THE INSTITUTE FOR LEARNING, UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH, TO HOST ANNUAL CONFERENCE, MAY 5-6, 2010, IN CHICAGO TO PROMOTE RIGOROUS CONTENT-SPECIFIC TEACHING
The Conference will stimulate action for teaching content in ways that prepare PK-12 students for higher education and beyond and promote dialogue between researchers and practitioners to address critical changes required to increase student learning and achievement.
The Institute for Learning at the University of Pittsburgh will host its 15th Annual Conference focused on improving training for district teachers on how to teach rigorous content. For the first time in 15 years, the IFL invites educators outside of its partner districts to attend the conference.
The conference brings together some of the nation's most respected researchers, including IFL founder, Director, and distinguished cognitive scientist, Distinguished University Professor Lauren Resnick and the IFL Fellows, practitioners who are experts at teaching content, including those who recently authored Content Matters, an authoritative guide for improving teaching, learning, and literacy in content area classrooms published by Jossey Bass. The authors offer a framework that is designed to prepare students to master the rigorous academic content learning required for college success. Resnick, in her foreword says, "This small book may start a revolution—a revolution that ends the long and agonizing debates between 'thinking skills' and 'content knowledge,' between 'teacher expertise' and 'central curriculum,' between 'ensuring the basics' and 'reaching for the top.' Arguments about these issues have been roiling the education policy world, often with little impact on the real world of teaching and teachers. Now research has produced a new understanding of how to improve learning and build professional organizations that learn every day."
Conference sessions will cover best practices for core curriculum courses; content experts discussing their recent contributions to their area of expertise; teaching methodologies that enhance student performance; opportunities for collaboration; and guidance on helping school district administrators increase numbers of college ready graduates.
Featured speakers at the Content Matters Conference are Kris D. Gutiérrez, University of Colorado, Isabel Beck, University of Pittsburgh, Carol D. Lee, Northwestern University, George D. "Pinky" Nelson, Western Washington University, Miriam Gamoran Sherin, Northwestern University, and Sam Wineburg, Stanford University
Kris Gutiérrez is Provost Chair in the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder and is president-elect of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). In 2006-2007, she was a fellow at the prestigious Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California. Most recently, Professor Gutiérrez served as a member of President Barack Obama's Education Policy Transition Team.
Her research interests address the relationship between literacy, culture and learning, and target how students appropriate cultural concepts. Issues of equity and excellence are recurrent themes in her work.
Isabel Beck is Emeritus Professor of Reading Education and was also a Senior Scientist at the Learning Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh. She has engaged in extensive research on decoding, vocabulary, and comprehension and has published her work in over 100 articles and chapters, as well as in several books. Her work in early childhood education has been praised by her peers.
Beck's work has been acknowledged by numerous awards. She is a recipient of the Oscar S. Causey Award for outstanding research from the National Reading Conference, and the International Reading Association's William S. Gray Award for lifetime contributions to the field. She is also a recipient of the contributing researcher award from the American Federation of Teachers for "bridging the gap between research and practice."
Carol D. Lee is Professor of Learning Sciences and African American Studies at Northwestern University and serves as President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She is a former fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, fellow and past-president of the National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy, recipient of The Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, and a founder of four schools, including three charter schools in Chicago.
Her research interests center on urban education, cultural supports for literacy, classroom discourse, and instructional design. She has developed a design framework, Cultural Modeling, which draws on prior knowledge that underserved students, particularly African American and other students of color, bring to classrooms.
George D. "Pinky" Nelson is Director of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Western Washington University. Nelson is a former astronaut with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He served on three space shuttle missions.
Dr. Nelson specializes in stellar astrophysics/science education. He is the former director of AAAS Project 2061, the education officer-elect of the American Astronomical Society, and served as Associate Vice Provost for research and Associate Professor of Astronomy at the University of Washington. He teaches elementary science methods and practicum, graduate courses on science curriculum, astronomy, and physics. His current research is in systemic education reform and the preparation of science teachers.
