CUE Events

Responding to Reality: Athletes, Activism, and Free Expression

December 5, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Do public figures have a responsibility to challenge institutional racism? Join the Center for Urban Education for a panel discussion featuring current and former athletes, media, administrators and policymakers on the societal and cultural implications of athletes using their platforms to advocate for social justice.

Reception at 5 p.m., program at 5:30. This event is free and open to the public, though advance registration is appreciated.

CUE Brown Bag Series: Border Crossing Ballers

November 2, 2017 - 11:45am to 1:15pm

Black Athletes Navigating Race, Place & Complex Space

CUE Brown Bag Series: More Than the Black/White Binary

October 19, 2017 - 11:45am to 1:15pm

How Asian American male math teachers redefine mathematical success to resist stereotypes of themselves and their Black and Latin students

#CUEtalks: Tyrone Howard

October 5, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Dr. Tyrone Howard will deliver the fall installment of #CUEtalks, the CUE Lecture Series.

CUE Open House

September 26, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

We've moved into a new space. Join us for an open house!

The CUE Summer Educator Forum

June 20, 2017 - 8:30am to June 21, 2017 - 4:30pm

The CUE Summer Educator Forum (CUESEF) is a two-day professional learning experience designed for educators in the Greater Pittsburgh area. This dynamic forum will strengthen educators' skills for culturally responsive instructional practices, and will feature workshops with experts in the field. Teachers who complete the forum are eligible to earn 15 PA Act 48 credits.

CUESEF PreK - 5 will feature workshops with experts Terry Husband and Susi Long. CUESEF 6-12 offers workshops with Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz (ELA) and Ebony McGee (math).

For more information, visit

Note to Educators: Hope Required When Growing Roses in Concrete

October 20, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Presented by Jeff Duncan-Andrade, PhD

What are the material conditions that affect urban youth before they even step foot in our classrooms? What does it mean to develop educational environments that are relevant and responsive to these conditions? How should these educational spaces define success for students and teachers? Social toxins emerge from racism and poverty, and those toxins impact young people and the development of their identities. This talk closely examines those toxins and offers strategies for developing educators who are better equipped to create environments for understanding and responding to them. Drawing from 20 years as an urban educator, Duncan-Andrade explores the concept of hope as essential for nurturing urban youth. Through the voices of young people and their teachers, and the invocation of powerful metaphor and imagery, we discover critical hope’s significance for an education that relieves suffering in underserved communities. 

A reception will follow the lecture. This event is free and open the public, though registration is appreciated.

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The CUE Summer Educator Forum

June 23, 2016 - 9:00am to June 24, 2016 - 4:00pm

Culturally Responsive Education: Taking the Next Step

The CUE Summer Educator Forum (CUESEF) is a professional learning experience designed for Math and English language arts educators of students in grades 6 – 12 in the Greater Pittsburgh area. This dynamic forum will strengthen educators' skills for culturally relevant and responsive instructional practices in ELA and math, and will feature workshops with experts in both fields.

Suffering in Silence: Disrupting the Discourse on Gendered Discipline Disproportionality for Black Girls

April 21, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Facilitated by Bettie Ray Butler, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Urban Education from the Universtiy of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Abiola Farinde, Ph.D., CUE Postdoctoral Fellow. For more information or to get a copy of the book chapter, e-mail

2016 Postdoc CUEtalks

April 19, 2016 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Come learn about transformative research, practice-centered initiatives, ideas, and projects that our postdoctoral fellows have facilitated in the 2015-16 academic year.

Reflection Into Action: Restorative Justice and the Future of School Discipline

February 29, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Join the Center for Urban Education for a reflection and discussion, led by PPS Brashear students, building on the themes of the Maisha Winn lecture as we search for new ideas and strategies for integrating restorative justice into school discipline.


This event is free and open to the public. You are encouraged to join us for the discussion regardless of whether or not you attended the lecture. For more information, contact

Justice on Both Sides: Toward a Discourse of Restoration in Schools

February 25, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Building on a program of research which examines the intersections of language, literacy and youth justice, Dr. Maisha Winn will explore restorative justice using case studies from across the country.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is appreciated. A reception will follow the lecture.This event is free and open to the public. Registration is appreciated. A reception will follow the lecture.

Brown Bag: Can We Say The N-Word? Exploring Psychological Safety During Race Talk

November 17, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

This installment of the CUE Brown Bag Series will be co-facilitated by Ashley Woodson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Instruction and Learning, and Jasmine Williams, doctoral student in Applied Developmental Psychology

You Can't Fix What You Don't Look At: Acknowledging Race in Addressing Disproportionality

October 22, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

The fall 2015 edition of the Cue Lecture Series, featuring Russell Skiba, PhD.

When Children First Recognize Race

October 15, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Co-facilitated by Shannon Wanless, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Education, and Jenn Briggs, Doctoral Student, Psychology in Education.