Are you a teacher who wants to learn simple computer coding you can teach to students? A school administrator or parent interested in forging stronger connections between schools and neighborhoods? Or a student teacher curious to learn more about what makes a successful classroom for all learners?
Then Chapman University’s Donna Ford Attallah Educational Development Academy 2015 Summit: Rise Up for Children, Schools, Family and Community, set for Sunday, March 22, is for you.
The daylong program includes a schedule of hands-on workshops, including one that will guide participants through an inventive musical activity with
, panel discussions and a nationally recognized keynote speaker, Richard Milner, Ph.D., Endowed Chair of Urban Educational and Professor at University of Pittsburgh. Milner is also a policy fellow of the National Education Policy Center and author of
Start Where You Are, But Don’t Stay There: Understanding Diversity, Opportunity Gaps, and Teaching in Today’s Classrooms
The summit’s goal reflected in its “Rise Up” title is to share successful strategies that are working well in schools and to offset the notion that education news is all gloom and doom, said organizer Kimberly White-Smith, Ed.D., associate dean of T
he Donna Ford Attallah Educator Development Academy
, operated by the
College of Educational Studies
“We’re being proactive,” White-Smith says. “There is a lot happening in teacher education and in the community that is very supportive of kids and helping kids become successful.”
Three workshop strands will be offered, including Leadership, Community Action and K-12 Teaching, and all will offer practical, take-away lessons that can be put into action, White-Smith says.
“This isn’t going to be one of those dreary go-and-watch-people-talk-about-their-research events,” White-Smith says. “People will leave the workshops with something in hand.”
The summit is 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22, on the fourth floor of Beckman Hall. The $50 conference fee includes lunch. To register, visit the online registration page. A half-off rate is available to teachers and community members with the code PDNS. Chapman students, alumni and others affiliated with the university can receive a half-off rate with the code Panther10.