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Culturally Reponsive Teaching in Uncertain Times

Our globalized society might have us believe that we are more connected or have more in common now than ever. While that might be true, diversity absolutely matters. There is value in difference, and different lived experiences must be acknowledged, especially in the classroom.
As communities and schools in the state of Kansas become more diverse, often teachers must educate students who are culturally, linguistically, and economically different than themselves. This means going beyond honoring diversity for sake of difference, and addressing the significance of social, cultural, and linguistic factors that require specialized teaching strategies and services in K-12 schools. Creating an inclusive classroom means being a responsive teacher.
You’re invited to “Culturally Responsive Teaching in Uncertain Times,” a workshop where you will consider why diversity matters in today’s classroom and how you can teach in a diverse environment and harness the cultural knowledge your students bring. 
Designed as a professional development workshop intended primarily for high school and community college educators (but open to all K-16 school professionals), this one-day event will challenge educators to learn about the larger contexts that shape student learning. This workshop is designed for teachers willing to reflect on personal practices and attitudes that influence their teaching as well as to develop strategies for culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy.
Teachers will hear from scholars at the University of Kansas and local educators from rural and urban schools that are responding to diversity in new and dynamic ways. They will be introduced to emerging research and work with other educators to consider how pedagogy and curriculum can adequately address educational inequalities and social justice.
Please join us on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 9:00-4:00 p.m. in Alderson Auditorium, located on the 4th floor in the Kansas Memorial Union at 1301 Jayhawk Blvd, Lawrence, KS 66045. This is a free workshop offered by the University of Kansas Area Studies Centers. Lady Bird Diner and other sponsors will provided complimentary breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. Register by Monday, September 10, 2018 (end of day). Registration is closed. Additional registerees will be placed on a waitlist and contacted with additional information.
The first thirty (30) people to register will be guaranteed a $100 stipend to help alleviate the costs of tuition credits, travel and other personal expenses, made possible by grant funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Awards will be issued after the workshop and after the awardees' participation in the entire workshop is verified by the workshop coordinators. For your information, awardees are not asked to submit receipts, but they must provide tax identification information (IRS W-9 form) before the award can be issued.
Additional stipends (up to $50) will available to teachers who submit appropriate and adequate lesson plans inspired by the workshop. You can also earn Continuing Education units/credits offered through Baker University ($65 Registration Fee). 
For more information, please contact Aron Muci, KU CLACS Education Program Specialist, at aron.muci@ku.edu.
View an agenda here.

"Culturally Responsive Teaching in Uncertain Times," an Educator Workshop, will take place in the Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Memorial Union. Saturday, September 15, 2018 is a college footbal gameday in Lawrence, KS. This means that parking is restricted to Lot 34/61, which are south of Sunnyside Rd. Parking is free for workshop attendees. View information about transportation, parking, and accessibility here

Culturally Responsive Teaching in Uncertain Times is sponsored by the University of Kansas Center for Latin American and Caribbean StudiesKansas African Studies CenterCenter for Russian and East European Studies, and Center for East Asian Studies.

8:30 a.m.

Early Bird Welcome


Arrive early to learn about Global and Area Studies events and resources at the University of Kansas

Enjoy light refreshments and socialize with colleagues from around the region

9:00-9:10 a.m.

Registration + Breakfast


Breakfast pastries, fruit and refreshments provided by McClain’s Market, P.T.’s Coffee and organizing sponsors

9:10-9:20 a.m.

Welcome + Overview

9:20-9:45 a.m.

Self-reflection Exercise: Who am I as a Teacher?


Facilitated by Aron Muci and Emily Riley


Self-reflection is a critical practice when trying to authentically teach in a diverse environment. Participate in a low-stakes drawing and writing activity designed to explore your teacher identity using self-portraits.

9:45-10:00 a.m.

Culturally Responsive Teaching in Kansas


Sarah Perryman, English Language Arts Education Program Specialist, Kansas Department of Education

10:00-10:50 a.m.

Culturally Responsive Teaching in Uncertain Times


Heidi Hallman, Professor of Secondary English Education, KU School of Education, Department of Curriculum & Teaching


Discuss emerging research of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy applied in diverse K-12 classrooms. This guided discussion will help you meet the demands of teaching children that are culturally, linguistically, and economically different from yourself.

10:50-11:00 a.m.


11:00-12:15 p.m.

Thinking Beyond the Lesson Plan: Approaches to Social Justice Teaching


Omaris Zamora, Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature, KU Department of Spanish & Portuguese

William Garcia, PhD Student, KU Department of American Studies


A critical, comprehensive discussion of systematized Whiteness, “colorblind” pedagogy, and racial bias in education. This guided discussion will focus on “social justice-oriented” teaching and what you should consider beyond the effectiveness of your lesson plans.


Learn about local approaches to working with students from diverse backgrounds. This guided discussion will focus on tools to actively encouraging diverse student voices to be heard by demonstrating meaningful connections with relevant cultural touchstones. 

12:15-12:30 p.m.


12:30-2:25 p.m.

Global and Local Approaches to Responsive Teaching: A Roundtable Discussion


Regina Peszat, World Language Program Consultant, Kansas Department of Education


Changming Duan, Professor of Educational Psychology, KU Department of Psychology and Research in Education


Nancy Hope, Associate Director, Kansas Consortium for Teaching about Asia


Mendy Hutson, Resource Teacher and D.E.A.R. Team Coordinator, Olathe North High School


Gwendolyn Jacobs, English Language Arts Teacher, Olathe North High School


Learn about strategies to teach studentsfrom a variety of backgrounds and with differing needs. This guided discussion will prepare you to make your classroom a fair and equitable learning environment.

2:25-2:35 p.m.


2:35-3:15 p.m.

Developing a Plan of Action


Facilitated by Changming Duan, William García, Nancy Hope, Mendy Hutson, Gwendolyn Jacobs, Elizabeth (Liz) MacGonagle, Charlesia McKinney, Anthony Boynton, Christopher Peace, Regina Peszat


Scholars and teacher educators from around the state will guide small groups to discuss issues and solutions related to working in a diverse school environment. With colleagues and peers, learn how to recognize the value of the diversity in your classroom, reinforce cultural perspectives at all levels of the K-12 curriculum, value the skills and knowledge of colleagues from diverse backgrounds, and support development in your school. 

3:15-3:35 p.m.

Teacher Presentations (Small Group)

3:35-3:50 p.m.

KU Supports You: Resources for Teachers

3:50-4:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks + Survey

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