Rochester Teacher Center Conference “Now or Never

“Conscious Teaching and Learning, Now or Never” is Theme of Rochester Teacher Center Conference

The RTC (Rochester Teacher Center) Institute on Teaching and Learning Informed by Cultural Knowledge will host an institute on the “Conscious Teaching and Learning, Now or Never” April 24 – May 10.

What does conscious teaching and learning mean for educators, parents, and community builders?

•How can educators and community builders position themselves to make the changes that have the potential to strengthen learning for their students?

•How can students be “connected” to their learning?

•What do children really need to know, be able to do and be like, to navigate the world they have inherited?

•What does it mean to educate children of color? “It is imperative that we more effectively learn about and build from the historical and cultural knowledge that has been consistently omitted from typical assessments about what works and will work for students and communities of African heritage.” a release from RTC states.

This year’s Institute will feature presentations by internationally respected scholars and activists, Dr. Molefi Asante, Dr. Joy DeGruy, Dr. Joyce E. King, Dr. Noma LeMoine, Dr. Hassimi Maiga, and Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji.

Those already engaged in a number of forward thinking leadership and professional and community supporting activities are invited to engage with and participate in this year’s Institute as thinkers, community builders and reviewers of Teacher Center work. Included are: Parent and Community Leaders and Advocates, Black Lives Matter In School supporters, Instructional Coaches, Mentors and their Interns, Victorious Minds Academy schools and participants, Reading teachers, Self, Family, and Community K-2 curriculum teachers and other District and teacher leaders.

Sessions- Wednesday, April 25 • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. • The Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue Dr. Joyce King, Benjamin E. Mays Chair of Urban Education, Georgia State University “Diaspora Literacy & Victorious Consciousness”

Thursday, April 26, • 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.• School of the Arts, 45 Prince Street “Essential Knowings for Teaching Children of African/Diasporan Heritage” A Panel Presentation featuring Dr. Molefi Asante,Temle U.; Dr. Noma LeMoine, LaMoine & Associates; Dr. Hassimi Maiga, , Dept. of Education, Gao, Mali; Dr. Joycc King, Georgia State U.; and Dr. Cecelia Golden, Director of Educatio Hillside Agencies.

Saturday, April 28 •9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. •Radisson Hotel•175 Jefferson Road Dr. Noma LeMoine, CEO, LeMoine & Associates , “Master Class – Teaching Reading: Language Variation, Literacy Acquisition and Teaching Children of African Ancestry”

Saturday, April 28 •9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.•Radisson Hotel•175 Jefferson Road Dr. Molefi Asante and Dr. Joyce King: “Master Class – Recent Research, New Knowledge in African History and Culture” and “Memory Justice”

Thursday, May 10 •6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.• The Little Theatre•240 East Avenue Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji, Dr. Susan Goodwin, Dr. Joyce King “Narratives That Heal – Narratives That Teach” Teachers should register for the Institute by sending an email to ymontalvo@rochesterteachers.com. Space is limited. Families and community should register by email or 262-8080.