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2015 Sizemore Conference

Sixth Annual Sizemore Conference to Focus featured New Youth Event

The 2015 Barbara A. Sizemore conference featured a new event, a Youth Conference, which took place on Wednesday, May 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Duquesne University Power Center.  The Youth Conference brought together more than one hundred fifty 10th and 11th grade students from local area urban school districts.

The focus of the Youth Conference was to build the interest of high school sophomores and juniors in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.  The event included presentations by Dr. Christopher Emdin, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University and Mr. Jabari Jackson, a student at Columbia University.

Now in its sixth year, the Barbara A. Sizemore Summer Conference was held Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28, in the Power Center Ballroom.  This year's conference, The Right to an Excellent Education for all Children:  Do We Have the Will? is expected to bring together nearly 250 members of the Duquesne and Pittsburgh education communities around issues related to improving education for all students, particularly those in urban schools. 

Featured events included keynote presentations by educators and renowned experts including Dr. Paul Gorski, George Mason University, Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dr. John Hodge, Urban Learning and Leadership Center.  In addition, twelve professional development workshops provided attendees with information they can use to enhance student learning in urban educational settings.

Dr. Jason Margolis, chair of the Department of Instruction and Leadership faciliatated the "What Does Excellence Mean to You? panel at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2015.  Panelists included Dr. John Hodge, president, Urban Learning and Leadership Center, Dr. Linda Lane, superintendent, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Dr. Sandra Quinones, professor, Department of Leadership and Instruction and Ms. Debra Smallwood, parent/advocate.

The Barbara A. Sizemore Summer Conference and Youth Conference are sponsored by the Canevin Center for Educational Transformation and Social Justice, the Barbara A. Sizemore Education Initiative and the School of Education.

 

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, May 27 &  Thursday, May 28, 2015

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

 

Day 1 · Wednesday, May 27, 2015

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Youth Conference, Dr. Chris Emdin and Mr. Jabari Johnson, Columbia University
1 - 4:30 p.m. Break
4:30-5 p.m. Registration & Reception
5-6:00 p.m. Prayer Rev Jocelyn Gregogoire, Sizemore Pipeline Student Presentations & Presentation of Barbara A. Sizemore Urban Education Initiative Spirit Award
6-7 p.m. Opening Plenary Speaker:  Dr. Paul Gorski, George Mason University
6 - 7 pm A+ Schools - Teen Bloc Panel - Facilitator:  Ms. Brittny McGraw, WPXI News Anchor
7:30-7:45 pm Comments, Q & A, Closing

Day 2 · Thursday, May 28, 2015

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

Welcome

  • Jeffrey Miller, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Administration
  • 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 -10:15 a.m. Morning Plenary Speaker: Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, University of Wisconsin-Madison
10:30-12:00 p.m. Concurrent Workshops in Canevin Hall
12-1 p.m. Lunch
1- 2 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Hodge, President, Urban Learning and Leadship Center
2- 3 p.m. What Does Excellence Mean to You? Panel Session with Dr. Linda Lane, Superintendent, Pittsburgh Public School District, Dr. Sandra Quinones, Assistant Professor, Duquesne University Department of Instruction and Leadership, Dr. John Hodge, President, Urban Learning and Leadership Center, and Mrs. Debra Smallwood, Parent/Advocate - 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