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Youth to Gather at Duquesne's Sizemore Conference on Education

The Duquesne University School of Education's 2015 Barbara A. Sizemore Summer Conference will feature a youth conference as a new event at the annual discussion of improving schools, particularly those in urban settings.

Now in its sixth year, the Sizemore conference will meet on Wednesday, May 27, and Thursday, May 28, in Duquesne's Power Center Ballroom. This year's conference, The Right to an Excellent Education for All Children: Do We Have the Will?, will bring together nearly 250 members of the Duquesne University and Pittsburgh education community.

The youth conference on May 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. is designed to help build the interest of 125 urban high school sophomores and juniors in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. The event will include presentations by Dr. Christopher Emdin, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Columbia University, who has partnered with rap artists to help students engage in science studies, and Jabari Johnson, a Columbia student who won Emdin's first rap science competition.

"The end of a school year does not herald the end of discussions on how to seek educational equity for all of our young people," said Dr. Olga Welch, dean of Duquesne's School of Education. "The hundreds of people who are attending this conference are testament to that."

The Sizemore conference will feature keynote presentations by other educators and renowned experts, including:

  • Dr. Paul Gorski, associate professor in New Century College, George Mason University
  • Dr. John Hodge, president, Urban Learning and Leadership Center
  • Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Kellner Family chair in Urban Education, University of Wisconsin.

Additionally, 12 professional development workshops will provide attendees with information to enhance learning in urban classrooms, such as:

  • Filling the Opportunity Gap for High School Students Through Global Learning
  • Student-Centered Learning: A Motivating Approach to Learning and Knowledge Retention
  • Partnering with Parents: How to Engage Parents as Equal Partners in Their Child's Education
  • Culturally Responsive Education: Uplift of African-American Middle and High School Students Using Art and the Media
  • Ease on Down to Equity: Exploring Effort and Engagement in African-American Males

Dr. Jason Margolis, chair of the Department of Instruction and Leadership in Duquesne's School of Education, will facilitate the panel What Does Excellence Mean to You?. Panelists at the event (2 p.m. on May 28) will be Hodge; Dr. Linda Lane, superintendent, Pittsburgh Public Schools; Dr. Sandra Quiñones, assistant professor, Department of Instruction and Leadership; and Debra Smallwood, parent/advocate.

The Barbara A. Sizemore Summer Conference and youth conference are sponsored by Duquesne University's Canevin Center for Educational Transformation and Social Justice, the Barbara A. Sizemore Education Initiative and School of Education. For more information, call 412.396.1852 or email pricem@duq.edu.  

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