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2012 Conference

Nearly 300 Attended 3rd Annual Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore Summer Conference

The School of Education and the Barbara A. Sizemore Urban Education Initiative hosted 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, 2012.

The two-day conference, brought together nearly 300 individuals from the Duquesne University and Pittsburgh community, was designed around issues to improve education for all students and in particular, the improvement of education for students in urban schools. Attendees  participated in a wide range of experiences that promoted a greater awareness of the research that is being conducted on issues of urban education.

"The importance of holding this year's conference is that we brought together the Sizemore Initiative High School Pipeline students who we have worked with over the past year, the undergraduate students in Duquesne's Leading Teacher Program in Urban Education, the Barbara A. Sizemore Research Scholars who are faculty in the School of Education and the Heinz African American Male Fellows - 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 who was the inaugural visiting Barbara A. Sizemore Distinguished Professor in Urban Education at Duquesne University.

In addition, the conference also featured the presentation of the Annual Barbara A. Sizemore Spirit Award to an individual who has infused urban education into their research and curriculum at the 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 Dr. Ball.

The conference featured 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 engaged 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 Dr. Ball.

Schedule of Events - Thursday, May 31 & Friday, June 1 2012
Duquesne University Power Center
1015 Forbes Avenue, Fifth Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Day 1 •
4:30-5 p.m. Registration and Reception
5-5:30 p.m. Sizemore Pipeline Students Presentations
5:30-6:30 p.m. Opening Plenary Speaker: Dr. Ivory Toldson
6:30 - 7 pm Comments, Questions & Answers, Closing

Day 2 •
8:30-9 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9-9:15 a.m. Welcome: Dean Olga Welch & Dr. Arnetha Ball
9:15 am - 10:15 Morning Plenary Speaker: Dr. Anthony Brown
10:15- 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-12:00 p.m. Concurrent Workshops in College Hall
12-1 p.m. Lunch Plenary speaker: Dr. Geneva Gay
1- 1:15 p.m. Break
1:15- 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Workshops
3:00 p.m. - 3:30pm Students Poster Presentations
3:30-4 p.m. Presentation: Barbara A. Sizemore Urban Initiative Award