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2013 Conference

  • Conference attendees are enjoying the conference
  • Attentive conference attendees
  • Sizemore Pipeline students are learning what to expect when you go to college
  • Sizemore Pipeline students enjoying their time on Duquesne University campus
  • Ms. Brittny McGraw, WPXI News & Conference Moderator, ask the students to elaborate on their poster presentations
  • Building High Self Esteem through Cultural Awareness Workshop - Facilitator:  Ms. Lisa Parker
  • Centering Community Based Literacy Practices for Social Justice Workshop - Facilitator:  Dr. Darius Prier
  • Dean Olga Welch, School of Education, and Dr. Christine Sleeter, Sizemore Conference Keynote Speaker, enjoy a conversation before the conference begins
  • Do Teachers need Structure or Freedom to Effectively Teach Urban Students?  - A Discussion Based Workshop - Facilitator:  Dr. Jason Margolis
  • Dr Nihat Polat hosts a workshop entitled English as a Second Language
  • Dr. Julia Williams provides information to educators on how to teach struggling readers
  • Engaging Students in Learning Mathematics - Facilitator:  Dr. Elizabeth Hughes
  • Igniting Reading Excitement Across the Curriculm for Grades 6 through 12 - Facilitator:  Dr. Terri Rodriguez
  • Mental Health in the Schools Workshop - Facilitators:  Dr. Shaun Harper, Rebecca Keenan, DeWayne Powell and Sean Means
  • STEM Education and College Preparation Workshop - Facilitator:  Mr. Darrly Wiley

Sizemore Conference Focuses on Racial Equality in Education

Educators and members of the Pittsburgh community gathered in May 2013 to discuss the topic of racial equality in education at the 4th Annual Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore Summer Conference.

The symposium, hosted by the School of Education's Barbara A. Sizemore Urban Education Initiative, is designed to shed light on issues related to imporoving education for all students, particularly those in urban schools.  Sizemore, for who the conference is named, was an educator, researcher and administrator who sought to make a quality education equally accessible to all students regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic class.

The 2013 conference focused on the theme "Education as a Practice of Freedom:  Continuing the Legacy 150 Years After the Emanicpation Proclamation".  Featured events inluded keynote presentations by Dr. Shawn Harper, Dr. Christine Sleeter and Dr. Joy DeGruy, educational workshops and a question and answer panel session.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, May 29 & Thursday, May 30, 2013

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


Day 1 · Wednesday, May 29, 2013

4:30-5 p.m. Registration & Reception
5-5:30 p.m. Sizemore Pipeline Student Presentations
5:30-6 p.m. Presentation:  Barbara A. Sizemore Urban Initiative Award
6 - 7 pm Opening Plenary Speaker:  Dr. Shaun Harper - University of Pennsylvania
6:30-7:30 pm Comments, Q & A, Closing

Day 2 · Thursday, May 30, 2013

8:30-9 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
9-9:15 a.m.


  • Olga M. Welch, Ed.D., Dean of the School of Education
  • Arnetha F. Ball, Ph.D., Inaugural Barbara A. Sizemore Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at Duquesne University
9:15-10:15 a.m. Morning Plenary Speaker: Dr. Christine Sleeter, Emeritas - California State University, Monterey Bay
10:30-12:00 p.m. Concurrent Workshops in Canevin Hall
12-1 p.m. Lunch
1- 2 p.m. Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Joy DeGruy - Portland State University
2- 3 p.m. General Assembly Workshop - Planning for the Future
3- 3:30 p.m.  Questions & Answers - Panel with Drs. Shaun Harper, Christine Sleeter and Joy DeGruy
3:30- 4 p.m. Comments & Closing