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GPDE5441A: Missing Voices: Equity in Education Summit Spring 2018  (1 cr.)
Each year the Culturally Responsive Teaching program hosts Missing Voices: Equity in Education Summit, which is a unique opportunity in the world of educational conferences. The program strives to bring multiple perspectives and stakeholders to the table, welcoming their wisdom and lived experience.  Participants in Missing Voices will experience a variety of participatory activities, dialogue, and expert keynotes as they are asked to collectively commit to action. To earn credit for this experience, participants will synthesize their learnings and create a plan to move to action and application. Coursework will be completed as an independent study following the conference.

Registration for, and participation in, the Missing Voices: Equity in Education Summit is required in order to complete GPDE5441A. Please register for the Summit separately at smumn.edu/missingvoices. Educators and administrators are charged $100 for Summit attendence and the GPDE5441A course is billed separately. The event fills quickly and registration in the Summit is not guaranteed.

The Missing Voices conference brings together a variety of stakeholder voices to engage in solution-oriented dialogue and actionable steps toward educational equity. Attendees draw from an array of multiple perspectives including youth (high school-aged), parents and families, community members, teachers and administrators. Through intentional collaboration, the goal of the conference is to create and nurture ongoing opportunities focused on increasing equitable learning opportunities for ALL students.

The 2018 conference focuses on educational equity with special emphasis this year regarding native, immigrant and refugee voices by embracing the ida that We Are All Related (Mitakuye Oyasin). In Lakota tribal education one gains knowledge from firsthand experience in the world and then transmits or explores this knowledge through ritual, ceremony, art, and appropriate technology. The essense of this concept is that our lives are truly and profoundly connected to others and the world around us. Now, in this time of division and polarization, we must recognize ourselves in the faces of others, particularly historically marginalized groups. The Missing Voices Summit allows for an exploration of commonalities and differences through an examination of self and others in our combined journey along a timeline of immigration.

For educators, the conference offers a variety of culturally responsive teaching strategies including: examining your own attitudes and beliefs and shaping behaviors that value cultural differences, enhancing school to home communication, fostering student and family relationships, identifying new resources to help bridge cultural and opportunity gaps, strategies for de-escalating conflict in your classroom, networking opportunities, and committing to individual action for increased equitable classroom and school teaching practices. You will come away reenergized and ready to connect in new ways with all of your students!

For youth, the conference offers a variety of empowerment strategies including: sharing your unique knowledge with educators to help them learn from you, asserting your individual learning needs, expressing your cultural capital, the art of creation through artistic expression (such as spoken word and hip hop), leading future youth-oriented activities, and advocating for increased equitable classroom and school learning opportunities. You will come away with an empowered sense of yourself as an equity steward!

Location: Saint Mary's University - Twin Cities Campus   Map it
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Instructor(s): Teresa Taylor
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Required Text: Required Text: Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask, Anton Treuer, ISBN-13: 978-0873518611
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