Beyond Borders: A Conference on Migration & Integration


Beyond Borders: A Conference on Migration & Integration
Posted on 06/04/2019
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The Multicultural and Multilingual Center of Portland Public Schools announces Beyond Borders: A Conference on Migration and Integration, to be held on Friday, October 18, 2019, at the University of Southern Maine, Portland.

Tom GjeltonWe are very excited to welcome Tom Gjelton who will be the Keynote Speaker. Mr. Gjelton is the Religion and Belief Correspondent for National Public Radio news. He has worked for NPR since 1982, when he joined the organization as a labor and education reporter. More recently he has covered diplomatic and national security issues, based at NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C.. He is the author of A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story.
The conference is designed for people from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, including educators, policy makers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, members of community based organizations, and all individuals who consider immigration and the refugee experience a two-way process based on mutual accommodation. We welcome all individuals who understand successful migration includes full participation in the economic, social, cultural, and political life for all who come to the great state of Maine.
We are expecting about 200 participants.
We invite you to exhibit your materials.  Tables are available in a high traffic, visible, and open location in the lobby in front of the lecture hall where the keynote will be delivered and where participants will gather at the end of the conference. 
The schedule includes a keynote speaker, concurrent sessions, refreshment breaks, and lunch. Seven professional development hours will be awarded to attendees. There will be ample time for perusing the publishers’ exhibits. (Publishers can purchase exhibit space online. Program ads can be purchased through our office.)
The options are as follows:
1.$160.00  One exhibitor registration with six-foot attended  table and lunch.
2.$125.00  One additional six-foot attended table and lunch for one additional person.
3.$300.00  Full page ad in program.
4.$150.00   Half page ad in program.

A Sampling of Breakout Session:

Epigenetics: The Transmission and Inheritance of Trauma

Epigenetics has been described as the means through which environmental influences “get under the skin” and serves as a pathway for the intergenerational
transmission of the effects of trauma. Terms such as historical and intergenerational trauma are often heard, especially in relation to racial and ethnic populations and groups that experience significant health disparities. This workshop reviews the research on cultural trauma, biological findings in trauma
and posttraumatic stress disorder, and the epigenetic mechanisms for transmission of trauma effects. The implications for the transmission of cultural
trauma in children will be discussed, focused on the relevance of cultural narratives and the possibilities of resilience.

In this workshop participants will:
1. Review the current science on Epigenetics
2. Understand trauma’s impact on the brain
3. Discuss trauma informed theory and its application to students
4. Identify points of resiliency and the creation of cultural narratives that
promote healing

Arabella PerezArabella Pérez, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Sociology at the University of New England. She is a native Spanish speaker and daughter of parents from Cuba and Puerto Rico.

Achievement Gap or Education Debt? Understanding Inequity in the Classroom

In this workshop educators of all levels are invited to learn about systemic inequities in education. Using Gloria Ladson-Billings framing of “education debt,”
we will consider our shared responsibility to address ongoing barriers facing students in our education system. Participants will learn about Portland Public
Schools current equity focus and how it is affecting district policy, curricula, and classroom practice. In this interactive session we will provide participants with tools for evaluating their pedagogy, methodology, and classroom environments with a lens on representation and decolonization.

Presenters: Barrett Wilkerson and Fiona Hopper.
Barrett Wilkinson is the Equity Coordinator for Portland Public Schools. Fiona Hopper is a District Academic Enrichment Specialist for the Portland Public Schools.

Human Trafficking: Identification and Service Response in Maine. 

Presenter: Daniella Cameron

Voices from the Field: Educators’ roles supporting immigrant communities
In this session, we will draw on our research in six school districts around the country to examine emerging roles of educators working with immigrant youth and their families. We will discuss how schools support immigrant communities through focusing on school climate, building cross-sector relationships, and
advocating for students.
Dr. Rebecca Lowenhaupt is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Boston College. A former teacher, she conducts research about school leadership in the context of immigration and trains aspiring principals. Shared Space Cafe

Portland Empowered
“Parents and families need to be in contact with their children’s school and to understand the school system in order to make an impact on education policies, practices, and decisions. Portland Empowered’s Shared Space Cafés disrupt the usual power
dynamic from one in which schools present one-way information to parents to one in which parents and schools are in dialogue about education and the changes required.”
—Portland Empowered


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