Events Archive

July 6, 2011:  TACD Summer Institute: Guardians of Equity: Improving the Educational Opportunity of Children, New York University, Kimmel Center. For register, please click here. This year's Summer Institute will focus on how schools can become a protective environment for students through the development of culturally responsive practices. The keynote speaker, Margaret Beale Spencer, is nationally known for her work in racial identity development as well as the self-efficacy and resilience of adolescents. Dr. Spencer's recent re-creation of the landmark Doll Test from the 1940s was seen on CNN and brought a renewed focus on how students perceive skin color in today's classrooms. Additional breakout sessions will address how schools are creating culturally responsive environments that nurture healthy self-confidence and achievement.

March 8, 2011:  Culturally Responsive Education conference, co-sponsored by Nassau TRACT Teacher Center, Nassau Educators Federal Credit Union and New York University's TACD.Keynote address by Dr. Eddie Fergus, "Common Causes of Disproportionality" which will include: Quality of curricular and instructional supports, Intervention services for struggling students and Predominant cultural beliefs which will conclude with a group activity "Talking about Race". For register, please click here

November 18, 2010: RTI Talk  Online Chat - Implementing RTI in Urban Schools. Low-income urban youth are frequently confronted by a wide variety of challenges and hardships that are not experienced by young people in other areas, often resulting in disproportionate referral and placement in special education programs and high drop-out rates. Many consider RTI, with the focus on improving student outcomes, as a way to address some of the issues surrounding disproportionality.

 July 18-21, 2010: National Conference on Differentiated Instruction, Las Vegas
Staff Development for Educators (SDE) Differentiated Instruction conference.

July 9, 2010: TACD Summer Institute: Implementing Equitable Academic and Behavioral Systems to Improve Student Outcomes, New York University, Kimmel Center
This full-day Institute will provide practitioners, researchers, and technical assistance providers with an opportunity to address methods of decreasing disproportionality in schools. From system-wide reform to simple changes in classroom practices, we've got something of interest for every educator committed to improving the educational outcomes of all students.

April 2-May 4, 2010: AERA Annual Convention, Colorado
This conference, Understanding Complex Ecologies in a Changing World, is intended to address the conceptual, methodological, and practical challenges and opportunities inherent in understanding how and what people learn across time and space.

March 26, 2010: Yale School of Management Education Leadership Conference, CT
Racing to the Top is an educational leadership conference which connects different voices from across the education reform landscape in action-oriented discourse.

March 25, 2010: New York State Response to Intervention Technical Assistance Center (NYS-Rti-TAC) (Midwest Region Workshop) Making Data Matter: Using CBM in the RTi Decision-Making Process, Pittsford, NY
This workshop will provide an overview of CBM and discuss how to use CBM screening and progress monitoring data to make instructional decisions within a Response to Intervention (RtI) model.

March 24, 2010: New York State Response to Intervention Technical Assistance Center (NYS-Rti-TAC) (NY Region Workshop) Making Data Matter: Using CBM in the RTi Decision-Making Process, Riverdale, NY
This workshop will provide an overview of CBM and discuss how to use CBM screening and progress monitoring data to make instructional decisions within a Response to Intervention (RtI) model.

March 18, 2010: Nassau TRACT Teacher's Center Conference, Adelphi University, Garden City
How to be an Effective and Successful Teacher is a mentoring conference. Keynote speaker Dr. Harry K Wong will address how he developed methods which resulted in his having a zero dropout rate with students.  Renée Williams, TACD Project Associate, attended.

March 2, 2010: TACD hosts a leadership conference with New York State Western Region at Amherst High.  The purpose of the conference is to support school leaders and administrators in addressing disparities in special education referrals and suspension.  The keynote speaker, Dr. Josette Banks, is a New York State licensed psychologist with over 20 years of experience in topics relating to managing cultural diversity in educational practices and mental health services.  She will focus on the importance of psychology in education and how biased views impact behavior.  Following her keynote will be concurrent workshops provided by TACD staff including: Self-Assessing Culturally Responsive Policies, Principles of Culturally Responsive School Environments & Strategies for Addressing the Needs of At-Risk Boys.Some of the few neighoring district administrators attending the conference inculde: Niagara Falls, Cheektowaga, Amherst, Buffalo, Hamburg, Lackawanna, and Silver Creek.  

