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5th Annual Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore 2014 Summer Conference Workshops

Differentiated Instruction to Meet the Diverse Needs of Students

Challenging students at appropriate instructional levels is important. This workshop will discuss how differentiation instruction and universal design for learning can be implemented to meet the academic needs of students who are gifted as well as those who have learning disabilities. Specific examples and applications will be provided. Facilitator: Dr. Elizabeth Hughes

Preparing Children for 21st Century Skills:  Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Through Play Experiences

The role of schools in the 21st century is changing. Teachers need to provide relevant education that engages students and provides opportunities for them to develop skills that will allow them to thrive in a global society. For children in the early grades inquiry and play is the vehicle to elicit higher order thinking skills and connect with the core standards. During this workshop the participants will engage in a discussion about how to use play experiences to enhance relevant pedagogy and evaluate materials that promote these skills. Facilitators: Drs. Julia Williams, Ernest Dettore & Rose Mary Mautino

Emotional & Cognitive Behavior Approach to Changing Behavior

In order to fully grasp the magnitude of the current state of urban education while serving high need students, we must build a foundation of understanding the mindset of the teachers and children we serve. This workshops will look at those factors that hinder teachers and administrators from working with adolescents in high need schools. Emphasis will be placed on creating a baseline to understand the mindset of teachers and adolescents in high needs schools. We will also attempt to provide administrators and teachers with solutions and techniques that will motivate, educate and assist in the personal development of the children we serve. Facilitator:  Mr. Sean McCaskill

Strategies for Inquiry Based Learning

Children display immense curiosity about the world around them. They want to discover the how and why of what they experience and observe. Powerful learning happens if this curiosity is allowed to unfold. Workshop participants explore the theory and practice of inquiry-based learning and collaboratively develop applicable classroom strategies. Facilitator: Dr. Helga Stokes

Trauma & Resilience: A Mental Health Workshop for Urban Educators

This workshop will give an overview of trauma and resilience, with particular regard for the experiences of urban students. Participants will learn how to recognize and support students at risk before, during, and after traumatic experiences. Topics will include Trauma Informed Teaching, School Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support, Community Resources, and Self-Care. Facilitators: Dr. Imac Holmes, Rebecca Perry-Keenan, & Sierra Brown

STEM Education and College Preparation

This workshop is designed for teachers of any discipline along with any individual who desires to give students in K-12 a positive and "amazing" STEM experience. We will define STEM education, its benefits and how it can change a child's outlook on learning. Participants will take part in a hands-on activity and learn how the Legacy STEM Project recruits students and parents while engaging them to embrace the journey to success. Lastly, participants will identify the steps used by the Legacy STEM ProjectTM to provide children with an "amazing" STEM experience even if you don't have a math or science background. Facilitator:  Mr. Darrly Wiley

Building High Self Esteem

Self-esteem is, in its simplest definition, the way you feel about yourself. When children feel confident about themselves and their abilities, they have good self-esteem. Children who feel like they're not liked by family or peer groups or who tend to believe their efforts will lead to failure have poor self-esteem. Self-esteem is one measure of a child's overall mental health. This workshop presents a self-developed curriculum on increasing Self-Esteem in African American Students with an emphasis from the historical perspective. Research will include the role of the importance of African American History and African. Facilitator:  Ms. Lisa Parker

Filling the Opportunity Gap 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 about 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

Building Relationships with Students to meet their Learning Needs

Creating a positive academic environment that promotes a sense of belonging is essential to building relationships with students and fostering their success. Educators will learn strategies on how to cultivate relationships with students to increase classroom engagement and participation. Participants will leave with practical lessons on working with students, colleagues, families and community partners that can be implemented in urban classrooms. Facilitator: Dr. Tyra Good

Rethinking Parental/Family Engagement

This session will provide insights on the importance of broadening perspectives of parental/family engagement in home, schools, and communities. It is designed for principals and teachers and will discuss how biases and assumptions may create barriers that undermine meaningful collaboration between families and schools. Strategies for building confianza (mutual trust) between families and schools will be considered through role-playing and video case reflections. Facilitator: Dr. Sandra Quiñones

Teaching Entrepreural Skills to Students

This is a workshop that provides a structure for teachers to introduce students to entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurial skills aren't only for those who wish to own a business. Although entrepreneurship is oftentimes identified as business ownership, the entrepreneurial thought process cuts across a spectrum of jobs and is a characteristic employers appreciate. This workshop will focus on both entrepreneurial thinking and business ownership. Topics include: definitions of entrepreneurship, importance of entrepreneurs to all levels of the economy, characteristics of entrepreneurs, important topics to teach, teaching approaches and support tools and resources available.  Facilitator:  Dr. Mary McKinney, Director, Duquesne University Small Business Development Center