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Porter Chair Speaker Series
 
 
 
 
2014-2015 Speaker Series

The John W. Porter Distinguished Chair in Urban Education presents the 2014-2015 Speaker Series:The African American Young Men of Promise Initiative. The 2014-2015 Speaker Series is hosted by the Department of Leadership and Counseling. Dr. Theresa Saunders is chair of the Porter Chair Speaker Series Steering Committee. Guest speakers include:

Gloria Ladson Billings

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Gloria Ladson-Billings

Gloria Ladson-Billings

Gloria Ladson-Billings is faculty in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction where she holds the Kellner Family Endowed Professorship in Urban Education and is Faculty Affiliate in the Departments of Educational Policy Studies and Afro American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was the 2005--2006 president of the American Educational Research Association. Ladson-Billings’ research examines the pedagogical practices of teachers who are successful with African American students. She also investigates Critical Race Theory applications to education.

Ladson-Billings is the author of the critically acclaimed books, The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children, Crossing over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms, and Beyond the Big House: African American Educators on Teacher Education. She is editor of five other books and author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. She is the former editor of the American Educational Research Journal and a member of several editorial boards. Her work has won numerous scholarly awards, including the H. I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship, Spencer Post-doctoral Fellowship, and the Palmer O. Johnson

outstanding research award. She was named the 2012 winner of the Brock International Prize in education. In 2012 she was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain. In 2010 she was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Massachusetts – Lowell. In 2002 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden. During the 2003--2004 academic year she was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California. In fall 2004 she received the George and Louise Spindler Award from the Council on Anthropology and Education for significant and ongoing contributions to the field of educational anthropology. In spring 2005 she was elected to the National Academy of Education and the National Society for the Study of Education. In 2007 she was awarded the Hilldale Award, the highest faculty honor given to a professor at the University of Wisconsin for outstanding research, teaching, and service. She is a 2008 recipient of the state of Wisconsin’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Heritage Award and the Teachers College, Columbia University 2008 Distinguished Service Medal. In 2009 she was elected to Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society’s Laureate Chapter—comprised of 60 living distinguished scholars. Former laureate members include notables such as Albert Einstein, John Dewey and Eleanor Roosevelt. In 2010 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and in 2012 she was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain. Ladson-Billings is currently one of the NEA Foundation Fellows charged with providing advice on its “Achievement Gap Initiative.”

Who:

Gloria Ladson Billings | Flyer (pdf)

Topic: Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Time: Lecture: 9:00 a.m.
Location:

EMU Student Center

Cost:

FREE and Open to the Public


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Randall Lindsey

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Randall Lindsey

Randall Lindsey

Randall B. Lindsey is Emeritus Professor at California State University, Los Angeles. He has a practice centered on educational consulting and issues related to diversity. He has served as a teacher, an administrator, executive director of a non-profit corporation, as Interim Dean at California Lutheran University, as Distinguished Educator in Residence at Pepperdine University, and as Chair of the Education Department at the University of Redlands. Prior to that he served for seventeen years at California State University, Los Angeles in the Division of Administration and Counseling. All of Randy’s experiences have been in working with diverse populations and his area of study is the behavior of white people in multicultural settings.
 
His Ph.D. is in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University, his Master of Arts in Teaching is in History Education from the University of Illinois, and his B.S. in Social Science Education is from Western Illinois University. He has served as a junior high school and high school teacher and as an administrator in charge of school desegregation efforts. At Cal State, L.A. he served as Chair of the Division of Administration and Counseling and as Director of the Regional Assistance Centers for Educational Equity, a regional race desegregation assistance center.
 

Randy serves as a consultant and facilitator on issues related to diversity and equity, as well as on topics of leadership, problem solving, long range planning, and conflict resolution. Additionally, he publishes regularly and makes presentations to professional organizations. With co-authors Kikanza Nuri Robins and Raymond Terrell, he published, Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders 1st, 2nd & 3rd editions (1999, 2003, 2009). Kikanza Nuri Robins, Randy, Delores B. Lindsey, and Raymond D. Terrell published Culturally Proficient Instruction: A Guide for People Who Teach 1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions (2002, 2006, 2011), which has a video pack (2007). With co-authors, Laraine Roberts and Franklin CampbellJones he published, Implementing Cultural Proficiency in Schools: A Sourcebook for School Leaders 1st & 2nd editions (2004, 2013). With co-authors Delores Lindsey and Richard Martinez, they published,

