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Reimagining Education: Teaching and Learning in Racially Diverse Schools

July 16 - 19, 2018

July 16, 2018 - July 19, 2018

As the public school student population becomes increasingly racially and ethnically diverse, educators need to reimagine teaching and learning to assure all students reap the multiple educational benefits of this diversity. The Reimagining Education Summer Institute provides educators, school district officials and stakeholders at all levels high-quality professional development and the opportunity to connect with people across the country who are committed to sustaining racially, ethnically and socio-economically integrated schools and classrooms.

Visit our website for more program details. www.tc.columbia.edu/ReEd

Hours: 8:30am to 3:45pm Monday-Thursday, with Optional Late Afternoon Activities

Registration Fee: 

For the complete 4-day conference:

  • Early Restration: $675 before April 15, 2018
  • Regular Registration: $795 after April 15, 2018

One-day pass:

  • Early Registration: $200 per day before April 15, 2018
  • Regular Registration: $275 per day after April 15, 2018

Returning participants receive a special, reduced registration fee.

  • Early Registration: $650 before April 15, 2018
  • Regular Registration: $770 after April 15, 2018

Please email cps@tc.columbia.edu for more details on the following discounts:

  • Group Discount for two or more people from the same school or district
  • NYC public school discount

Four-day conference participation is eligible for 3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 30 Continuing Teacher & Leader Education (CTLE) hours!

TC students and other graduate students may earn 3 graduate credits by enrolling in a TC course associated with the Institute and paying TC tuition rates.

In Development: A 12-credit advanced certificate program based on the Reimagining Education curriculum, incorporating distance (online) learning throughout the year. If you are interested in more information, please contact us at ReimaginingEd@tc.columbia.edu. We will send out details in early 2018.

For More Information, Please Contact:

Dianne Delima, Administrative Coordinator for The Summer Institute, ReimagineEd@tc.columbia.edu, or

Continuing Professional Studies, at cps@tc.columbia.edu


Who Should Attend?

The Reimagining Education Summer Institute is designed to help all educators – in public, private, charter schools and higher education – learn how to create truly integrated schools and classrooms that tap into the educational benefits of racial and ethnic diversity. This professional development Institute is designed primarily for teachers, school administrators, district officials, parents, and graduate students in education and all others who are interested in addressing racial and ethnic diversity in changing schools and classrooms.

For individuals who attended last summer’s Institute, we have consciously designed a program to give you the opportunity to take your learning on critical topics to a deeper level, and develop a plan to implement your new insights in your schools and communities.

Demand for the Institute

Teachers, administrators, and school district personnel need to be prepared to address the changing demographics of our society. At the same time, racial attitudes among younger generations are shifting to become more accepting of people of all races. These younger Americans – the parents of current and future school-aged children – are asking for more meaningful pedagogy that will prepare children for the diverse, global society they will inherit. Concurrently, employers and universities are seeking workers and students who can cross cultural boundaries and collaborate with and learn from people of many races, ethnicities, nationalities, and religions.

Demographic, geographic, and attitudinal shifts call out for new and innovative ways of providing novice and veteran educators with the tools necessary to educate and empower a more diverse student body to engage with a global economy and society.

This Institute combines the expertise of Teachers College faculty, other faculty from around the country, and K-12 public and private school teachers, administrators and students from New York City metro region. Together, we will explore innovative ways to better prepare educators for a more racially and ethnically diverse student population.

Learning Objectives/Outcomes

Summer Institute participants will grapple with the many ways in which race and ethnicity matter in the teaching and learning that takes place within racially diverse schools and classrooms and how to design educational settings in which all students can learn from each other. Challenging issues and topics to be covered include racial identity, racial and cultural literacy, multicultural education, culturally relevant pedagogy, addressing racial politics, and how implicit biases affect leadership and teaching in diverse schools.

Key Takeaways:

Participants will:

  • learn to foster the educational benefits of diversity for all students
  • enhance students’ interracial understanding, empathy, and ability to learn from people of diverse backgrounds
  • develop strategies to tap into the insights and knowledge of diverse groups of students
  • facilitate dialogues among students, staff and parents about issues of race
  • understand racial identities within racially diverse contexts
  • develop culturally relevant curriculum and pedagogy
  • improve achievement outcomes for all students
  • build community and engage parents
  • center the knowledge and understandings of racially, ethnically and culturally diverse learners, including those not measured on standardized tests
  • frame diverse schools as the most desirable schools for the 21st century
  • promote the educational and social advantages of diverse schools
  • create a plan to bring this knowledge back to your own schools and communities

Attendee Participation:

The Institute includes several plenary sessions that foster greater understanding of issues related to race and ethnicity in the U.S.; racial and cultural literacy; multicultural education; culturally sustaining leadership; and student critiques.

Participants will also engage in daily small-group dialogue sessions with attendees from different educational roles and professional positions, as well as different locations, to connect these macro themes to their context. Time will be spent each day on how to take back new learning to apply in participants’ schools, classrooms and communities.

They will also participate in hands-on professional development workshops of no more than 20-25 participants, led by Teachers College faculty and other noted education leaders. Participants will sign up for workshops ahead of time.

Participants will also connect over informal lunches and optional after-hours activities. After the Institute, participants can continue to dialogue via a private online forum designed to foster thoughtful exchanges on difficult topics.

