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 2016 Xerox Seminars and Dates

January 27, 2016 2:30-3:45pm, Newton 214

Panel discussion "Islam and Gender in the 21st Century"

This panel will feature Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, assistant professor of religion at the University of Florida, Dr. Megan Abbas, assistant professor of history at SUNY Geneseo, and Dr. Linda Steet, associate professor of education at SUNY Geneseo. Reception to follow.

February 3, 2016 2:30-3:30pm, Welles 123

Making Black Lives Matter: Disrupting teacher's implicit biases
This seminar will address ways that teachers can disrupt implicit or unconscious bias in the classroom.  Discussions will include stereotype threat, micro aggressions in the classroom, benevolent prejudice and other phenomena that impact student performance. Presented by Susan Norman, Director Xerox Center.

February 10, 2016 2:30-3:30pm, Welles 123

Fear of the Unknown, Examining Our Implicit Biases
Dr. Brian Bailey, Associate Professor of Adolescence Education and Director of the Center for Service Learning at Nazareth College will address some of the root causes of fear that keeps people from trying something new, such as interacting with people who are different from us.  In his talk he will discuss a dangerous disease of humankind:  the inability to imaging the world from another person's perspective.

February 17, 2016 2:30-3:30pm, Welles 123

Safe Zone Seminar for Teachers, Part I

Aiden Cropsey, Coordinator LGBTQ Programs & Services and Amy Ivers, York School Teacher will present Safe Zone for Teachers.  SUNY-Geneseo holds among its core values the ideals of community and diversity. The Geneseo Safe Zone program is a reflection of these values, particularly as they pertain to sexual diversity. The Safe Zone program attempts to increase awareness and acceptance of sexual diversity, while providing a resource network for individuals with questions or concerns related to sexuality. This is part I of a two part series.  A Safe Zone sticker will be given to those that complete both seminars.

February 24, 2016 2:30-3:30pm, Welles 123

Safe Zone Seminar for Teachers, Part II

Aiden Cropsey, Coordinator LGBTQ Programs & Services and Amy Ivers, York School Teacher will present Safe Zone for Teachers.  SUNY-Geneseo holds among its core values the ideals of community and diversity. The Geneseo Safe Zone program is a reflection of these values, particularly as they pertain to sexual diversity. The Safe Zone program attempts to increase awareness and acceptance of sexual diversity, while providing a resource network for individuals with questions or concerns related to sexuality. This is part II of a two part series.  A Safe Zone sticker will be given to those that complete both seminars.

March 2, 2016 2:30-3:30pm, Welles 123

School Reforms that Ignite Student's Passions

John Sullivan, the Head of Lower School at Allendale Columbia School in Rochester, N.Y. will lead an interactive discussion about the changes that have needed to take place in education to effectively prepare today's students for a future of critical thinking and independent learning. From defining what is means to educate to looking at ways that teachers can help students find their passions, Mr. Sullivan will engage participants in what education can look like from an independent school perspective.

March 9, 2016 2:30-3:30pm, Welles 123

SIFE Students

Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE) are a unique subgroup of English Language Learners (ELLs).  These students have had limited formal schooling because of political or social conditions in their native countries. Refugee students are often students with interrupted formal education. Multilingual and mutlicultural students are a growing population in schools across the United States. Join us for a discussion to better understand the process of language acquisition, an in-depth discussion of changing laws and policies in New York State, and Information regarding SIFE students as well as multilingual students with concurrent special education needs. The session will include helpful strategies for developing inclusive learning environments as well as for co-teaching.  Presented by Mary Caitlyn Wight

March 16, 2016 2:30-3:30pm

Break

March 23, 2016 2:30-3:30pm, Welles 123

Innovative STEM in the Classroom

Learn about the added value and remarkable results of teaching real world, engineering principles and professional practices starting in the early elementary grade levels when providing a comprehensive and systematic, grade-by-grade continuum, re-purposing robotics systems & electronic components for designing smart robots programmed with motors and sensors. Experiencing instructional excerpts and demonstrations by a female team of former, corporate engineers now K-8, STEM Educators will enlarge the perspective of teachers. Presentation by Program Director, Sue Sorrentino and the team at Vista Teach Instructional Services: Allendale Columbia School.