Culturally Proficient Coaching: Supporting Educators to Create Equitable Schools (2007). With co-authors Stephanie Graham, R. Chris Westphal, Jr., and Cynthia Jew, Culturally Proficient Inquiry: A Lens for Identifying and Examining Educational Gaps (2008). With Ray he published, Culturally Proficient Leadership: The Journey Begins Within (2009). He co-authored with Franklin CampbellJones and Brenda CampbellJones, The Cultural Proficiency Journey: Moving Beyond Ethical Barriers Toward Profound School Change (2010). His most recent books are, first, co-authored with Diana L. Stephens, Culturally Proficient Collaboration: The Use and Misuse of School Counselors (2011), an edited volume The Best of Corwin: Equity (2012); co-authored with Reyes Quezada and Delores Lindsey, Culturally Proficient Practice: Supporting Educators of English Learning Students; and, co-authored with Delores B. Lindsey, Karen M. Kearney, Delia Estrada, and Raymond D. Terrell, A Culturally Proficient Response to the Common Core: Ensuring Equity through Professional Learning (2015).

Who:

Randall Lindsey | Flyer (pdf)

Topic:

Culturally Proficient Practices

Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location:

EMU Student Center

Cost: FREE and Open to the Public


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Franklin CampbellJones

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Franklin Campbell Jones

Franklin CampbellJones

Franklin CampbellJones, Ed.D. is Vice President of CampbellJones & Associates. He consults with school districts assisting them with applying the tenets of cultural proficiency to their policies and practices. Dr. CampbellJones facilitates professional learning seminars and gives keynote addresses to national and international audiences. He has served as teacher, site level administrator, central office director, and state director of professional development. He is co-author of The Culturally Proficient School: An Implementation Guide to School Leaders (2013) and The Cultural Proficiency Journey: Moving Beyond Ethical Barriers Toward Profound School Change (2010). Franklin is Clinical Professor in the department of Instructional Leadership and Professional Development at Towson University. He has served as associate professor at Rowan University and California State University, Los Angeles in the departments of Education Leadership.

Relevant Publications by Franklin CampbellJones

CampbellJones B. & CampbellJones, F. (2010). Journey of Spirit Walk of Faith: Our
relationship with God. IN: Author House.

CampbellJones, B., CampbellJones, F., & Love, N. (2009) Bringing
cultural proficiency to collaborative inquiry. In Using
data to improve learning for all: A collaborative inquiry approach
(pp 80-96). Thousand Oaks, CA.: Corwin Press.

CampbellJones, B. and CampbellJones, F. (2002). Educating African
American children: Credibility at the crossroads. Educational
Horizons, 80, (3), 133-139.

Anderson, G. and Jones, F. (July, 2000)Knowledge generation in
educational administration from the inside-out: The promise and
perils of site-based, administrator research. Education
Administration Quarterly 36, (3)  428-464.

Who:

Franklin CampbellJones | Flyer (pdf)

Topic: Cultural Proficiency: Strategic Approach Toward Appropriating Action For Equity
Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location:

EMU Student Center 310AB

Cost:

FREE and Open to the Public

Muhammad Khalifa

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Muhammad Khalifa

Muhammad Khalifa

Dr. Muhammad Khalifa is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University. He has worked as a public school teacher and administrator in Detroit. His research focuses on culturally responsive leadership in urban schools, and demonstrates the necessity of school leaders to enact a nuanced school leadership, that is unique to the sensibilities and histories of the local community. He also has prepared school leaders in a number of international locations in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.  He suggests in his research that principals must be culturally responsive in not only promoting school culture, but in how they even enact instructional, transformational and transactional leadership.  His research has been published in Teachers College Record, Educational Administration Quarterly, the Urban Review, the Journal of School Leadership, Race Ethnicity and Education, Urban Education, and Education and Urban Society.  He has two forthcoming edited books: On Becoming Critical, and The Handbook on Urban School Leadership.
He has recently been helping school leaders and state-level education officials with conducting equity audits in local school districts, as it is one of the only tools that effectively confronts achievement and discipline gaps in school.  The demand has been so great that he developed an online equity audit tool that principals can use to conduct equity audits in their buildings.

