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6th Annual Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore 2015 Summer Conference Workshops

Autism in Your Classroom: P.L.A.Y. as an Intervention!

This workshop will present the current autism spectrum disorder criteria, define development and provide participants with insight into current research/interventions for children with autism. Participants will explore how Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters (P.L.A.Y.) is used as a strategy to address challenging behavior. Facilitator: Mrs. Gloria J. Rodriguez-Ransom, University of Pittsburgh

Classroom Management for Middle School Educators

In this session participant will engage in inquiry based hands-on science, which incorporates real world application targeted for adolescents. At the end participants will gain knowledge on how culturally relevant pedagogy intersects with traditional science content. Throughout the session we will discuss how culturally relevant curriculum also increases self-esteem and self-awareness. Facilitator: Ms. Venneasha Davis, Woodland Hills Academy

Classroom Management for Pre-K - 5th Grade Educators

The participants in this workshop will engage in an interactive potpourri of motivational strategies for teaching and reaching their learners. The participants will learn how to build a classroom community where all learners are valued, welcomed, and motivated to learn. This session is intended to provide meaningful learning that you can bring to life in your classroom. Facilitator: Dr. Deborah Scigliano

Culturally Responsive Education: Uplift of African American Middle and High School Students Using Art and the Media

Adolescence is a series of years that lead to readiness of: opportunities, transitions, and social engagement. What are the ways that: cultural supplementation, planning and implementation methodologies can catapult the likelihood of success among students? What are the building blocks most needed towards the cultivation of student racial uplift? What are the distinct and shared responsibilities cross-racially of educators and service providers entrusted in the care of adolescents? Without rites of passage established as a normative way of using culture as an asset, how can the transition from childhood to adolescence achieve stasis and motivation among students? This session also utilizes critical media literacy to address the distortion of image making practices of Black male identities in popular culture. Such cultural production can impact educators' view and differential treatment toward urban youth. Participants will be given culturally responsive strategies via film, music, and news to cultivate more caring environments in urban settings.  Co-Facilitators: Dr. Darius Prier, Duquesne University & Mrs. IAsha Thomas, Pittsburgh Public Schools Equity Office

Differential Instruction: How to Effectively Engage All Learners at Different Levels in the Same Classroom

In this session, the topic of differentiated instruction will be presented, whereby all students may be challenged at levels that are appropriate to their learning. Participants will learn about and discuss selected techniques to provide differentiated instruction in diverse classrooms, both at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Co-Facilitators: Dr. Elizabeth Hughes and Dr. Laura Crothers, Duquesne University

Ease on Down to Equity: Exploring Effort and Engagement in African American Males

Applying the Courageous Conversation protocol, and drawing on parallels from The Wiz (the film retelling of The Wizard of Oz in the context of African American culture), this workshop will examine trends in student engagement data for African American males in Pittsburgh Public Schools. We will also identify the parallels between African American males and the plight of the Scarecrow in The Wiz. We will reflect on various examples of individual and systemic racism as it shows up in classrooms, schools, and community (think, "crow behaviors" in The Wiz), and identify strategies for interruption by exploring the power of a "Warm Demander" as referenced in Lisa Delpit's book, Multiplication is for White People. Facilitator: Jason Rivers, Project Manager, We Promise; Pittsburgh Public Schools, Equity Office

Filling the Opportunity Gap for High School Students Through Global Learning

Global education programs with the world affairs council of Pittsburgh expose students to international issues while connecting them to their peers across the nation and around the world. In this workshop, you'll learn the transformative effect council programs have had on urban youth by making them globally aware and workforce-ready. Facilitator: Mrs. Emily Markham, World Affairs Council

Partnering with Parents: How to Engage Parents as Equal Partners in Their Child's Education

The role of the educator is not to create, plan or implement initiatives that are designed to engage parents, but to be a critical ear and supporter of what their needs are as parents to provide the supports and tools that they will need to be an effective advocate for their child. Support and tools should be implemented through parents' collaborating as advocates for children. Co-Facilitators: Mrs. Maria Searcy, Parent Advocate, Dr. Julia Williams & Dr. Rosemary Mautino, Duquesne University

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Workshop for Educators

Despite significant improvements in mathematics achievement nationally, there still exists achievement gaps between students with differing income levels, races, and ethnicities. One of the guiding principles of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is "access and equity". Teachers are required to teach mathematics in a way that meets the needs of all students. The workshop is intended to discuss and explore ways in which teachers can teach mathematics for access and equity in an effort to further the improvement of mathematics achievement for students in urban schools. This workshop is also designed for teachers of any discipline along with any individual who desires to give students in K-12 a positive STEM experience.  Co-Facilitators: Dr. Rachel Ayieko, Duquesne University & Mr. Darryl Wiley, Fund for the Advancement of Minorities through Education

Student Centered Learning: A Motivating Approach to Learning and Knowledge Retention

Taking on the role of student, participants will apply a variety of tools, templates, and resources that can be easily adapted into lesson plans to build learning experiences that increase student engagement and attendance, help level learning styles and behavioral issues, and motivate students to learn beyond common core standards. Facilitator: Mr. Glen Wilson, Holy Family Institute

The Poverty Simulation Experience

The poverty simulation is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. In the simulation, participants assume the roles of up to 26 different families facing poverty. The simulation is a month in the life of a typical low-income family and is not a game. The object of the simulation is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income people. Facilitator: Ms. Rochelle Jackson, Just Harvest

Trauma & Mental Illness

This workshop will give an overview of trauma and resilience, with particular regard for the experiences of urban students. Participants will learn strategies in how to support students and address challenges to academic, social, and emotional success. Topics will include: understanding trauma, trauma informed teaching, interventions and self-care. Co-Facilitators: Dr. Imac Holmes, Duquesne University and Dr. Elsie Pelletier, Philadelphia School District Educator