Promising Practices conference to feature keynote speaker Dennis Shirley, Nov. 6

The 13th annual Promising Practices Multicultural Conference and Curriculum Resource Fair will be held on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Donovan Dining Center. The conference, which plays a key role in defining multicultural and diverse education in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, is sponsored by the Dialogue on Diversity Committee at RIC.

“With all the talk about America's public schools waiting for Superman, this conference is a chance to meet real superheroes whose promising practices make a real difference in the lives of kids, teacher and communities,” said Lesley Bogad, RIC professor and Promising Practices co-chair.

The 2010 conference will include over 20 workshops and a wide variety of resources for educators serving an increasingly diverse student population.

Dennis Shirley (, professor of education at Boston College, is the keynote speaker. His work in education spans assisting beginning teachers to designing and guiding large-scale research and intervention projects for school districts, states and nonprofit agencies.

Shirley serves on the Scholars Forum of the Public Education Network, advises the One Square Kilometer of Education school improvement project of the Freudenberg Foundation in Berlin and collaborates with the California Teachers Association on improving 480 schools in struggling circumstances.

“Dr. Dennis Shirley's work on mindful teaching will inspire and challenge all educators who strive to be reflective practitioners in a unsettled climate,” said Gerri August, RIC professor and Promising Practices co-chair.

Following his keynote address, Shirley will hold a book signing for two of his works, “The Mindful Teacher” and “The Fourth Way.”

A Professional Development Credit from the Rhode Island Department of Education for the full day events will be available after the keynote luncheon.

Registration is available online at Students, college faculty, and K-12 teachers are encouraged to attend. Contact Lesley Bogad ( or Gerri August ( for further information.