Freeport High School Student Named to State Initiative Focusing on Meeting Needs of Illinois’ Diverse Students

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — A Freeport High School student has been selected as one of 22 leaders from across the state to provide recommendations on increasing teacher diversity and promoting culturally responsive teaching.
FHS junior Carter Shockey is one of two Illinois high school students from the Illinois State Board of Education’s Student Advisory Council that have been selected to participate in the Diverse and Learner Ready Teacher (DLRT) Network. The initiative also includes representatives from higher education, K-12 classrooms and administration, and policy and advocacy groups.

“When the opportunity to be a part of the Diverse and Learner Ready Teacher Network was presented to me, I was excited to possibly be involved in another state organization,” said Shockey.

According to the ISBE website, the DLRT Network’s goals are to “diversify the teacher pipeline to achieve greater demographic parity between teachers and PK-12 students”, and to “ensure all teachers in the workforce, regardless of race, demonstrate culturally responsive practice.”

At Freeport High School, Shockey is involved in Varsity Soccer, Varsity Tennis, Key Club, Holiday Pageant, Band, Speech Team, National Honor Society, and Principal’s Advisory Council. He is the Class of 2020 Student Council President and was the Class of 2020 FHS Representative at the Illinois Leadership Seminar in Summer 2018. Shockey also participated in the Northern Illinois University Center for Southeast Asian Studies’ Global Youth Leadership Camp in both Spring 2017 & Spring 2018. He was named to the ISBE Student Advisory Council in August 2018.

“We are very proud to have Carter representing Freeport School District in this important effort,” said Dr. Mike
Schiffman, Superintendent of Freeport School District.

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