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#innovate23 Equity Session Descriptions


Equitable Math Instruction: Building Thinking Classrooms

Abby Smith, EducationPlus

Learn about the 14 research-based practices Peter Liljedahl found created equitable thinking classrooms. 

Engage in math problems and experience the 14 practices for creating equitable thinking classrooms. 

Apply many of the 14 practices in your mathematics classrooms.

The How of Equity in Math through Mathematical Discussions

Kristen Taylor, Equity Matters Consulting

Learn how discourse encourages understanding and reasoning through productive talk creating more equitable math classrooms. 

Investigate and experience the how and why of productive talk structures like incorporating deep-thinking questions and conversation structures. 

Explore how the experience feels different from ‘regular’ learning activities as a learner.  

Apply verbal sense-making and productive talk with any math curriculum resulting in students having a fuller understanding leading to higher academic success.  

Innovative Bilingual Educational Instructional Strategies

Geri Ross, Ritenour School District

Learn how to develop and implement a bilingual program in a classroom or district including practical instructional strategies for EL students that can be immediately implemented into the classroom. 

Participate in a simulated immersion classroom environment to learn strategies for making language comprehensible for students. 

Practice your new instructional strategies that are informed by the science of language acquisition to better support your language learners in both English immersion and bilingual environments. 

Motivating and Engaging Diverse Learners

Kacey Booth, Wentzville School District

Learn the specific needs of linguistically, culturally and socioeconomically diverse students, as well as how to strengthen relationships and increase intrinsic motivation. 

Collaborate with other educators to share best practices. 

Apply pragmatic, everyday strategies to your own teaching practices.