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CUE Summer Educator Forum 6-12

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Greenway Professional Development Center

1400 Crucible Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15205

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Last June, we shared two days of learning and growing together around culturally responsive teaching at the Center for Urban Education Summer Educator Forum (CUESEF). With the aim of building on that work, we’re thrilled to invite you, our initial participants, back this year for CUESEF 6-12, which will take place June 20-21.

This forum will continue to strengthen educators' skills for culturally responsive instructional practices in ELA and math, and will feature workshops with experts Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz (ELA) and Ebony McGee (math). Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority enrollment reserved for participants in last year's forum. Light breakfast, lunch and complimentary books will be provided for all participating educators.

We're offering 15 PA Act 48 credits for educators who complete the entire forum, including some pre-conference readings and reflections that we'll share soon.


Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz is an Associate Professor of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests include racial literacy development, Black and Latino male students, Black girl literacies, Black female college reentry, and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy.

She is founder and faculty sponsor of Coumbia's Racial Literacy Roundtables Series, where for eight years, national scholars, doctoral, pre-service and in-service Master’s students, and young people in schools facilitate informal conversations around race and other issues of diversity in schools and society. Dr. Sealey-Ruiz is also a co-founder (with Laura Smith and Lalitha Vasudevan) of the Civic Participation Project at TC, a multi-disciplinary project that focuses on the well-being of youth involved in the foster care and the juvenile justice systems.

Ebony McGee is an assistant professor of diversity and STEM education at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, investigating what it means to “be Black,” “be Latinx,” or “be Asian” in the context of learning and achieving in STEM. In particular, she studies the racialized experiences and racial stereotypes affecting the experiences and outcomes for these groups. Her research also focuses on the effect of racialized experiences and bias on STEM education and career, exploring the costs of academic achievement and problematizing “success,” and how marginalization undercuts success in STEM in terms of psychological stress, interrupted STEM career trajectories, impostor phenomenon, and other problems.

Dr. McGee left a successful career in electrical engineering to earn a PhD in mathematics education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago, and a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University.

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