18th Annual New England Conference on
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT,
Wed. Oct. 16, 2013 - 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Admission is free.
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19th Annual New England Conference on Multicultural Education (NECME)
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
Wed. Oct. 15, 2014 — 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
meanwhile – read what attendees have are saying about NECME2013
It seems that words in an email are not enough to communicate how much I
appreciate your commitment to providing us with the expert speakers and
networking opportunities at NECME. You have gathered and continue to
gather essential change agents in education. Just think of how many
students are being influenced by the adults who attended yesterday!!!!
From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU.
Sr. Associate Director of Admission
Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Competency Advisor
Kingswood Oxford School
Thank you and all sponsors for making this event possible. I have attended for the past few years and always come home inspired by the speakers and the many resources-books, other conferences, CD's etc.
Director of Diversity and Staff Development
Greenwich, CT 06830
People can park in Kaiser Lot, Student Center and Copernicus Garages. Welte Garage gates will stay down so Students can park there. There will be Officers when available to assist students to find parking after 9:00am.
Note: We are not accepting proposals or exhibitor applications. Interested sponsors are welcome.
Kevin Jennings, originally scheduled to speak, is now unavailable. We are pleased to have Dimitry Anselme from Facing History and Ourselves as a Keynote speaker.
Sonia Nieto - "Finding Joy in Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds: Culturally Responsive and Socially Just Practices in U.S. Classrooms"
Professor Emerita, Language, Literacy & Culture, University of Massachusetts, Amherst - School of Education, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies.
When Sonia Nieto began her teaching career in 1966 at Junior High School 278, a school in Ocean Hill Brownsville in Brooklyn, the school’s environment was perhaps more challenging to her than was being a new teacher. Teacher turnover at the school was nearly 50 percent a year; for safety reasons, she was not allowed in her own classroom before 7:45 a.m.; and home visits were discouraged because “you never knew what would happen.”
Teachers, staff, parents, community members, and students were all angry. For Nieto, a young Puerto Rican teacher, it was a baptism by fire.
Yet she stayed.
With experience teaching students at all levels and from many socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, Nieto, now professor emerita of language, literacy, and culture in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is one of the leading authors and teachers in the field of multiculturalism. She has won several awards in her field, most notably the 1997 Multicultural Educator of the Year award from the National Association for Multicultural Education and the 2005 Educator of the Year Award from the National Council of Teachers of English.
Dimitry Anselme – ““Facing History & Ourselves: Teaching Identity And Civic Participation””
A Facing History & Ourselves program offers schools and districts a model for integrating Common Core Standards in Multicultural Education. Issues of identity are intricately tied to academic achievement. Students from communities that feel marginalized and disempowered come to school feeling invisible and lacking voice. Facing History classrooms increase student engagement though compelling content rich in social and emotional learning. We offer a variety of professional development opportunities to prepare teachers to implement a Facing History program integrating writing and literacy skills in classroom lessons and pedagogies. By studying the actions and decisions of individuals and groups during specific periods in history, students learn to develop civic agency to participate fully as citizens in a democracy. For the last 37 years, Facing History & Ourselves has worked in the US and internationally by offering a model for teaching and learning which supports the efforts of Multicultural Education. This interactive session will offer an opportunity to experience some online resources from Facing History & Ourselves and will suggest ways to pursue further professional development for those educators who are interested in implementing a Facing History & Ourselves program.
Dimitry Anselme is the Director of Program Staff Development at Facing History & Ourselves. Mr. Anselme has taught World History & U.S History at the high school level in Worcester and Brookline, Massachusetts. He was the high school Principal at the Academy of Pacific Rim Public Charter School in Boston, Massachusetts from 2003-2007. As a practitioner, Dimitry has a long experience developing classroom lessons, curriculum and school-wide experiences for Multicultural Education. In addition to serving as an advisor to his school Gay/Straight Alliance, he has worked on LGBTQ issues in communities color. Mr. Anselme was born in Haiti, and raised in Congo, Africa and in the Boston area.
James Loewen - “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong”
A sociologist who spent two years at the Smithsonian surveying twelve leading high school textbooks of American history only to find an embarrassing blend of bland optimism, blind nationalism, and plain misinformation, weighing in at an average of 888 pages and almost five pounds. A best-selling author who wrote Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong and Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong.
This year NECME will show-case the award-winning -
The Leading holocaust education PROGRAM that includes everything educators need to teach the complex issues of the Holocaust to 21st century students.
Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev (right) and Abraham Foxman (left), National Director, Anti-Defamation League, are joined by Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate, Elie Wiesel, in Jerusalem. Wiesel congratulated Shalev and Foxman on their award-winning multimedia curriculum, Echoes and Reflections. Wiesel is featured in Lesson 5 of this interdisciplinary curriculum about the Holocaust designed for US high schools. The three are holding the NAME (National Association of Multicultural Education) 2007 Media Award.
Echoes and Reflections, a groundbreaking multimedia curriculum on the Holocaust, has been honored for its use of visual history testimony and its educational Web site by the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) with its 2007 National Multicultural Media Award. The award recognizes individuals and institutions that make "outstanding contributions toward multicultural education, educational equity and social justice."
Echoes and Reflections is a comprehensive ten-part curriculum on the Holocaust that uses visual history testimony from survivors and other witnesses and additional primary source documents, including maps, photographs, timelines, literature excerpts and other materials. The curriculum was produced primarily for use in high schools in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, and Yad Vashem. Since its launch in July 2005, the curriculum has reached an estimated 600,000 students (2007 data) in schools across the country, and more than 4,000 educators nationwide have participated in intensive training sessions on the use of the curriculum facilitated by the three partner organizations.
Yossie Hollander, benefactor of Echoes and Reflections, states, "We have an obligation to teach our kids what hate and racism can cause. It is our only chance to prevent genocide now and in the future." Additional gifts from Larry Glick and Howard Berkowitz allow the curriculum to be distributed at training programs at no charge to educators.
Deborah A. Batiste, Project Director for Echoes and Reflections, accepted the award on behalf of the three partner organizations during the 17th Annual International NAME Conference in Baltimore on November 3, 2007.