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Center for Innovation in Urban Education announces spring series

| By Stephanie Weaver
Adrienne Dixson, Ph.D.
Adrienne Dixson, Ph.D.

The Center for Innovation in Urban Education (CIUE) at Loyola University Maryland will host a spring event series featuring a speaker on March 31 and documentary viewing on April 22.


Adrienne Dixson, Ph.D., associate professor of critical race theory and education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will give her talk, “Making Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Relevant,” on Tuesday, March 31, from 6:30—7:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall—West.

Dixson’s talk will highlight research that depicts a lack of understanding with regard to what it means to be a culturally relevant teacher. She will describe points of confusion and the need for clarity when translating culturally relevant pedagogy to teacher candidates, current teachers, district level administrators, and college and university faculty who prepare and work with teachers. The event is free and open to the public.

A former teacher in New Orleans, Dixson’s work examines racialized education inequity in urban schooling contexts. Dixson’s most recent published work is Researching Race in Education: Policy, Practice and Qualitative Research. She also co-edited Critical Race Theory and Education: All God’s Got a Song, and The Handbook of Critical Race Theory and Education.

Documentary viewing

On Wednesday, April 22, from 6:30—8:30 p.m., CIUE will host a screening of Second Chances: Reducing Suspensions in Maryland, a documentary short by Wide Angle Youth Media, a non-profit that provides media education to Baltimore youth through documentary production. The film explores how schools around Maryland are working to find alternatives to suspension. The event is free, however registration is required. To register, go to

A panel discussion will follow the film. Panelists include Karen Webber Ndour, executive director of the office of student support and safety for Baltimore City Public Schools; Ali Smith, co-founder of Holistic Life Foundation, Inc.; Rosalind Akpaidem, M.A. ’14, Baltimore City Public Schools teacher; Dante de Tablan, executive director of the Ben Franklin Center for Community Schools; Laurell Glenn, senior at Digital Harbor High School and Wide Angle Youth Media intern; and Rob Helfenbein, Ph.D., associate dean of Loyola’s School of Education. Stephanie Flores-Koulish, Ph.D., associate professor of education specialties and interim director of CIUE, will moderate. The screening will be held in Knott Hall, room B03.

Panelists are subject to change.

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