CARD 2015 Conference

CARD Conference 2015Tough Topics for Tough Times

Sixth Annual CARD Conference
Friday, November 6, 2015, 9 am–3 pm
Hudson Hall Auditorium, Mount Saint Mary College
Co-Sponsored by the Orange County Human Rights Commission, Mid-Hudson School Study Council, and Orange-Ulster BOCES

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This event is open to the public. Teachers, counselors, support personnel, school administrators, guidance counselors, school psychologists, and social workers are encouraged to attend.

Keynote Presentations

“Where Do We Go From Here? Race in American Education Today”
Alan Singer, Professor of Education at Hofstra University
In August 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. posed the question “Where do we go from here?” at the annual meeting of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In his speech, Dr. King acknowledged the tremendous stride made by American society in response to the African American Civil Rights Movement but was primarily concerned with what had not been achieved in furthering racial and class-based equality. In the speech, Dr. King questioned whether a capitalist economic system could ever resolve the problem of intense and widespread poverty. Almost fifty years later, the United States is riled in racial turmoil. There is an enormous wealth gap in the country; a large unemployment differential based on race; and conflict over schools, housing, health care, jobs, and policing. In his keynote address, Dr. Alan Singer addresses the dimensions of these issues with the specific goal of promoting dialogue on the question “Where do we go from here?”

Dr. Alan Singer, PhD, is a former New York City high school teacher, the Director of Social Studies Education at Hofstra University, and a regular blogger on educational issues for Huffington Post.

“Living Undocumented: A Film and Framework for Supporting Students”
Tatyana Kleyn, City College of New York and Local DREAMers
This session will begin with an overview of the national and state context for undocumented immigrants. A short film will share the stories of DREAMers in NY who have navigated the educational system in spite of their status. Local college DREAMers will also share their realities. The session will end with systemic, socio-emotional, and pedagogical suggestions for educators to support undocumented students and their families.

Tatyana Kleyn is an associate professor at the City College of New York in the Bilingual Education and TESOL programs. For the 2014-15 year she was president of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education and a Fulbright Scholar in Oaxaca, Mexico. In 2007, she received an EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University in International Educational Development, with a specialization in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. Tatyana is the author of “Immigration: The Ultimate Teen Guide” (Scarecrow Press, 2011), a book that focuses on current immigration issues as they relate to youth. Tatyana is the director and producer of the short documentary “Living Undocumented: High School, College and Beyond” and is currently working on the film “Una Vida, Dos Países: Children and Youth (Back) in Mexico.”

Conference Schedule

9:00-9:30 Registration
9:30-10:00 Greeting and opening remarks
10:00-11:45 Keynote Addresses
12:00-12:30 Light lunch (Meet and greet with keynote speakers)
12:45-1:30 Workshops and Roundtables, Part 1
1:45-2:30 Workshops and Roundtables, Part 2
2:30-3:00 Closing remarks

Roundtables and Workshops

  • The Safe Schools Roundtable: A Model Program
    Anita I. Manley, Commissioner, Orange County Human Rights Commission
    Peri L. Rainbow, Founding Member of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center
  • Teaching Tough Topics: Visual Thinking Strategy
    Fred Cooke, Orange County Human Rights Commission
    Laura Garcia, YWCA of Orange County
    Mid-Hudson Social Studies Council: Nancy Maguire, Christine McCartney, Virginia McCurdy, Christine Sadowski, Ashley Schebesta, Kathy Wurster
  • Teaching Tough Topics: Instant Debate
    Fred Cooke, Orange County Human Rights Commission
    Laura Garcia, YWCA of Orange County
    Mid-Hudson Social Studies Council: Nancy Maguire, Christine McCartney, Virginia McCurdy, Christine Sadowski, Ashley Schebesta, Kathy Wurster
  • Unifying Themes of US and World History
    Kevan Ottochian, Warwick Valley School District
  • Enchanting the Disenchanted: Employing Google Tools, Collaboration & Co-teaching to Increase Student Engagement
    Dr. Ludmila Smirnova, Mount Saint Mary College
    Dr. Sonya Abbye Taylor, Mount Saint Mary College
  • The Juvenile Community Accountability Board: Restorative Justice in Practice
    Dana Katz, Family of Woodstock, Inc.
    Marcia McCabe
    Jennifer Pineda
  • Safe Homes Initiative
    Alex Boswell, Safe Homes
    MacKenzie Bachar
  • Teach the Change
    Mrs. Carolyn Brauer, Mount Saint Mary College
  • Youth of Color and the Poor Need to See Themselves in Literature
    Jane M. Gangi, PhD, Mount Saint Mary College
  • Problem-solving, Using the Escalation Worksheet, Conversations to Support the Needs of Students with Challenging Behaviors
    Dorothy Novogrodsky, EdD LBA, Mid Hudson Regional Special Education Technical Assistance and Support Center
  • Digital Safety
    Investigator Andrew Stack, State Police
  • Talking Publicly About Substance Abuse
    Krista Warner, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council
  • Suicide Risks in Elementary School Children
    Angela Henze, Mental Health Association of Orange County
  • Meet the Dreamers
    Local Dreamer Students

Additional roundtables to be announced!


This conference is presented pro bono at no cost to school districts in the Mid-Hudson Region. We have reserved places for 6 people in each sending district.

To register, visit
This link will bring you to the Orange-Ulster BOCES catalog. Scroll down to “Tough Topics for Tough Times – Sixth Annual CARD Conference.” Click on the title and follow the prompts to register. If you have never registered with My Learning Plan, you will be able to set up a new account. Please remember your username and password; you’ll need it after the conference to print out your certificate of attendance. Certificates will be available for one week after the conference.

The registration deadline has been extended until Monday, October 26! RSVP today!

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