Social Work and Education Conference

"Examining the Needs of Children and Families in Poverty: An Equity Literacy Approach"

Please note: This conference will be re-scheduled due unforeseen circumstances. The new date should be announced by the end of March/beginning of April.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Paul Gorski, Founder, EdChange, & Associate Professor, Integrative Studies, George Mason University
Friday, April 13, 2018; 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  ● Public Square, Madison Theatre, Molloy College, Rockville Centre campus
(5 CTLE hours and 5 SW CEUs)

This conference is jointly sponsored by the Division of Education and the Department of Social Work at Molloy College.

Conference Description
Our abilities to effectively teach and provide services to youth experiencing poverty and to engage their families are connected most closely with our understanding of the barriers they face. These barriers are encountered within the educational and human services systems with which these families are involved.  We strengthen our impact when we learn how to develop policies and practices within schools and human services organizations that are responsive to these barriers and when we make sure we are not inadvertently punishing families experiencing poverty. The conference theme presents the work of Dr. Paul Gorski's equity literacy approach ( for deepening our awareness of the experiences of families experiencing poverty. This awareness will frame the discussion of practical strategies focused on positively impacting youth in poverty and for engaging their families equitably and with dignity.

Learning Objectives
Deepen participants' knowledge of educational equity so that they are better equipped to recognize and respond to inequity and to cultivate equity within the educational and human service systems.
- Strengthen participants' understandings of the barriers and challenges experienced by many students of color, students experiencing poverty, and students from other historically underrepresented groups so that they can be responsive to those barriers and challenges.
- Engage participants in conversations about how to cultivate meaningful relationships with students and families from marginalized groups.
- Encourage participants to reflect on their own practice and how it might be modified through an equity lens.

Keynote Speaker Bio
Dr. Paul Gorski is an activist, author, and educator focusing on a wide range of social justice and human rights issues. His primary interests include poverty and economic justice, racial justice, queer justice, and animal rights. He is the founder of EdChange, has served two terms on the board of directors of the International Association for Intercultural Education. He has written more than 50 articles and written, co-written, or co-edited 10 books including Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap; Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education (with Seema Pothini), and Voices for Diversity and Social Justice (with Julie Landsman and Rosanna Salcedo). At Mason, Paul coordinates SIS's Social Justice Minor and Social Justice and Human Rights concentration as well as a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies concentration in Social Justice and Human Rights.

7:30-8:30 a.m.                      Breakfast and registration
8:30-10:00 a.m.                    Equity Literacy Framework: Part 1 - Dr. Paul Gorski
10:00-10:15 a.m.                  Break
10:15 - 11:30 a.m.                Equity Literacy Framework: Part 2 - Dr. Paul Gorski
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.       Lunch and Networking
12:45- 2:15 p.m.                   Panel Discussion
2:15-2:45 p.m.                      Respondent: Dr. Paul Gorski
2:45: 3:00 p.m.                     Audience Q&A

The conference and check-in will be held in the Madison Theatre in the Public Square Building on the Rockville Centre campus of Molloy College located at 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11571. Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation, but can also be downloaded by clicking here.

If you should need hotel arrangements, please click here for a list of area hotels or call 516.323.3554.

Continuing Education Credit

Social Work Continuing Education Credit
CEU's for NYS Licensed Social Workers: Molloy College, Continuing Education & Professional Development Social Work CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social
Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0110. This program is approved for a total of five (5) CE contact hours  for NYS Licensed Social Workers.

Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) Credit
This conference is approved for five (5) hours of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE). Click here for further information on the new CTLE requirements.

Conference Brochure
The conference brochure is expected to be ready in late January, 2018 and will be mailed out to all those who have previously attended our social work or education conferences or who asked to be placed on the mailing list.  To be placed on the mailing list for future conferences please contact Cindy Thomas at 516.323.3554 or by email at

Tuition Rates
Early Registration until February 16, 2018: $90
Regular Registration, February 17-April 6: $110
Late Registration: April 7- April 19: $120
After April 19 or at the door: $140 
Molloy students (please use your Molloy email when registering: $25
Full-time students: $25 (please provide your student ID at check-in)
Molloy Faculty and Staff- no charge (please use your Molloy email address as your contact email when registering)
Molloy Alumni- 25% discount

Please note: This conference will be re-scheduled due unforeseen circumstances. The new date should be announced by the end of March/beginning of April.
Online registration is available by clicking here. The "Early Registration" registration fee category is listed by default in the fee listing. The other fee categories will appear once you click "Enroll Yourself" or "Fee Breakdown". Please note that you will also be asked to register for the concurrent sessions that you would like to take. Please also note that if you are registering online, after you enter your charge card information you should click "Continue to Checkout" just once. It can take up to a minute or two for the charge to be processed. If you click more than once the system will void the registration and you will need to call the CE Office at 516-323-3550 to register.

You may also phone in your registration by calling 516.323.3550 with your MasterCard, Discover, Visa, or purchase order information. To register in-person, by fax, or mail download the registration form and follow the directions.

Confirmation of your registration and travel directions will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration.

Teachers, when registering please note:
Completing the information for this conference through a program such as My Learning Plan Inc. is mainly for you to receive permission to take this conference from your district. Once you receive permission to take the conference from your district you will still need to register for the conference. There is no connection between My Learning Plan Inc. and your official registration for this conference.

Please also note: if your district will be paying for you to attend the conference, we know that it can take some time before your district might issue a check. Therefore, it would be advisable for you to send in your registration first, even though the check from the district might not have been processed yet, to avoid being closed-out of the conference or to take advantage of the early registration discount. If multiple registrations from the same district will be paid through a purchase order, all the registrations should be sent at the same time.


If you have any questions regarding the conference, please call 516.323.3554 or email:

Please check back for detailed information about the conference, which will be posted as it becomes available.

This site was updated on 3/1/18.