March 30, 2016 2:30-3:30pm, Welles 123

Rural Schools with Urban Problems

Description TBA

April 6, 2016 2:30-3:30pm, Welles 123

#Beyonce, #Formation, #BlackLivesMatter, Why the Controversy?

Dr. Crystal Simmons, Assistant Professor at the School of Education will address the following questions throughout the session: What is the Black Lives Movement? How and why does it exist?  How does understanding about this movement translate into the classroom?

April 13, 2016 2:30-3:30pm, Doty Recital Hall

Teaching for the 21st Century

Dr. Etta Hollins, renown Multicultural Teacher Education will focus on the opportunities and challenges for teaching in the 21st century.  In the 2010-2011 academic year more than 80% of entering freshmen graduated from high school and  more high school graduates entered college than ever before in the history of the United States.  However, the teaching profession continues to face critical challenges.  For example, the teaching profession faces challenges in preparing students for pursuing careers requiring advanced knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; and in basic competency in reading and mathematics for traditionally underserved students living in urban and rural areas.  Demographic shifts in the nation’s population has increased the numbers of underserved students and has produced shortages in professions essential for maintaining the quality of life in the society.  The profession is now searching for individuals committed to the education of the next generation and the preservation of the quality of life in a democratic and multicultural society.

April 20, 2016 2:30-3:30pm, Welles 123

Creativity as a Process for Re-Imagining Cultural Identity and Diversity

Dr. Thomas Warfield, of PeaceArt International presents a seminar that explores the creative process – whether an idea, a scientific theory, a musical composition, a technological invention, a literary work, a choreographed dance, a painting, poem or theatrical production – and how innovative thinking and artistic expression incorporate to reveal the diversity of who we are, how we think and what we learn as a tapestry of individual and collective identities. By examining three stages of Creativity: 1). Preparation (education, research, planning and the incubation period), 2). Inspiration (insight and illumination of ideas) and 3). Exposition (the development, expression and production) – and relating them to everyday life experiences, the process provides a new perspective into the structure and diversity of our multiple identities and our interrelatedness within community. Experiential activities involving simple gesture and pedestrian movement will also be included for participants presenting both a kinesthetic and intellectual awareness.

Fall 2015 Xerox Seminars and Dates

September 16, 2015 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 123

Social Emotional Learning-SEL, Part I

The 40 Developmental Assets, when used in teaching may boost knowledge and learning by 11% according to a study funded by the Wallace Foundation, A Framework For Young Adult Success, Unviversity of Chicago.  Lee Holliday and Jeanetta Davis-Jackson, representing the city of Rochester will train on internal assets as part of what the Search Institute has identified as the building blocks of healthy, caring, and responsible development, known as the Developmental Assets, Part I.

September 23, 2015 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 123

Social Emotional Learning-SEL, Part II

The 40 Developmental Assets, when used in teaching may boost knowledge and learning by 11% according to a study funded by the Wallace Foundation, A Framework For Young Adult Success, Unviversity of Chicago.  Lee Holliday and Jeanetta Davis-Jackson, representing the city of Rochester will train on external assets as part of what the Search Institute has identified as the building blocks of healthy, caring, and responsible development, known as the Developmental Assets, Part II

October 7, 2015 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 123

Child Abuse:  Prevention, Recognition & Response, Part I

Understanding Child Sexual Abuse- An Open and Frank Disccusion about Abuse and its Impact.  Teacher candidates will learn about what, exactly, is sexual abuse, as well as its prevalence.  Through the exploration of statistics and actual instances of child abuse, candidates will acquire an increased awareness of all the facets of child abuse, such as signs and indicators, an exploration of the mindset of sexually abused children, and the impact of this unbridled crime on children, their families, and the community.  Part I.

