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
Registration + Breakfast
Breakfast pastries, fruit and refreshments provided by McClain’s Market, P.T.’s Coffee and organizing sponsors
Welcome + Overview
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.
Culturally Responsive Teaching in Kansas
Sarah Perryman, English Language Arts Education Program Specialist, Kansas Department of Education
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teacher Presentations (Small Group)
KU Supports You: Resources for Teachers
Closing Remarks + Survey