Teachers College, Columbia University faculty will be speaking and leading workshops, including: (list in development)

  • Christopher Emdin, Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology
  • Ansley Erickson, Department of Arts & Humanities
  • Sonya Douglass Horsford, Department of Organization & Leadership
  • Felicia Moore Mensah, Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology
  • Detra Price-Dennis, Department of Curriculum and Teaching
  • Carolyn Riehl, Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis
  • Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Department of Arts and Humanities
  • Mariana Souto-Manning, Department of Curriculum and Teaching
  • Erica Walker, Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology
  • Amy Stuart Wells, Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis

Read below to learn what other interested participants are asking about our Summer Institute.

1. What will be covered during this program, and who is the target audience for the program?

“Reimagining Education: Teaching and Learning in Racially Diverse Schools, Summer Institute 2018” is an institute for professional development and graduate credit designed primarily for teachers, school administrators, district officials, parents, and graduate students in education.

As the demographics of the nation shift rapidly we see families of color moving to once all-white suburbs and white, non-Hispanic families moving into gentrifying pockets of cities. The result is a growing number of diverse communities and public schools. The challenge to educators all over the country today is to at long last create truly integrated public schools that tap into the educational benefits of racially diverse schools and classrooms. Our summer institute demonstrates how public schools can fulfill this mission to better prepare all students for the 21st Century.

Our institute includes keynote speakers, panelists, workshops, and small-group dialogue sessions centered on addressing racial diversity in changing schools and classrooms. We acknowledge that diversity goes beyond professional development and requires educators to address their own individual multicultural biases. Our goal is to help foster the personal and professional growth of participants by exploring diversity through the themes of racial and cultural literacy, pedagogy, and culturally sustaining leadership.

2. What is the structure of the institute? Are there many workshops? Is it a seminar structure? Is there reading?

The structure includes a mix of speakers, panels, interactive workshops, and small-group dialogue sessions. Each day will include featured speakers, panels, a facilitated dialogue session, and a student presentation. Opportunities for informal conversation will be available at lunchtime and in optional late afternoon programming.

Reading materials and other resources will be posted on the website for participants to download and keep.

3. What if I attended last year’s Summer Institute? Will there be anything new for me?

For individuals who attended last summer’s Institute, we have consciously designed a program to give you the opportunity to take your learning on critical topics to a deeper level, and develop a plan to implement your new insights in your schools and communities. The Institute program will include new speakers and workshop topics, as well as daily student presentations. 

Returning participants will receive a special, reduced registration fee.

  • $650 before April 15, 2018
  • $770 after April 15 and before July 16, 2018

4. What is the cost of the 4-day program?

For new participants:

  • $675 for registration before April 15, 2018
  • $795 after April 15, 2018

For returning participants:

  • $650 before April 15, 2018
  • $770 after April 15, 2018

Group Discount for two or more people from the same school or district. Email cps@tc.columbia.edu for more details

Participants can earn (3) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 30 Continuing Teacher & Leader Education (CTLE) hours through Teachers College’s Department of Continuing Professional Studies.

Matriculating graduate students – from TC or other schools of education -- can enroll in one of the Summer B, 3-unit courses tied to the Institute. Please contact the Office of the Registrar for more information.

Registration includes breakfast and lunch for all four days. To register for “Reimagining Education: Teaching and Learning in Racially Diverse Schools”, please click here.

5. What if I don’t have the time or budget to spend four days at the Institute?

We offer one-day passes so that people with limited availability or budget can focus on themes, speakers, or workshops of most interest. The theme on Monday is “Why Reimagining?” Tuesday’s theme is “Racial and Cultural Literacies.” Thursday’s theme is “Equity Pedagogy, and Friday’s is “Culturally Sustaining Leadership.” Besides participating in all plenary sessions, holders of one-day passes will attend a unique small-group racial identity session and choose one interactive workshop, and receive breakfast and lunch.

The cost of a one-day pass is $200 before April 15, 2018; $275 after April 16.

6. I am highly interested in this workshop but have a couple of lingering questions before registration. Who should I contact?

The institute welcomes any questions, inquiries, comments, or concerns of interested attendees. While the staff and faculty organizing and supporting the Institute are currently engaged in the planning process, inquiries do not go unnoticed.

For any inquiries, please contact Dianne Delima, Administrative Coordinator, at ReimagineEd@tc.columbia.edu. Please allow a one-week time frame for responses to inquiries.

7. I notice there is an emphasis on public school educators in the workshop description. I am a teacher at an urban private school with a diverse population. Will the content still be applicable even though I am currently employed in a private school?

Yes!! The “Reimagining Education” Summer Institute is designed to help all educators – in public, private, charter schools and higher education – learn how to create truly integrated public schools that tap into the educational benefits of racially diverse schools and classrooms. Our summer institute will demonstrate how all schools can fulfill this mission to better prepare all students for the 21st Century.

Our institute will include keynote speakers, panelists, workshops, and dialogue sessions centered on addressing racial diversity in changing schools and classrooms. We acknowledge that diversity goes beyond professional development and requires educators to address their own individual multicultural biases. Our goal is to help foster the personal and professional growth of participants by exploring diversity through the themes of racial and cultural literacy, pedagogy, and culturally sustaining leadership.

8. I am traveling to New York City to attend the Summer Institute. Where can I stay?

In an effort to assist you with your search for accommodations, we have listed several hotels (click on "other accommodations") you might consider. A train/cab ride away from Teachers College, all of these hotels are located on the Upper West Side (UWS) of New York City. Attractions in close proximity to these accommodations include: the Planetarium, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Lincoln Center, The Museum of Natural History, and Central Park.

Teachers College and Union Theological Seminary also offer housing during the summer months for a nominal fee. These rooms are within a short walking distance from campus.

To learn more about Guest Housing, visit this webpage: https://www.tc.columbia.edu/housing/guest-and-conference-housing/.

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