Center for Urban Education Hosts Annual Summer Educator Forum

Dancy in a dark suit and tie

Pitt’s Center for Urban Education within the School of Education will host its annual Summer Educator Forum (CUESEF) from July 18-20, centered on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline.

Scholars, educators and researchers from across the country — even as far as Turkey — will take part in intensive forums to re-imagine policies, practices and politics in education systems, in addition to a series of practitioner workshops and research panels.

The sold-out two-day forum has garnered the attendance of several nationally-recognized scholars such as Michelle Alexander, who will serve as a featured panelist. Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” is a legal scholar, social justice advocate and columnist at the New York Times. She also serves as visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. 

CUESEF events reinforce the importance of collective dialogue when considering justice in educational practice, according to CUE Director T. Elon Dancy.  “We look forward to learning with a diverse group of researchers, activists and practitioners about what we can and must do about the school/prison relationship,” said Dancy.

Co-sponsored by the Heinz Endowments, CUESEF is open to K-12 educators as well as those in higher ed. Educators who attend 15 hours of presentations and breakout sessions will receive 15 PA Act 48 credits.