world. During Innovation Days, students plan their own learning for a day, find resources to accomplish their goals, and must produce a final product or evidence.

Email Phi Theta Kappa advisers Amy Jakobsen at or Shelly Barkely at for more information.

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