#ECC17 Workshops Announced

Hello everyone: We are pleased to announce the workshops for this year’s Educators of Color Conference on June 17, 2017 at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. There are still a few spots remaining for registration by clicking here

  1. The Calculus Project:  Re-envisioning the Brilliance of Students of Color in Mathematics, Dr. Adrian Mims, National Calculus Project Director

According to a recent study published in Research in Higher Education, majoring in STEM is the most profitable course of study for minority students, whether or not they pursue a STEM field professionally. However, many schools effectively block minority access to courses that prepare students to succeed in STEM majors. Pernicious policies and practices such as inconsistent course recommendations by teachers, rigid master schedules, lack of parent outreach, and failure to adequately engage and track students create barriers that filter the STEM pipeline. In this session, participants will draft a plan of action to eliminate these barriers, engage students and parents, and sustain a culture of high academic achievement so that all students have an equal opportunity to learn. Participants will develop replicable strategies for increasing the number of minority students who are prepared to pursue postsecondary careers in STEM.

2. Moving From Consumers to Creators with Gique’s Research-Based STEAM Programs Danielle Olson (MIT B.S. Computer Science & Engineering 2014, Current MIT Ph.D. Student in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science), Ashli Polanco (MIT B.S. Chemistry 2012, Current UMass Lowell Ph.D. Student in Chemical Engineering)

Are the needs of our talented young people being met in order to ensure a future of innovation? Although our students are taught school subjects in silos, we live in an interdisciplinary world and need our educational system to reflect that. We also need to tap into the potential of diverse communities to ensure the demands of our future innovation economy. Come learn about Gique’s research-backed educational programs in science, technology, engineering, art + design, and math (STEAM), aimed at tackling these issues. Gique is an MIT-based, non-profit 501(c)3 dedicated to creating a world that champions both the arts and sciences as creative outlets for developing well-rounded, passionate problem-solvers. Their organization designs creative, hands-on curricula, experiments, and activities to empower Greater Boston-area students from diverse circumstances with the passion and potential to succeed in STEAM.

3. Using Internships and Project (Problem) Based Learning to Improve Engagement and Enrichment in STEAM Education, Alin Bennett, Principal, The Met School (Possibly) 1-3 students in STEM centered internship sites

Experiential learning opportunities can serve as interventions for students of all levels and abilities. For those who have struggled in a traditional school setting, real-world learning experiences can help re-engage students by allowing them to see how content is relevant to the outside world. Those students who have excelled in school benefit from this practice because it allows for higher level thinking and application of content materials. When combined with Project/Problem Based Learning, these two practices can significantly impact student outcomes. In this workshop, participants will explore how students at the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center in Providence, RI are using these two strategies to help engage students and enrich learning in STEM for students in need. First, we will briefly explore the philosophical and pedagogical aspects of the Met School and Big Picture Learning. Next, participants will participant in an “from interest to project product activity” which will take them through the internship and project brainstorming process. Finally, participants will conduct resource mining of the Met School most regular used activities to see if any of the processes or materials would be beneficial to their own practice.

4. Combating Islamophobia in STEAM fields and Society: Sub/Urban Justice Teen Leaders Nada Alaeddin – Brookline High School; Iman Khan – Brookline High School; Iman Ali – Commonwealth School; Sara Arman – Tufts University

Islamophobia, like all systems of oppression, affect us negatively in our daily lives – including in STEAM programming and workplaces. Led by Muslim teens, this workshop will define Islamophobia, explore how Islamophobia plays out in and and out of school setting, breakdown important policy, and offer action steps and an opportunity for reflection. Activities are interactive and will include small group conversation, small movement activities (easily modifiable) and personal reflection.

5. Innovative Strategies Engaging Black Girls in STEM, LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Ph.D., Wellesley College, Wellesley Centers for Women

Black Girls CREATE (BGC) is a culturally responsive STEM program that incorporates culturally relevant pedagogy, fashion design, and engineering.  BGC seeks to increase Black girls’ interest and exposure in STEM.  BGC encourages identity exploration through graphic design and digital fabrication. This program provides girls with opportunities to develop meaningful mentoring relationships with “guides to success” (i.e. college students from similar backgrounds and a safe space for identity exploration, social support extension, and technological capacity building. This workshop will engage participants in a discussion about how Black Girls Create, a culturally responsive maker program designed for Black girls, may affect their interest and attitudes about STEM. This workshop will identify strengths and challenges associated with developing partnerships to design and implement this type of program.

