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2014 Conference

Fifth Annual Sizemore Conference to Focus on Racial Equality in Education

This year's conference, The (Un)Common Core:  Pathways to Opportunity or Mechanisms of Social Injustice?, brought together more than 300 members of the Duquesne and Pittsburgh communities.  The conference is hosted by the School of Education and the Barbara A. Sizemore Urban Education Initiative.  Featured events included keynote presentations by educators and renowned experts including Dr. Vanessa Siddle Walker, Emory University, Dr. Tyrone Howard, University of California Los Angeles and Dr. Richard Milner, University of Pittsburgh.  In addition to presentations, the following educational workshops will focus on topics that are more prevalent in the urban education setting including:

  • Preparing Children for 21st Century Skills:  Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Through Play Experience
  • Building High Self Esteem Through Cultural Awareness
  • Building Relationships with Students to Meet their Learning Needs
  • STEM Education and College Preparation
  • Filling the Opportunity Gap Through Global Learning

Dr. Jason Margolis, chair of the Department of Instruction and Leadership faciliatated the Pro vs. Con Common Core Panel from 2 to 3 pm on May 28.  Panelists included Dr. Tyrone Howard, University of California Los Angeles, Dr. Thomas Washington, superintendent, Penn Hills School District, Dr. Scott Graves, assistant professor, Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education, and Hannah McCarthy, representative, Pittsburgh Public Schools Teachers Union.

The conference is designed to shed leigh on issues related to improving education for all students, particularly those in urban schools.  Sizemore was an educator, researcher and administrator who sought to make a quality education equally accessible to all students regardless of their race, ethnicity or socioeconomic class.

 

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, May 27 &  Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Duquesne University Power Center
1015 Forbes Avenue, Fifth Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

 

Day 1 · Tuesday, May 27, 2014

4:30-5 p.m. Registration & Reception
5-5:30 p.m. Prayer Rev Jocelyn Gregogoire and Sizemore Pipeline Student Presentations
5:30 - 6 p.m Presentation:  Barbara A. Sizemore Urban Education Initiative Award
6-7 p.m. Opening Plenary Speaker:  Dr. Vanessa Siddle Walker, Emory University
6 - 7 pm Pittsburgh Public Schools - We Promise Panel - Facilitator:  Ms. Brittny McGraw, WPXI News Anchor
7:30-7:45 pm Comments, Q & A, Closing

Day 2 · Wednesday, May 28, 2014

8:-8:15 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:15-9 a.m.

Welcome

  • Timothy Austin, Ph.D., Provost and Vice Present of Academic Affairs
  • Olga M. Welch, Ed.D., Dean of the School of Education
  • Laucelot Brown, Ph.D., Current Barbara A. Sizemore Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at Duquesne University
9-9:30 am Research Overview, Arnetha Ball, Ph.D., Inaugural Barbara A. Sizemore Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at Duquesne University
9:30-10:15 a.m. Morning Plenary Speaker: Dr. Tyrone Howard, University of California Los Angeles
10:30-12:00 p.m. Concurrent Workshops in Canevin Hall
12-1 p.m. Lunch
1- 2 p.m. Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Richard Milner, University of Pittsburgh
2- 3 p.m. ProVs. Con Common Core Panel with Dr. Tyrone Howard, Superintendent Thomas Washington, Penn Hills School District, Dr. Scott Graves, Assistant Professor, Duquesne University Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education and Pittsburgh Public Schools Teachers Union Representative, Mrs Hannah McCarthy - Panel Facilitator:  Dr. Jason Margolis, Duquesne University, Chair Department of Instruction and Leadership
3- 3:30 p.m.  Remarks and Closing - Dr. Launcelot Brown, Current Barbara A. Sizemore Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at Duquesne University