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First annual Diversity in Language & Culture Conference

School of education hosts conference Sept. 23

Posted on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 by Savannah Hutko.

Repost from Campus Weekly

The School of Education’s Coalition for Diverse Language Communities will host the first-annual Diversity in Language & Culture Conference Saturday, Sept. 23 in the Education Building. The conference will explore what it means to teach today’s evolving youth in ways that foster their diverse languages, literacies and cultural practices, working toward inclusion and equity.

The keynote presenters are:

  • Dr. Django Paris, a professor of language and literacy at Michigan State University, who will present on culturally sustaining pedagogy as a framework for fostering equitable teaching practices.
  • Dr. Jennifer Leeman, a professor of modern and classical languages at George Mason University, who will talk about critical pedagogy and the sociopolitics of heritage/minority language education.
  • Dr. Imani Goffney, a professor of mathematics education at the University of Maryland, who will discuss her research focused on identifying, measuring, and defining equitable mathematics instruction for students often poorly served by schools, particularly African American and Latino children, low-income students, and those for whom English is a second language.

Registration for the one-day conference will begin at 8:15 a.m., with opening remarks at 8:45 a.m. by Dean of the School of Education Dr. Randy Pinfield. Morning and afternoon breakout sessions will explore additional topics of interest in the community.

Registration, lunch and parking are complimentary. Register here and see the program schedule here.

The Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) was founded more than five years ago by professors Micheline Chalhoub-Deville, Colleen Fairbanks and Barbara Levin.  Its goal is to promote innovative, relevant, and collaborative work in the areas of community-engaged research, outreach and advocacy, policy work and professional development. The CDLC aims to be a catalyst for innovative, relevant, collaborative and policy-related research, leveraging the synergy and knowledge of faculty, staff, students, and communities locally, nationally and globally.