6. Circuit Stickers Workshop, Fay Shaw, Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach

Circuit Stickers combine familiar craft materials with technology to make STEM projects. Limited to 20 participants. Fay will provide a brief  introduction to electronics, followed by a workshop that showcases her e-textiles work where individuals can play with a variety of soft circuit and wearable technology projects and  make their own. Fay’s kits, including a firefly, luna moth, jelly fish, and s pair of hearts, are currently available online. Each kit includes felt, thread, and stuffing as well as and LED, photoresistor, resistor and battery pack.

7. STEAM in Afterschool: How Design Thinking Helped Create a More Inclusive Afterschool Community, Maria Gionfriddo, Director of Co-Curricular Programs at Shady Hill School

As innovation replaces knowledge-based economics, we must continuously question and re-imagine how we prepare students for the future. In this workshop, we will look at how STEAM Education and Design Thinking have helped transform Shady Hill School’s Afterschool Program. By partnering with other educational institutions such as NASA, The Museum of Science, The Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and the New England Aquarium, we have developed engaging opportunities for students without any additional cost to Afterschool families. To end our session, we will work through the Design Thinking Process together and rapid prototype games out of lunch bags and other low cost materials. Attending this workshop will help attendees think through how to extend STEAM opportunities to a diverse range of students in afterschool time.

8. Easy Robotics and Coding with mBots, Dr. Michele Goe, Quantopian

Participants in this workshop will learn how to implement a 2-week robotics curriculum in their science, math, advisory, foreign language, or humanities class. The workshop will introduce participants to mBots, $50 robots that can be built and customized with Scratch or Audrino code. The facilitator will share her 6 years of experience in teaching code to students from K-12 with an exploratory approach. This approach focuses on developing computational thinking using small hands-on problem sets and white-boarding. This approach, particularly with the use of Scratch, does not require the teacher nor the student to have previous experience with coding. Educators in this workshop will build their own robot, decide what they would like to program, and then code the bot. This mirrors the work teachers will do with their students. Students who work with mBots practice many skills including self-reliance, creativity, critical thinking, and team work skills. Educators will walk away with ideas for 10-day curriculum to implement in their classrooms. Participants will also be provided a successful template to write a fund proposal for a classroom set of robots on donorschoose.org

There’s still time to register! Click here and join us on June 17!

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#ECC16 Workshop Materials: Critical Theory: A Vehicle for Social Justice

Critical Theory: A Vehicle for Social Justice
Ariel Maloney, Tanya Trayer, Cambridge, Rindge and Latin School
Participants will learn how to introduce critical literary theory, specifically focusing on Gender Theory, Social Class Theory, and Critical Race Theory, as a strategy to improve student engagement and their literacy and analytical skills. Participants will receive a “crash course” in theory, as well as many materials to help scaffold students’ learning about theory in the classroom. We will apply these strategies with the group, using a combination of nonfiction, poetry, film, and the play “A Raisin in the Sun.”

Critical Theory – A Vehicle for Social Justice (handout)

Critical Theory- A Vehicle for Social Justice (slideshow)

#ECC16 Workshop Materials:The Significance of HBCUs and their Role in Shaping Future Black Leaders

The Significance of HBCUs and their Role in Shaping Future Black Leaders
Chandra Banks, Jennifer Sloan Green, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
HBCUs for over a decade have provided students of color a means to obtain a first rate education.  Additionally, the vast accomplishments and legacy of HBCU alumni is unmatched.  In this workshop, we will provide a brief overview of some of the most noteworthy HBCU alumni and ways HBCUs prepare future leaders. Participants will also focus on how HBCUs create culturally relevant community and family engagement practices, promote strategies of self-care and sustainability, and produce Black STEM graduates.

The Significance of HBCUs and their Role in Shaping Future Black Leaders-ECC16

Presenter Update: 6/2/16 #ECC16

In preparation for the conference, we offer the following information to help presenters:

  • Please bring your presentation on a thumb drive or Google Docs. There is public internet, but we strongly suggest you have your presentation accessible in one of those formats. Computers that run on Windows platforms are available in all presenter rooms.
  • Please estimate attendance for your workshop for 40 attendees. There are no on-site photocopy machines; thus, if you need handouts, please make and bring them. Additionally, please be ready to share any websites, Twitter handles, etc. if you would like to share your materials electronically.
  • If you rearrange your presentation room, you are responsible for returning the room to its original configuration.
  • If you’re using social media, please use the hash tag #ECC16

And, as always, if you have any questions, please let us know. We are here to help! Thank you for helping us make an excellent event.

