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Dr. Yohuru Williams + Sari Beth Rosenberg
Teaching by Proxy: Strategies for Exploring Contemporary Topics
through History in the Social Studies Classroom
As structures in society are railed against and change as rapidly as ever, the key to teaching dynamic Social Studies is drawing parallels to current issues through the exploration of commonly taught themes and historical events. The events of today have precedent and the educator who can make those connections can support the development of a dynamic student body as conscious citizens in the world.
Dr. Yohuru Williams is Distinguished University Chair and Professor of History and Founding Director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas. He received his Ph.D. from Howard University in 1998.
Dr. Williams is the author of:
Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights Black Power and Black Panthers in New Haven (Blackwell, 2006)
Rethinking the Black Freedom Movement (Routledge, 2015)
Teaching beyond the Textbook: Six Investigative Strategies (Corwin Press, 2008)
He is the editor of A Constant Struggle: African-American History from 1865 to the Present Documents and Essays (Kendall Hunt, 2002), and is co-editor of The Black Panthers: Portraits of an Unfinished Revolution (Nation Books, 2016), In Search of the Black Panther Party, New Perspectives on a Revolutionary Movement (Duke, 2006), and Liberated Territory: Toward a Local History of the Black Panther Party (Duke, 2008).
He also served as general editor for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History's 2002 and 2003 Black History Month publications, The Color Line Revisited (Tapestry Press, 2002) and The Souls of Black Folks: Centennial Reflections (Africa World Press, 2003). Dr. Williams served as an advisor on the popular civil rights reader Putting the Movement Back into teaching Civil Rights. Dr. Williams has appeared on a variety of local and national radio and television programs most notably ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Aljazeera America, BET, CSPAN, EBRU Today, Fox Business News, Fresh Outlook, Huff Post Live, and NPR. He was featured in the Ken Burns PBS Documentary "Jackie Robinson" and the Stanley Nelson PBS Documentary "The Black Panthers." He is also one of the hosts of the History Channel’s Web show "Sound Smart." A regular political commentator on the Cliff Kelly Show on WVON, Chicago, Dr. Williams also blogs regularly for the Huffington Post and is a contributor to the Progressive Magazine. Dr. Williams' scholarly articles have appeared in the American Bar Association’s Insights on Law and Society, The Organization of American Historians Magazine of History, The Black Scholar, The Journal of Black Studies, Pennsylvania History, Delaware History, the Journal of Civil and Human Rights and the Black History Bulletin. Dr. Williams is also presently finishing a new book entitled In the Shadow of the Whipping Post: Lynching, Capital Punishment, and Jim Crow Justice in Delaware 1865-1965 under contract with Cambridge University Press.
Sari Beth Rosenberg is a U.S. History teacher, writer, host, and public speaker. She has been teaching at a New York City public high school, the High School for Environmental Studies, for nearly two decades and currently hosts the PBS NewsHour Extra Educator Zoom Series. Rosenberg has been featured in various publications and multimedia platforms, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Reuters, The Progressive, A+E/Lifetime, Travel Channel, TheSkimm, and PBS NewsHour.
Connections Over Content
In a time when education and educators have faced challenges unlike ever before it is essential to focus on what is still the important and effective thing an educator can do: care about their students. We will focus on the importance of developing relationships with students which, regardless of how tech-savvy you are, is still at the core of being an effective teacher.
Nicholas Ferroni is a high school teacher and nationally recognized social activist who educates, mentors and inspires students to reach their goals while driving a national dialogue about education reform. Nick was named "Upstander of the Year" by the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) for his outspoken advocacy and support for LGBTQ youth, Nick was also noted as one of the "100 Making a Difference,” one of the "Most Influential Educators In America," and honored by The Foundation on Gender Equality, the American Conference on Diversity and the United Nations Women’s Division. His expertise and strong opinions about education have made him a sought after expert on nationally known platforms including ABC's 'The View,' MSNBC, The Huffington Post, and more. Nick has also been featured in USA Today for his advocacy and work for teachers, focusing on his “No Summers Off” campaign, where he featured teachers in every state and shared what they do over the summer and to expose the myth that teachers have summers off. As a history teacher to extremely diverse students in his
hometown of Union, New Jersey, Nick developed a "Teach the Truth" campaign to incorporate more minority figures in social studies curriculum, as well as including the history of the Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights movement. In addition, he helped found his school's Gay Straight Alliance and Feminist Club. Ferroni has become renowned for employing innovative and unique approaches to teaching his students. His social experiment on the importance of gender equality in politics went viral, garnering the attention of news outlets and television programs nationwide. The View's Whoopi Goldberg called “The best social experiment ever." While Ferroni is often recognized for his ability to spark dialogue about the educational system, the most unique catalyst came from People Magazine, who featured him regularly for his advocacy and commitment to educators and education. A lifetime advocate of health and fitness, Nick was also named one of Men's Fitness Magazine's "Fittest Men in the World," an honor generally reserved for prominent athletes and actors.
