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Reimagining Education: Teaching, Learning, and Leading for a Racially Just Society

July 13 - 16, 2020

July 13, 2020 - July 16, 2020

Due to the overwhelming demand for the 2020 Reimagining Education Summer Institute, we are SOLD OUT of registration for the full Institute program that offers the professional development credits.

We are, however, offering a limited number of "Plenary Only" passes for $150, which will provide you access to the eight online plenary sessions -- available live streamed, or synchronous or pre-recorded and asynchronous. The synchronous plenaries are streamed two per day Monday - Thursday July 13-16, including the keynote address by Lisa Delpit, author of Other People's Children on Monday, July 13th. The asynchronous pre-recorded modules of those sessions are available to be watched any time between their recording the week of July 13 and Friday, July 24th at 5 p.m. Those registered for this "Plenary Only" option will not be eligible for clock hours or CTLEs, but will have unlimited access for two weeks to view important plenary content on Why Reimagine, Racial and Cultural Literacy, Equity Pedagogy and Culturally Responsive Leadership.

Needed now more than ever, Reimagining Education is here to support educators amid a pandemic and a moment of protest to racial injustices.

The field of education may never be the same in the wake of COVID-19. Around the world, we have lost hundreds of committed educators to this virus – more than 40 in New York City alone. Schools face massive budget cuts as resources are deflected to health care and unemployment benefits. Racial and socio-economic inequalities have been exacerbated and underscored, widening an already massive educational opportunity gap as those who lack electronic devices, internet connectivity, and quiet study spaces fall further behind amid online learning.

Here at Teachers College, Columbia University, one of the oldest and largest schools of education in the country with a mission to address educational disparities head on, we are not running away from our commitment to stand by and support educators and the students they serve. Rather than cancelling our increasingly popular Reimagining Education: Teaching Learning and Leading for a Racially Just Society professional development Summer Institute, we are moving our programming online, cutting the cost by more than 50 percent and raising money for fellowships for those who cannot afford to earn their PD credits in the wake of this disaster.

Our committed Reimagining Education faculty, graduate students and staff stand with you and, and this July, we will provide professional development that supports you in grappling with the key takeaways of the spring of 2020:

  • We acknowledge the many ways COVID-19 made the racial disparities in our society, health care system and schools ever-more visible and undeniable
  • We must Reimagine Education Post-COVID-19 to so that our schools can become a vital transformative force in creating a more just and equal society
  • We are committed to support educators in helping students, families and communities heal, rebuild and reimagine a brighter future in which racism and injustice are named and resisted
  • We will fight for public health as a key element in sustaining public education

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

Dates: Part-time July 13-16 with the options to complete PD credits through asynchronous modules until July 24th. Please visit the Institute Schedule tab below for more details.

  • Online live streamed with catch-up recordings (synchronous and pre-recorded options) for Plenaries and Dialogue Sessions (Pool Parties): July 13-16, Monday-Thursday, 11am to 1pm EDT and 2:30-5pm EDT
  • Workshops: In Addition to the Plenaries and Pool Party Dialogue Sessions, participants must take one Workshop for each day they participate – four workshops for the full Institute and 30 PD credits. stream (synchronous) and pre-recorded (asynchronous) workshops available July 13-24th

To earn 30 Clock Hours and 30 Continuing Teacher & Leader Education (CTLE) hours, sign up for all four days (July 13-16) and four workshops.

“Day passes” = One day of Plenaries + one Pool Party Dialogue Session + One workshop = 7.5 Clock Hours or CTLEs per day.

Registration Fee: 

For the complete Four Days of Plenaries and Pool Parties + Four Workshops:

  • Early Registration: $300 extended to  June 15, 2020
  • Regular Registration: $350 after June 15, 2020

One-day Theme pass = one day (July 13, 14, 15 or 16) of Plenaries and Pool Party plus one Workshop

  • One-day theme passes = $90 (7.5 Clock Hours or CTLEs) each

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

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

Discounts cannot be combined and registrants will receive the best discounted price.

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.

Fellowships:

We are working to raise foundation funding to provide more educators fellowships to the Institute. If you are unable to afford the Institute and your school or district has no professional development funding, please submit an inquiry here.

