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International Education Leaders to Examine Assessment, Social Justice at Duquesne Symposium

More than 70 educational leaders from the U.S. and Canada will gather for the fifth annual Duquesne Educational Leadership Symposium, hosted by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice.

The three-day symposium, Connecting Assessment and Social Justice: Navigating the Politics of Accountability, will examine the critical educational issues of assessment and social justice from Tuesday, May 22, through Thursday, May 24, in the Power Center Ballroom.

"It is our hope to highlight the multiple ways in which issues of assessment and social justice coincide to create inequitable learning environments for students everywhere," explained Dr. Gretchen Givens Generett, associate professor of education and co-director of the UCEA Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice. The UCEA center at Duquesne, the only center focused on social justice, is one of eight centers worldwide.

The symposium will feature an introductory panel discussion on state-of-the art educational leadership and assessment moderated by Professor of Education Dr. Rick McCown with the following panelists:

  • Dr. Linda L. Croushore, executive director of the Consortium for Public Education
  • Dr. Greg Crowley, president of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership in Pittsburgh
  • Dr. Mark Gooden, associate professor and director of the Principalship Program at the University of Texas at Austin and UCEA executive committee member
  • Dr. Rodney Hopson, professor of education at Duquesne and president of the American Evaluation Association.

School of Education faculty members Dr. Connie Moss, co-author of Advancing Formative Assessment in Every Classroom: A Guide for the Instructional Leader, and Dr. Darius Prier, author of Culturally Relevant Teaching: Hip-Hop Pedagogy in Urban Schools will hold a book signing on Wednesday, May 23.

To help bridge the gap between theory and practice, attendees will learn about the Hazelwood Partnership, a collaboration between Duquesne and community stakeholders to promote revitalization of that neighborhood, which has lost its public schools. Pastor Tim Smith, executive director of the Center of Life and pastor of the Keystone Church, will host a neighborhood tour.

Duquesne's UCEA Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice investigates the relationship between educational leadership and social justice, focusing on how educational leaders can be better prepared to deal with students who are marginalized, under-represented and underserved.

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