2014 Urban Education and Community Forum

The UMKC School of Education presents its fifth annual Urban Education and Community Forum, “What it takes for effective urban education:  Cultural reciprocity–Leaning forward, not bending over backwards!” by Elizabeth (Beth) Harry, Ph.D., on Thursday, April 17th, from 5-6:30 p.m., with doors opening at 4:30 p.m.  The venue is the Theater (room 103) in the UMKC Student Union at 5100 Cherry Street in Kansas City.

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Beth Harry, Ph.D.

This presentation will explain how service providers can build bridges with families by engaging in the process of two-way learning between themselves and culturally/linguistically diverse families. To be truly reciprocal, service providers must lean forward, creating a mutual flow of understanding. A posture of ‘leaning over backwards’ indicates a forced tolerance, which undermines mutual respect. Research-based illustrations will be used to bring the concept alive.

The event is free and open to the public.  Reservations are requested and may be made online, below, or by calling 816-235-2963 (Relay Missouri 1-800-735-2966 TTY).  Please RSVP by April 11.

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