Multicultural Educators' Forum 2020

TUESDAY, February 18, 2020

Schedule for the Day: 

Registration & Refreshments (Connolly Dining Hall): 8:15 - 8:45 a.m.

Session A (Hammett Ory Library): Opening and Keynote by Dr. John Nelson, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Session B (Hammett Ory Library): Panel Discussion, 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Lunch (Connolly Dining Hall): 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. 

Session C (Hammett Ory Library): Workshop and Closing, 1:40 - 3:15 p.m.


Session A: A keynote presentation by Joseph Derrick NelsonAssistant Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at Swarthmore College and affiliated faculty with the Black Studies Program. Dr. Nelson is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Center for the Study of Boys' and Girls' Lives at the University of Pennsylvania. As a sociologist of education, his research examines race, boyhood, and schooling within learning environments that largely serve Black students from neighborhoods with concentrated poverty. His multi-year projects to date have led to publications with Teachers College Record, Harvard Educational Review, and co-editing of a special issue on boys' education with the Journal of Boyhood Studies. He recently co-edited the Routledge Handbook on Boyhood in the United States, and his forthcoming book with Harvard Education Press is entitled, Unjust Resilience: Black Boyhood, Academic Success, and the Middle School Crisis. His research has been featured in the Washington PostThe Atlantic, and National Public Radio. This year, he was named an Editor-In-Chief of the historic journal, Men and Masculinities. In his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dr. Nelson taught first grade in a single-sex classroom of boys of color in the high-poverty neighborhood where he grew up. 

Dr. Nelson's presentation at Fenn's Forum will focus on the subject of relational teaching, specifically as it relates to Black boys.

Session B: A panel discussion that will explore topics including: being aware of our cultural lens and understanding how our students process information (and learn), how we can make space for student voice and agency, and how we can develop learning partnerships between students and teachers. Panelists will include Linda Hughes, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Walnut Hill School; Rosanna Salcedo, Dean for Equity and Inclusion at Cambridge School of Weston; Yana Weinstein-Jones, researcher and former professor at UMass Lowell; and Allison West, Middle School Curriculum Director at Carroll School. Dr. Nelson will also participate. 

Session C: A hands-on workshop led by Yana Weinstein-Jones and focused on learning strategies, specifically how we can use a diverse range of concrete examples from different cultures in teaching and learning to illustrate abstract concepts and how this diversity of content can actually help all students learn more effectively. Dr. Weinstein-Jones received her Ph.D. in Psychology from University College London in 2009, worked as a researcher at Washington University in St. Louis until 2013, and then at UMass Lowell as a professor until 2019. She co-founded the Learning Scientists, a popular informational resource for teachers, students, and parents all over the world, and co-authored the book Understanding How We Learn: A Visual Guide (2019). Dr. Weinstein-Jones recently chose to leave her academic position to focus on the application of her research to real-life educational settings. She is currently an editor at the Journal of Cognition and is writing a book about mental health in academia. 

PLEASE REGISTER below by Friday, February 14, 2020.

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