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RACINE — A SOAR Education Conference will be held for educators/mentors from 8 a.m. to noon, and for parents from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, in Haban Hall at Sacred Heart Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave.

Programs offered to educators/mentors include:

• Understanding the child in poverty presented by Beverlee Baker, family living educator at the Racine County UW-Extension. Baker works with families and communities to improve well-being in the areas of family economics, child development and family relationships. She began her UW-Extension career in 1990 in Green County, and has been in Racine County since 1994. A former middle school teacher, Baker received her master of science degree in continuing and vocational education.

• Reducing Stereotype Threat in Classrooms and Schools, presented by Martin Scanlan Ph.D. and Francesca Lopez Ph.D. from Marquette University. Scanlan’s current research explores students’ special needs and dual immersion schools, as well as collaboration amongst institutes of higher education, K-12 schools and community organizations. He recently helped create the bilingual/bicultural certification program in the College of Education. Prior to Marquette, Scanlan was a teacher and school administrator. He is a past member of the SOAR board of directors.

Lopez’s research focuses on the examination of how social contexts of education influence the development of Spanish-speaking minority students’ identity and achievement. Her recent research has examined the influence of language policies and teacher behaviors on this and other language minority populations. Prior to earning her doctorate, Lopez was a bilingual elementary teacher and at-risk high school counselor in El Paso, Texas.

• Student Empowerment and culturally responsive teaching, presented by Angela Dye, M.Ed., PBS Development LLC. Dye has approximately 20 years of experience in urban education where she has served a both a principal and teacher in traditional and charter schools. Her expertise is in empowering at-risk youth (grades six through 12) using skills in instructional leadership and assessments, staff development, student management and advising.

Registration for the educator/mentor session is due by Thursday. The fee for individual educators and guests is $15. To register an entire school, no matter how many attendees, is $100. There is no registration fee for SOAR mentors, but mentors must register. Registration fees can be mailed or paid the day of the conference.

Programs offered for parents include:

• Empowering your child, presented by Angela Dye, M.Ed., PBS Development LLC.

• Parental private School Choice Program, presented by Laura Sumner Coon, SOAR executive director and participating schools. Learn about the new school choice program, who is eligible, which Racine schools are participating and how to apply. Visit with participating schools at the conference.

The parent session is free and open to the public. There is no need for parents to register.

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