Sincerely,

Kim, Michelle, and Deandra
Conference Co-Chairs

Schedule: Educators of Color Conference #ECC16

We are pleased to announce the schedule for the June 11, 2016 Educators of Color Conference. All events are FREE thanks to our wonderful sponsors. 

8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast (Breakfast sponsored by Cambridge Public SOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAchools)
9:00-9:30 Welcome and Keynote by Dr. Theresa Perry
9:30-10:30 Session 1 Workshops
10:40-11:40 Session 2 Workshops
12:00-12:50 Lunch and Performance (Lunch sponsored by b.good)
1:00-3:00 Dr. Christopher Emdin presentation at Cambridge Public Library

Reminders: to update your RSVP for the conference, please visit here for the morning sessions and here for the afternoon session. Note that the conference is currently at capacity. If your plans to attend the conference have changed, please update your RSVP to release your tickets to someone on the wait list. Workshop descriptions are available by clicking here.

What’s Coming Up:

  • We are finalizing the program and sponsors. If your organization wants to advertise or sponsor this event, please contact us.
  • Coming soon: a conference syllabus of relevant readings to sustain our work leading up to the conference and long after it’s done
  • More details soon.

In solidarity

The Educators of Color Conference Organizing Team

Image of Dr. Theresa Perry from NCTE

Workshops Announced for the Educators of Color Conference! #ECC16

We are pleased to announce the excellent workshops for this year’s Educators of Color Conference on June 11.

The conference is at capacity. If you no longer are able to attend, please update your RSVP so we can release your tickets to those on the wait list (remember, too, that you must register for BOTH sessions). Stay tuned for the full schedule and much more!

Schedule

8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast (Breakfast sponsored byCambridge Public SOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAchools)
9:00-9:30 Welcome and Keynote by Dr. Theresa Perry
9:30-10:30 Session 1 Workshops
10:40-11:40 Session 2 Workshops
12:00-12:50 Lunch and Performance (Lunch sponsored by b.good)
1:00-3:00 Dr. Christopher Emdin presentation at Cambridge Public Library

Workshops: Session 1 (9:30-10:30)

Critical Theory: A Vehicle for Social Justice The Significance of HBCUs and their Role in Shaping Future Black Leaders
The Power of Storytelling: Maximize Your Ability to Reach and Teach More The Social Construction of African American and Latino Males and How It Informs Our Education Policies
The Time for Coding is NOW! Pimping The Pain:  The Education Reform Industrial Complex as Disaster Capitalism
A Look at the Mathematics of Islamic Art

Workshops: Session 2 ( 10:40-11:40)

STEM as a Means to Engage Young Learners Embracing and Cultivating Diverse Voices in the Classroom: What Allies Can Do
Standing in the Gap:  Designing a Blueprint of Success for Brown Boys in America Defining a Personal Vision for Self-Care for Educators
Art and Identity: Using Photography and Personal Narrative Community Organizing to Support and Develop Critical Educators of Color
Why Black Teachers Really Matter: What Powerful Teaching Looks Like and What keeps It and Us Going! Replicable Strategies for Diversifying the STEM Pipeline

Workshop Descriptions:

Session 1

Critical Theory: A Vehicle for Social Justice
Ariel Maloney, Tanya Trayer, Cambridge, Rindge and Latin School
Participants will learn how to introduce critical literary theory, specifically focusing on Gender Theory, Social Class Theory, and Critical Race Theory, as a strategy to improve student engagement and their literacy and analytical skills. Participants will receive a “crash course” in theory, as well as many materials to help scaffold students’ learning about theory in the classroom. We will apply these strategies with the group, using a combination of nonfiction, poetry, film, and the play “A Raisin in the Sun.”

The Power of Storytelling: Maximize Your Ability to Reach and Teach More
Edward WalkerPresident, Independent Consultants in Education (I.C.E.)
Storytelling taps into our imagination, engages those around us, and inspires amazing achievement. This workshop encourages educators to utilize the power of storytelling and make a connection with their students that marries the personal, social, and professional levels – humanizing the educator-student relationship! In this workshop, the presenter will demonstrate the power of storytelling, illustrate the possibilities of connectivity, and arm audience members with helpful tidbits to take with them back into the classroom.  