October 28, 2015 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 123

Child Abuse: Prevention, Recognition & Response, Part II

Teacher candidates will continue their exploration of the child abuse epidemic with real-life applications of the general base of knowledge garnered in the first seminar.  Candidates will come to know what to expect in the recording and reporting of suspected child abuse, explore developmentally appropriate resources and strategies to discuss child abuse in the classroom, learn about the Do's and Don'ts of disclosure and how to offer support after a disclosure is made.  Additionally, we will explore the policy of "transparency" in all adult-child interactions, what that entails and why its important.

November 4, 2015 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 123

Islam and Women: Competing Perspectives, Part I

This seminar will introduce you to different interpretations of the rights of Muslim women. Girls and women living in Muslim majority countries live lives that represent a range of political, religious, and legal perspectives. Their multiple ways of being are shaped by fundamentalist, feminist, secularist, and humanist views, which are often in contention. Currently, we can see Muslim women’s roles and rights impacted by power struggles, religious extremism, and global forces. The seminar will present an overall picture of the status of women in Islam, how different readings of the religion create different realities, and the influence of international conventions on women’s rights.

November 11, 2015 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 123

Destruction of Heritage and Culture, Part II

This seminar will focus on the loss of invaluable artifacts and archeological sites throughout the Middle East as a result of pillage and war. This region was long the epicenter of Western research into the history of world civilization and ancient contributions to science, religion, and culture. So much of the region’s archeological uniqueness has been destroyed for all time by illegal looting, collateral war damage, and deliberate decimation. The seminar will show how political, religious, and monetary interests have undermined the preservation of the region’s cultural heritage in spite of international agreements for its protection.

November 18, 2015 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 123

International Refugee Crisis, Part III

This seminar will examine the current plight of refugees and migrants escaping from areas in the Middle East crushed by years of violence, religious extremism, food and water scarcity, and general insecurity. What is the difference between a war refugee, migrant, immigrant, and displaced person? And what are the international agreements on their rights and the rights of the child? The seminar will take a look at the images and stories of recent Middle East refugees who, after filling camps in several regional countries, are heading to Europe. Is anyone responsible for this next generation of children living on the edge of society?

 

December 2, 2015 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 123

Ending the School to Prision Pipeline

This seminar will be an overview of the school to prision pipeline.  We will discuss how the lack of resources, insitutitional racism and individual racism all connect to create the School to Prison Pipeline. We will also discuss proposed solutions such as a new Rochester City School District (RCSD) code of conduct policy and how it relates to the greater Black Lives Matter Movement.  Black males in particular are suspended at rates near 50% in most high schools in the RCSD.  This systemic push-out of an entire generation of black men leads to low graduation rates and high incarceration rates. Speaker Eamonn Scanlon will be heading this session and is the lead education organizer for Metro Justice and the Alliance for Quality Education.  Metro Justice is a grassroots organization that has been in Rochester for 50 years fighting for racial, social and economic justice.

December 9, 2015 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 123

Art Therapy for Teachers

The Xerox Center is hosting a seminar titled Arts Therapy for Teachers. The seminar is designed to introduce teacher candidates to strategies and approaches of avoiding burnout with a festive twist. The event is informal and you will explore these strategies through crafting, enjoying light refreshments, and a visit from Mac the Therapy Dog.

Spring 2015 Xerox Seminars and Dates

February 4, 2015, 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 123

Creating Safe Spaces: LGBTQ Youth in the Classroom, part I

Kat Wiggal, SafeZone trainer and Gabrielle Hermosa, Gay Alliance Speakers Bureau member will teach the newest in LGBTQ vocabulary and help participants to use respectful language to address the community and issues.  With this knowledge, teachers can provide a thriving social-emotional and academic space for "all" their students.  Partipicants will also understand the array of new sexual identities as well as the issues that students and adults have in "coming out".  Speakers will also be able to address the growing population of transgender youth and discuss what teachers can do to encourage a safe and inclusive community.  Register for part I & part II at http://lgbtq-youth-in-the-classroom.eventbrite.com

