weekly seminars

The Xerox Center presents seminars each week concerning aspects of

multicultural education, urban education, and diversity. The picture below was designed by an unknown artist in the post-revolutionary period in Vietnam, and features images of Black and Latino Causa Justa/ Just Cause members (http://cjjc.org.)

 

SPRING 2014 Xerox Seminars and Dates

January 29, 2014-TBA

February 5- No Seminar, possible ALL CAMPUS EVENT

February 12- Wednesday, 2:30-3:20pm in Welles 123

Languages Other Than English and English Language Learners for k-12 Teachers.  Dr. Brendan Gallivan, Executive Director for ELL and LOTE will discuss the SIOP method used in the Rochester City School District to work with LOTE students.  He will also discuss the role the community plays in improving the support for ELL and LOTE students.  Pre-registration required.

February 19, 2014; Wednesday, 2:30-3:20pm in Newton 209

Rejuvenation Mathematics Instruction For K-12 Teachers and Students. This workshop is for any elementary or secondary teacher in ANY discipline in any subject, any math or math education major, or anybody who ever took math!  Why did you like or dislike your math classes?  You can't "sell" content, in any discipline, to your students unless it first facinates and engages you.  What do we need to do to inspire kids in math?  This session is presented by Dr. Robert Gerver, a math teacher at North Shore High School, author of Financial Algebra books, scholarly articles and frequent math education workshop presenter.  Free textbook to all attendees.  Pre-registration required.

February, 26, 2014; Wednesday, 2:30-3:20pm in Welles 123

Common Core Standards, Global Competencies, and the Middle East. Part 1

March 5, 2014; Wednesday, 2:30-3:20pm in Welles 123

Common Core Standards, Global Competencies, and the Middle East. Part 2

March 12, 2014; Wednesday, 2:30-3:20pm in Welles 123

Cancelled due to weather:  Common Core Standards, Global Competencies, and the Middle East. Part 3

March 19, 2014, No Seminar due to Spring Break

March 26, 2014-No Seminar

April 2, 2014; Rescheduled today: Common Core Standards, Global Competencies, and the Middle East. Part

April 9, 2014, Wednesday, 2:30-3:20pm in Welles 123

Panel presenation on Student Teaching in Ghana.

April 16, 2014- TBA

Fall 2013 Xerox Seminars and Dates

September 11, 2013, Wednesday, 2:30-4:30pm, Welles 24

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training Workshop

Stefanie Szwejbka a Prevention and Outreach Educational Specialist at Binova Child Adovocacy Center will present a 2 hour certificate program to interested participants called Stewards of Children Training.  This training will increase awareness and prevalence, consequence, and circumstances of child sexual abuse.  It will provide new skills for adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse and create postitive change to organizational policies and procedures by helping individuals commit to action through a personal prevention plan.

September 18, 2013, Wednesday, 4pm in South 233

Global Perspective in the Classroom:  West African Schooling 1/3 seminars

This seminar is one of three to obtain a certificate in Western African Schooling.  The discussion will focus on Western African schools and cultures and how the two intersect in the classroom.  You will find out how West African teachers work to integrate the home community into the school community, through school prefects, Girls prefects, compound overseers and entertainment prefects.

September 26, 2013, Thursday, 4pm in South 233

Global Perspectives in the Classroom:  West African Schooling 2/3 seminars

This seminar is the second of three to obtain a certificate in Western African Schooling.  The discussion will focus on Western African schools and the role of the community in effective education.  Three committees will be discussed:  Parent Teacher Associations (PTA); School Management Committees (SMCs); and Teacher-Community Relationship Coordinators (TCRCs).

October 2, 2013, Wednesday, 2:30pm in South 233

Global Perspectives in the Classroom:  West African Schooling 3/3 seminars

This seminar is the third of three seminars to obtain a certificate in Western African Schooling.  The discussion will focus on the school curriculum and the style of teaching and include: the organizational structure from class, level, to grade systems; the curriculum expectations and selective examinations; the teaching and learning styles of students and approaches; and the school legal system.

October 9, 2013, Wednesday, 2:30pm in South 233

This seminar will give SOE students updates on testing required for NYSED teacher certificate requirements.  Tracy Peterson, Director of Student Success will give a talk on all the requirements and deadlines that you need to have in order to graduate with all the required tests and required edTPA video project  completed on time.

October 23, 2013, Wednesday, 4:00pm in South 233

The Anatomy of Destiny; Undeniable and Unstoppable. Understanding the Point of No Return.  Barnebus Gikonyo, Professor of Chemistry will talk about his education experience in Africa and how he was able to reach his dream of becoming a Chemistry teacher. "We look at where the students are, and things that must happen---like graduation, choosing a major, etc and tips on how best to succeed. I discuss my own education background, challenges, the role of mentors etc...and how to achieve their dreams. Warning- Its powerful."

