September 29, 2018
Gloria Ladson-Billings’ notion of “culturally relevant pedagogy” has continued to be a popular pedagogical approach within the broader educational community as schools continue to face the many challenges and benefits that come with ever diversifying student populations. However, many educators still find themselves unclear and confused when considering how to apply the concept across various subject areas and school culture work. This session will attempt to address critical questions regarding the possibilities for the collective embracing and implementation of a culturally relevant pedagogy at your school site.
Guest Speaker: Darrick Smith, Ed.D
Dr. Darrick Smith is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of San Francisco and Co-Director of the School of Education’s new Transformative School Leadership (TSL) program. His research interests include culturally responsive discipline practices; critical pedagogy; social justice leadership, and equity issues in higher education. Dr. Smith is the founder and former Director of the TryUMF (pronounced “triumph”) program in Oakland, CA and formerly served as the Co-Director/Principal of the June Jordan School for Equity in San Francisco. As a result of his work with the Foundation for California Community Colleges, he currently serves as a recommended consultant for the system’s Professional Learning Network. Dr. Smith also currently serves as a national consultant for the Now is the Time Technical Assistance (NITT-TA) Center funded through the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
January 26, 2019, 2018
Students Are Thinkers: Developing a Dynamic Approach to Teaching in our Schools
At the center of teaching is understanding the intellectual power of our students. What do we learn from our students? How do we distill what we’ve understood into anti-racist teaching strategies? Hear from a panel of experienced educators and journalists grappling with these questions.
Guest Speakers: “Mission High”
Pirette McKamey has been an educator since 1989 and is now an Assistant Principal at Mission High. An educator for thirty years, Robert Roth teaches both History and Ethnic Studies at Mission High. Kristina Rizga is the author of Mission High: One School, How Experts Tried to Fail It, and the Students and Teachers Who Made It Triumph. Bita Nazarian directs 826 Valencia, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting under-resourced students with their creative and expository writing skills. Roth, McKamey, and Nazarian are all Bay Area Writing Project (BAWP) Teacher Consultants.
March 23, 2019
Guest Speaker: Ruth Cossey
Ruth Cossey teaches pre-service mathematics methods, Equity Leadership, and master degree research courses in the Mills College School of Education in Oakland, California, where she has taught over 20 years. Her most recent research focuses on the establishment of the Oakland Urban Teacher Residency which supports career development of excellent mathematics and science teachers in Oakland. Before holding an endowed Chair at Mills College, Professor Cossey was a mathematics teacher in elementary and secondary schools in Oakland, Washington DC, and Richmond, California. Cossey is co-author of Family Math.