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Jordan DeWilde Named 2019 Lowell Milken Center Fellow

June 1, 2019

FORT SCOTT, KS – The Lowell Milken Center (LMC) for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas, an international educational non-profit, has awarded its prestigious Fellowship to elementary art teacher, Jordan DeWilde, of Oregon Elementary School in Oregon, IL. Jordan will arrive in Fort Scott on June 16th for a week of collaboration with LMC staff.

The LMC Fellowship is awarded on the basis of merit to educators who have distinguished themselves in teaching respect and understanding through project-based learning or who have the potential for this distinction. The Center selects exemplary teachers from across America and Europe, drawn from a variety of disciplines, to collaborate on projects that discover, develop, and communicate the stories of Unsung Heroes in history.

Jordan DeWilde is the 2018 Elementary Art Educator of the Year. He is known for creating inclusive art curriculum of diverse populations. Jordan tells his students, "Great art has been created by men and women of different races, cultures, and communities throughout history." His mission is to teach students that art is for everyone. Jordan provides a wide array of learning experiences that allow students to explore numerous cultures, develop their artistic skills and abilities, and build their confidence as valuable members of the community. He has created a learning environment in which all students are valued and where they have freedom to express their thoughts and ideas through their artwork.

In addition to teaching, Jordan is a writer and facilitator for The Art of Education University. He has developed content on topics such as celebrating diversity, cross curricular connections, and more. He truly does have a passion for visual art, and more importantly, student learning. His passions show in the lessons he designs and in his interactions with students. He has a solid knowledge base and a strong artistic talent. He has used these in presenting at the local, regional, and state levels. He shares his curriculum ideas and teaching philosophy on social media, @MrDeWildeArt, with art educators from all over the world.

LMC Executive Director Norm Conard says, "Jordan's innovative and inclusive implementation of art curriculum with a diverse population of student artists set him apart as a positive role model for both students and other educators. He will be a truly inspirational member of our Fellowship."

While in Fort Scott, LMC Fellows gain knowledge, educational resources and ongoing support to enhance their classrooms and help students cultivate a passion for learning by creating projects that initiate positive change. Fellows emerge prepared to develop Unsung Heroes projects with their students as they apply and evaluate the stories of role models who have changed the world throughout history.

To schedule interviews or for more information, please contact:

Norm Conard
Executive Director
Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes
1 South Main
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Phone: (620) 223-1312

2019 Lowell Milken Center Fellow
Name: Jordan DeWilde
School: Oregon Elementary School
Subject: Elementary Art Teacher
1150 Jefferson St.
Oregon, IL 61061
Cell Phone: (217) 827-5499