2015 Conference Program Workshop Descriptions



Cultural Responsiveness:  Engaging Diverse Families                     President's Dining Hall          
Dr. Fran Langan is a professor and chairperson on the School of Education at Keystone College. Dr. Bernadine Ahonkhai is a Nigerian-born educator with extensive experience in both the Nigerian and American educational systems at the local and national levels. This workshop will target evidence-based practices and strategies for working with children and families from diverse backgrounds (culture, race, religion, age, geography, economics, social status, privilege) to alleviate cultural conflicts and achieve optimal developmental and educational outcomes for children. Strategies for valuing, respecting, and incorporating the educational ideas, beliefs, and child rearing goals that diverse families have for children will be addressed.  Mechanisms for integrating family goals into daily classroom and program practices and capitalizing on family strengths to support child outcomes will also be discussed.

Screening of Film: Somewhere Between                                                     Evan's Hall     
Linda Goldstein Knowlton, Graduate of Brown University, Producer of Whale Rider; Director and Producer of Somewhere Between and The World According to Sesame Street. SOMEWHERE BETWEEN follows the lives of four teenaged girls adopted from China and now living in the United States. In profiling Chinese adoptees in contemporary America, Linda Goldstein Knowlton has created a deeply moving documentary illustrating that even the most specific of experiences can be universally relatable.

Lift Every Voice: Creating Inclusive Spaces that Renew Courage             Fireplace Lounge       
Janet Chance, Director of School & Community Collaborations, and Dr. Sonia Rosen, Assistant Professor, all from the School of Education at Arcadia University and Julia Haines. As inclusive, multicultural educators, how do we refill our own wells?  This workshop offers a safe space for reflecting on our work and listening to each other's stories through the use of arts-based modalities. Together, we will draw on theatre, music, mindfulness, and/or poetry to connect, renew and revitalize.


Critical Reading & Dialogic Learning: Uniting Students, Faculty & Community Members through College Book Clubs                                                  President's Dining Hall          
Kimberly G. Slusser, Director of Learning Center and Reading Specialist, and Deborah K. Rotella, Director of Academic Advising and Co-Director of Gateway, both faculty members in Academic and Human Development at Mansfield University.           In this hybrid session, faculty from Mansfield University will share experiences creating and implementing a summer book club as part of a college developmental reading course.  Presenters will highlight community participation, share examples of engagement, and invite participants to dialogue about the effects of such practices on encouraging critical literacy and participation in a democratic society.

Accreditation as a Leverage for Increasing Diversity in Teacher Education        Evan's Hall     
Dr. Doyin Coker-Kolo, Associate Dean of the School of Education, MIllersville University. This presentation looks at how accreditation could be utilized to promote diversity in educator preparation. It examines the new educator preparation accreditation standards with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and their responsiveness to the trends in the demographics of the student population and the teacher workforce.

Keep Our Students in School: Meet the Learning Needs of ALL your Students  Fireplace Lounge       
Dale Penwell is the Director of the Center for Teacher Effectiveness. This breakout session will include multiple strategies, techniques, and learning activities to engage your students in learning, participation and inquiry.  Learn how to effectively use brainstorming, randomness, and questioning in your classroom.  In addition, we will be examining practical activities for constructing meaning, including Ishikawa diagramming, human graphing, and creating Synectics.


Reading Specialists as Agents for Fostering a Socially Responsible Education                                                    President's Dining Hall
Sunita Mayor, Associate Professor, Department of Literacy, College of Education, West Chester University. The teacher educator will share preservice and in-service candidates’ inquiry into the politics of difference. Candidate understanding of the socio-political nature of their work, their role as change agents and curricular and pedagogical strategies that can be used in critical reading and writing instruction will be discussed.

Diversity 101 for Students                                                                                        Evan's Hall     
Joyce Avila is the President of CAFÉ: Creating and Facilitating Equality. http://www.creatingequality.us/ This session will help high school and undergraduate students to gain a basic understanding of the major tenets of diversity, multiculturalism and social justice education as it applies to governmental, corporate, non-profit and educational settings.

Diversity 101 for Professionals                                                                     Fireplace Lounge       
Tchet Dorman is the President of Pyramid Consulting Services. He recently served as the Director of the Center for Social Justice and Multicultural Education at Temple University, where he founder Temple's Transformational Intergroup Dialogue program and managed the Graduate Certificate in Diversity Leadership. Diversity is a key concept impacting human relations in almost very professional sector. This workshop will explore key building blocks to understanding and implementing diversity education programs for professionals in all fields of work and study.