Who:

Dr. Muhammad Khalifa | Flyer (pdf)

Topic: Institutionalizing Cultural Knowledge: Using Equity Audits in School
Date: Thursday, November 20th
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location:

EMU Student Center 310AB

Cost:

FREE and Open to the Public


Jay B. Marks

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Jay B. Marks

Jay B. Marks

Dr. Jay B. Marks is a widely-respected educator who has been in education since 1991, where he began his career as a Special Education Teacher at Northern High School with the Detroit Public School System. In 1998, he accepted a position at Southfield High School with Southfield Public Schools where he served as a teacher and co-department chair in the Special Education Department. Dr. Marks has also worked as an independent consultant with the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education, facilitating professional development workshops for urban school districts throughout the country. Furthermore, he is a founding partner of ManMakers, LLC (a mentoring consulting service), and has served as an adjunct professor at Concordia University, where he taught graduate students in the College of Education. Dr. Marks is currently an Educational Consultant in the School Quality Department at Oakland Schools (the Intermediate School District that services and supports the 28 school districts within Oakland County, Michigan).

Dr. Marks is passionate about issues of social justice and cultural competence as it relates to educational equity and excellence for ALL students; with particular interest in the schooling experiences of African American males and African American students in general. He is highly sought after for his work in this area. As a consultant with Oakland Schools, he facilitates professional development workshops for educators (teachers, administrators, support staff, etc.) throughout Oakland County on topics such as Courageous Conversations About Race, Becoming a Culturally Competent Educator, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Educating African American Males, Closing the Achievement Gap, Student Engagement, Differentiated Instruction, and Urban Education. He is also an ardent advocate of male mentoring and its impact on the social, emotional, and academic development of African American male students. Since 1989, Dr. Marks has been mentoring male youth, and has founded several mentoring programs throughout the Metropolitan Detroit Area. He has received numerous awards for his work in the area of diversity, social justice and mentoring youth.

Dr. Marks received his Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University in 1990, where he studied Occupational Therapy. In 1995, he earned his Masters of Arts degree in Special Education with a double-major in Learning Disabilities and Emotional Impairments, and an additional teaching certificate in Social Sciences from the University of Detroit Mercy. As a graduate student, Dr. Marks studied abroad at Oxford University in Oxford, England as a student in their British Studies Program. He continued his education at Wayne State University, earning an Education Specialist Certificate in Education Administration and Supervision in 1997, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2005.

In addition to his academic and professional credentials, Dr. Marks is an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. However, of all of the things that he would want you to know about him, he would say the best thing is that he is the proud father of two beautiful daughters, Amari (11 years old) and Jalia (8 years old), who are the loves of his life!

Who:

Dr. Jay B. Marks

Topic: Teaching for Social Justice
Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location:

EMU Student Center

Cost:

FREE and Open to the Public


Seena M. Skelton

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Seena M. Skelton

Seena M. Skelton

Dr. Seena M. Skelton is the Director of the Great Lakes Equity Center at Indiana University, the Region V Equity Assistance Center providing technical assistance and professional development resources related to equity, civil rights, and systemic school reform to public school systems in the center’s six-state region. Dr. Skelton has over 15 years of experience providing leadership at the local, regional and state levels in the implementation of system-wide, school-based innovations for improving the academic performance of all students, with specific emphasis on improving outcomes of traditionally marginalized and underserved students. Dr. Skelton has been an instructor at Northern Kentucky University, the University of Cincinnati, the College of Mount Saint Joseph, and Indiana University-Purdue Indianapolis instructing graduate and undergraduate level students in educational psychology, inclusive education, special education and issues related to culture and mental health. She has co-authored book chapters on implementing systemic change for improved student outcomes and regularly presents at local, state and national conferences on various topics related to promoting the achievement of diverse students. Dr. Skelton is committed to supporting educators in meeting the academic and social needs of all students. 

Who:

Dr. Seena M. Skelton | Flyer (pdf)

Topic: Institutionalizing Cultural Knowledge: A Process for Engaging in Critical Reflection on Policy
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location:

EMU Student Center

Cost:

FREE and Open to the Public


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