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Nearly 300—High School Students to Scholars—Will Discuss Urban Education at Duquesne’s Annual Sizemore Summer Conference

The Duquesne University School of Education's Barbara A. Sizemore Urban Education Initiative will host the 3rd Annual Barbara A. Sizemore Summer Conference and Award Ceremony, Gaining the Tools to Take Action in Urban Schools and Communities, in the Power Center Ballroom on May 31 and June 1.

"The importance of holding this year's conference is that we will be bringing together

to provide them with an opportunity to share their work with other scholars and with the surrounding Pittsburgh community," explained Dr. Arnetha F. Ball, Professor of Education at Stanford University and Duquesne's inaugural visiting Barbara A. Sizemore Distinguished Professor in Urban Education.

More than 300 participants are expected.

In addition, the Annual Barbara A. Sizemore Spirit Award will be presented to an individual who has infused urban education into his or her research and curriculum at the Duquesne School of Education.

"The workshops will be of great importance to teachers and community members who are coming from the surrounding school districts to learn more about five important topics: culturally relevant pedagogy, serving English language learners, mentoring African American males, drawing on community resources and supporting students who are struggling readers and writers," said Ball.

The conference will feature three keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Geneva Gay, professor in curriculum and instruction at Washington University
  • Dr. Ivory Toldson, associate professor at Howard University
  • Dr. Anthony Brown, associate professor at University of Texas, Austin.

"As the conference attendees engage with our keynote speakers and the workshop activities, our hope is that they will also forge new collaborations that will support them in the work they are doing on behalf of the students we serve," said Ball.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.