February 25, 2010: English Language Learners and Special Education Educators Series - Literacy for English Language Learners: Struggling Readers and Students with Disabilities Questar III Conference Space, Castleton, NY

February 16-17, 2010: Equity Alliance at Arizona State University, 2010 Leadership for Excellence and Equity Forum, Phoenix, AZ
TACD project leaders have been selected to present at the Equity Alliance at Arizona State University's 2010 Leadership for Excellence and Equity Forum.  Dr. Eddie Fergus, TACD Principle Investigator, and Roey Ahram, Project Associate, will conduct a workshop on Metro's Data Analysis Workbook. This workshop will provide participants with strategies on how to measure disproportionality using basic qualitative methods. Alan Ripp and Fredrick Mann, both Project Associates, will conduct workshops on Grouping Students. These workshop provide participants with strategies for differentiating instruction in the classroom. The conference includes educators, policy makers, students, parents, advocacy groups, and community members who will gather and share current research and best practices about building and strengthening systems of educational equity. 

January 15, 2010: ELLs and Special Ed Educators Series - Special Strategies: Teaching and Learning Strategies for English Language Learners with Disabilities Questar III Conference Space, Castleton, NY

December 8 & 15, 2009:
Hispanic Students in Context, Professional Development series, Sand Creek Middle School, Albany, NY

December 11, 2009: ELLs and Special Ed Educators Series - Difference or Disability: English Language Learners & Referrals to Special Education East Greenbush Community Library, East Greenbush, NY

November 24, 2009: How are Black and Latino Males faring in NYC Schools? Educational Forum, NYU
Keynote speaker Dr. Pedro Noguera addresses issues on school reform. This research is from Metro Center's Black and Latino Advocacy Coalition project.  

November 11, 2009: Abbott v. Burke: Has the Landmark School Funding Case Improved Students Outcomes? Columbia University, NYC

November 10, 2009: NYC BETACs ELL Dropout Prevention Forum, Hunter College, CUNY.
Keynote speaker Dr. Pedro Noguera addresses issues on dropout prevention of high school students.

November 9, 2009: Council for Prejudice Reduction 17th Annual Conference, Stony Brook University, NY.
Keynote speaker Dr. Pedro Noguera addresses issues of equity in education.

October 21, 2009: TACD & Nassau Tract-Culturally Responsive Education Conference, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.
Keynote speaker Dr. Pedro Noguera addresses issues of equity and access in culturally responsive school enviornments.   

October 7, 2009: NYC District 21 Diversity Conference, Brooklyn, NY
School leaders collaborate with parents and the community to build partnerships.

October 7 & 8, 2009: NYSED-VESID Statewide Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY.

September 29, 2009:

TACD and NYSED: Meeting on Disproportionality in Special Education, NYU Kimmel Center
Newly contracted TACD district superintendents will be oriented on regulatory requirements and available resources for addressing special education disproportionality. Click here to view video.

April 6, 2009: American Early Childhood Education: Preventing or Perpetuating Inequity, Columbia University
Dr. Sharon Kagan's will present her work on the application of child and parent development research to the formation and implementation of public policies, and on the impact of institutions on the development of low-income children.

April 21, 2009: Annenberg Education Forum: Are NYC High Schools Preparing Students for College Success?, CUNY, NYC
Annenberg Institute for School Reform at this education policy forum includes a research presentation followed by open discussion with teachers, principals, parents, youth, professors, scholars, organizers, advocates and policymakers.

April 22, 2009: Black Boys Don't Cry: Manhood in Urban America, NYU Film in Education Series: NYU Campus
This film chronicles the lives of young black boys in America who were are at risk.

April 29, 2009: The Andrus Children's Center's - Spring Conference. Critical Intersections Strengthening the Future of Traumatized Children During an Economic Crisis. Yonkers, NY.

