Loyola University Maryland

Center for Innovation in Urban Education (CIUE)

Peter C. Murrell, Jr., Ph.D. Memorial Symposium on Urban Education

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A Culture of Caring: Transformational Approaches to Excellence and Equity in Schools

The Peter C. Murrell Jr., Memorial Symposium will focus on the social, racial, and psychological context of urban schools today. Together, we will explore prominent issues in teacher development and school culture- and challenge one another to create new models and pathways to resiliency, grounded in community wisdom and heritage.  Only by cultivating and authentic connection to community and family, gaining a deep and contextualized understanding of our students, and by facing squarely the deeply flawed message of racial discrimination in our country, can we address the glaring disparities in public education.  This crisis in public education demands radically different practices that represent a new turn in training and development of caring and culturally competent educators, increasing student engagement in classroom instruction, and providing comprehensive social and emotional supports that enable students to be well, do well, and adapt well in the 21st century. 

Welcome Reception

You are cordially invited to the Welcome Reception and celebration of ACTS' 5th Anniversary on October 5, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. There will be hor d'oeuvres and a cash bar, followed by a timely and provocative conversation on Racial Justice in Urban Education, led by three exciting speakers:

  • Taylor Branch, eminent civil rights historian;
  • Edward Fergus, powerful new voice in education of African American children;
  • Karen Webber, Foundation Program Officer and former District leader in student support

For more information and to register, visit our event website or write Julie Lin at jlin@acts-alliance.org


The Symposium will bring together higher ed, educators, community members and youth activists to challenge old notions of school organization and instruction and present new and important ways of creating relationships and refining practices. The morning will be devoted to the concept of the “Community Teacher," introduced by Dr. Murrell in 2001. We will focus on the preparation and development of teachers - looking at ways in which higher ed  can authentically engage with communities to in order to train culturally competent and connected educators. In the afternoon, we will unpack the concept of "educational resiliency" developed by ACTS under Dr. Murrell’s leadership - exploring issues of climate, behavior support, and personal growth that are at the core of excellence in education and seeking ways to cultivate trauma-informed, caring communities in urban schools and focuses our practice on the development of successful identity, agency and capacity for reflection in our children and youth.

Thursday, October 6, 2016
Andrew White Student Center, McGuire Hall
Loyola University Maryland
8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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