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Published on January 14th, 2014 | by Alex Conover

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Missing Voices conference: closing educational gaps

MINNEAPOLIS — Gloria Ladson-Billings, a leading voice in culturally responsive teaching and equity in education, will speak at the second Missing Voices: Equity in Education Summit Feb. 6, 2014 on the Twin Cities Campus of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Ladson-Billings will share from her experiences as an award-winning author and scholar. Specializing in pedagogical practices of teachers who are successful with African American students, Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Professor of Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Hosted by the Culturally Responsive Teaching program and the Graduate School of Education at Saint Mary’s University, Missing Voices focuses on bringing together diverse educators, youth and parents in the Twin Cities and beyond who want to work collaboratively to reduce the opportunity and academic achievement gap in Minnesota. Throughout the day, participants will engage in dialogue and gain insight from multiple perspectives that will lead toward solutions to eliminate the gaps.

The event will be held at the Saint Mary’s University Center from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $40, which includes the keynote, world cafe discussion, breakout sessions, continental breakfast, lunch and parking. We have reached capacity for this year’s event, but registration for the waiting list is available.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership. A private Lasallian Catholic institution, Saint Mary’s offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs. About 1,200 students are enrolled in the residential undergraduate college in Winona, established in 1912. Approximately 4,000 students are enrolled in the schools of graduate and professional programs, which offers master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as bachelor’s degree completion, certificate, and specialist programs. The university delivers education to adults through campuses in Winona, Minneapolis, and Nairobi, Kenya; centers in Apple Valley, Rochester, and Oakdale; and at numerous other locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Jamaica. Saint Mary’s is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

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