Carol Harding Lecture Series at the
17th Annual Children’s Summer Institute

School to Prison OR Cradle to Career?
Imagining a Different Pipeline

Why not a “ cradle to career” instead of “school to prison” pipeline? What is the school to prison pipeline, and how and why did it evolve? What has the impact been in Chicago on childhood, children’s futures, and communities? To what extent is implicit bias at work? What can we do differently to confront the challenges faced in the schools by children, their families, and our communities?

Join us for this one-day multidisciplinary program exploring current responses and new directions for lawyers, social workers, educators, law enforcement, psychologists, and child advocates to better serve children in our communities and our schools and move us toward a cradle to career pipeline.

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About the Children’s Summer Institute

The Children’s Summer Institute is an interdisciplinary program for social workers, educators, lawyers, psychologists, child development specialists, and child advocates.

The Lecture Series is offered as part of a weeklong law and graduate student seminar convened by Civitas ChildLaw Center, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and Erikson Institute.

For more information on the weeklong course, please contact Anita Weinberg at (312) 915-6482 or [email protected].

Carol Harding Lecture Series agenda

Monday, May 18  
8:30 a.m. Registration
8:45 a.m.− 9 a.m. Welcome
9 a.m.– 10 a.m. Theory and History of the Pipeline
Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds, St. Thomas University School of Law
10 a.m.–11 a.m. Local Impact of the Pipeline

  • Karen Van Ausdal, Executive Director, Social and Emotional Learning, Chicago Public Schools
  • Mariame Kaba, Founder and Director, Project NIA
11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m. What Children Bring to School
Professor Anita Thomas, School of Education, Loyola University Chicago


  • Eddie Bocanegra, Co-Executive Director, Youth Safety & Violence Prevention, YMCA Metro Chicago
  • Anne Studzinski, Managing Director, Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition
12:30 p.m.–1:15 p.m. Lunch
Maya Schenwar, Author, Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better
1:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m. How Schools and Communities Respond to What Children Bring with Them to School: Implicit Bias and the Pressures of the School Environment

Implicit Bias Mini-Lecture and Moderator:
Professor Anita Thomas


  • Jadine Chou, Chicago Public Schools Chief Safety and Security Officer
  • Jessica Stovall, Classroom Teacher and Fulbright Scholar
  • Professor Pam Fenning, School of Education, Loyola University Chicago
2:40 p.m.−4:15 p.m. Collaborative Approaches to Supporting a Cradle to Career “Pipeline”

  • Jadine Chou, Chicago Public Schools Chief Safety and Security Officer
  • Rob Spicer, Consultant, Restorative Strategies Vanessa Westley, Project Manager, City of Chicago
  • Professor Erica Meiners, Northeastern Illinois University
4:15 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Closing

Professional development credits

This program is offered free of charge to attendees who do not wish to receive MCLE, CEU or CPDU credit.

The following professional development credits are available:


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For more information, contact Emily Forestieri at (312) 915-6481 or [email protected].