October 24, 2013, Thursday 4:00-5:00, South Hall 233 Part 1 of 3 for Global Perspectives: Arab Muslim Students and Education
"Diversity and Islam"  Program for Cultural Harmony week, sponsored by Center for Community and Multicultural Affairs
This talk will focus on important beliefs about pluralism and multiple interpretations in Islam. Muslims who are both devout and progressive understand their religion in ways that we do not typically see in mainstream media representations of them. The presentation puts Islam within diversity, and diversity within Islam. Students will gain an awareness of important core beliefs held by many Muslims regarding their religion's advocacy of human rights and gender equality. This presentation is by Dr. Linda Steet, who spent a year in Jordan on a Fulbright Award teaching at the University of Jordan, and a year on sabbatical with Al Quds University in the West Bank.  To use this seminar as part 1 of 3 seminars on Global Perspectives:  Arab Muslims and Education, please sign in at the front of the room.

Monday, October 28th, 2013, 3-4 p.m., Tim Wise, South Hall 338, Part 1 of 3 series, Race and Education

Tim Wise will spend time in a question and answer session with School of Education faculty and students on his views on school reform in America.  Tim Wise has authored six books, numerous essays on school reform, and is a predominant figure leading the anti-racist movement in America. Utne Reader named him one of the "25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World".  Wise has provided anti-racism training to teachers nationwide, and has conducted trainings with physicians and medical industry professionals on how to combat racial inequities in health care. He has also trained corporate, government, entertainment, military and law enforcement officials on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions, and has served as a consultant for plaintiff’s attorneys in federal discrimination cases in New York and Washington State.

Please see his recent work at www.TimWise.org.  Please register for the session at:

http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8839937491

Monday, October 28th, 2013 5:30 p.m., Keynote Speaker, Tim Wise, Newton 214, Part 2 of 3 series, Race in Education

As part of the 14th Annual Cultural Harmony Week, the Center for Community, Fatima Rodriguez Johnson has been able to bring Tim Wise, a well reknown author on "race and education" to SUNY GEneseo.  The Xerox Center is co-sponsoring this event along with several other groups on campus. Wise is the author of six books, including his latest, Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority (City Lights Books); his highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son (recently updated and re-released by Soft Skull Press); Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White, and Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics. He was named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World,” by Utne Reader. He has spoken in all 50 states, on over 800 College campuses, and to community groups across the nation.  Sign in on a roster at the back of the room to use a part 2 of 3 series certificate on Race in Education.

October 30, 2013, Wednesday, 2:30pm in South 233

Getting Real About Race in Schools: Part 3 of 3 series, Race in Education

This seminar is an introduction to becoming more culturally responsive in diverse professional settings and also about understanding how to cross cultural boundaries in a sensitive manner. The instructor provides samples of conversations with colleagues who are working in the community using current media examples. Participants will be able to use the strategies in the seminar and apply them to k-12 classroom situations or in training environments where urban professionals are working with diverse populations. To register please go to:

https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8893200803

October 24, 2013, Thursday 4:00-5:00, South Hall 233
"Diversity and Islam" 

This talk will focus on important beliefs about pluralism and multiple interpretations in Islam. Muslims who are both devout and progressive understand their religion in ways that we do not typically see in mainstream media representations of them. The presentation puts Islam within diversity, and diversity within Islam. Students will gain an awareness of important core beliefs held by many Muslims regarding their religion's advocacy of human rights and gender equality. This presentation is by Dr. Linda Steet, who spent a year in Jordan on a Fulbright Award teaching at the University of Jordan, and a year on sabbatical with Al Quds University in the West Bank.  Please sign in at the front of the room to use as part 1 of 3 on Global Perspectives:  Arab Muslim Students and Education.  The other two seminars linked to this in a series on Arab Muslim Students can be registered for by:  
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8778084487

November 6, 2013, Wednesday, 4pm in South 233 Part 2 of 3; Global Perspectives:  Arab Muslim Students and Education

"Making your Classroom Inclusive for Arab Muslim Students"
This presentation will introduce you to basic Islamic beliefs, practices, holidays, and art. You will gain information to help you incorporate knowledge about the Arab world and Islam into K-12 subjects and classroom activities. The presentation will include wonderful images of everyday life in Muslim majority countries that will give you a visual sense of Middle Eastern students, schools, shops, food, landscape, historic sights...everything!
The talk is by Dr. Linda Steet, who spent a year in Jordan on a Fulbright Award teaching at the University of Jordan, and a year on sabbatical with Al Quds University in the West Bank.  Please register for this seminar and the one on November 13th at:

http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8778084487


November 13, 2013, Wednesday, 4:00-5:00, South 233


"Making your Classroom Inclusive for Arab Muslim Students", Part 3 of 3; Global Perspectives: Arab Muslim Students and Education


