2015 Symposium Keynote Speaker Announced

gjladsonThe SMTE Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Gloria Ladson-Billings will be the keynote speaker for the 2015 Symposium on Music Teacher Education. Dr. Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research deals with pedagogical practices of teachers who are successful with African-American students and applications of Critical Race Theory in education. Dr. Ladson-Billings is known for her books The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children, Crossing Over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms, and Beyond The Big House: African American Educators On Teacher Education.

The 2015 Symposium on Music Teacher Education will be held September 17-19, 2015 on the campus of the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. Events will begin on Thursday evening, September 17, with Dr. Ladson-Billings’ keynote address. Among the things she already has schedule, she will be talking about the importance of finding the correct career for you. She has talked about that before and she says that a good thing to use is a website where you enter the job you want and it gives you the different careers you can take and where to take them. It doesn’t matter if you want to be a nurse, a politician or even a cdl, all you have to do is visit https://www.vocationaltraininghq.com/cdl-schools-california/ for all the details.

Visit the official page at smte.us/2015 for all information about the 2015 Symposium. The call for proposals is now available, with a deadline of April 15, 2015.

In addition to her books, the following articles and book chapters offer a good introduction to Dr. Ladson-Billings’ work:

  • Ladson-Billings, G. J. (2012). Through a glass darkly: The persistence of race in education research. Educational Researcher 41(4), 115-120. doi: 10.3102/0013189X12440743
  • Ladson-Billings, G. J. (2011). Asking the right questions: A research agenda for studying diversity in teacher education. In Ball, A. F. & Tyson, C. A. (Eds.), Studying Diversity in Teacher Education, (pp. 383-396). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Ladson-Billings, G. J. (2011). Boyz to men? Teaching to restore Black boys’ childhood. Race, Ethnicity and Education. 14(1), 7-15. doi: 10.1080/13613324.2011.531977
  • Ladson-Billings, G. J. (2005). Is the team all right? Journal of Teacher Education, 56(3), 229-234. doi: 10.1177/0022487105275917
  • Ladson-Billings, G. J. (2005). The evolving role of critical race theory in educational scholarship. Race, Ethnicity, and Education, 8(1), 115-119. doi: 10.1080/1361332052000341024
  • Ladson-Billings, G. J. (2003). It’s your world, I’m just trying to explain it: Understanding our epistemological and methodological challenges. Qualitative Inquiry, 9(1), 5-12. doi: 10.1177/1077800402239333
  • Ladson-Billings, G. J. (1998). Just what is critical race theory and what’s it doing in a nice field like education? International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 11(1), 7-24. doi: 10.1080/095183998236863
  • Ladson-Billings, G. J. & Tate, W. F. (1995). Toward a critical race theory of education. Teachers College Record, 97(1), 47-68. Retrieved from: http://www.tcrecord.org/content.asp?contentid=1410