Creating Culturally Affirming Education for Students of Color: Integrating the Performing Arts and Academics
March 26-28, 2009
Ithaca College

On March 26-28, 2009 the School of Music and the Department of Education at Ithaca College are sponsoring a very exciting conference for educators and others interested in improving the effectiveness of instruction and the overall school experience for youth of color and their families. The conference will present keynote addresses and workshops by nationally recognized experts and effective classroom teachers for the purpose of helping music educators and regular classroom teachers become more skilled and successful in their work with youth of color and their families.

The conference will emphasize the specifics of successful, culturally responsive instruction. Music teachers will learn how to program culturally empowering music and to build a safe and supportive community of learners and performers in the K-12 classroom and other relevant settings.  Academic classroom teachers will learn how to create engaging, multicultural, interdisciplinary, and critically reflective learning experiences for the purpose of achieving academic success and constructive identity development. The conference is designed to help educators integrate the arts and academics to achieve exciting, powerful education.

For details about how to register for the conference, click here.  Due to grant funding obtained from Ithaca College by the conference organizers, the registration fee is only $125.  This includes: attendance at all conference events, materials handed out during workshops, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, and refreshment breaks.  The conference is limited to the first 120 registrants.  Registrants may attend all or any part of the conference, but the full registration fee is required. 

Conference organizers have arranged for a "conference rate" at three Ithaca hotels.  Conference participants should make their own arrangements, and when reserving a room at these hotels they should request the rate for the Creating Culturally Affirming Education Conference.  These hotels and their rates are:
       -- Clarion Hotel -- $85.95 a night/dbl room -- 1 Sheraton Dr., Ithaca, NY 14850 -- 607-257-2000
       -- Country Inn Suites -- $99.00 a night/dbl room -- 1100 Danby Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850 -- 607-256-1100
       -- Holiday Inn -- $109.00 a night/dbl room -- 222 South Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY 14850 -- 607-272-1000

There are also other hotels/motels and B&B's in Ithaca, which participants may search online.