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On March 22, 2015, Chapman University’s College of Educational Studies hosted its inaugural Education Summit:
Rise Up for Children, Schools, Family, and Community
The first of many programs sponsored by the Donna Ford Attallah Educator Development Academy, the summit was an opportunity for educators, families, and neighborhood leaders to engage in conversations about education in the 21

In addition to the featured speakers, workshops focused on K-12 teaching and learning, community engagement, and leadership development. Our presenters shared strategies for increasing student achievement, engaging families, developing partnerships, and leveraging support and community resources.
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The morning address,
The Difference Love Makes
, was delivered by College of Educational Studies’s Associate Dean of Educator Development, Dr. Kimberly White-Smith. She shared her personal experience with the education system and highlighted the positive impact of social networks and quality teachers instrumental in her life. White-Smith paralleled the importance of the Academy’s ongoing projects in community schools, leadership programs, and teacher training in supporting educators.

The summit’s keynote speaker was Dr. Rich Milner, the Helen Faison Endowed Chair of Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh. His topic
Issues that Divide and Unite in the Fight for Equity in Education
addressed the intersecting issues of poverty, standardized testing, race, and teacher training.
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has authored two books, and his research examines practices that support teacher success in urban settings.

The Education Summit spotlighted the Donna Ford Attallah Educator Development Academy’s goal to focus university resources on teaching, learning, and instruction within local schools and communities. The Academy is solution-oriented and grounded in the belief that educators and community members work best in collaboration. It is accomplished through the College of Educational Studies’ research, its educational projects, and signature teacher education programs including a B.A. Integrated Educational Studies, an M.A. in Teaching (Elementary and Secondary), and an M.A. in Special Education.

View Dr. Richard Milner’s presentation at the 2015 Donna Ford Attallah Educator Development Summit below!