Agenda - Saturday October 7, 2017 West Village Commons
8:00–9:00 AM Registration and Breakfast
9:00–9:20 AM Welcome
- Laurie Mullen, Dean, College of Education, Towson University
- Kim Schatzel, President Towson University
9:20–10:20 AM Keynote Speaker
- Chris Emdin, Associate Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University
Chris Emdin, eminent scholar of science education, cultural relevant teaching practice, and “reality
pedagogy” will speak about the research that he does on hip hop pedagogies and how
to engage young people of color
10:20–10:30 AM Framing sessions around systemic implicit biases and institutional
inculcation of this through testing, curriculum, and teaching.
- Adar Ayira, Associated Black Charities
10:30–10:45 AM Coffee Break
10:45 AM–Noon Breakout Session
Doing the Heavy-Lifting: Creating and Maintaining Culturally Responsive Classrooms
- Kaye Whitehead is a former Baltimore City school teacher and is now Associate Professor,
Communication and African & African American Studies, at Loyola University Maryland
and the author of Letters to My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post Racial America (2015)
- Iris Kirsh is an English teacher at Patterson High School in Baltimore City. Her research
focuses on the root causes of systemic inequity in public education. She and her students
blog at wordpress.com.
How can teacher and administrator preparation change to provide an equity lens to
future educators and educational leaders?
- Morna McDermott is a professor in the College of Education at Towson University. Recent
publications include The Left Handed Curriculum, and The Activists Handbook for the Education Revolution. Her teaching and research focus on the intersections between creativity, social
justice, and public education. She lives in Baltimore with her husband and two children.
- Simone Gibson is an assistant professor of education at Morgan State University who
specializes in preparation of Black pre-service teachers to address issues of literacy
and equity. Additionally, she studies the non-dominant literacy strengths of K-12
learners from historically marginalized communities.
How do we move from a deficit mindset to a developmental one about education inequality?
- J. Little is a white, genderqueer resident of Baltimore City. They work in the field
of education in a variety of contexts including K-12 public schools, universities,
community settings and workshops around racial equity. They work to develop and facilitate
curricula that addresses racial disproportionality while building tools to make progress
towards equity. They currently work with Baltimore Racial Justice Action and Towson
University as well as volunteering for the interim leadership team of Baltimore's
chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice. J. is committed to working on self-awareness
and self-education while working with others to understand our roles, risks and abilities
in interrupting white supremacy culture.
- Brittany Horne is the equity support teacher and sixth grade science teacher at Roland
Park Elementary/ Middle School. She has spoken throughout the country on issues dealing
with equity in our educational system. She holds a bachelor of arts in sociology and
a master of arts in teaching both attained from The College of New Jersey. During
her years in college, she was the president of the Black Student Union and senator
of Culture and Society. Brittany was The College of New Jersey’s representative at
Yale University for their 13th Annual Black Solidarity Conference where she led discussions
dealing with the legitimacy of both mainstream media sources and investigated socio-political
issues at hand dealing with the impending political campaigns. She currently is partnering
with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum located in Baltimore City to teach school-aged children
about the civil rights movement and to guide them in becoming effective activists
and leaders of change in their surrounding communities.
How can equitable access to the arts and culturally-rooted arts education practices
help youth envision their future?
- Diane Kuthy is a lecturer in the Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education
at Towson University and a PhD candidate in the Language, Literacy and Culture program
at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County. Diane is a member of Baltimore
Racial Justice Action. Her research focuses on racial equity in arts education.
- Shyla Rao believes in arts education as a form of social action that empowers young
people to critically engage with their place in the world. Shyla serves as Principal
at City Neighbors Hamilton, a public charter school in Baltimore City. She finds great
importance with staying actively connected in the community through arts, advocacy,
education, and play.
- Julia Di Bussolo, Ms. Di Bussolo joined Arts Every Day as Executive Director in September
2012. She lives in Baltimore City and is the proud mom of a Baltimore City Public
Schools student. Di Bussolo holds an M.A. in Community Arts and a B.F.A. in Photography
from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
How can we create school environments that are restorative and trauma-responsive rather
- Wendy Shaia is the executive director of SWACOS (Social Work Community Outreach Service)
at the University of Maryland Social Work School. She has more than 20 years of experience
developing, implementing, and leading organizations and programs including homeless
shelters, low-income housing development and community service programs.
- Tracey Durant works in the Office of Equity and Cultural Proficiency for Baltimore
County Public Schools. In this role, she is responsible for planning, developing,
evaluating and implementing equity initiatives designed to close achievement gaps
and increase academic rigor.
- Pat Goldys is the school principal Norwood Elementary which implements restorative
How can administrators support all school professionals in their work with students
- Kim Moffitt is associate professor in the Departments of American Studies and the
Language, Literacy and Culture Ph.D. program and affiliate associate professor in
the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County
(UMBC). Her teaching interests include culture. She is the founding parent and a board
member of Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys Public Charter School, a 4th–8th grade liberal arts, college preparatory school.
- Rochelle Machado is the principal of Arundel Elementary Middle School in Cherry Hill.
She holds a master’s degree from Towson University in instructional leadership. In
2017, she won the Mike Hickey Award for school leadership.
12:00–1:00 PM Networking Lunch
Enjoy a lunch buffet and visit with gallery participants including Wide Angle Media,
Young Audiences, Art Everyday, Dewmore
1:00–2:15 PM Breakout Session Continued
See descriptions above.
2:15–2:45 PM Coffee Break
2:45–3:15 PM Dance performance
Members of the Step Team from The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women will
perform. The team's story is shared in Step: A Real Life Story. This new documentary chronicles the first graduating class and team members as they
prepare to become the first in their families to go to college.
3:30–4:30 PM Closing Panel: Our challenges and future work together
- Moderator: Jessica Shiller, Towson University
- Dayvon Love, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle
- Sean Conley, Chief Academic Office, Baltimore City Schools
- Verletta White, Interim Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools
- Ray Winbush, Morgan State University