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7th Annual Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore 2016 Summer Conference Workshops

Science for Educators

Bacteria are powerful things- and we're not talking metaphors here. When harnessed correctly, a tank full of bacteria can literally generate electricity. In this workshop, participants will learn about metabolism and the chemistry of batteries as they learn how to build their own bacteria-based fuel cells and share this experience with their students. Facilitator: Dr. Andre Samuel, Citizens Science Lab

Technology for Educators

With the maker movement gaining momentum, schools are quickly adding maker spaces and equipment; but what technologies are actually needed to incorporate STEAM in the classroom? In this workshop, participants will explore maker technologies from analog to digital and examine how they can fit into curriculum. Lesson ideas and best practices will be shared as well as practical advice on school-based maker spaces. Facilitator: Ms. Liz Whitewolf, Carnegie Science Center

Engineering for Educators

Integrated Design Lab engages students in the tenets of engineering, social justice and communication. The IDL workshop will provide teachers the opportunity to explore techniques and strategies to assist students in learning human centered design, as well as the engineering design process, so they may develop sustainable solutions to address issues within their communities. Facilitator: Dr. Michelle Zuckerman-Parker, Holy Family Academy

Culturally Responsive Education

Cultural relevancies' when established to inspire student receptivity, motivation, curiosity, and problem solving bring about thinking skills, and makes the learners vision inherent. At the heart of this pedagogy is using process to continuously keep our confidence in the wisdom of the children primary. A major concern in education involves understanding the African American learner, as STEAM innovations trend alongside culturally responsive developments in public education. This session will provide insight connecting the everyday lives of learners to teacher's interpretations of those natural capabilities, while juxtaposing the learner's capacity. Co-Facilitators: Dr. Darius Prier, Duquesne University & Mrs. IAsia Thomas, Pittsburgh Public Schools Equity Office

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

Differentiating instruction, or tailoring instruction to meet the individual needs of students, allows children and adolescents to be challenged at levels that are appropriate to their learning. Participants in this session will learn about selected techniques to provide differentiated instruction in diverse classrooms. Participants also will have the opportunity to engage in discussion and ask questions about how to make differentiation relevant to their classrooms. Co-Facilitators: Dr. Elizabeth Hughes and Dr. Laura Crothers, Duquesne University

You Just Don't Know How Much it Hurts:  A Discussion about Racial Microaggressions in the Context of Secondary and Higher Education

This workshop will provide various examples of racial microaggressions and the influence that they have on students in both secondary and postsecondary settings. Time will also be allocated to discuss how participants can work toward combating the effects of racial microaggressions in their schools and/or work settings. Facilitator: Jason Rivers, Project Manager, We Promise; Pittsburgh Public Schools, Equity Office

Encouraging Creativity with Hands-on Learning and Reclaimed Materials

This workshop will focus on the importance of creativity and the many benefits of reuse. We will discuss ways that creative reuse can be incorporated into school settings and address Arts, STEAM, Environment and Ecology standards. Participants will exercise their creative muscles and learn, hands-on, about reuse! Facilitators: Nora Gilchrist & Laura Ramie, Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse

Investigation Across the Curriculum - Imagining Connections:  The Fun Way to Learn (STREAM)

Teachers are searching for innovative methods to engage children in meaningful associations between and within the content areas of science, math, reading, technology, engineering and the arts. It has been widely researched that the integration of content across the curriculum has many benefits for the learner. Many early childhood classrooms include in their curriculum math, science and reading but few effectively include the integration of such content in methods that enhance "minds on and hands on" learning for young children. It is the intent of this workshop to have the participants actively engaged in using various materials across the content areas of math, science, reading, technology, engineering and the arts. Co-Facilitators: Dr. Julia Williams & Dr. Rosemary Mautino, Duquesne University

Math for Educators

How do we enhance students' self-esteem when learning mathematics? Rodríguez (2014) suggests that we should encourage student's voice, develop strong relationships with students, treat our students as intellectuals, engage in dialogue, and use relevant content. We hope that engaging in discussions around these issues can make students see the value of learning mathematics and that teachers can develop ways that make mathematics meaningful to students.  Facilitator:  Dr. Rachel Ayieko, Duquesne University

Trauma & Mental Illness

This workshop will provide an overview of trauma in urban school settings, a discussion of existing local issues, and provide participants with insight into Trauma-Informed Care. Interventions will be discussed in terms of strategies for safely discussing trauma, improving social-emotional success, providing students strategies with dealing with their distress. Co-Facilitators: Dr. Scott Graves, Duquesne University and Ms. Candice Aston, Duquesne University