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CCOM Symposium 2016

"Attucks: The School that Opened a City," plus Panel Discussion about IPS Curriculum Project

Tuesday, March 1  |  3:00–5:00 PM  |  Johnson Room  |  BCR Credit

Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker Ted Green will show clips from and field questions about his soon-to-be-released PBS documentary Attucks: The School That Opened a City, followed by a panel discussion featuring writers of the new IPS Curriculum Guide.

About the Filmmaker:

Ted Green PhotoAfter 20 years in newspaper journalism, Ted Green switched to filmmaking in 2010 with John Wooden: The Indiana Story. Since then, working alongside Indianapolis' PBS affiliate WFYI, Green’s work has won nine regional Emmys (including two for Best Documentary, in 2014 and 2015); first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors contest; Best Documentary honors from Indiana's Society of Professional Journalists and Indiana's Associated Press Managing Editors (for different films); and the Fourth Estate award from the national American Legion. His most recent film, on Bobby "Slick" Leonard, premiered at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and won four regional Emmys, and Undefeated: The Roger Brown Story is currently airing on ESPN Classic and has appeared in film festivals worldwide. Green is currently working on a documentary about Crispus Attucks School, and will show select clips from this unreleased documentary at his presentation.

About the Panelists:

Representing WFYI Crispus Attucks Curriculum Guide Writing Team:

Khaula MurtadhaKhaula Murtadha is a mother and educator, born in Washington, DC, to parents who were deaf. The former Executive Associate Dean of the IU School of Education, on IUPUI campus, she now serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement at IUPUI. Murtadha is also a faculty member of the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program in the IU School of Education.

Some of her awards include the Center for Leadership Development Madame C. J. Walker (Outstanding Woman of the Year) Award; the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Indianapolis Chapter–2010 Breakthrough Woman award; and the Indianapolis chapter of the National Council of Negro Women Leadership in Education Award.  

Murtadha has published in the Education Administration Quarterly, the Yearbook of the National Council of Professors of School Administration; in Urban Education; the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education; the Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration, the Bulletin of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and in other educational outlets. Her current research includes African American women in educational leadership and effective leadership in urban schools. 

Tambra JacksonTambra Jackson has been a professional educator for over 19 years. Jackson is a former elementary teacher, professional development specialist and education research assistant. She considers herself to be a scholar-activist and is committed to social justice issues pertaining to the historical and contemporary oppression, miseducation, and liberation of children of color in U.S. schools. She studies these issues within the field of teacher education where her research and teaching focus on teacher learning and development across the professional continuum specifically centered on preparing teachers for diversity, preparing teachers to teach for social justice, and culturally responsive teaching and pedagogy. Jackson's most recent research projects focus on the preparation and support of program interns as teacher-activists within the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools, the development of culturally responsive practice for teachers of color, and developing urban schools as clinical sites for teacher learning.

Susan AdamsSusan R. Adams PhD is Assistant Professor of Middle/Secondary Education in Butler University’s College of Education, is a Desmond Tutu Fellow, and was 2013–2015 Co-faculty Development Fellow at Butler University. A former secondary English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and instructional coach, Adams research and professional interests include race, critical pedagogies, and equitable access to the curriculum and to academic success for all students.

She is an experienced critical friendship coach and facilitator with the School Reform Initiative, a Teacher Consultant with the National Writing Project, and a site leader of the Hoosier Writing Project. Adams is currently Editor of the INTESOL Journal and her publications are included in Theory into Practice, English Journal, SAGE Sociology of Education, EBSCO Research Starters, The Brock Education Journal, Writing and Pedagogy, AILACTE Journal, Critical Literacy: Theories and Practices, and The New Educator. She is Co-author with Jamie Buffington-Adams of a forthcoming book, Race and Pedagogy: Creating Collaboration for Teacher Transformations, which will be published as part of the Lexington Race and Education series in early 2016.

Patricia PaynePatricia Payne is a veteran educator in Indianapolis Public Schools, beginning her career as an elementary teacher in 1962. She currently serves IPS as Administrator on Special Assignment for Cultural Competency. In 1987 Payne was assigned to design and direct the IPS Office for Multicultural Education and later served as director of the Crispus Attucks Museum of African/African-American History on the campus of Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School. Her career highlights include being honored as the 1984 IPS Teacher of the Year. In addition to numerous other awards and recognitions, Payne most recently received the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University, the Senator Julia Carson Community Service Award in 2012, and the Living Legend Award from Community Action of Greater Indianapolis in 2010. She received her bachelor's degree from Indiana University and master's degree and administrative license from IUPUI. In 1990, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Martin University.

Representing IPS:

Tammy BowmanTammy Bowman currently serves as the Curriculum Officer for Indianapolis Public Schools.  Bowman oversees K-12 curriculum and instruction and district professional development. Prior to this role, she taught elementary school for five years, middle school for three years, and served as an Academy Facilitator at Andrews High School in High Point, North Carolina for five years.