Critical Pedagogy for Critical Times
 
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About UTEP

 

The Department of Urban Education offers both undergraduate and graduate programs, focusing on schooling in urban environments. Our fundamental premise is that public schools are crucial to the cultivation of creative, productive, and politically involved individuals committed to a just and democratic society.

The Department is dedicated to the preparation and professional development of future and current teachers, administrators, and scholars who contribute to the improvement of urban education through their teaching, community involvement, leadership, and research.

About the Conference

 

schedule

8:00am
8:00am-9:00am
9:00am-9:30am
9:30am-10:30am
10:45am-12:00pm
12:15pm-1:30pm
1:45pm-3:00pm
3:15pm-3:45pm
4:00pm-7:00pm

Registration
Breakfast
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Morning Keynote
Concurrent Workshop Session #1
Lunch Keynote (12:30-1:30)
Concurrent Workshop Session #2
Closing Remarks
Closing Reception @ Clement’s Place

LOCATION

Conference kicks-off at:
15 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Most of our sessions will be held at 1 Washington Street at the RU Newark Business School.

A.M. Sessions (10:45am-12:00pm)

15 Washington St. Location

Adjusting School Systems by Walking the Talk: Leadership and Reflective Dialogue with All Stakeholders

Presenter(s): Walter Brown and Kate Spence, Ed.D.
Room: Seminar 123


HOSTED CONVERSATION (a.m. only)

Presenter(s): UNCONFERENCE
Room: Seminar 201


HOSTED CONVERSATION (Max 10 people)

Presenter(s): UNCONFERENCE
Room: Seminar 203


“Dismantling the Racism Machine”: What White Educators Are Not Taught about White Supremacy”

Presenter(s): Dr. Karen Gaffney
Room: Seminar 206


1 Washington Park Location

Developing Inclusive & Affirming Learning Cultures

Presenter(s): LaQueshia Jeffries
Room: 204


Engaging Students Through Trauma Lenses

Presenter(s): Jonice Arthur
Room: 308


Liberatory Designed Pedagogy: Framing our Classroom and Professional Practices

Presenter(s): Angela Crawford and Ishmael Jimenez
Room: 402


Using Hip-Hop Pedagogy to Develop Science Geniuses (a.m. only)

Presenter(s): Dr. Edmund Adjapong

Room: 418


Where y'all teachers at when we need need you? City Residents' expectation of their public school teachers beyond the school house (a.m. only)

Presenter(s): Dr. Keith Benson
Room: 464


Researching Food Insecurity and Injustice in the Bronx (a.m. only)

Presenter(s): Drs. T. Ahmed and R. Ilevia
Room: 502


Critical Teaching and Learning in Traditional Education Environments  

Presenter(s): Laura Shelton and Benjamin Francisco
Room: 503


HOSTED CONVERSATION  

Presenter(s): UNCONFERENCE
Room: 518


Using Books to Create Windows and Mirrors to Enhance a Social Justice Curriculum  

Presenter(s): Erica Snowden and Julia Copeland
Room: 528


Social Justice: How to Think Outside of the Classroom  

Presenter(s): Yvette Jordan and Kizziah Riddick
Room: 534


P.M. Sessions (1:45pm-3:00pm)

15 Washington St. Location

Adjusting School Systems by Walking the Talk: Leadership and Reflective Dialogue with All Stakeholders

Presenter(s): Walter Brown and Kate Spence, Ed.D.
Room: Seminar 123


Locations for change: Using drama therapy to center the lived experiences of students in any curriculum (p.m. only)

Presenter: Lizzie McAdam, MA, RDT
Room: Seminar 201


HOSTED CONVERSATION

(Max 10 people)

Presenter(s): UNCONFERENCE
Room: Seminar 203


“Dismantling the Racism Machine”: What White Educators Are Not Taught about White Supremacy”

Presenter: Dr. Karen Gaffney
Room: Seminar 206


1 Washington Park Location

Developing Inclusive & Affirming Learning Cultures

Presenter(s): LaQueshia Jeffries
Room: 204


Engaging Students Through Trauma Lenses

Presenter(s): Jonice Arthur
Room: 308


Liberatory Designed Pedagogy: Framing our Classroom and Professional Practices

Presenter(s): Angela Crawford and Ishmael Jimenez
Room: 402


Teacher Choice in the ELA Classroom: Amistad and Black Power Studies  (p.m. only)

Presenter(s): TJ Whitaker
Room: 403


New-Ark Leaders of Health Youth Participatory Action Research Project--Beyond Absenteeism: A Newark Community Health Issue.  (p.m. only)

Presenter(s): NewArk Leaders of Health
Room: 408


HOSTED CONVERSATION

Presenter(s): UNCONFERENCE
Room: 418


"They Don't Really Know Camden High" Student Perspectives on their Negatively-viewed High School “ (p.m. only)

Presenter(s): Dr. Keith Benson
Room: 464


The Muslim American Experience in Public Schools: Addressing implicit bias and exclusion  (p.m. only)

Presenter(s): Nagla Bedir and Luma Hassan
Room: 502


Critical Teaching and Learning in Traditional Education Environments  

Presenter(s): Laura Shelton and Benjamin Francisco
Room: 503


HOSTED CONVERSATION

Presenter(s): UNCONFERENCE
Room: 518


Using Books to Create Windows and Mirrors to Enhance a Social Justice Curriculum  

Presenter(s): Erica Snowden and Julia Copeland
Room: 528


Social Justice: How to Think Outside of the Classroom  

Presenter(s): Yvette Jordan and Kizziah Riddick
Room: 534


To access the wifi, go to
RU Wireless Guest
and follow the directions from there.

3 Steps to Equity in Education

“1. It’s important to practice a pedagogy of love, which operates under the notion that in order to teach well we must love our students fully.

2. Teachers must realize that our self-care and self-love are vital to the kinds of educators we become.
Teachers need to understand that loving ourselves and reflecting on our flaws are essential to transforming education and striving for educational equity. It is through self-love and self-care that we are able to aptly discover our own biases.

3. It is critical to acknowledge that race matters. In the current standardized testing race nationwide, we must examine the ways that Black/Brown youth in particular are targeted as inferior to everyone else in education. We know that is not true; however, in order to shift the narrative, we must be willing to have reflexive dialogue about race in classrooms everywhere, all the time."

(Simmons, Dena Ed.D.. An Exploration of Teacher Education, Race, and Equity. Psychology Today. February 28, 2018. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/justice-in-the-classroom/201802/exploration-teacher-education-race-and-equity)

— Crystal Belle, Ph.D.,
Director of Teacher Education