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think about teaching conference

Think About Teaching Conference

A Cooperative Regional Effort to Increase the Number of Minority Candidates Within the Teacher Applicant Pool

mission statement
Mission Statement

To bring together college-bound high school students from various groups that are underrepresented in the teaching profession for a day of workshops, speakers and other activities – all designed to encourage youth to…


As a future career.

the need for minority teachers

32% NYS students are minority

3.3% of teachers outside “Big 5” are minority

26% of teachers in “Big 5” are minority


46% of NYS students are minority

4.0% of teachers outside of “Big 5” are minority

36% of teachers in “Big 5” are minority

The Need for Minority Teachers
tat history
TAT History
  • Begun in 2000 by two groups of concerned educators operating independently with the same idea.
    • Rush Henrietta Central Schools
    • Urban-Suburban Interdistrict Transfer Program Governance Board
  • Both groups decide to focus on “growing our own” minority teachers while still working to recruit from outside areas.
tat history continued
TAT History continued
  • Representatives from various constituencies invited to discuss issues related to the shortage of minority teacher candidates in greater Rochester area.
  • Local school districts, higher education, teachers unions and minority community worked together to develop idea of TAT conference.
groups involved in planning
Brighton CSD

Brockport CSD

Greece Central Schools

Fairport CSD

Penfield CSD

Pittsford CSD

Rush-Henrietta CSD

West Irondequoit CSD

Wheatland-Chili CSD

Urban Suburban Program

TSTT Program


National Education Association

New York United Teachers

Genesee Community College

Monroe Community College

Keuka College

Nazareth College

Roberts Wesleyan College

SUNY Brockport

SUNY Buffalo

SUNY Geneseo

University of Rochester

Ibero-American League

Monroe County School Business Partnership

Urban League of Rochester

Monroe County School Boards Association

Groups Involved in Planning
first tat conference
First TAT Conference
  • Conference for prospective minority teachers among current high school students.
  • Nazareth College May 23, 2001
  • Keynote: Dr. Marva Collins
  • 300 students from 20 area schools.
  • Program of 14 breakout sessions
  • Book fair, College fair, Campus Tours
  • Ken Hilton, chair of Architect Group
sample breakout sessions
Financial Aid


2+2 Programs

Support Programs for Multicultural Students

College Life: Surviving and Succeeding

Teaching in High Needs Areas

Why Teach?

Education Careers Outside the Classroom

Teacher supply and Demand

What to Study to Become a Teacher

Sample Breakout Sessions
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Think About Teaching II
  • Conference at SUNY Brockport, March 20, 2002
  • Keynote: Dr. Crystal Kuykendall
  • 300 students from 26 area school districts
  • 14 Breakout sessions.
  • Book Fair (and signing), College Fair (25 schools), Campus Tours
  • Dr. Kuykendall offered staff development for SUNY Brockport and Monroe County school faculty night before workshop.
  • Allan Berry, chair of Architect Group
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Think About Teaching III
  • March 18, 2003 at Roberts Wesleyan College
  • 400 minority students from greater Monroe County area.
  • Keynote: Dr. William Parker
  • College Fair at lunch in the gymnasium.
  • Parent program offered evening before conference with keynote, admissions and financial aid presentations.
  • Chris Manaseri, chair of Architect Group
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  • March 29, 2004 at SUNY Geneseo
  • Keynote: Regent Adelaide H. Sanford
  • Conference topics ranged from preparing for college to college-survival skills to varied careers in education.
  • 41 school districts participated, including Rochester City School District and 17 school districts outside of Monroe County.
  • TSTT represented for first time
  • Jackie Roblin and Keith Johnson, chair Architect Group
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Think About Teaching V
  • Monroe Community College March 16, 2005
  • Keynote: Dr. Orlando L. Taylor, Dean of Howard University Graduate School.
  • Topic : “Closing the Achievement Gap”
  • Dr. Bettye Perkins presented, “Can TSTT Help Solve the Shortage of Minority Teachers?”
  • Dawn Oryszak and Ken Hilton, chair Architect Group
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Think About Teaching VI
  • St. John Fisher College – March 9, 2006
  • Keynote: Ken Green, The College Board, Southern Regional Office.
  • More than 450 students from Monroe County and beyond.
  • Mr. Green offered professional development for Monroe County school district administrators and teachers.
  • Program included 16 breakout sessions
  • Jeff Dillon and Jackie Roblin, chair Architect Group
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Think About Teaching VII
  • Nazareth College
  • March 15, 2007
  • Keynote: Bakari Kitwana, Educator, Author
  • Tom Gallagher and Theresa Woodson, chair Architect Group
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Think About Teaching VIII
  • Roberts Wesleyan College
  • March 25, 2008
  • Keynotes: William Boatwright and Arkee Allen
  • Theresa Woodson and Jennifer Lisak, chair Architect Committee
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Think About Teaching Conference IX
  • SUNY Brockport
  • March 17, 2009
  • Keynotes: Nyree Strong and William Ruiz
  • Rob Banzer and Nancy Hackett chair Architect Committee
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Think About Teaching Conference X
  • SUNY Geneseo
  • March 15, 2010
  • Keynote: Mr. Anibal Soler, Jr.
  • Thomas Gallagher and Theresa Woodson, chair Architect Committee

Think About Teaching Conference XI

  • St. John Fisher College
  • March 3, 2011
  • Keynote: Mr. Kali Watkins
  • Theresa Woodson, chair Architect Committee
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Think About Teaching Conference XII
  • Nazareth College
  • March 15, 2012
  • Keynote: Dr. Marilyn Patterson-Grant
cooperation of constituents
Cooperation of Constituents
  • Schools supply students, supervision and transportation.
  • Host college provides facilities and coordination.
  • Teacher unions provide cost of lunch.
  • Other agencies and groups provide volunteers for planning and presentations.
  • Local business provides financial support.
  • Financial Support – conference budget of $15,000 includes:
    • $7,000 keynote speaker fee
    • $1,000 in travel and overnight expenses
    • $2,000 in non-lunch food costs
    • $2,000 in supplies and materials
    • $2,000 for parental involvement component
    • $1,000 miscellaneous
  • Note - all presentations, break out sessions, etc., are provided gratis by member groups.
thank you for your interest in the think about teaching conference
THANK YOU for your interest in theThink About Teaching Conference
  • For more information contact:
  • Mary Balme
  • 249-7029