May 26, 2009: Equity Forum on the Causes of Disproportionality in Special Education and Response to Intervention Implementation, NYU Campus

June 29-30, 2009: The Response to Intervention (RtI) - Reading First Connections Statewide Conference, Albany, NY
This conference is a collaboration designed to identify and disseminate information about resources, professional development, and research related to current and emerging evidence-based instructional practices in curriculum, instruction, and assessment within the framework of Response to Intervention (RtI) to educational personnel in the state of New York.

July 19-22, 2009: National Conference on Differentiated Instruction , Las Vegas, Nevada
Staff Development for Educators (SDE) will focus on grades K-12, an incredible blend of experiential sessions and networking events that give educators the unique opportunity to swap strategies and best practices - with the experts who know what works and what

November 17-18, 2008: Equity Symposium, Columbia University
The Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University, will host its fourth annual Equity Symposium, "Comprehensive Educational Equity: Overcoming the Socioeconomic Barriers to School Success."

November 13-15, 2008: Education Trust Conference, VA
It's Up To Us: Going the Distance to Close Gaps and Raise Achievement for All.

November 12, 2008 AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENTS: The Evaluation of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
This workshop is the culmination of efforts by SETRC and district partners from Brentwood, Patchogue-Medford, Sachem and William Floyd School Districts.  This Team has developed an authentic assessment protocol for use by district psychologists and speech pathologists responsible for the evaluation of bilingual/bicultural students prior to screening by the CSE.

August 11-13, 2008: Literacy Coaching, Oneonta
Literacy Coaching Summer Institute Conference focused on enhancing teaching and learning across content areas.

July 20-24, 2008 DI Conference, Las Vegas
National Conference on Differentiated Instruction
Staff Development for Educators (SDE) will focus on grades K-12, an incredible blend of experiential sessions and networking events that give educators the unique opportunity to swap strategies and best practices - with the experts who know what works and what doesn't.

July 9-10, 2008 Summer Institute
Building Equitable and Culturally Responsive School Systems
TACD Summer Institute will focus on providing strategies in addressing how our educational systems must consider the multiple implications of race/ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation, and language diversity.

July 8-10, 2008 Promoting Safe and Civil Schools, NYC
Center for Social and Emotional Educations (CSEE)--11th Annual Summer Institute Promoting Safe and Civil Schools: Creating the Foundation for Positive Youth Development and Achievement in K-12 Education will focus on measuring and improving school climate as a research-based strategy to further social, emotional, ethical, civic and academic school improvement efforts

June 27-29, 2008: DI Conference, Nashville, TN
ACD Summer Conference on Differentiated Instruction, Understanding by Design, and What Works in School

November 12-13, 2007  The Campaign for Educational Equity: Symposium at Columbia University-Teacher's College

April 9-13, 2007: AERA Annual Conference in Chicago
The theme of the 2007 AERA Annual Convention is "The World of Educational Quality." This theme can be interpreted in a number of ways and points to both an expanded range of inquiry and an intensified focus on the meaning of quality in education research and practice. For more information, click here.

February 7-9, 2007: NCCREST’s 2nd Annual Conference in Washington, D. C.
This year’s conference, Leadership for Equity and Excellence: Transforming Education, will be held in Washington D.C. at the Crystal Gateway Marriott on February 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2007. Educators, policy makers, advocacy groups, parents, and community members from across the United States will gather to explore how educational systems can assure equity in educational outcomes for all students through school improvement, leadership, family and community partnerships, policy, and teaching. For more information, click here

July 17-18, 2006
NYU Chapter 405 Summer Institute

April 8, 2006 - April 12, 2006
AERA/NCME Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA

May 17-18th, 2006
11th Conference on Inclusive Schools and Communities for Children and Youth, Rye Brook, NY

February 15-16, 2006
Creating Opportunities to Learn: A Forum for addressing Disproportionality, Denver, CO

February 10-11, 2006
Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders 2006 Forum, Norfolk, VA
Alternative Schooling: Changing Perspectives and Emerging Best Practices for Children and Adolescents with Challenging Behaviors.

December 2005-January 2006
“Creating Family Partnerships: A Public Forum to Discuss and Improve, NY
How We Serve Parents and Families”