February 11, 2014, 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 123

Creating Safe Spaces: LGBTQ Youth in the Classroom, part II

Jeanne Gainsburg, Education Director, Gay Alliance, Rochester NY and Matt Burns, Speaker Bureau member will discuss LGBTQ issues in the classroom.  They will present statistical knowledge on school climate for LGBTQ students; discuss how to include LGBTQ in the curriculum; ways to respond to anger, fear and misinformation of students, parents, etc.; and how to move forward to create a safe and welcoming climate in our schools.  Students who attend part 1 & part 2 will recieve a certificate from the Xerox Center as well as a safe zone sticker.  Registered one time for both part I & part II at  http://lgbtq-youth-in-the-classroom.eventbrite.com.

February 18, 2015, 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 123

Making Math Interesting for K-12 students: "Is Seeing Believing? Optical Illusions and Other Oddities"

This presentation is for the child in all educators! From surprising mathematical patterns and puzzling paradoxes that defy intuition, to geometrical deception and photographical amazement, it reminds us how sheer wonder can engage a student. Recommended for students in all disciplines! All attendees are invited to take a copy of the PowerPoint, in addition to a 24-page handout! Dr. Robert Gerver is high school teacher at North Shore High School, and has his Ph.D. in Mathematic Education from New York University.

February 25, 2015, 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 123

Funds of Knowledge

Dr. Rosa Mazurett-Boyle, teacher at the Early College International High School and School #45 in the Rochester City School District will discuss the importance of "Funds of Knowledge" to inform teaching practices, especially useful in communities with highly diverse student populations.  In the seminar, she will explore participants’ professional and personal experiences around cultural/language diversity, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic issues. The seminar is framed by Funds of Knowledge Theory and Critical Race Theory with examples of real classroom applications. Participants will discuss principles of both theories, review research studies, and formulate inquiries in a safe and non-threatening environment.

March 28, 2015, 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 123

SOLE (Self Organized Learning Environment)


Come explore the 2013 TED Talk winner, Sugata Mitra's child-driven idea!  This progressive approach provides k-12 students with the room they need to grow their curiosity rather than have it fed to them.  In this hands-on seminar, you will learn about the SOLE process and see examples of how it has been used.  Please bring your laptops with you to the seminar so that you can experience SOLE for yourself.  Kasie Starks is an elementary teacher at Allendale Columbia School in Pittsford New York


The next 3 seminars are designed to build on one another and will introduce the concept of Mindfulness in education. The workshops will provide data on Mindfulness brain research and discuss the efficacy Mindfulness has had in schools by reducing violence, increasing attendance, diminishing stress, increasing sustained attention, making good decisions and most significantly cultivating a community of learners. Presenter, Siobahn LeGros, Art Teacher at the Harley School, Pittsford, NY.  Students will recieve a certificate for attending all three.  

Register for all three seminars at: https://mindfullawareness123.eventbrite.com

April 8, 2015, 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 123

Seminar 1: Introduction to a Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the act of paying attention, on purpose, deeply and without judgement. This class will explore how stress and the "monkey mind" affect us and how we can develop and nourish our present moment awareness.

The ability to develop calm and focused attention, and the cultivation of this deeper and broadened awareness (mindfulness) are both vital supports to anyone in our fast-paced, high performing lifestyles!

We will discuss habits of body and mind and learn techniques to help us check in and self-regulate, enabling us to make more skillful responses to whatever life offers us!

To register for seminar 1 only:  http://mindfulawareness1.eventbrite.com

April 15, 2015, 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 123

The Brain and Mindfulness

How the brain works and research on mindfulness builds on Seminar I.

Neuroscientists and Doctors have seen the efficacy of mindfulness in a myriad of ways.

Data will be presented on how mindfulness has transformed classrooms, entire schools, and the workplace.


To register for seminar 2 only:  http://mindfulawareness2.eventbrite.com

April 29, 2015, 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 123

What does mindfulness look like in the classroom?

