Join Forces with Urban Educators During Urban Teaching Matters Conference

The Urban Teaching Fellows program at Rutgers Graduate School of Education (GSE) will host the second Urban Teaching Matters Conference on Saturday, April 2, 2016. The conference is designed to encourage a mutual exchange of ideas and support efforts to promote equity in urban schools.
Urban educators will lead participatory workshops and facilitated discussions on a variety of topics relevant to urban education including creativity in city classrooms, engaging disengaged students, promoting cultural empathy and understanding, student movements, and youth participatory action. The event will be a chance to support and acknowledge teachers committed to improving educational standards in urban districts.
“We aim to harness the experiences of allies and alumni in the field to create productive and meaningful conversations about urban education,” said Elozia Jorge, Urban Teaching Fellows Coordinator. “These types of conversations are essential in creating a support community of  educators facing similar issues.”
The conference’s keynote speaker Jose Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist in New York City. Vilson is the author of This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, he regularly writes for Edutopia and has contributed to The New York Times, Education Week,, Huffington Post, and El Diario / La Prensa NY. Vilson is the founder of, where he presents his unique point of view on issues related to urban education. He is also a Math for America fellow and on the Board of Directors for the Center for Teaching Quality.
The Urban Teaching Matters Conference offers educators the chance to participate in crucial conversations and the promise of a fascinating keynote. The conference will also provide an opportunity for alumni and current students in the Urban Teaching Fellows program to connect with each other. The Urban Teaching Fellows, directed by Dr. Thea Abu Al-Haj and Dr. Beth Rubin, is a specialized program designed to train excellent teachers for urban schools. The program provides specialized coaching and professional development for pre-service teachers in urban settings and will graduate its seventh cohort of Fellows this year.
For just nine dollars, you can claim your seat at this one of a kind conference and network with like minded individuals dedicated to promoting equity in urban education.  For more information, including registration details, visit the Urban Teaching Matters website.
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