Educators to present multicultural approach to improving student achievement on April 29

A group of local and national educators will gather April 29 in downtown Syracuse to share their insights in an open discussion on using culturally relevant teaching to help students learn.

“Addressing Issues Related to Academic Achievement Through Multicultural Education” will take place from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center, 2 Clinton Square. The session will be open to the public free of charge.

Dr. Alfred D. Frederick, distinguished service professor of curriculum and instruction at SUNY Oswego, is organizing the session as part of the Academic and Cultural Exchange Initiative, which he coordinates.

“In an effort to achieve education for all, more educators are searching for ways in which the learning environment can support children from various socio-economic and ethic groups,” Frederick said. “The purpose of the SUNY Oswego Metro Center’s seminar is to explore the social forces and problems that serve as impediments to student academic performance as well as to explore alternative solutions.”

The event will feature Dr. Edwin J. Nichols, former clinical administrator at the National Institutes of Mental Health, who will speak on “Philosophical Aspects of Cultural Difference in Learning,” and Dr. Geneva Gay, professor of education at the University of Washington at Seattle, who will talk about “Responding to Cultural Difference in Teaching and Learning.”

Nichols is a Washington, D.C.-based educator and psychologist. Gay is one of the pioneers of multicultural education. She is the author of the award-winning book “Culturally Responsive Teaching.”

Five representatives of concerned community groups will make brief presentations. Among them are Debra Schoening of Say Yes to Education and the Syracuse City School District, and Dr. Stephen Fleury, professor of education at Le Moyne College. The community representatives will join with the featured speakers in a roundtable discussion before opening the session up to the audience for questions and answers.

Daniel Lowengard, superintendent of the Syracuse City School District, will give opening remarks. Carrie Mae Weems, an internationally recognized photographer and community activist based in Syracuse, will moderate. Dr. R. Deborah Davis of SUNY Oswego’s School of Education will co-host.

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by calling the Metro Center at 399-4100. For more information, call there or Frederick at 312-2643.

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(Posted: Apr 15, 2011)

Tags: school of education, education, curriculum and instruction