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2010 Conference

1st Annual Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore Summer Conference - Re-Conceptualizing Urban Education: In Search of a New Paradigm

  • Dr. Arnetha F. Ball & Dr. Lisa Lopez-Levers
  • Department of Instruction & Leadership Team: Melissa Price, Gemma B., Nancy S., Darlene B., Dean Olga M. Welch, Dr. Arnetha F. Ball
  • Inaugural Sizemore Scholars: (Left to Right) Dr. Terri Rodriguez, Dr. Gretchen Givens-Generett, Dr. Jason Ritter, Dr. Temple Lovelace, Dr. Julia Williams, Dr. Alexandra Santau, Dr. Jinhee Km, Dr. Nihat Polat, Dr. Kara McGoey, Dr. Rose Mary Mautino
  • Dr. Arnetha F. Ball, Dr. Carol D. Lee, Dr. Haki Madhubuti, Marimba Milliones, Dr. Terrie Epstein, Dean Olga M. Welch
  • Gemma B., Sizemore Research Assistant, presents a poster about Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore
  • Dr. Carol D. Lee personally knew Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore. She wrote the forward to Dr. Sizemore's book, Walking in Circles
  • Chad explains the Organic Education concept
  • Dr. Terri L. Rodriguez listens attentively to Dr. Carol D. Lee

The School of Education and the Barbara A. Sizemore Urban Education Initiative hosted the Inaugural Sizemore Conference on Wednesday, July 21 and Thursday, July 22, 2010. The theme of the Inaugural Barbara A. Sizemore Summer Conference and Award Ceremony was, "Reconceptualizing Urban Education: In Search of A New Paradigm", held in the Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom.

The two-day conference, brought together nearly 200 individuals from the Duquesne University and Pittsburgh community, was designed around issues to improve education for all students and in particular, the improvement of education for students in urban schools. Attendees participated in a wide range of experiences that promoted a greater awareness of the research that is being conducted on issues of urban education.

"The importance of holding a yearly conference is to continue the legacy of Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore and to share state of the art research of educators, parents and community members who are working to meet the needs of students in urban school settings.

In addition, the conference also featured the presentation of the Annual Barbara A. Sizemore Spirit Award to an individual who has infused urban education into their research and curriculum at the School of Education. This year's awardee was Dr. Lisa A. Lopez, Professor, Duquesne University School of Counseling and Psychology.

The conference also featured three keynote speakers:

Dr. Haki Madhubuti, poet, editor and educator, founder of Third World Press
Dr. Carol Lee, associate professor at Northwestern University
Dr. Terri Epstein, coordinator of the Adolescent Social Studies Education Program at Hunter College in New York City

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, July 21 & Thursday, July 22, 2010

Duquesne University Power Center
1015 Forbes Avenue, Fifth Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Day 1

4:30-5 p.m. Evening Reception, Networking and Reception
5-5:30 p.m. Sizemore Pipline Students Presentation
5:30-6 p.m. Opening Plenary Spearker Dr. Haki Madhubuti
6-7 p.m. Comments, Questions and Answers, Closing

Day 2

8:30-9 a.m. Registration and Continetial Breakfast
9-9:15 a.m. Welcome - Dean Welch and Dr. Arnetha Ball
9:15-10:15 a.m. Morning Plenary Speaker:  Dr. Terri Epstein
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-11:15 a.m. Sizemore Fellows Panel Presentation
11:15-12:00 p.m. Sizemore Fellows Roundtable Discussion
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch Plenary Speaker:  Dr. Carol Lee
1:30-2:15 p.m. Presentations - Student Poster Session
2:15-3:15 p.m. Afternoon Plenary Speaker: Dr. Arnetha F. Ball
3:15-3:45 p.m. Presentation:  Barbara A. Sizemore Urban Initiative Award
3:45-4:00 p.m. Closing