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Westminster College to Host Nationally Recognized Urban Educator at IQ-STEM Week, June 20 - 24

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Posted on Wednesday, June 8, 2016

As part of the NSF Robert J. Noyce Scholarship Grant, Westminster College will host an IQ-STEM workshop, June 20 – 24, featuring nationally recognized urban educator, Dr. H. Richard Milner IV. The event is open to student fellows and area STEM partner high school teachers.

At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, Milner will present “Start Where You Are But Don’t Stay There.”

Milner is the Helen Faison Endowed Chair of Urban Education; professor of education, social work, and Africana studies; and director of the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a policy fellow of the National Education Policy Center.

His research, teaching and policy interests concern urban education, teacher education, African American literature, and the sociology of education.

In particular, Milner’s research examines practices and policies that support teacher success in urban schools. Milner’s work has appeared in numerous journals, and he has published five books. His book, published in 2010 by Harvard Education Press, Start where you are but don’t stay there: Understanding diversity, opportunity gaps, and Teaching in Today’s Classrooms is a bestseller and represents years of research and development effort. Currently, he is editor-in-chief of Urban Education and co-editor of the Handbook of Urban Education.


The IQ-STEM week will open on June 20 at 9 a.m. with a welcome and the presentation, “Best Practices for Math & Science,” by Dr. Sararose Lynch, assistant professor of education, followed by lunch. At 1 p.m., Dr. Kerri Duerr, assistant professor of biology, Lynch, and Brooke Mancuso, IQ:STEM scholar, will present “Citizen Science.”

At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, Milner will present, followed by lunch. At 1 p.m., Mancuso will present “Apps for the Classroom.” A group activity, “Teaching Tips: Motivation and Management” will follow at 2 p.m.

On Wednesday, June 22, the group will attend Clarion University’s STEAM Educational Leadership Conference.

At 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 23, the group will reconvene at Westminster with a workshop by Abbey Alter and James Willaman, “Science on a String.” The creative workshop will feature visual art and design as attendees create, build, and pay customized guitars; explore the science behind how magnetic fields are changed into electronic pulses; and investigate how string tension and length translate into pitch. The session will continue throughout the day.

On June 24, the group will take a trip to Jennings Environmental Education Center in Slippery Rock, Pa.

For more information, contact Dr. Amy Camardese, professor and chair of education, at (724) 946-7183.