The Changing Needs of the American Classroom: Teachers as Responders to Diversity           Lobby  
POSTER SESSION: Pamela Murray & Diversity Club Abington Heights High School. Pamela Murray is the Principal at Abington Heights High School.   



Harlem Educational Activities Fund Multicultural Education & Urban School Partnerships: Establishing Equitable Relationships             Classroom 1   
Tanya Wiggins, EdD, Senior Director of Middle School Programming and Expansion Harlem Educational Activities Fund and Jodi L. Bornstein, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Education, Arcadia University, and Kristine S. Lewis Grant, PhD, Associate Clinical Professor, School of Education, Drexel University.            Urban school partnerships have the potential to provide under-resourced schools with much need human, social, and cultural capital.  Too often, this potential goes unrealized due to persistent inequities and institutional barriers.  This session presents an integrative theoretical model as a viable foundation for productive school partnerships and educational change.

Early Literacy Multicultural Topics                                                                Classroom 2   
Consuelo Ramos DeYesso is a facilitator with CAFÉ: Creating and Facilitating Equality. This interactive workshop is for educators who work in early childhood education to learn how to bring in multicultural issues into the class room through reading.  Best practices and strategies of early literacy will be share.

Diverse Sex     Classroom 3   
Dr. Kimberly Chestnut is the Director of the Wellness Resource Center at Temple University, and for the past five years Kimberly has been working with colleagues to engage in dialogue on how multicultural competency supports wellness.  Kimberly earned her doctorate in Human Sexuality in 2009 from Widener University, where she also completed a Master’s degree in Education.


Screening of Film: Evolution of a Criminal                                                 Classroom 1   
Houston native, Darius Clark Monroe is an award‐winning filmmaker and MFA graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. How does a 16-year-old evolve into a bank robber? In Evolution of a Criminal, filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe searches for the answers — about himself. Years after his release from prison, Monroe returns to his old neighborhood to speak with family and friends, along with classmates, teachers, law enforcement officials and the innocent victims in the bank on the fateful day of the robbery. An honest journey of reflection and a personal search for redemption.

Equipping Leaders to Close the Achievement Gap While Conquering Poverty  Classroom 2   
Shawn Hurt,  School Turnaround Principal, Muskegon Heights School District, Alena Zachery Ross, Superintendent, Muskegon Heights School District, Carla Laws, High School Principal, Muskegon Heights School District, and Stacey Pallett, Elementary Principal, Muskegon Heights School District. This session will provide support to teachers and administrators in implementing an intense reform that will improve student achievement and sustainable change within a school culture.

Enriching Academic Experiences through Social, Emotional & Cultural Competence  Classroom 3
Lisa Petro, Executive Director, Know My World, and Lisa Dellaporte, Program Operations Manager, Know My World. In this workshop, Know My World, a global education organization, demonstrates through media-based examples and qualitative results, how intercultural relationships bring classrooms to life. Participants will engage in 6 stages that deepen academic experiences and will develop ways to incorporate intercultural exchange into their own classroom.


Diversifying the Teaching Workforce: Administrative Issues for Urban Schools Classroom 1   
Dr. Miriam M. Witmer, Color of Teaching Mentoring Program Coordinator, MIllersville University, Dr. Jay Butterfield, Director of Secondary Education, School District of Lancaster, Dr. Doyin Coker-Kolo, Associate Dean of the School of Education, MIllersville University, and Dr. Jeffrey Wimer, Associate Professor Wellness and Sport Sciences Department, MIllersville University. Join us to explore one innovative pipeline approach to diversifying the teaching workforce consisting of mentoring, a summer teaching experience, college support, and ultimately a teaching position for ethnically diverse students. Learn more about the Side-by-Side partnership that supports high school students of color pursuing a career in education.

Real Talk: Engaging Race & Gender through Transformational Intergroup Dialogue  Classroom 2
Tchet Dorman is the President of Pyramid Consulting Services. He the founder Temple's Transformational Intergroup Dialogue program and managed the Graduate Certificate in Diversity Leadership. Dr. Kimberly Chestnut is the Director of the Wellness Resource Center at Temple University.  Kimberly earned her doctorate in Human Sexuality in 2009 from Widener University, where she also completed a Master’s degree in Education.   Real Talk: Engaging Race and Gender through Transformational Intergroup Dialogue is a diversity education program for those who desire to improve their skills in leading, teaching, managing and facilitating diverse groups. This workshop will assist participants in discovering their individual obstacles to effectively teaching, managing, and leading diverse groups through dialogue.

