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July 2012 || NYU Steinhardt hosts Summer Institute on Boosting Teacher Cultural Responsiveness in the Classroom
VIDEO: Alan Ripp, director, Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality (TACD), on the importance of boosting teachers' understanding of race, ethnicity, and culture in the classroom.
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The Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality (TACD), housed within NYU Steinhardt’s Metro Center for Urban Education (Metro Center), will host its 2012 summer institute “Guardians of Equity: Moving Beyond a Deficit Model,” on Friday, July 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the NYU Kimmel Center located at 60 Washington Square South. In partnership with the New York State Education Department, the day-long event will prepare K-12 educators to practice cultural awareness in today’s multicultural classroom.
Featuring keynote presentations by Gloria Ladson-Billings, Kellner Family Professor of Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin and Elizabeth Harry, a professor of teaching and learning at the University of Miami, this year’s institute will feature a number of topics and break-out sessions including the use of Hip-Hop to highlight students’ brilliance, exploring the emotional needs of
English Language Learners (ELLs), the historical impact of racism on today’s classroom, and how teachers can reach their LGBTQ students. For a complete schedule of the day’s events, visit: http://bit.ly/LFONk1.
“Helping school districts and educators become more culturally responsive in their policies, practices and beliefs is the cornerstone of our work,” said Alan Ripp, TACD project director. “We work hard to
ensure equitable outcomes for every student. The most vulnerable students, many times black and Latino boys, do not always see themselves in the curriculum, or feel disengaged from the culture of
school so we are working to change that.”
“Demographics are shifting,” said Metro Center Director Pedro Noguera. “Educators need to be prepared not only to teach, but to understand the social, cultural and socio-economic issues impacting the diverse learners of their classroom. TACD’s summer institute provides an opportunity for those at the head of the class to actively tackle these issues with sensitivity and help their students succeed.”
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2012 Summer Institute: Guardians of Equity, Moving Beyond a Deficit Model
The 2012 Summer Institute: Guardians of Equity, Moving Beyond a Deficit Model was held on July 6, 2012, at New York University's Kimmel Center for University Life. Watch videos of the day's events.
The 2010 Summer Institute: Implementing Equitable Academic and Behavioral Systems to Improve Student Outcomes was held on July 9, 2010, at New York University's Kimmel Center for University Life. Watch videos of the day's events.
2010 Summer Institute Welcome Remarks and Keynote Address
New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch welcomed attendees and encouraged them to stand with her to build the collective political will needed to set the record straight for students with disabilities. Dr. Rebecca Cort, Deputy Commissioner, Office of Special Education, NYSED, spoke of the importance of directly addressing issues of disproportionality and reminded attendees that educational decisions based on race and ethnicity affect students not just in school but throughout their whole life. Dr. Russell Skiba, Professor, Indiana University, cautioned educators to be mindful of the subjectivity inherent in many school discipline practices in his keynote address, titled Race is Not Neutral: Addressing Disproportionality in School Discipline.
2010 Summer Institute Midday Address
Guests were treated to a special midday address by Dr. Lester W. Young, Jr., Regent, New York State Board of Regents in which he outlined how equity issues are about fairness and justice.
2010 Summer Institute Panel Discussion
Administrators from several TACD districts participated in a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Pedro Noguera, Executive Director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education. Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., Assistant Superintendent and Dr. Vicki L. Mingin, Executive Director of Special Education and Student Support Services, Huntington Union Free School District, Stanley G. Pelech, II, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, South Country Central School District, and Mark Laurrie, Deputy Superintendent, Niagara Falls City School District, spoke about the process of leading equity reform efforts in their districts.
Leadership, Accountability, and School Improvement || October 21, 2009
Watch Dr. Pedro Noguera's speech on Leadership, Accountability, and School Improvement. This speech took place on October 21, 2009 at the Nassau TRACT Teacher Center in Garden City, Long island.
September 2009 Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality Meeting
TACD, funded by NYSED, kicked off a new year of work on disproportionality in special education and school suspension with school districts by providing full-day overview of the project. Patricia J. Geary, Coordinator, Special Education Policy and Professional Development, Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID), welcomed guests and provided an overview of federal requirements. Dr. Pedro Noguera, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University, provided an address on Equity and Access for All Students to district administrators. Watch Ms. Geary and Dr. Noguera here. We are also grateful to Jackie Bumbalo, Coordinator, Upstate SEQA, VESID, and Charlene Gurian, Associate, VESID, for presenting and answering participants' questions about the project.
May 2009 Response to Intervention (RtI) and Disproportionality Equity Forum
A special panel discussion on the intersection of RtI and disproportionality in special education was moderated by Dr. Pedro Noguera, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. Panelists were: Dr. Mark Alter, Professor of Educational Psychology, New York University, Dr. Doug Fuchs, Professor and Nicholas Hobbs Chair in Special Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Darren Woodruff, Co-Chair of the National Center on Response to Intervention, Dr. Eddie Fergus, Director, Applied Research, Evaluation, and Policy, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, and Charlotte Gray, Director, Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality.
2006 Summer Institute: Gaining Tools for Addressing Racial/Ethnic Disproportionality in Special Education and Discipline
See where it all began! TACD hosted its first ever Summer Institute on July 17th and 18th, 2006 at New York University's Kimmel Center for University Life. Dr. Pedro Noguera, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and Professor at New York University, provided the keynote. Watch Dr. Noguera's keynote and presentations by some of the TACD district and regional partners we worked with at that time.