Frances Amato Dominguez
App Smashing: The Innovation Ed Tech!
This session will focus on innovative ways to use EdTech in the classroom. Using Nearpod as a base, I am going to show lessons that involve App Smashing from other EdTech platforms for an all in one lesson and speak with educators on how they can best integrate this into their classrooms to provide engaging, accessible and equitable lessons.
My name is Frances Amato Dominguez. I am a New York City Ed Tech Model Teacher, STEAM Teacher and a New Teacher Mentor in the NYCDOE. I am an also aspiring administrator that is hoping to levy a greater educational technology experience for students to provide equity and access to all. I believe technology will be able to bridge many gaps and deficits that many students currently face. This has inspired me to obtain my PhD and become a scholar in this field. I am completing my PhD dissertation in the area of Educational Technology and Design. I am a Goal-driven instructional leader with 17 years of hands-on classroom expertise. Committed to establishing an inclusive and student-focused community, where all members are dedicated to the growth, learning, and success of our children.
Bringing the Amazon into the Classroom
This discussion centers on Spanish language audio and visual materials which explore the history, culture and natural environments in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Ideal for Spanish teachers, ESL or bilingual teachers or anyone working with Ecuadorian students who wishes to integrate these resources into the classroom.
Stephanie Scott is a mother, writer and educator based in Quito, Ecuador. She studied Linguistics at Georgetown University and then went on to receive her MST from Fordham University through the New York City Teaching Fellows. Since 2016 she works to support rural Amazonian public schools in Ecuador's most linguistically diverse province. From the concrete jungle to the jungle jungle, she strives to decolonize education.
Matthew Rudy Meangru
Bringing Back the Love of Mathematics to High School Urban Students in a Life after Covid-19
This session encourages high school teachers to learn new ways to deliver exciting mathematics lessons to urban students in a life after COVID-19. For the past year, high school teachers have experienced challenges in teaching students mathematics in virtual classrooms. Students remained at home and did not get to experience the social aspects of normal high school life, pre-Covid. When students return to high school, they will have to adapt to a new normalcy. These events can be incorporated through mathematical activities using a game-based learning software called Kahoot, and, most especially, a 3D modelling software called Tinkercad. The major takeaway of this session is learning new ways to teach mathematics with excitement in a post pandemic life.
Matthew Meangru is a second year Post Graduate Researcher (PhD Candidate) in Education at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. His research focus is on utilizing a mathematical modelling and 3D printer activity to explore and impact preservice teachers mathematical affect, identity, and competence. Before moving to the United Kingdom, Matthew taught mathematics at high school Saturday programs in New York City, in community colleges, and in university classrooms. He has a passion for helping current and future teachers teach mathematics to high school urban students in a fun and engaging way.
Challenging Equality Through the Lens of Equity
For so many years our school system, our lives, and everything we know were built on the theory of equality. In the session, we will discuss the challenges of transition from the equality to equity mindset and how the many entry points of equity can make us feel like we are starting all over and/or from different places. We will also discuss tools used to aid in this transition as we all journey to build more equitable classrooms, schools, and communities.
