Metro Center for Urban Education Seeks to Boost Teachers’ Understanding of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in the Classroom

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.

“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.”

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.

WATCH Alan Ripp, director of the Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality (TACD), to learn more about TACD’s efforts and the importance of cultural responsiveness in today’s classroom.