UW Institute for Urban Education Presents
The Fourth Annual Professional Development Conference

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Tyrone Howard

Why Race, Culture and Trauma Matter in School

This presentation will address the growing need for educators at all levels to understand the complex lives of today’s student population. The talk will pay a particular focus on the need for racial awareness, cultural competence, and becoming trauma informed in order to help all students succeed.

About

Tyrone C. Howard is professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. He is also the Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. Professor Howard’s research examines culture, race, teaching and learning. He has looked at this work in particular with the experiences of Black males and other males of color in K-12 schools. A former classroom teacher in the Compton Unified School District, Dr. Howard’s work has assessed the utility of race and racism in school experiences and practices affecting racially diverse students.

Anita D’Abbraccio & Tiffany Lott Stevenson

White Teacher/Black Mama

Tiffany and Anita will discuss the reality of what is actually happening in the life of a child who is living in poverty. They will share strategies on how to address these issues while also meeting the daily expectations at school. They will explore how to support students who do not have their basic needs met and will nurture a new perspective for school staff. In addition, they will discuss cultural differences and expectations, and ways to reach across cultural divides to build partnerships with families.

About

Anita D’Abbraccio has an extensive background in behavior management and behavior intervention. She has worked as a special education teacher for students with emotional behavioral disabilities for the past 15 years. She uses positive behavior management techniques to gain positive results each year and has a strong desire to help parents, students, and teachers to build partnerships that lead to student success and growth.

Tiffany Stevenson is a parent of a child (one of Anita’s former students) who was diagnosed with emotional behavioral disability. She is an involved parent from the lower socio-economic environment and has a strong desire to help teachers, children, and other parents who face a culture gap between themselves and their children’s school. She is also a college student and very involved in her church.

Professional Development Conference Archive

2017 - 4th Annual Professional Development Conference

Morning Keynote

Why Race, Culture and Trauma Matter in School

Presented by Tyrone Howard, Keynote Speaker – University of California Los Angeles

Afternoon Keynote

White Teacher/Black Mama

Presented by Anita D’Abbraccio and Tiffany Lott Sevenson

Conference Flyer (PDF)

Conference Program (PDF)

2016 - 3rd Annual Professional Development Conference

IUE Professional Development Conference 2016 Video

Morning Keynote

Building Strong Schools and Communities: Collaborating with Schools, Community Organizations, and Institutes of Higher Education

Presented by:
Maureen Gillette – Seton Hall University
Lissette Moreno Kuri – Logan Square Neighborhood Association,
Katelyn Johnson – Action Now
Demetrius Davis – Chicago Public Schools
Juan Luis Martinez – Chicago Public Schools

Conference Flyer (PDF)

Conference Program (PDF)

Afternoon Keynote

School and University Partnerships: Providing Professional Development for
Teachers in Urban Settings (A Year of School-Wide Cultural Responsive Practices)

Presented by Lincoln Avenue Elementary staff

2015 - 2nd Annual Professional Development Conference
2014 - 1st Annual Professional Development Conference