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    A Way to Improve Education for All Children: Resolve Urban School Issues

    More than 100 university and community education leaders are expected to gather at the second annual Barbara A. Sizemore Summer Conference, Living Up to Our Children's Expectations: A Look at What Is & What Isn't, from May 31-June 1.

    "Urban education is in trouble, and we need to be part of the solution," said Dr. Arnetha F. Ball, visiting inaugural Barbara A. Sizemore Distinguished Professor in Urban Education at Duquesne University and professor of education at Stanford University. "The more informed we are about issues in urban education, the larger role we can play in improving education for all students."

    The conference, hosted by the Duquesne University School of Education and the Barbara A. Sizemore Urban Education Initiative, will feature three keynote speakers:

    • M.K. Asante, professor of creative writing and film in the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University
    • Dr. Terrie Epstein, coordinator of the Adolescent Social Studies Education Program at Hunter College in New York City and affiliate member of the City University of New York Center's Ph.D. Program in Urban Education
    • Dr. Linda Lane, superintendent, Pittsburgh Public School System.

    The Sizemore Summer Conference is designed to highlight the issues related to improving the education of all students and, in particular, those in urban schools.

    "This is just the beginning of our commitment to serving the poor and disenfranchised in the Spiritan tradition," Ball said.

    The conference will showcase:

    • The research of Duquesne's Sizemore Fellows
    • A poster session featuring the work of School of Education undergraduate and graduate students
    • The presentation of the annual Barbara A. Sizemore Spirit Award to a School of Education faculty member for teaching and research contributions to urban education.

    Additional support for the conference has been provided by The Grable Foundation and Eden Hall Foundation.

    For more information about the Sizemore initiatives at Duquesne, visit

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.