The Social Construction of African American and Latino Males and How It Informs Our Education Policies
Dr. Lloyd Sheldon Johnson, Bunker Hill Community College
Given what has happened in Ferguson, North Charleston, New York, Florida, California and virtually every major city in this country, the policies formulated by education leaders must be critically examined and understood. This presentation will offer a look at the how African American and Latino males are viewed through our social and media lens and how this construction limits and removes opportunities for these young men and informs education policies that impact our communities and our nation. This presentation will also present models and strategies for change; models that work.

The Time for Coding is NOW!
Bernadette Manning and Dr. Michele Goe, Fenway High School
Call To Action!! If you can read, you need to also know how to code. This workshop hopes to alert participants to the need for coding and the need for people of color to learn coding. The presenters advocate for self learning using the many  FREE apps and websites that teach coding.  The workshop will be interactive because we will teach participants how to learn coding by recommending our favorite websites as well as encourage participants to rely on their problem solving skills and patience needed to be a successful coder.  Participants need to bring their smartphones or laptops  to the workshop but if they do not have either, please come anyway. Everyone aged 8 to 108 needs to gain exposure to this  new literacy!

Pimping The Pain:  The Education Reform Industrial Complex as Disaster Capitalism
Kanene Holder, Columbia University Community Scholar, Carmen Dixon Organizer For Race and Policing NAACP- Legal Defense Fund
In 2005, Naomi Klein’s book on disaster capitalism called “The Shock Doctrine” provided several examples of how monied interests view disasters as a prime opportunities to reimagine aspects of the economy and our society. Ironically this book was a bellwether for 21st Century “education deform” due to the proliferation phenomenon of charter schools and the hedge funds that propagate them. During this presentation I will provide examples from my experience and engage in a Socratic Seminar to propose action steps for various stakeholders including families, teachers and policy researchers. To culminate this discussion we will create a short play with different roles for each of the stakeholders to brainstorm our solutions based on our shared understanding of an educational utopia.

A Look at the Mathematics of Islamic Art
Aliyah Mahmoud,  REDSTEMNetwork/J. D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science
There exists a fascinating connection between mathematics and Islamic art.  Art, facilitated in the mathematics lab can reflect, not only the beauty of nature’s mathematics, but underscores STEAM’s historic role beyond Western cultures.   Conscientious practitioners of color have always shared a legacy of uncovering myths & misconceptions within and outside of our specific course content.  Using a problem-based approach, guests will be asked to consider the integration of basic plane geometry, some technical components of compass construction, and social principles unfamiliar to most American youth. The goal is that educators are moved to further research and expose youth to this integrated science.

The Significance of HBCUs and their Role in Shaping Future Black Leaders
Chandra Banks, Jennifer Sloan Green, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
HBCUs for over a decade have provided students of color a means to obtain a first rate education.  Additionally, the vast accomplishments and legacy of HBCU alumni is unmatched.  In this workshop, we will provide a brief overview of some of the most noteworthy HBCU alumni and ways HBCUs prepare future leaders. Participants will also focus on how HBCUs create culturally relevant community and family engagement practices, promote strategies of self-care and sustainability, and produce Black STEM graduates.  

Session 2

STEM as a Means to Engage Young Learners
Reverend Dr. F. Lee Jones, Alex Hartley, Beverly Ann Rock RED STEM Network
Our workshop will discuss the need for schools to engage students and how STEM/STEAM is one way to achieve this engagement. We will discuss two different examples of using STEM to engage students and give participants an opportunity to brainstorm ways to use stem in their classroom or with their children. The content of this workshop is geared to educators of Early Childhood-Grade 3.

Embracing and Cultivating Diverse Voices in the Classroom: What Allies Can Do
Beth Herman-Davis, Mind the Gaps, Jake Sugerman
Teachers must change their practices to meet the needs of diverse students who experience a reality that is different from that of the culture, language, and beliefs of their instructor, school, and mainstream society. Through the presentation, participants will gain valuable insight in the ways that critical pedagogy and the inclusion of student voice can guide curriculum planning.  Additionally, participants will briefly dialogue about teaching (and learning) from diverse students, engage in individual and small-group activities, which highlight critical pedagogy and culturally responsive teaching, and reaffirm the value of repositioning themselves as learners in the classroom to elevate students’ voices.

