The Arkansas Center for Innovation in Teaching Excellence Debuts at Philander Smith College

The Arkansas Center for Innovation in Teaching Excellence (ACITE) at Philander Smith College in Little Rock recently launched with a two-day conference entitled “Promoting Culturally Relevant Pedagogy to Better Serve Culturally Diverse Students.” More than 100 participants attended the inaugural conference.

On the first day of the conference, Dr. Richard Milner of the School of Education addressed attendees with a talk entitled, “Ten Reminders in Meeting the Needs of Culturally Diverse Learners.” On the conference’s second day, Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison gave a presentation entitled, “Why Should Educators Be Culturally Competent?”

This was the first conference of many planned by ACITE that will offer timely and relevant instructional topics – as well as continuing education units – to educators statewide.


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