My name is Jezula Antoine, and I am a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens. My parents are Haitian, and my brothers and I are first-generation Haitian-Americans. I am a mother to a wonderful young man who is a high school sophomore. I serve as PTA President and School Leadership Team Chairperson at Hudson High School of Learning Technologies and am a member and contributor to the Hudson Equity Team. I am an advocate of mentoring, career readiness, and financial literacy for underserved students. In my spare time, I enjoy being a creative writer and journaling, playing board games (Scrabble and Connect Four are a couple of favs), and watching game shows. I also escape to dystopian worlds by reading books such as "Battle Royale" and "Never Let Me Go", and watch "This Is Us", for balance. Currently, I am a Senior at Metropolitan College of New York, working on attaining my Bachelor's in Human Services. Professionally, I have a background in Operations Management, customer service, specialty retail, and have worked within the Time Warner/Warner Media brands, such as CNN, HBO, and Cinemax to name a few. I look forward to continuing on building an equitable worldwide community with others through this experience and those that flourish from it.
William Hart; brings over 15 years of professional experience in education and youth development. William is a Certified Youth and Young Adult Life Coach, Licensed Youth Minister, and Musician. Currently, William serves as the Parent Coordinator, Equity Team Lead, and member of the Dean's team in the Student Support Center at Hudson High School of Learning Technologies. William's professional career has been dedicated to fostering effective relationships among all invested stakeholders, as well as work to find viable solutions to problems in schools.
Walter Brown, father of four boys, has been in public education for 25 years as a classroom teacher and currently serves as an Assistant Principal at Hudson High School of Learning Technologies as well as co-founder of the annual #EdxEdNYC Learning Conference. Hosted conversations “Adjusting School Systems by Walking the Talk: Leadership and Reflective Dialogue with All Stakeholders” at UTEP RUTGERS Conference, Newark (2018) He has been invited to speak at the Tech Forum NY "Fostering Innovation at the School and District Level” 2015 ; BREC “How to Implement an Effective Team Approach to Teaching” 2009; Adelphi University “Urban Education Conference” 2007. He currently sits on the board of the nonprofit “InnovatingEd.” and is commission of Levittown North Baseball @wbrownhhs
The Power of Story: Leadership and Rumbling with Vulnerability
Recognizing that every teacher, education worker and student comes to schools with unique stories and lived experiences, it's critical that school administrative leaders understand the value of storytelling as an enabler of responsive school culture. For this to occur, all stakeholders including school administrators must rumble with their own vulnerability in order to provide students with a schooling experience that transcends curriculum and thrives to empower young people in class and beyond.
From short films to nurturing students to leverage social media as a new resume, Anthony's educational career has been grounded in the ever-evolving world of digital technology and media literacy with a focus on equity, culturally relevant teaching and the power of student storytelling. Anthony holds an Honours Diploma in Film and Television Production from Humber College, a BA in Film Studies (with Distinction) and a Bachelor of Education in Communications Technology from Brock University. Currently, Anthony is completing his Master of Education in Media Literacy at Queen's University. Anthony has written media / technology curriculum for Niagara University, Queen’s University, OECTA, OPHEA, Nelson Education, Catholic Curriculum Corporation and other institutions across Canada and has presented at a number of leading educational conferences including Reading for the Love of It, STAO, Connect and When Faith Meets Pedagogy. Now in the role of Vice Principal, Anthony continues his work with students and educators to ensure that digital Technology is actively used to create inclusive learning spaces through storytelling and community outreach. Visit Anthony at: www.aperrotta.com. Follow Anthony on Twitter at @aperrottatweets and visit his new movie podcast Rewind From Today on Twitter @rewindfromtoday
For the Love of Learning!
Do you want to help instill a love of learning in your students? Are you looking for research based, creative strategies to help engage your students and increase their motivation, ultimately leading to an increase in their skills? In this session, learn new differentiation strategies for increasing student motivation and making your lessons feel more relevant and engaging to students.
I have been an educator for the past 20 years. For much of my career, I was a middle and high school English and Creative Writing teacher in New York City. Over the years, my other roles included being a learning specialist and coach, advising director, and more recently, an administrator at a high school in Wisconsin. I love sharing my experiences and knowledge with other educators and learning from them too!
Using Children’s Stories to Build Resiliency
Children love stories so why not choose specific stories that help children build resiliency when faced with trauma. Let's talk about ways to connect with kids through the power of children's stories and young adult books. We will spend hands on time with specific activities you can use with the story "The Invisible String" as well as an activity for the book "The Hate You Give." We will also spend time reviewing other popular children's titles and ways that you can use them as a trauma informed tool in the classroom, in therapy or at home. Lastly, sharing is caring - I'll be asking for some of your favorite titles to use.
