Making Connections: Closing Opportunity Gaps in Diverse School Settings

Research studies suggest that opportunity and achievement gaps exist between students of color and White students. Additionally, research studies contend that opportunity and achievement gaps persist between students born into impoverished families and those who are born of privilege. While these gaps exist before students enter school, teachers play a pivotal role in students' academic trajectories. Thus, the purpose of this full-day professional development session is to provide teachers with an opportunity to think about how their unobserved classroom practices influence the ways in which they interact with students. The first part of the day includes a session in which teachers begin to recognize and think about the inherent biases and stereotypes they might hold. The second half of the day includes developing strategies to overcome inherent biases and stereotypes, thus developing strategies to better engage and educate students. It is believed that once teachers are able to reach students, then they are able to teach students effectively. This, in turn, leads to improved academic achievement, regardless of students' ethnicity, race, or socio-economic status. 

Date: 
Friday, December 7, 2012
Location: 
UGA Hotel and Conference Center
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Speakers: 

Dr. Sheneka Williams, Assistant Professor, Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy, University of Georgia 

Sponsors: 

UGA College of Education, Office of Outreach and Engagement 

Cost: 

$150 (includes a copy of the book Start Where you are but Don't Stay There by Richard Milner, workshop materials and refreshment breaks)

Deadline to Register: November 30, 2012

Event Cancellation Policies
(1) A cancellation received by 5:00 p.m. ET on or before November 30, 2012 will be refunded, minus a $35 processing fee. No refunds will be issued thereafter; substitutions will be allowed. (2) To change or cancel your registration, call 800-884-1381, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET. (3) If an event is cancelled for any reason, the UGA Hotel and Conference Center will not be responsible for any charges related to travel. 

Hotel Costs: 

You'll be given the opportunity to make a hotel reservation as you proceed through the online registration process. 

Contact information: 

Melanie Baer
mbaer [at] uga [dot] edu
706-542-4556
UGA College of Education, Office of Outreach and Engagement

Special Needs
If you require special services or have dietary restrictions, contact Jean Mann at Jean [dot] Mann [at] georgiacenter [dot] uga [dot] edu, by November 30, 2012