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Buffalo State Professor to Open Interdisciplinary Work Sessions

Dr. Jevon HunterThe General Studies Series will open on October 2 with an interdisciplinary, multilevel speaker, Dr. Jevon Hunter. The General Studies Series focuses on connecting Erie 1 districts with national speakers on relevant and important topics in education.

Dr. Hunter has long-time ties with the Western New York Regional Information Center (WNYRIC) and Erie 1 BOCES. He has dedicated his career to teaching culturally responsive and sustaining practices. He has been working with Erie 1 BOCES to deliver the Transformative Teaching series which is entering its third year.

Dr. Hunter teaches at Buffalo State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of California, Los Angeles and Ph.D. in urban schooling from the University of California, Irvine.

“In my time working with Dr. Hunter on our Transformative Teaching series, we have found many educators are familiar with the phrase ‘culturally responsive and sustaining practices,’ but are less familiar with what that means practically in their classrooms,” Jessica Karnes, coordinator of staff development, curriculum and instruction, said. “This workshop on October 2 will explore the pedagogies behind the phrase.”

Unlike typical work sessions, Dr. Hunter’s talk is applicable to any subject or grade level. Teachers and administrators are welcome to attend.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Hunter kick off this year’s series. His research focuses on educational practices that honor the dignity of all students through the use of culturally relevant methods and critical literacies, both of which arm students to unpack issues that matter most, from race and identity to social justice and beyond,” Karnes added. 

Dr. Hunter will continue his work with Erie 1 BOCES through the series Transformative Teaching: Making Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Pedagogies Real in the Classroom. Dates and more information to follow soon.

Other sessions in the General Studies Series include a workshop by Thomas Murray on February 12, 2020. Murray is a leader in the technology field whose most recent book is Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today, co-authored with Eric Sheninger and published by ASCD, was released in June 2017.

Ricky Robertson, an educator, author and consultant with a focus on building systems of support for students impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma, and the educators who work with them. will present on March 18, 2020. His most recent book is “Building Resilience in Students Impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Whole-Staff Approach” (Romero, Robertson, & Warner, 2018)

Please check the Erie 1 BOCES professional development calendar to register for the Transformative Teaching Series.

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