7th Annual SUNY Fredonia
Teaching & Learning Conference
August 19, 2013
Williams Center, SUNY Fredonia Campus
"Innovative Learning Environments"
“Getting Serious About Education: Cultivating Culturally Relevant Teachers for New Century Students”
According to the annual Beloit College Mindset list for incoming freshmen, the young people on our campuses know and experience a world profoundly different from that of their professors and administrators. However, most college campuses continue to teach courses in the same ways they have done for decades, perhaps even centuries. This presentation takes a look at how culturally relevant pedagogy—a way to think about teaching—can apply to collegiate settings and recruit youth and popular culture to engage in powerful learning.
About the Keynote speaker:
Our keynote speaker this year is Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, the Kellner Family Professor of Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Ladson-Billings' area of expertise focuses culturally relevant pedagogy, and her research examines the pedagogical practices of teachers who are successful with African-American students. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children. She is a former president of the American Educational Research Association and former editor of the American Educational Research Journal.