This is part 3, a continuation of the presentation from Nov. 6, 2013.  You will explore basic Islamic beliefs, practices, holidays, and art. You will gain information to help you incorporate knowledge about the Arab world and Islam into K-12 subjects and classroom activities. The presentation will include wonderful images of everyday life in Muslim majority countries that will give you a visual sense of Middle Eastern students, schools, shops, food, landscape, historic sights...everything!
The talk is by Dr. Linda Steet, who spent a year in Jordan on a Fulbright Award teaching at the University of Jordan, and a year on sabbatical with Al Quds University in the West Bank. Register at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8778084487

November 20, 2013, Wednesday, 2:30pm in South 233

English Language learners and communication disorders.  Irene Belyakov, Professor, speech therapist, and ESL professional will focus on differenting between ELL and people with communication disorders.  She will also talk about how to teach certain sounds and grammar to younger children.

 

Spring 2013 Xerox Seminars and Dates

 

February 6th, 2:30-3:30pm, Welles 26

Franchesca Gibson, from UnCommon Schools will give a presentation about their unique Charter Schools in Rochester and the methods they use to improve performace in urban students.

February 13, 2013, Welles 26

Teaching in Cambodia- SUNY Geneseo senior, Stephanie Tyree, will be presenting a Xerox seminar on obtaining TESOL certification abroad. Stephanie will talk about her experience completing a TESOL course in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and her time in two Cambodian orphanages. We will discuss the benifits associated with TESOL certification and the international teaching opportunities that come with it. This would be of special interested to those who would like to  consider teaching abroad during their career, as well as those considering teaching in the US in areas with high ESL populations.

 

March 11, 2013, Welles 123

Teaching Nepali Students-In 2007, refugee resettlements in Upstate NY accounted for more than 200,000 people in the upstate metropolitan areas of Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Glens Falls, and Utica a significantly larger population resettles in the NYC area.  Please mark your calendars to attend two seminars offered by Amber Powers, a TESOL teacher Jefferson and currently at School #28 in Rochester. Amber will layout some guidelines that will give you a framework to work with English Language Learners.  She will also help you understand methods that can be utilized to provide successful instruction to the English Language Learning children in your classroom.  
March 11th from 6-7pm, Welles 123

 

March 25, 2013, South Hall 209

Teaching Burmese Students-In 2007, refugee resettlements in Upstate NY accounted for more than 200,000 people in the upstate metropolitan areas of Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Glens Falls, and Utica a significantly larger population resettles in the NYC area.  Please mark your calendars to attend two seminars offered by Amber Powers, a TESOL teacher Jefferson and currently at School #28 in Rochester. Amber will layout some guidelines that will give you a framework to work with English Language Learners.  She will also help you understand methods that can be utilized to provide successful instruction to the English Language Learning children in your classroom. 
March 25th from 6-7pm, South Hall 209

 

March 27, 2013, Welles 138

Parental perspectives on difference: Thoughts on disability & diversity from a mother and teacher educator.  Leigh O'Brien, Professor from the SOE will share her experiences and perspectives on what it's like to both enroll a her child in a public school and also as a teacher. She will help you understand the legitimate concerns that parents have towards interventions in the classroom as well as the research about the effectiveness of accomodations in improving performance in children age children.

April 2, 2013

"Affirmative Action- Unfair Benefit or Necessary Redress"

As part of our commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr., this event is being sponsored in honor of MLK's contribution to promotion of social equity for oppressed people in the United States.  On Tuesday, April 2, at 5pm in Sturges Auditorium, Rita and Bill Bender will consider the Affirmative Action policy in the context of the Fisher Case currently before the United States Supreme Court.  Those attending the seminar should first listen to the Fisher case oral arguments at:  http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_audio_detail.aspz?argument=11-345

April 10, 2013, rescheduled to another date and time

Response to Intervention

Tyra Lewis, Executive Director of  Reponse to Intervention at the Rochester City School District will provide an overview of RTI framework-what it is/what it is not.  She will also address the 9 critical features for implementing the RTI framework including theTeachers responsibility to notify parent when child is receiving additional support.
 

April 17, 2013, 5-7pm, Union Ballroom

edTPA and other new teacher certificate requirements

 

April 18, 2013, 3-4pm, South Hall 345, computer lab

Attachment Disorders Theory, impact and implications in children.  Andrew Dorow, school guidance counselor at the RCSD will present the implications of having students with attachment disorders and how their behaviors in schools create obstacles for teachers.  Andrew will talk about some of the theories behind the disorder and what teachers can do to mitigate their behaviors.

