South High School Report Card Conferences November 3rd

I am so glad that you are considering and/or have registered for this unique mentoring opportunity. Report card conferences will be held Thursday, November 3,2016. The school address is 1160 Ann St. Columbus, OH 43206.

Here are some important details about the event:

  • Parking is available along Ann Street surrounding the school or in the lot on the corner of Ann Street and Stewart Avenue.
  • Please enter the building through the cafeteria(Stewart Ave. side) where the training session and conferences will take place.
  • Introductions and training will begin at 8:00 a.m. The brief training (10-15 minutes) will be facilitated by myself.
  • Students will be brought from their classrooms to the cafeteria for their 5-10 minute sessions with volunteers.
  • You can expect to meet with 8 to10 students depending on attendance and time constraints.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great day!



William K. Ragland II

School Transformation Facilitator, Columbus OH

Talent Development Secondary

2701 N. Charles Street

Baltimore, MD 21218

Phone:  (614)-365-5541

Cell:  (614) 348-6664





Call for Proposals! HERA Annual Conference Due January 10, 2017

Dear Colleague,

The Humanities Education and Research Association [HERA] is having its annual conference in San Diego, 1-4 March 2017 on Local Voices to Global Visions: Exploring Identity in the Humanities

HERA is an interdisciplinary organization that includes all the arts and sciences. Please inform your faculty about HERA’s conference by emailing them a copy of the attached conference poster and displaying the poster in your department office.  The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2017.

Thank you for your commitment to the Humanities.


Marcia Green

HERA is a 501(c)(3) not for profit Humanities organization.


In keeping with HERA’s mission of promoting the study of the humanities across a wide range of disciplines and interdisciplines, we invite presentations for the 2017 conference. The wide range of disciplines and areas of study for the conference include but are not limited to Aesthetics, Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Classics, Communication Studies, Composition, Cultural Studies, Dance, Design, Digital Technology, Education, Environmental Issues, Ethics, Ethnic Studies, Family, Film Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, Globalization, History, Languages, Literature, Media, Museum Studies, Music, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sexuality, Sociology, Theater and all sciences relevant to the topic.


Creative presentations, readings, and exhibitions are also welcomed. Submissions are encouraged from educators at all levels (including advanced graduate students) as well as all those with an interest in the arts and humanities.


Proposals for papers, panels, or workshops (150-200 words) must be submitted through the conference web portal on the HERA website at


Questions may be directed to the conference organizer, Marcia Green (


Presentation time for individual papers is limited to 15-20 minutes.


Deadline for submission: no later than January 10, 2017



Call for Presentations! Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, & Disability

Call For Presentations – Save The Date

The Seventeenth Annual

Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability

Seeing Disability at School, Work & Beyond

At The Ohio State University’s Columbus Campus


  • April 11, 2017 – Student Preconference – Disability & Career
  • April 12, 2017 – Student Poster Competition
  • April 12-13, 2017 – Main Conference 2 Plenaries & 25 Concurrent Sessions


Multiple Perspectives is an ongoing exploration of disability, a conversation including many voices and reflecting perspectives gained through experience and research; theory and practice, arts and sciences.  This year’s theme, Seeing Disability continues our dialogue


Disclosure can be a personal choice or an environmental imperative this year’s them focuses on how disability is seen in the environment, the individual and their interaction.   Explicit and implicit assumptions from policy and design to everyday choices drive recognition and disclosure at school, work and play.  Proposals exploring these choices and their consequences will be given preference in the review process.  Following our tradition below are two quotes to help you think broadly about this year’s theme as you prepare your proposal.  A little different this year the second quote is the opening verse of a song, links to the full lyrics and a recording are provided.


“Disability doesn’t make you exceptional, but questioning what you think you know about it does.” 

Stella Young


“I went for a jog in the city air

I met a woman in a wheelchair

I said ‘I’m sorry to see you’re handicapped.’

She says ‘What makes you think a thing like that?’”

Talking Wheelchair Blues by Fred Small  Lyrics ( ( T

Preference will be given to proposals that reflect this year’s theme; encourage discussions across the typical social, political, and disciplinary boundaries; connect individuals to local, national or international communities; or consider parallels, distinctions and intersections with race, gender and ethnicity.  This year in particular graduate and undergraduate presenters a sought for a strand of sessions focused on student interests and concerns.



This free full day preconference will focus on students with disabilities who are or will soon be graduating and seeking full time employment.  Providing information, resources, and networking opportunities sessions will include: building a resume; conducting a job search; disability disclosure; requesting accommodations; and rights and responsibilities of employees and employers under the ADA.  The full day conference will include opportunities for students to network with employers during lunch and participate in resume review and mock interview sessions.   A strand of sessions throughout the conference will be focused on student interests and concerns is planned.



Past programs and conference updates as they become available can be found at:

To be on the mailing list for the conference, send e-mail to

The Multiple Perspectives Conference is hosted by Ohio State University’s ADA Coordinator’s Office is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Ethel Louise Armstrong  Endowment Fund and ongoing support from The Ohio State University. 


Proposal Deadline: International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3, 2016)

Proposals should be submitted by e-mail as an attachment (Word, TXT, or RTF formats)  to  with MP2017 and your name in the subject line

Proposals must include:

  1. Name of each presenter with titles, institutions, employers etc. as appropriate
  2. Contact information (phone, mailing address, and e-mail) if there is more than one presenter please indicate one individual as the contact and lead presenter.
  3. Title of Presentation (9 words or less)
  4. Short Description 20- 35 words.
  5. Description (700 words or less) Please describe the content, focus and desired outcomes for the presentation using these questions as a guide.
  • What is the format of the presentation (Lecture, Panel, Discussion, Performance, Other)?
  • Who is the intended audience (educators, employers, businesses, advocates, students, consumers, researchers, or other)?
  • How familiar should the audience be with the topic (beginner, intermediate, advanced)?
  • What are your three main goals for the presentation?


