Promising Practices conference to feature Teen Empowerment, Nov. 5

Promising Practices, Promising Partnerships, RIC’s 14th annual multicultural conference and curriculum resource fair, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Donovan Dining Center.

The conference will feature Teen Empowerment (, an organization that works to empower youth and adults to be agents of individual, institutional, and social change.

Heang Ly of Teen Empowerment will be joined by youth consultants to facilitate a plenary workshop and panel discussion exploring how teachers and teacher candidates can improve their work and create mutually respectful relationships through group facilitation and interactive learning.

Ly, associate director of consulting and training for the organization, provides technical assistance to community groups, schools, universities, and agencies interested in using the Teen Empowerment’s approach to group facilitation and interactive learning to improve their work.

Teen Empowerment has youth organizing sites in Boston and Somerville, Mass., and Rochester, N.Y.

The conference will also include:

• Workshops on teaching and learning within diverse classrooms and communities.

• Promising Partnership Expo, where educators can connect with community organizations and professional associations regarding association memberships and benefits, resources and experiential opportunities.

• Lunch and youth discussion panel about youth perspectives and voices in education.

Sponsored by the Dialogue on Diversity Committee at RIC, Promising Practices conferences play an important role in defining multicultural and diverse education in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Registration is available online at Students, college faculty, and K-12 teachers are encouraged to attend. Contact Gerri August at (401) 456-8830/ or Corinne McKamey (401) 456-8995/ for further information.