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


Overview

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 address the racial hierarchies and antiblackness that have shaped our educational system and strive 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 the deep-seated racial inequalities and injustices in our educational system that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 to continue your work on a plan to implement your new insights in your schools and communities.

Demand for the Institute

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. We provide a place to reimagine and replace old practices and curricula that reinforces racial inequalities, segregation and antiblackness.

This Institute combines the expertise of Teachers College faculty, other faculty from around the country, and P-12 public and private school teachers, administrators, parents and students from the New York City metro region and across the US. 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 and how to design racial and culturally diverse 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:

  • witness examples of rigorous, joyful learning and development that engages all students and fosters the educational benefits of diversity for all students
  • 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
  • learn to build community and engage parents
  • center the knowledge and understandings of racially, ethnically and culturally diverse learners, including those not measured on standardized tests
  • promote the educational and social advantages of racially, ethnically and culturally diverse schools
  • learn to connect with social service and health care providers to foster a more racially and socio-economically just educational system
  • work towards 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 led by Teachers College faculty and other noted education leaders. Participants will sign up for workshops ahead of time.

Plenaries and Pool Party small-group dialogue sessions will be live streamed and can be watched in real time (synchronized) remotely. Afternoon plenaries will be offered either live streamed or taped (asynchronous). Some workshops will be available live streamed the weeks of July 13 and July 20; most workshops will be pre-recorded and available any time July 16-24.

After the Institute, participants can continue to dialogue via a private online forum designed to foster thoughtful exchanges on difficult topics.

Institute Schedule

Part-time July 13-16 with the options to complete PD credits through asynchronous modules until July 24th.

Online live streamed with catch-up recordings (synchronous and pre-recorded options) for Plenaries and Dialogue Sessions (Pool Parties): July 13-16, Monday-Thursday, 11am to 1pm EDT and 2:30-5pm EDT;

Workshops: In Addition to the Plenaries and Pool Party Dialogue Sessions, participants must take one Workshop for each day they participate – four workshops for the full Institute and 30 PD credits. stream (synchronous) and pre-recorded (asynchronous) workshops available July 13-24th;

 

Monday July 13th, Plenaries (synchronous and asynchronous) and Pool Parties focus on the theme: Why Reimagining

  • 11a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT = Mid-Day Plenary featuring TC faculty on Why Reimagining NOW; Live Streamed; Attendance Required for PD credits
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. EDT = Pool Party Dialogue Session; Live Streamed; Attendance Required for PD credits
  • 3:30-5 p.m. EDT = Keynote Lecture by Lisa Delpit, author of Other People’s Children and Multiplication is for White People; and editor of Teaching when the World is on Fire; Live Streamed and available recorded for registered participants; Required Content for PD credits

Tuesday July 14th, Plenaries (synchronous and asynchronous) and Pool Parties focus on the theme: Racial and Cultural Literacy

  • 11a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT = Mid-Day Plenary featuring TC faculty and K-12 educators on examples of Racial and Cultural Literacy; Live Streamed; Attendance Required for PD credits
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. EDT = Pool Party Dialogue Session; Live Streamed; Attendance Required for PD credits
  • 3:30-5 p.m. EDT = Afternoon Plenary featuring youth activists and the curriculum they have researched and written on Courageous Conversations and Racial Disparities in their Communities and Districts. Live Streamed and available recorded for registered participants; Required Content for PD credits

Wednesday July 15th, Plenaries (synchronous and asynchronous) and Pool Parties focus on the theme Equity Pedagogy

  • 11a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT = Mid-Day Plenary featuring TC faculty and K-12 educators on examples of Equity Pedagogy for Pre-K-high schools; Live Streamed; Attendance Required for PD credits
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. EDT = Pool Party Dialogue Session; Live Streamed; Attendance Required for PD credits
  • 3:30-5 p.m. EDT = Afternoon Plenary featuring youth activists and their examples of equity pedagogy and what it means to them. Live Streamed and available recorded for registered participants; Required Content for PD credits

Thursday July 16th, Plenaries (synchronous and asynchronous) and Pool Parties focus on the theme Culturally Responsive Leadership

  • 11a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT = Mid-Day Plenary featuring TC faculty and K-12 educators on examples of Teacher Leadership and School and District Leadership that is Culturally Responsive and Sustaining; Live Streamed; Attendance Required for PD credits
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. EDT = Pool Party Dialogue Session; Live Streamed; Attendance Required for PD credits
  • 3:30-5 p.m. EDT = Afternoon Plenary featuring youth activists and their examples of leadership for youth advocacy. Live Streamed and available recorded for registered participants; Required Content for PD credits

 

To earn 30 Clock Hours and 30 Continuing Teacher & Leader Education (CTLE) hours, sign up for all four days (July 13-16) and four workshops.

