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8th Annual Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore 2017 Summer Conference Workshops

Removing the "Mask" Without Taking Off Skin:  Unpacking Student Cool Pose Behaviors and Interrupting Systems that Produce the Condition

In line with the 2017 Sizemore Conference's theme of increasing awareness, giving voice, and creating possibilities, this workshop aims to provide participants with working knowledge and practical tools to combat student behaviors that create barriers to their positive academic and social outcomes. The objectives for the session include: providing both the contextual and theoretical underpinnings of the term Cool Pose, describing the various forms of Cool Pose behaviors, and explaining how students' behavioral demonstrations lead to, and are influenced by academic stressors.  Other objectives include examining the role systemic racism and racial micro-aggressions play in producing the Cole Pose behavior, discussing the transition from theory to practice through AR3 as a pathway from pain to purpose and teaching strategies that neutralize Cool Pose activity.  Facilitators:  Mr. Jason Rivers and Mr. Jason Pendleton, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Office of Equity

Examining Race and Media in the Punitive Practice toward Black Male Youth in Urban Education

The debate, regarding punishment toward Black male youth in urban education, often reverts to normalized conversations about their "misbehavior."  This discursive framework provides myths and stereotypes of Black males as problems.  In additon, such a framework subjects Black males to unfair punitive practice in urban schools and larger sciety.  Rarely do educators examin how the racial politics of media has cutivated pedagogical conditions that render Black males vulnerable to disproportionate, punitive practice.  This workshop offers ethical considerations for educators in their critique, consumption and reading of Black male subjectivity in media.  It also provides avenues for practical application of educators using critical media literacy for professional development opportunities to lesson punitive practice toward this population.  Facilitator: Dr. Darius D. Prier, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership, School of Education, Duquesne University

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

Taking Project-Based Learning to a Global Level

Project-based learning (PBL) promotes meaningful and engaged learning.  This interactive workshop examines effective practices of PBL and gives an added motivational twist - telementoring.  Telementoring is online mentoring.  You will learn how to connect your students with expers from around the world to make the most of your students' project-based learning. Facilitator: Dr. Deborah Scigliano, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership, School of Education, Duquesne University

Framing Differentiated Instruction in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Educators often quote the statement "all children can learn". However, we seldom hear educators talk about what it takes for "all children to learn!"  This workshop is designed to have critical discussion about the guiding principles of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and the principles of differentiated instruction.  We will use as our lens the work of Tomlinson, 2000; Hall, 2002; Kunjufu, 2002; Gay, 2000 and Ladson-Billings, 1997 to discuss how the two approaches are intertwined to create an environment that not only recognizes the uniqueness of our students but also can serve to empower our students.  Co-Facilitators: Dr. Julia Williams, Assistant Professor  & Dr. Rose Mary Mautino, Assistant Professor, Department of Instruction and Leadership, School of Education, Duquesne University

Green Chemistry and the Next Generation Science Standards

Using supercritical carbon dioxide as a solven, participants will extract the essential oil from orange peels to make their own own orange scented hand sanitizer.  An overview of the twelve principles of green chmistry as they relate to the NGSS will be presented along with practical strategies for their implementation in the classroom. Facilitator: Mrs. Lurea Doody, Adjunct Professor, Waynesburg University

Muslim Students in K-12 Schools in Western Settings

What can educators do about their socio-cultural integration and education?  This presentation is based on our book entitled, "Supporting Muslim Students: A Guide to Understanding the Diverse Issues of Today's Classrooms" (Roman & Littlefield, 2017).  In the post-9/11 world, especially in the current political discourse about Muslims in the U.S. negative biases have permeated even K-12 schools.  As socially-aware researchers guided by critical pedagogy and culturally responsive teaching, we aim to offer school professionals (teachers, principals, counselors, psychologists and administrators) with a practical guide for working with Muslim students.  The ultimate goal of this book is to help such educators connect with their Muslim students and support them to integrate socially and culturally within their local communities. Co-Facilitators:  Dr. Laura Mahalingappha, Assistant Professor, and Dr. Nihat Polat, Associate Professor, Department of Instruction and Leadership, School of Education, 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. Facilitator: Dr. Scott Graves, Duquesne University

Math (STEM) Workshop 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

Around the World with Marian Anderson: The Power and Magic of Multicultural Storytelling

As a storyteller at two Boston schools with high African-American populations, Workshop Facilitator, Sydelle was profoundly affected by a first grade teacher's words, "These children need stories about African-Americans." In this workshop, Sydelle demonstrates how she incorporated the life story of Marian Anderson-famous African-American singer and worldwide traveler-into her sessions with the children. Sydelle's storytelling model includes multicultural folktales, geography, writing, art, movement, singing, and books in other languages. Sydelle also describes how she used this model at a school in Pittsburgh. Facilitator: Mrs. Sydelle Pearl, Storypearls, LLC