Teaching Youth During Turbulent Times – May 16th Conference

NYU’s Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools (Metro Center) will host “Race, Rights and Responsibility: What Educators Can Do to Help Their Students Think Critically About Protest, Law Enforcement, and Civil Liberty.”

The interactive conference for teachers and education professionals will take place at NYU’s Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life (238 Thompson Street, between Washington Square South and W. 3rd Street) on Saturday, May 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Given recent events of violence and resistance – including the deaths of people such as Walter Scott, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner – educators face fundamental questions about what it means to teach today’s youth during turbulent times. For instance, how might classrooms be used to promote equity, cope with trauma, and prepare youth to productively participate in movements aimed at achieving justice? And how can teachers advocate for justice while also advancing and inspiring students’ social, emotional, and intellectual development?

The conference is designed to create a collective of educators and educational resources for exploring the issues of race and policing with students. Dynamic speakers and workshops will examine the larger contexts of racial inequity, and participants will be given tools to take back to their classrooms to stimulate further discussion with their students.

Featured speakers include Ernest Morrell, executive director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Columbia University; Dream Hampton, cultural critic and award-winning filmmaker; Pedro Noguera, professor of education at NYU Steinhardt and executive director of the Metro Center; Stanley Nelson, award-winning documentary filmmaker and producer; and David E. Kirkland, associate professor of English education at NYU Steinhardt and deputy director of the Metro Center.

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