Diversity to Pre-service Teachers as a Woman Faculty of Color: Using Journaling to Break the Silence                                                                                            Classroom 3
Dr. Katherine Norris is an associate professor in the Department of Early and Middle Grades Education at West Chester University. Teaching Diversity in a Teacher Education program can be challenging, especially when the instructor is viewed as the "other".  There are times when silence takes the place of discussion.  Student silence can impede the growth and learning that is necessary to break through self-biases and lead to self-awareness.  Incorporating journaling in the course can be one tool that is used to break through the silence.

Re-storying the Politics & Pedagogy in the Civil Rights Movement: A Bridge to Prospective Teachers’ Agency & to the Legacy of Activist Learning Communities          Classroom 4
Dr. Ruth J. Palmer, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, School of Education, Maris Campanella, Math Education Major, and Anna Gracey, English Education Major, The College of New Jersey. This presentation discusses the evolution of political and educational ideas of the Civil Rights Movement (CRM) as evidenced in the progressive pedagogical approaches of the Citizenship schools (North Carolina & Tennessee), the Student Non-Violence Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Freedom Summer Schools (Mississippi), and the Black Panther Party Community Schools (Oakland CA). The life histories of Septima Clarke, Bob Moses, and Fred Hampton isolate the characteristics of activist educators for equality and social justice.


Impact of School-Imposed Dress Codes                     Classroom 1   
Leslie Barnes, 1st year graduate student, early education (k-5), Portland State University.            The program booklet I have designed for this conference will aid in the collective participation and personal reflections during the conference.  It will be connected to the visual aid (power point) I’m using on stage and it will have space for additional note taking.

To Read, or Not to Read: Preservice Teachers & Decision-Making Regarding Picture Books Depicting Diverse Families          Classroom 2   
Tina Keller, professor in the Education Department at Westminster College; Rachel McMaster, senior, Westminster College, and Kara Klobuchir, senior, Westminster College. To Read, or Not to Read, an interactive discussion of the views of preservice teachers regarding children's picture books that depict a variety of families. The session will offer those attending the perspective of preservice teachers regarding diverse literature, as well as the opportunity to discuss the complex nature of choosing diverse literature within the classroom. Attendees will leave the session with resources to use within their own classroom.

Using Social Media as a Learning Tool                             Classroom 3   
Drs. May George, Crystal Machado & Tonya Chacon are all faculty in the Department of Professional Studies in Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In addition to enhancing student engagement Social Media can be used to promote higher level thinking and rich discussion. The presenters of this session will describe how their graduate students used Pinterest to engage in analysis and synthesis of global social justice issues. Additionally, they will describe how their students used comments on yahoo, Facebook, and Twitter to reflect on the complex concepts they were discussing in class and how they would apply these concepts in real life situation and in classrooms to create a change in the society.

What's in a Name?                                                                            Classroom 4
Dorothy Anthony, Keystone College.  What's in a name?  Explore the thoughts and feelings of the group associated with various labels we give people as a common practice in American culture in this interactive workshop.


Time & Mentoring Matters: Working with Beginning Teachers in Urban Schools         Classroom 1   
Dr. Jodi Bornstein, Assistant Professor of Education, and Dr. Erica Davila, Associate Professor of Education, Arcadia University. In our session, we aim to engage in conversation around emerging themes from our year-long program that supports teacher education students in an extended and cohorted urban pre-student teaching- student teaching program. This session will offer a counter narrative to current dialogue in urban education focused on accelerated teacher preparation

My Academics are Fine but My Adjustment has been Challenging: International Students Sharing Their Experiences of Higher Education in the United States                  Classroom 2   
Bruce Campbell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Director, Educational Leadership Program, School of Education, Department of Leadership for Educational Equity and Excellence, Arcadia University. Although academics is a very important part of the college experience, it is only one piece of the adventure.  International students have a tendency to do well academically even when they come to the United States. Nevertheless, these same students often feel isolated and segregated on campus socially and emotionally. This presentation takes a closer look at the social adjustment of a specific group of international students during their college experience.

Advancing the National Association for Multicultural Education in Your Community Classroom 4

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