Intensive Institutes - Thank you!

Thank you to following organizations and all of our institute facilitators for making this amazing list of institutes possible this year:
The National Civil Rights Museum, housed at the Lorraine Motel,
Facing History and Ourselves
The Highlander Center
University of Memphis
Tennessee Technological University

You helped make #NAME2018 a historic event!

Intensive Institutes**


Developing a Multicultural Education Curriculum
Presenter: Bill Howe, Past-President of the National Association for Multicultural Education
Time: 11am- 6pm (w/lunch break)

Since 1995, over 20,000 people have attended the nationally recognized training program – Developing a Multicultural Curriculum (DMC). Developed originally in 1994 under a federal grant, DMC was created to meet the needs of teachers wishing to learn more effective strategies to teach minority students but also schools that wanted a curriculum that would prepare all students for a diverse workforce and a global economy. The institute follows a model based on four key steps  - awareness, knowledge, skills and action. These steps include awareness of how culture affects teaching and learning, the knowledge we need to be culturally responsive, how to create multicultural lesson plans; and how to develop an individual and organizational action plan.
Note: those who complete this all day institute will receive a certificate of completion




School Leadership Matters: Strategies to Successfully Implement Culturally Responsive Leadership Approaches in Schools
Ann E. Lopez, NAME President-Elect, OISE Associate Professor, Teaching Stream Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education Provostial Advisor, Access Programs; Former Administrator, Peel District School Board

This institute is designed to engage school leaders (teacher leaders and administrators), leaders in higher education as well as aspiring leaders interested in embedding social justice and culturally responsive approaches in their practice. We know from research and practice that culturally responsive approaches increase student engagement and achievement, community and parental involvement, reduce disciplinary issues and improves retention rates in higher education. The purpose of this institute is to share culturally responsive leadership strategies and approaches that work, explicate the challenges of this type leadership, and envision ways to overcome these challenges. This workshop will feature a select group of educational leaders who will share their experiences and coping methods as social justice leaders on their leadership journey. 


Utilizing Young Adult Literature to examine diversity  while deconstructing teachers' concerns with inequality, injustice, and language
Presenter: Elsie Lindy Olan, Ph.D.-Curriculum & Instruction, Language & Literacy, Assistant Professor, Language Arts Secondary Education, School of Teacher Education, College of Community Innovation and Education, University of Central Florida

This institute is designed for teachers and teacher candidates wishing to engage in dialogic interactions, linguistic investigations and that help teachers, teacher candidates, and students analyze the political, economic, and social contexts of the characters' lives and their own. It takes preservice and inservice teachers through a series of critical discourse analysis activities that empowers them to deconstruct their concerns with inequality, power, and language. Teachers will be guided to ask tough questions that help their students to become engaged and develop practices that are socially conscientious. This institute aims to help educators engage in that resistance by using young adult literature to enact a culturally sustaining pedagogy. The facilitator invites participants to engage in textual analysis to help them reflect on normativity and identity in young adult literature. Young adult literature and research-based strategies shared can be used to disrupt notions of the status and dominant narratives in classrooms.





Writing for Publication

NAME MCP Presenters:
Kevin Roxas, Alyssa Dunn, Francisco Rios, Carl Grant

This half-day workshop is designed to assist anyone interested in publishing in professional journals or other related publications in the field of multicultural education. Facilitated by experienced editors and writers, it is particularly beneficial for graduate students and junior faculty. During this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the process for publishing from both a writer’s perspective as well as the editor’s perspective. Topics to be covered include getting started (selecting appropriate journals, turning dissertations into articles, etc.), the submission and review process, and the relationship of publishing to tenure. Participants should be prepared to share their ideas for articles. Participants will receive an extensive package of materials to support their work towards becoming published authors. 



Special Institute offered by The Highlander Center
Loving People First: The Radical Tradition of Popular Education
Presenter: Elizabeth Wright, Highlander Education Coordinator

The Highlander Center is a beacon of social justice in the South and Appalachia, sustaining movement and transforming communities through collective struggle.  Join Education Team coordinator Elizabeth Wright to share in Highlander's history, methodologies and the important work facing the South today, from economic and environmental innovation in Appalachia's coalfields to fights to dismantle white supremacy.




Special Institute offered by Facing History and Ourselves:
Leading Whole-School Change to Impact School Climate

Facing History and Ourselves Presenters:
Steve Becton, Program Director for Equity and Inclusion, 
Sarah Stuart, Senior Program Associate

This Institute engages participants on understanding and applying the experiences of Facing History and Ourselves in working with schools to foster the type of environment needed for students to succeed academically and professionally and to also become engaged members of society. It will feature their work with teachers and students in becoming upstanders and not bystanders. They will call upon their bold work to work in schools using their unique to teaching, professional development, and coaching to equip teachers with the tools and strategies to help students become thoughtful, responsible citizens



Responding to Discriminatory Incidents at School
Presenter: Lee Mun Wah Executive Director of 
StirFry Seminars & Consulting

Often, discriminatory incidents and lawsuits emerge from environments where diversity issues are seldom discussed and where cultural differences are 'celebrated' but not practiced or represented. During this workshop, we will explore how to create a culturally competent and sensitive academic community that is able to embrace and respond to diversity. Participants will: * Understand how one's personal and community history affects one's self-esteem and sense of safety * Learn ways to respond with honesty and compassion when a conflict occurs that involves a diversity issue * Create a sense of community and understanding amongst a diverse culture of people * Learn how to ask meaningful and intimate questions of individuals from diverse cultures * Understand how differences (i.e. racial, gender) can affect relationships, communications & behaviors * Discover how to observe and make use of the intent and impact of all of our communications * Learn the art of listening and responding cross-culturally