Tracy owns Safe Spaces, a consulting firm that helps create safe spaces for everybody, everywhere. Safe spaces are made by creating resilient families, resilient communities and resilient organizations. Her work focuses on creating safe spaces through effective workshops, trainings, and a brown bag lunch series. While serving as the Public Education Manager at SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) of Northern Virginia, she became a Darkness to Light authorized facilitator and instructor. If you are not familiar with the Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children curriculum, it teaches adults how to recognize, react, and respond to child sexual abuse. She has trained over 1200 adults and has trained 200 new authorized facilitators. Her other trainings at SCAN included safe sleep, abusive head trauma, mandated reporting, ACE’s, trauma and resiliency, as well as various parenting classes. She also serves as a Prezi Teacher-in-Residence helping create and curate content for educators; in the classroom, in distance learning settings and at virtual conferences. This passion is fueled by her experience at a charter school in Mesa, Arizona where she served as Site Administrator for the Kindergarten through 6th grade campus. In her two years as Site Administrator, the school went from “failing” to “performing plus”. Prior to her leadership role, she also taught fine arts classes for middle school students as well as prekindergarten, kindergarten and first grade. Tracy and her husband have been married for almost 20 years and are riding the waves of the pandemic in Dublin, California with a 14 year old and 16 year old. Tracy loves to write and share her parenting experience and prevention knowledge - she is the Managing Editor at San Francisco Bay Area Moms.
Jamie Ewing, Jennifer Wolfe
Lights, Camera, and Me! Making More Effective Classroom Video
Video has long been thought to be a useful classroom tool, but for many teachers, it became an essential medium of instruction during the recent turn to virtual learning. However, not all videos are equal. In this session, we first explore the ways in which we use video, and then we will unpack the elements of great home-grown classroom videos through the lens of the Community of Inquiry Model which highlights the need for instructional, cognitive, and social presence. Video use cases will be highlighted and various types of blended learning are discussed in relation to the types of video experiences a teacher might make. Additionally, the proximal learning experiences and curation that surround and narratively thread videos together are equally important in turning students from passive to active consumers of video content.
Paul has worked in education for over 25 years as a teacher, researcher, and consultant. He is a former ELA teacher and ran after-school technology programs for Technology Access Foundation in Seattle. He also taught tech in the teacher education program at the UW-Seattle and was one of Educurious’s founding team members, a nonprofit focused on PBL. He is the former VP of Engagement for Teaching Channel, where we worked on all things video, and most recently, he founded Education Impact Exchange that helps districts and nonprofits scale initiatives, e.g., dual language, MLL programs, standards-based grading, PBL, blended instruction, and education technology integrations. He also assists companies in research and program development.
Jennifer Wolfe, 2021 New York State Teacher of the Year, and National Board Certified Teacher in AYA Social Studies, has been teaching social studies for 24 years at Oceanside High School in Oceanside, NY. Currently she teaches Pre-AP World History to 9th graders. An unapologetic proponent of teacher leadership, Jen wholeheartedly believes that the challenges we face today in education can best be solved with a table full of teachers leading the way. The recipient of three Fulbright Scholarships, published author, and Mom, Jen spends her free time making sure every elected official has a teacher's number in their cell phone and uses it when they are writing educational policy.
Jamie Ewing is a National Board Certified Teacher teaching as the Science/STEM Specialist at PS277x, the Bronx, in the New York City Public School system. He works with 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in exploring all things STEAM! Jamie is featured in the www.Code.org video alongside Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and other industry leaders. STEM + Design Think + PBL + 21st Century Skills = 21st century education! Mentor, Innovator, Coach & Believer Students Come First. He also believes that he does not go into the classroom to inspire his students rather he believes that he is inspired to be a better educator daily by his students. A 13 year veteran educator, he has been recognized nationally/international for the way he inspires learning. Jamie is the 2015 Henry Ford Innovative Teacher of the Year, 2014 MOHAI Teacher of the Year, and the 2013 National Academy of Arts and Science in Education Innovative Teacher of the Year. A 2010-2019 Microsoft Innovative Educator. Represented the USA at the 2013/2014 Microsoft PIL Global Forum in Prague, CR and Barcelona, Spain.