Techniques to reduce stress, to cultivate independence, to develop a reflective practice and are key elements of best practice in teaching. Resiliency comes from a foundation of self awareness.

There is no specific religious or faith tradition emphasis; the practices taught are offered for anyone who wishes to use them to enhance their own health and well-being!


To register for seminar 3 only:  http://mindfulawareness3.eventbrite.com

Fall 2014 Xerox Seminars and Dates

October 1, 2014, 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 123  

Using Assessment to Drive Instruction:  A Workshop on Designing edTPA-Style Assessment

Dr. Ernest Balajthy will be discussing current approaches that try to develop a more empirical, data-driven mindset in teachers, in which assessment and instruction go hand-in-hand. The new edTPA certification test will require teachers to demonstrate their ability to carry out this integration of both formative and summative assessment with instruction. Register at http://edtpa-style.eventbrite.com 

October 15, 2014, 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 123

Teaching the Holocaust

Dr. Edward Drachman will be discussing reasons for teaching the Holocaust and various teaching strategies.  You will receive several teaching resources and participate in a sample lesson.  We recommend that you supplement this workshop with Sam Rind's talk, "Surviving the Holocaust and More",on October 8, 2014, 2:30pm CU Ballroom. Register at http://teaching-the-holocaust.eventbrite.com

October 22, 2014, 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 121

Understanding Funds of Knowledge, Part I

The educational process can be greatly enhanced when teachers learn about the everyday lived contexts of their students' lives. This can come to be accomplished using ethnographic research methods involving participant-observation, interviewing, life-history narratives, and reflection on field notes, help to uncover the multidimensionality of student experience. Teacher-ethnographers venture into their students' households and communities, not as 'teachers' attempting to convey educational information, but as 'anthropological learners', seeking to understand the ways in which people make sense of their everyday lives. Entering the households of working class, Mexican-origin, African-American, or Native-American students with an eye towards learning from households. Register for Part I and Part II at http://fundsofknowledge.eventbrite.com

October 22, 2014, 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 121

Applying the Funds of Knowledge, Part II

TBA, register for both, see above.

November 5, 12 & 19,  2014, 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 121

Three Part Seminar Series Theme:Global Cultural Memory: Who Owns the Past? Who Owns Culture? Attending all three seminars (Nov. 5, 12, & 19) earns a Xerox CenterCertificate in Global Awareness – International Cultural Rights and Responsibilities

Nov. 5, 2014, 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 121

Global Cultural Memory: Who Owns the Past? Who Owns Culture?

Part I – Protecting Indigenous Cultural Heritage: International Rights from Native American Burial Grounds to Ancient Egyptian Tombs, presented by Dr. Linda Steet; register for part 1 & II at http://protection-ownership-cultural-hertitage.eventbrite.com

Nov. 12, 2014, 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 121

Global Cultural Memory: Who Owns the Past? Who Owns Culture?

Part II – Multicultural or Collective Cultural Property? Looting the World for Knowledge Production, Cultural Politics, and Greed, presented by Dr. Linda Steet, register as above for part 1 & II. 

Nov. 19, 2014, 2:30-3:45pm, Welles 121

Global Cultural Memory: Who Owns the Past? Who Owns Culture?

Part III – What We Saw:  Signs of Cultural Globalization and Local Uniqueness in China and the Middle East, presented by Dr. Elaine Cleeton and Dr. Linda Steet; register at http://china-and-the-middle-east.eventbrite.com

December 2, 2014, 1-4pm, Bailey Building, room 204

Summit on Creating Learning Communities for Middle School & High School Students

 1) Creating a STEM science camp 3) Implementing Tutoring & Enrichment Programs; 3) How to Create a Healthy School Climate for Middle School Students; register at http://creating-learning-communities.eventbrite.com

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.

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.

May 2, 2014, NYSTCE & Annual Xerox Conference on Multicultural Teacher Education

http://www.geneseo.edu/nystce_summit

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.