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LITHUANIAN INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION

5600 S. Claremont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60636-1039

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The Lithuanian Institute of Education developed from what was initially a series of
college-level Lithuanian education courses, initiated in 1958.  In 1960, this course
cycle was reorganized into the Lithuanian Institute of Education, Inc.  The first rector
of the Institute was Prof. Albinas Liaugimas.  The chief founder of the Institute was
Domas Velicka.  In 1961, the Institute developed an extramural division for students
living outside the Chicago area, which drew students from around the world –
Europe, South America, Australia, Canada, and various cities in the United States.

The purpose of the Institute is to train teachers for the broad network of Lithuanian
schools in the U.S. and elsewhere.  Classes are on Saturdays.  The primary fields
taught at the Institute are: Lithuanian Language, Literature, History, Folklore,
Education, and Teaching Methodology.  Internships are arranged for students of the
Institute at various Lithuanian schools.  The Institute’s program is three years, with a
final thesis required for graduates planning to teach at the high school level.  To
date, over 400 students have graduated from the Institute.

The Institute has its own library, which is open to the public and consists of over
9,000 books.  

The Institute organizes various projects, such as the instructional video series and
the video interview series featuring Lithuanian émigrés in the U.S. recalling life in the
DP (Displaced Persons) camps in Germany during WWII and their subsequent arrival
in the United States.  In 1982 the publications of the Institute were integrated into the
catalogue system of the Lithuanian World Archives.

The current rector of the Institute is Prof. Jonas Rackauskas, and the director is Ruta
Konciene.

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