Technology as a Tool to Support Multicultural Education in the 21st Century

Presenter: Krista Ruggles, Assistant Professor, Utah Valley University

In order to prepare diverse students to be successful and rise up in a globally and technologically advanced 21st  century environment, it is critical that educators develop a deep understanding of how technological tools can support student success. All students must be provided with equitable authentic opportunities to acquire advanced technological skills. Unfortunately, teachers are either unprepared to facilitate these learning experiences or feel as though they do not have adequate time or resources to accomplish the task. Workshop participants will be introduced to and practice using online digital tools, iPad apps, and coding to support content across curriculum areas. These tools can be utilized in K-20 classrooms to support culturally responsive teaching practices and interdisciplinary teaching. Technology tools will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop and/or iPad.




Multicultural Science Education: What is it? Why do we need it? What does it look like?
University of Memphis Presenters:
Katie Wade-Jaimes, Assistant Professor
Rachel Asker, Graduate Student

This session will begin a discussion around the importance of multicultural science education in schools today.
We will consider various perspectives on science, including Western and non-Western ways of knowing and doing science, and begin envisioning how we can teach science in ways that acknowledge, incorporate, and sustain students' own cultures and backgrounds


NAME Special  Institutes Responding to the #MeToo Movement

In the heat of the #MeToo Movement, NAME offers two companion workshops focusing on the issues for gender equity professionals and other interested parties who are working to protect their students and staff from sexual harassment and assault. Both Institutes are designed to develop the skills, language, and resources for effective enforcement, especially critical in the DeVos’ era with rollbacks in Title IX protections and rights of trans people.
Participants who attend both sessions will receive a certificate of completion.

Expert Presenters for these special #MeToo sessions:
Georgina Dodge, Associate Provost for Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Bucknell University; Advisory Board Member of ATIXA (Association of Title IX Administrators);
Jan Perry Evenstad, Director of Western Equity Assistance Center, Metropolitan State University of Denver; Advisory Board Member of ATIXA; 
Bill Howe, Past-President of NAME, Advisory Board Member of ATIXA (ret);
Marta Larson, Educational Equity Consultant;
Amy Zavadil, Equity Compliance Officer at the University of Dayton, Advisory Board Member of ATIXA

#MeToo Era Meaning & Implications (Institute A-#MeToo) 

Institute # A is especially designed for students, parents, guardians, people in enforcement or advocacy positions, and any other individuals wanting to learn more about legal protections against sexual harassment and assault. This 3-hour workshop will cover the foundational legal protections and the imperative for our institutions to activate effective policies, procedures and programs. We will examine the spectrums involved––including bullying to assault; hostile environment and school climate––while examining the intersectionality between race/gender/national origin issues. Primary to the workshop will be tools for advocacy related to policies and programs with support for survivors and strategies for parent and community engagement.?

#MeToo Institutional Action (Institute B-#MeToo)

Note: This institute can be taken alone or with Institute A-#MeToo

Institute #B is designed for people involved in program development and delivery, or for individuals seeking more detail on how to resolve complaints. Building on the content of Institute # A we will delve into effective complaint investigation and resolution approaches, including appropriate recordkeeping and transparency/privacy issues. Examples of effective strategies for prevention and for supporting survivors during and following investigations will be discussed; as well as the rights of the accused and our responsibilities to them. Panelists are experienced in training on Title IX and the investigation of sex discrimination/harassment complaints at both the PK-12 and higher education levels.

Meanings, Implications of the #MeToo Era & Institutional Action (All Day Institute)

This combined session is a 6 hour option that provides the information and tools from both Institute A & B.
Participants who participate in the 6 hour all day session will receive a certificate of completion.

Note: All Day, 6 hour, institute includes both #MeToo-Institute A, above and #MeToo-Institute B, below.
Participants who attend both sessions will receive a certificate of completion.




RE-Imaging the Brilliance of Black boys: Self-Identity, Agency & Voice in Cultivating School Success

Brian Wright, Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator of Early Childhood Education University of Memphis
Nathaniel Bryan, Assistant Professor, 
Miami University (Ohio)
Sam O’Bryant, The SchoolSeed Foundation of Memphis
John Marshall, Chief Equity Officer, Jefferson County Public Schools

This institute is designed to challenge these patterns of educational inequity that have been shaped by race and gender. As research has revealed race and gender tend to circumscribe the academic achievement and schooling of this population-leaving Black boys to be defined by their relative lack--thus, ignoring the myriad of strengths and tremendous resilience that resides in this population. Challenging deficit views about Black boys this institute will provide an Anti-Deficit Achievement Framework (ADAF) to RE-imagine in the public domain of schools and society the brilliance that resides in Black boys. The presenters will share culturally responsive and responsible ways to recognize, value, and integrate the self-identities, agency, and voices of Black boys P-12 and beyond.

Special Institute offered by the National Civil Rights Museum:
Civil Rights As a Teaching Tool for Today's Teachers and Students
Presenter: Noelle Trent, the National Civil Rights Museum

In this institute the conference participants will learn about how to teach the struggle for freedom and justice as a means to understand current enduring human issues. Tools will be shared that guide teaching using enduring ideas, essential questions and contemporary issues will be shared. Several resources will be discussed and illustrated to engage students in learning.

*NAME would like to extend a very special thank you to our friends and members at University of Memphis and at Tennessee Technological University for all of their work that made these amazing institutes and the 2018 NAME conference possible!