Miriam Gamoran Sherin is Associate Professor, Learning Sciences and Director of Undergraduate Education, School of Education and Social Policy at Nortwestern University. Sherin's research interests include mathematics teaching and learning, teacher cognition and teacher education. In 2001, she received a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Academy of Education and the Spencer Foundation to examine how video clubs can support the development of teachers' professional vision. Sherin was also awarded a five-year Early Career Grant from the National Science Foundation to study the ways that video can support teacher learning. In April 2003, Sherin received the Kappa Delta Pi/American Educational Research Association Division K Award for early career achievements in research on teaching and teacher education.
Sam Wineburg is Professor of Education and Professor of History at Stanford University. Over the last fifteen years his interests have spanned a wide terrain, from how adolescents and professional historians interpret primary sources to issues of teacher assessment and teacher community in the workplace. His book, Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts, won the 2002 Frederic W. Ness Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities for the book "that best illuminates the goals and practices of a contemporary liberal education." He is the Executive Producer of the new DOE National Clearinghouse for History Education, collaboration between George Mason University, Stanford, and the American Historical Association.
The Content Matters Conference is open to district and school administrators, chief academic officers, chief school officers, and superintendents. A superintendent who partnered with the Institute for Learning says, "If you believe that all students in your school district can develop the rigorous academic content required for college success, then this practical book Content Matters provides a road map for actualizing that belief." The conference gets inside the practical ways to implement these routines and practices in the classroom to get results.
The Content Matters Conference events will deliver critical information school professionals need to succeed and grow and provide outstanding opportunities for development of technical and administrative skills and networking. May 5-6, 2010, is open to the public and May 7, 2010, is a planning retreat for the IFL partner districts.
|3:30-7:00 PM||Conference Registration||Fifth Floor|
|4:45-5:15 PM||Newcomers' Welcome|
Rosita Apodaca, IFL Fellow & Lauren B. Resnick, Distinguished University Professor, University of Pittsburgh
|6:15-7:15 PM||Meet the Authors Reception||Los Angeles|
|Welcome and Introduction|
Rosita Apodaca, IFL Fellow
|Fifth Floor – G|
|Developing Powerful Literacies: Literacy for College and Beyond|
Kris Gutiérrez, University of Colorado
|Fifth Floor – G|
|7:00-8:30 AM||Breakfast (Continued Registration Available)||Halsted|
|Content Matters at Elementary, Too!|
Donna DiPrima Bickel, Deb Jordan, Lillie Sipp, & Monica Swift, IFL Fellows
|Don't Toss Out the Lit Books Just Yet|
Stephanie McConachie, Vivian Mihalakis, & Annette Seitz, IFL Fellows
|Melting Pots and Pressure Cookers: Thinking Historically to Investigate the Present|
Lawrence Charap & Joan Mohr, IFL Fellows
|Two Peas in a Pod: Mathematical Habits of Thinking and Content|
Victoria Bill, Sandy Campo, Ido Jamar, & LuAnn Malik, IFL Fellows
|Science Matters: Advancing ALL Students through Science|
Birdy Reynolds & Sam Spiegel, IFL Fellows
|10:15-11:30 AM||Concurrent sessions cont'd||See rooms above|
|Supporting Every Reader, Discipline by Discipline|
Carol D. Lee, Professor, Northwestern University
|Using Video to Study Mathematics Teaching and Learning|
Miriam Gamoran Sherin, Associate Professor, Northwestern University
|The Three Cs and V of Comprehension Instruction|
Isabel Beck, Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh
|Science Teaching and Learning: Why is it Critical?|
George D. "Pinky" Nelson, Professor, Western Washington University
|Reading Like a Historian: Why it Holds the Key to Adolescent Literacy|
Sam Wineberg, Professor, Stanford University
|3:15-4:00 PM||Coffee and Conversation with Lauren Resnick and Speakers||Halsted|