Illinois Champions leaders inspired to create superheroes

“There are superheroes all around us and [children] have the potential to be superheroes.”
~ Dr. Guy Schumacher, Libertyville School District 70 superintendent

Champions students created artwork for a reception hosted after the first day of the conference.

Champions students created artwork for a reception hosted after the first day of the conference.

Superheroes weren’t always superheroes. They had something that sparked them. This was the message from keynote speaker Dr. Guy Schumacher, superintendent of Libertyville, Ill., School District 70, at the 29th annual Illinois AfterSchool Spring Conference. At this year’s conference, sponsored by Champions, Dr. Schumacher shared the “wheel” that he uses to drive his district. The six skills on his wheel include communicating, working on teams, self-direction, solving problems, using technology, and making connections. Dr. Schumacher pointed out that all superheroes use these skills.

During his keynote Dr. Schumacher described how amazed he is when he walks into Champions programs and encouraged all conference attendees to invite him into their classrooms. He charged Champions to integrating the six skills from his wheel into their programs and to make a difference, “…because that is what superheroes do.”

Later on during the conference, Dr. Schumacher presented Curtis Peace, Jr., executive director of the Illinois AfterSchool Network (IAN), with his own red superhero cape. Curtis expressed his gratitude to Dr. Schumacher for appreciating IAN from an educator’s perspective.

“We are all serving children,” he said.

The first day of the conference ended with a reception displaying artwork created by Champions students around the theme of showcasing future professionals. Champions Area Manager Paula Short hosted the reception.

Champions leaders join Illinois AfterSchool Executive Director (second from right) during the confernce.

Champions leaders join Illinois AfterSchool Network Executive Director Curtis Pace, Jr. (second from right) during the conference.

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