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Gesu School’s 19th Annual Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education: Cultural Responsiveness in the Urban Classroom

With Keynote Speaker Christopher Emdin, Ph.D.


The 2016 Symposium examined how the teacher-student relationship should be framed in cultural awareness. At a time when many urban educators are teaching students with cultural backgrounds and experiences that vary from their own, dialogue on educating to the student’s life narrative is key. This symposium discussed strategies to challenge the current pedagogy of engaging students in an urban area.

Keynote speaker, Christopher Emdin, Ph.D., whose work has been featured on ABC, CNN, and PBS, is rocking the pedagogical rhetoric around this topic. Dr. Emdin joined our vibrant panel of K-12 and higher education leaders, who wrestled with these emerging, thought-provoking ideas of how to culturally engage students in the classroom. 



Christopher Emdin, Ph.D., Keynote Speaker
Associate Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University
Author of For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…And the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education 

Pamela Barnett, Ph.D., Panelist
Dean, The College of Arts & Sciences, Trinity Washington University

Tamika Michelle Evans, Panelist
CEO/Principal, Global Leadership Academy Southwest

David P. Hardy, Panelist 
Chief Executive Officer, Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School

Steven S. Piltch, Ed.D., Moderator
Head of School, The Shipley School


Thank you to our 2016 Symposium Sponsors! 


Gordon & Gretchen Cooney 


Craig E. White