This is one of several interrelated spotlight sessions scheduled during the 2014 Race & Pedagogy National Conference. The purpose of these sessions is teacher development, particularly to consolidate principles and approaches for increasing cultural competency in the classroom and cultivate practice-based conversations around race and teaching issues.

Friday, September 26

10:45-11:45 a.m. Spotlight Session

Teaching for Equality: Issues that Divide and Unite

Dr. Richard Milner, University of Pittsburgh
Editor of Urban Education and author of Start Where You Are, But Don't Stay There: Understanding Diversity, Opportunity Gaps, and Teaching in Today's Classrooms

Milner discusses some of the challenges teachers face in meeting the needs of students often underserved in schools. He discusses the salience of outside and inside school factors that shape student (and teacher) success. Specific instructional strategies and broader reforms are considered to meet the complex needs of all students.

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Dr. Richard Milner

12p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Coaching and Professional Development for Teachers of Diverse Learners
Annela Teemant, Serena Tyra, Catherine Bhathena
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Elementary Focus

Participants will explore the impact of a critical socio-cultural instructional coaching model specifically designed for urban teachers. Participants will consider how coaching toward a "critical stance" shifts identities, use of power, and agency in the teaching-learning process. Effects on student achievement will be discussed. Video clips of teaching will be showcased.

A Critical Inquiry Group Focused on Equity and School Culture

Susie Askew
Lincoln High School, Tacoma School District
Secondary Focus

Participants will join teachers and administrators from Lincoln High School to discuss using the lens of equity to focus the educators' reflections on their practice. A dilemma of practice will be shared, and participants will examine student evidence to re-envision our instructional practice culture.

1:15-2:15 p.m. lunch

2:30-3:45 p.m. discussion session

Participants will engage in dialogue about the themes from the Teacher Development sessions and consider implications for teaching practices.

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Organized by the School of Education, University of Puget Sound
Contacts: Fred Hamel and Amy Ryken