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Instructional Specialist

Mary Ellen Daneels is a National Board Certified teacher who taught at West Chicago Community High School for 27 years. For the past four years, she has served as the Lead Teacher Mentor and Instructional Specialist for the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, leading efforts to support the implementation of the middle and high school civics course requirements and Illinois social science standards.

She has been recognized as the Law-related Educator of the Year from the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago, Teacher of the Year by the 19th District of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Civic Education Teacher from the Center for Civic Education and the Illinois Education Association Teacher of the Year. Mary Ellen has presented on the proven practices of civic learning throughout the nation, as well as provided professional development workshops in Estonia, Angola, and Belarus. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and highlighted in numerous publications such as Education Week, Social Education, and Educational Leadership.

A member of the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition, Mary Ellen has advocated for civic education before federal and state lawmakers. She served on the Board of Directors for the National Council of the Social Studies and worked on the task force to revise the Illinois social studies standards.

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