18th annual Multicultural Education Conference focuses on equity and social justice
NEW PALTZ – The School of Education at the State University of New York at New Paltz, in collaboration with local educational organizations, will hold its 18th annual Multicultural Education Conference titled, “Hope-Challenges-Solutions: Reclaiming Educational Equity and Social Justice with Alliances and Action,” on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building on the New Paltz campus. The deadline for registration is Oct. 19.
The conference program consists of a presentation by a keynote speaker, a cultural arts performance, and morning and afternoon workshop sessions. The conference will facilitate connections between educators, students, parents and community members who are working to create equitable schools that will enable all young people to achieve. Based on the mission of the organizing committee, the conference will also provide tools for those seeking to implement key aspects of multicultural education—such as inclusive learning environments, culturally relevant teaching, authentic assessments and a commitment to educational equity—in a time when they are being marginalized by standardized, data-driven and privatizing approaches to teaching and learning.
The keynote speaker is Christine E. Sleeter, president of the National Association for Multicultural Education and professor emerita in the College of Professional Studies at California State University Monterey Bay. Sleeter’s research focuses on anti-racist multicultural education and multicultural teacher education. Her address is titled, “Teaching for Equity and Social Justice in an Era of Standardization.” Sleeter will place standardization within a larger context of the privatization of public education. She will show how educators, students and community members can foster equity and social justice in their classrooms and schools in a way that takes account of meaningful standards.
“We are so fortunate this year to have a nationally-known expert in the field of Multicultural Education keynoting the conference," said Nancy Schniedewind, professor in New Paltz's Department of Educational Studies. “Christine Sleeter, as well as multicultural educators in the Mid-Hudson region, will offer both ideas and hope for teaching diverse students in meaningful ways while concurrently resisting the standardization and privatization of public education.”
A cultural arts piece titled, “Stories from the Front Lines,” will be performed by the Hudson River Playback Theatre. Educators and students in the audience will be invited to speak about their own educational experiences and the Hudson River Playback Theatre’s actors, facilitator, and musician will transform the stories into live theater.
More than a dozen workshops will be offered, including: “Building Dignity: Implementing NYS’s Dignity for All Students Act in K-12 Schools”; “Self-fulfilling Prophecies: Math, Gender, and Culture”; “Making it Real: Using Case Stories to Promote Multicultural Education”; “Cyberbullying: The Invisible Threat.”
The Multicultural Education Conference was founded 18 years ago by a dynamic group of community and educational organizations that included New Paltz's School of Education particularly those in the Humanistic/Multicultural Program. Their objective was to address the need for advanced professional development, support and ideas for educators, students and community members that would enable them to make their schools more multicultural and gender fair. "All students should have the chance to learn in equitable and profound ways," said Schniedewind.
For additional conference program information, contact Nancy Schniedewind, professor in the New Paltz's Department of Educational Studies where she coordinates and teaches in the master’s program in Humanistic/Multicultural Education. Call (845) 257-2827 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For registration information, contact Christine Waldo-Klinger at email@example.com or (845) 257-3033. Tickets cost $40 for adults and $5 for students. K-12 educators may register online for $42. Breakfast and lunch are included.
Located in the heart of a dynamic college town, 90 minutes from metropolitan New York City, the State University of New York at New Paltz is a highly selective college of about 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
One of the most well-regarded public colleges in the nation, New Paltz delivers an extraordinary number of majors in Business, Liberal Arts, Sciences, Engineering, Fine and Performing Arts and Education.
New Paltz embraces its culture as a community where talented and independent minded people from around the world create close personal links with real scholars and artists who love to teach.