Please Note:  The full conference fees will be waived and lunch provided for presenters of accepted proposals. Presenters are responsible for their own travel and lodging.


Questions contact L. Scott Lissner at


Please share with your students:




At the Seventeenth Annual

Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability:

April 12, 2017

Held on The Ohio State University’s Columbus Campus


Poster Submissions are due no later than March 15, 2017


The Multiple Perspectives Conference encourages students to network with professionals, the community, and scholars who share their interests in disability at its annual student poster reception.  A generous gift from the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation will fund awards (Graduate Research – $500; Undergraduate Research $200, Art & Performance $200, Community Service $100, and Class Projects $200 at this year’s competition.


Submissions may focus on any aspect of disability and may be based on:

  1. Independent & Supervised Student Research
  2. Art & Performance
  3. Class Projects & Papers (Award goes to department to support future projects)
  4. Community Service & Applied Problem Solving from Service Learning Classes or student organizations (Award goes to organization/department to support future projects)


Posters can take a variety of forms including print material mounted on poster board or display panels or arranged on a table; PowerPoint presentations, web pages or video presentations from your laptop…

  • Presentation materials must fit on a 3’x6’ table or along 6’ or less of wall space
  • Presentation materials should present the information in 10 minutes or less
  • Presenters or their designee must be present to interact with the audience
  • Presenters must provide their own equipment


Visit these sites for tips on developing a poster presentation:


Students and teams of students who wish to present a poster must send the following information to no later than March 15, 2017 

  1. Title
  2. Short Title – 9 word maximum
  3. Poster Format (Print, Model, PowerPoint, Video, …)
  4. Description of their proposed poster topic – 250 word maximum
  5. E-mail address, phone number, and surface mail address of coordinating presenter
  6. As appropriate, university, department, grant, course or student organization affiliation
  7. A letter of support from a faculty member or organization advisor associated with the project
  8. Name of individual, Department or Organization to receive cash award should the project win.


Early submissions are encouraged.  Submissions will be reviewed as they arrive. Conference fees will be waived and lunch provided for all accepted presenters.


Please Note:

The full conference fees will be waived and lunch provided for presenters of accepted proposals. Presenters are responsible for their own travel and lodging.

Call for Proposals! Queer Places, Practices, and Lives III DUE 12/16!



Queer Places, Practices, and Lives III

The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

May 12-13, 2017


Confirmed keynote speakers:


Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Mel Chen

We invite proposals for the third queer studies conference at The Ohio State University. Following on the successes of the previous “Queer Places, Practices, and Lives” conferences—the first held in honor of former Buckeye Samuel Steward, who donated funds to further research in LGBTQ studies—we seek proposals on any topic related to the field. Scholars, faculty, staff, graduate students, undergraduate students, artists, activists, teachers, social workers, community members, and anyone else interested in discussing LGBTQ issues are encouraged to submit. We welcome individual submissions as well as panels and roundtables of three to four participants. Although the call is open to all topics, we hope to highlight, in part through the keynote speakers, current work being pursued on queer and trans relations, trans justice, and trans and intersex issues.


Send a 300-word abstract, 2-page CV, and, if appropriate, a brief panel or roundtable description to Please include 3 keywords with your submission.


Deadline: Dec. 16, 2016.


Direct inquiries to Joe Ponce


For information and continuing conference updates, visit




Miss Major Griffin-Gracy is a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years. She is a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison, a former sex worker, and a community leader and human rights activist. Miss Major is simply “Mama” to many in her community. Her personal story and activism for transgender civil rights intersects with LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today. At the center of her activism is her fierce advocacy for her girls, trans women of color who have survived police brutality and incarceration in men’s jails and prisons.


As part of Miss Major’s keynote, we are proud to screen MAJOR!, the new documentary film exploring her life and campaigns. MAJOR! is more than just a biographical documentary. It’s an investigation into critical issues of how the Prison Industrial Complex represents a widespread and systematic civil rights violation, as well as a historical portrait of diverse LGBT communities, told with love and humor, and personalized through the lens of a vibrant and charismatic woman. Through first-person narration and innovative visual storytelling, MAJOR! seeks to create a living, breathing history of a community’s struggle and resilience, as seen and experienced by those who lived it. The documentary, produced by filmmakers Annalise Ophelian and StormMiguel Florez, continues to win awards and to be featured at film festivals across the US and internationally.


Mel Y. Chen is Associate Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at UC-Berkeley and Director of the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture. Their research and teaching interests include queer and gender theory, animal studies, critical race theory and Asian American studies, disability studies, science studies, and critical linguistics. Dr. Chen’s 2012 book, Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect (Duke University Press, winner of Alan Bray Award from Modern Language Association’s GL/Q Caucus), explores questions of racialization, queering, disability, and affective economies in animate and inanimate “life” through the extended concept of “animacy.” A second book project concerns the relationships among the conceptual territories of “toxicity” and “intoxication” and their involvement in histories of the shared interanimation of race and disability.

Conference Presentation Requiring Travel? Apply for an award from the Council of Graduate Students!!

Ray Travel Award for Service and Scholarship


Funding Period 3 Deadline: November 1, 2016.

Conference dates must begin on/ between: January 1, 2017 – March 31, 2017

See our webpage for information:



Career Development Grant


The Career Development Grant awards up to $350 for professional development (non-research activities).

Funding Period 3 Deadline: November 1, 2016.

Conference dates must begin on/ between: January 1, 2017 – March 31, 2017

See our webpage for information:



NOTE: Apply by the application deadline if you are hoping to present at a conference that falls within an application period’s dates, even if you have not yet received word regarding your conference submission.