December 12, 2007

Educational conference to address critical achievement issues

Source: NYSUT News Wire

Educators looking for research-driven methods for reducing the achievement gap and improving instruction at their schools will find plenty of useful information at The National Urban Alliance for Effective Education's "Teaching for Intelligence: Believe to Achieve" conference, scheduled for Albany this spring.

The Believe to Achieve conference will be held from March 28-30 at the Empire State Plaza. NYSUT, which has made an organization-wide commitment to ending New York's achievement gap - and conducted its first-ever symposium on the issue this fall - has signed on as a partner institution for the event. The conference is designed to provide educators with practical strategies they can implement at their schools to tackle pressing problems such as performance gaps among certain groups of students.

Believe to Achieve will offer educational tracks on assessment, language development and literacy; promoting high intellectual performance and enrichment; learning needs of boys; creating culturally competent classrooms; educator preparation; leadership challenges; and multilingual education.

The conference will feature some of the top speakers in education, such as renowned author and theorist Jonathan Kozol; Linda Darling-Hammond, a well-known Stanford education professor; New York University Professor Pedro Noguera, who also serves as director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education; and many others.

Believe to Achieve will include site visits to several elementary and middle schools in Albany. Attendees who stay for all three days may be able to apply to the College of St. Rose in Albany for two graduate credits.

To learn more about Believe to Achieve or to register, visit www.believetoachieve.org.