 

April 24, 2013, 2:30-3:30pm, Welles 138

Celebrating Multicultural Holidays and Events, 2:30-3:30pm place TBA

A panel presentation to investigate the way schools handle celebrations and acknowledgements of culturally diverse holidays other than Christian.  This seminar will be facilitated by the Xerox Center and presented by Geneseo students from several different ethnic groups, religious groups and demonimations.  Listen to how your Geneseo peers would like to see their cultural holiday presented to majority children in schools by k-12 teachers. Students will recieve various calendars that mark the celebration of a wide variety of holidays around the world, as well as globally significant commemorative days.

 

Fall 2012 past seminars:

September 19, 2012
Summer Multicultural Teacher Education Learning Panel

The Xerox Center for Multicultural Education starts the year off by hosting a panel that will talk about their summer teaching experiences.  Nine pre-service teachers work in highly diverse settings, i.e. teaching english to children in a Cambodian orphange; camp counselor for children with cancer;  directing a musical production for ELL and native speakers; working with gifted talented children with social adjustment issues; and teaching other unique populations of children. The panel will be facilitated by RYSAG camp director and will ask critical questions discussing the similarities, differences  and intersections of student learning and methodology.

September 26, 2012

Mapping the Field of Urban Education in Rochester

An overview of the current context of educational, community and political concerns in the city of Rochester and the broad effects that it has on schools, teachers and students.  This presentation will help inform students about the fascinating and politically active field of urban education in Rochester. The city is home to an ever changing and emerging educational enterprises that deals with issues of poverty and low rates of graduation in a variety of ways including:  closing local schools;  launching public charters;  turn around schools; and alternative high schools.  Rochester city ranks #11 in the nation for children living in and among poverty.  In New York State, Rochester City School District has among the lowest graduation rates in the entire state.

October 3, 2012

Getting Real About Race in Education

This seminar is an introduction to becoming more culturally responsive in diverse professional settings and also understanding how to cross cultural boundaries in a sensitive manner. We will provide samples of conversations with colleagues who are working in the community using current media examples. Participants will be able to use the strategies in the seminar and apply them to k-12 classroom situations or in training environments where urban professionals are working with diverse populations.

October 10, 2012

Becoming aware of privilege, power and teaching

This seminar will help pre-service teachers recognize how power and priviledge play out in school systems.  Games and inventories will be used to help students get a better understanding of how their upbringing and comfort level with diverse cultures will influence the way they approach classroom management, accomodations for learning differences and cultural differences

October 31, 2012

The Xerox Center will hold a seminar on understanding bullying.  Please join us for the "The Golden Rule of Bullying" at 2:30-3:30pm, in Welles 26.  We are excited to host one of the most passionate guidance counselors you will ever meet.  Andrew Dorrow, Guidance Counselor at School #3  goes out of his way to advocate for city school students.  Andrew will talk about  the motivation behind bullying and his experiences with victims and perpetrators in his role as a guidance counselor for the past 15 years.

November 7, 2012

Introductory look at the Common Core Standards for k-12 Science, in Welles 26.
Joe Zuniga, Lead Teacher at the Rochester City School District office for Science and trainer for Science teachers in the Common Core will be speaking at our next Xerox Seminar.  Joe will discuss how The Common Core Standards and the Framework for K-12 Science Education were developed, and their role in the development of Next Generation Science Standards.  We will investigate the impact of these documents on science education both nationally and in NYS. I will share how they are, and will be, impacting curricula and assessment in the Rochester City School District and NYS.

 

December 1, 2013

Common Core Social Studies

Monday, December 1st, 2012 at 2:30-3:30pm, in Welles 24, we have invited Steve LaMorte, former Geneseo student, current  Ex. Director for Social Studies to come and talk with future teachers about the Common Core Standard, Data based Decision making, and fielding any questions you may have about teaching.  This includes asking him about getting the experiences you need to be competitive for  for upcoming job interviews.
Please join us for an engaging presentation on the changing standards in teaching.  Steve is very interested in helping his fellow Geneseo students with their teaching professions.  Steve has been able to make a great career of being a social studies teacher, I hope you will join us to talk with him about his experiences.

 

December 5, 2013

Art Therapy for Teachers Wednesday, Dec. 5th, 2:30pm, Welles 26
Come in for a break! De-stress with gentle holiday  music, cookies, and wassail.   We will have our art therapy teacher centers in the form of decorating holiday cookies, making gingerbread houses, stringing pop corn, decorating cards,  writing holiday greetings to soldiers, and more.