Standing in the Gap:  Designing a Blueprint of Success for Brown Boys in America
Craig Martin, Brown Boys Network of Boston
Do you have a Blueprint of Success to guide your journey as a Black or Brown Male in America?  Participants will explore this question as we engage in minds-on, hands-on interactive activities that focus on the dichotomy of being Brown and Male in America from ages 4 and up. We will examine the developmental assets necessary for success, the impetus of identifying appropriate role models and advocates to fortify male identity, and what C.O.R.E. supporters and tools our male youth will need to thrive in American classrooms. Additionally, participants will develop their own Brown Boy Blueprints that provides real-world practices that will truly empower African American and Latino American males to achieve success inside and outside the classroom.

Defining a Personal Vision for Self-Care for Educators
Loreto Paz Ansaldo, Boston Public Schools, Activist Calendar
Why is it essential to take care of ourselves as educators of color? What might it look like in practice? We will work together to develop personal visions of self-care and identify concrete resources for supporting our needs and sustaining success. Participants will also take away a resource packet to extend the journey for continued self-care beyond our time together.

Art and Identity: Using Photography and Personal Narrative
Archy La Salle, Cambridge, Rindge and Latin School
Although our classrooms are becoming increasingly diverse and there is a drum roll to “close achievement gaps,” we need to have educators that have the skill, knowledge, and attitude to value diversity and promote the same with their students.  A key factor is helping educators become effective with students from cultures other than their own. A key tool is art, most specifically, photography. In this workshop, participants will consider how to create diversity-safe classrooms, how teachers can reflect on their own cultural identities and attitudes, find curricular connections that encourage students’ explorations of their identities; examine a student identity photography project as possibility for helping students become “visible” by sharing who they are with the larger community.

Community Organizing to Support and Develop Critical Educators of Color
Antonio Nieves Martinez, Ph.D, Jerica Coffey, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Because we recognize “miseducation” as vehicle of oppression used to colonize and dehumanize communities of color, this workshop will highlight the process and practice of teachers of Color organizing to address the inequities in their schools and communities in Los Angeles.  This presentation will explain our process for developing a multiethnic, anti-colonial, grassroots organization based in Los Angeles called the People’s Education Movement. Participants will explore how grassroots organizing led by teachers of Color can work to sustain and develop critical educators. More specifically, participants will learn how teacher-led inquiry groups and political education are an essential component of this work. This workshop will allow participants a look at the struggles, tensions, and successes of teachers involved in creating this inquiry group to highlight the agency of teachers of Color coming together to organize and to take action against the oppressive conditions in their schools and communities.

Why Black Teachers Really Matter: What Powerful Teaching Looks Like and What keeps It and Us Going!
Aliyah Mahmoud, John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science, Barrington Edwards, Boston Arts Academy, Roberta Logan, Retired BPS teacher, Paula R. Elliott, Ed.D.Retired teacher educator, Steering Committee member, Boston Busing Desegregation Project
In an interactive “fishbowl” format, BPS teachers, current and retired, will share their:

  1. perceptions of the beliefs, assumptions, ideologies that undergird exemplary practice, teacher/learner/ family member interactions, collegial relationships and educational equity and access advocacy, i.e. fundamental underpinnings of educational excellence.
  2. understandings of local, national, socio-political contexts, based on years for navigating, confronting, destabilizing the societal forces doggedly sustaining the white supremacist structures that continue to persist.

Replicable Strategies for Diversifying the STEM Pipeline
Dr. Adrian Mims, National Calculus Project Director
According to a recent study published in Research in Higher Education, majoring in STEM is the most profitable course of study for minority students, whether or not they pursue a STEM field professionally. However, many schools effectively block minority access to courses that prepare students to succeed in STEM majors. Pernicious policies and practices such as inconsistent course recommendations by teachers, rigid master schedules, lack of parent outreach, and failure to adequately engage and track students create barriers that filter the STEM pipeline. In this session, participants will draft a plan of action to eliminate these barriers, engage students and parents, and sustain a culture of high academic achievement so that all students have an equal opportunity to learn. Participants will develop replicable strategies for increasing the number of minority students who are prepared to pursue postsecondary careers in STEM.


ARE YOU EXCITED?! WE CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU!! 

Morning session registration here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/educators-of-color-conference-tickets-24211932542

Chris Emdin session here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chris-emdin-booktalk-continuation-of-the-educators-of-color-conference-tickets-24366176891

 

In solidarity.