“Day passes” = One day of Plenaries + one Pool Party Dialogue Session + One workshop = 7.5 Clock Hours or CTLEs per day.

Facilitators

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

  • Christopher Emdin, Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology
  • Mark Gooden, Department of Organization & Leadership
  • 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
  • Laura Smith, Counseling and Clinical Psychology
  • 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
  • Jeffrey Young, Department of Organization & Leadership

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, Learning, and Leading for a Racially Just Society, Summer Institute 2020” 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. We can only accomplish this goal if we re-examine the ways in which our educational system has marginalized the perspectives, histories and understandings of communities of color and lacked the expertise to make education more culturally relevant to students from different backgrounds. 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?

Reimagining Education Summer Institute 2020 will be virtual and will be structured as follows:

Online live streamed with catch-up recordings (synchronous and pre-recorded options) for Plenaries and Dialogue Sessions (Pool Parties): July 13-16, Monday-Thursday, 11am to 1pm EDT and 2:30-5pm EDT;

Workshops: In Addition to the Plenaries and Pool Party Dialogue Sessions, participants must take one Workshop for each day they participate – four workshops for the full Institute and 30 PD credits. stream (synchronous) and pre-recorded (asynchronous) workshops available July 13-24th;

To earn 30 Clock Hours and 30 Continuing Teacher & Leader Education (CTLE) hours, sign up for all four days (July 13-16) and four workshops.

“Day passes” = One day of Plenaries + one Pool Party Dialogue Session + One workshop = 7.5 Clock Hours or CTLEs per day.

Please visit the Institute Schedule tab for more details.

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 continue working on a plan to implement your new insights in your schools and communities. This year, given the circumstances in our world, we have deeply thought about the key takeaways that educators can engage with today:

  • We acknowledge the many ways COVID-19 made the racial disparities in our society, health care system and schools ever-more visible and undeniable.
  • We must Reimagine Education post-COVID-19 so that our schools can become a vital transformative force in creating a more just and equal society.
  • We are committed to support educators in helping students, families and communities heal, rebuild and reimagine a brighter future in which racism and injustice are named and resisted.
  • We will fight for public health as a key element in sustaining public education.

Additionally, the Institute will have Dr. Lisa Delpit, author of Other People’s Children and Teaching When the World is on Fire, as the keynote speaker, and will offer a variety of plenary and workshop topics, as well as daily student presentations, that can engage participants, virtually, in discussing and thinking about the key takeaways addressed above.

4. What is the cost of the 4-day online Institute?

For new participants:

  • $300 for registration until May 15, 2020
  • $350 after May 15, 2020

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

Participants can earn up to 30 Clock Hours 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.

To register for “Reimagining Education: Teaching, Learning, and Leading for a Racially Just Society”, 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.” Wednesday's theme is "Equity Pedagogy," and Thursday's is "Culturally Sustaining Leadership." Besides participating virtually in all plenary sessions, holders of one-day passes will attend a unique small-group racial identity session and choose one interactive virtual workshop.

The cost of a one-day pass is $90. Day pass holders can receive 7.5 Clock Hours and CTLEs per day.

We are also constantly seeking fellowship funds to provide support for participants who cannot pay for the Institute and do not have professional development funds from their schools.

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

The institute welcomes any questions, inquiries, comments, or concerns of interested participants. 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 a 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. Would I be able to get tech support to participate in the virtual Reimagining Education Summer Institute?

Yes! Our tech expert, Joseph Chong, is available to answer any tech questions you may have. You can email him at reimagineed@tc.columbia.edu (please label the subject heading of your email: “Tech Support”; this way, we can quickly get to your email and address your issues and concerns).

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