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Opening Keynote – 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 

The Way Forward: What it Means to Teach EVERY Kid Now 

Cornelius Minor, Keynote Speaker 

We know so much, and the way forward STILL seems so uncertain. And we are all so tired… What is good teaching in 2024? And how do we get there? Bigger still, how do we get there while remaining true to who we are AND true to the students that we teach. 

 

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

 

Engagement Ain’t Like It Used to Be and That’s a GOOD Thing: Crafting the Kinds of Learning Experiences That Kids Choose to Invest In 

Cornelius Minor, Keynote Speaker 

The very foundation of our profession has shifted profoundly in the last half decade. That shift has not been without some pain. We have mourned the losses of familiar routines and time-honored customs. Curriculum is changing, and we are questioning the ways that we have traditionally served students. In the face of all these losses, all of us (at some point in this journey) have longed for a return to “normal”. 

 

Explore how our nostalgic reverence for life pre-March 2020 is misplaced… that even though we felt certain about some things, that there were still too many kids, families and whole communities left at the margins of our work. Spend time reflecting on the lessons of the last two years and creating blueprints for the new things that must come next. 

 

Toilets, Bow ties, Gender, and the World Around Us 

Emily Mueller and Daniel Hecht, Parkway Schools 

Learn the various terms and identities that exist within gender and gain a better understanding in the difference between gender and sexuality. We will know why it is essential to recognize the different components of gender as we navigate the world around us. Join us if you're ready to engage in conversations around radical acceptance! 

 

Understanding Racelighting 

Jeremy Mapp, Kirkwood School District 

Bring an open mind to gain an understanding of contemporary challenges facing Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) involves understanding systemic oppression and how racism manifests at the interpersonal level. In this lesson plan, we offer racelighting as one concept that explains how interpersonal racism impacts the daily lives and experiences of BIPOC. 

 

12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

 

Engagement Ain’t Like It Used to Be and That’s a GOOD Thing: Crafting the Kinds of Learning Experiences That Kids Choose to Invest In 

Cornelius Minor, Keynote Speaker 

The very foundation of our profession has shifted profoundly in the last half decade. That shift has not been without some pain. We have mourned the losses of familiar routines, and time-honored customs. Curriculum is changing, and we are questioning the ways that we have traditionally served students. In the face of all these losses, all of us (at some point in this journey) have longed for a return to “normal”. 

 

Explore how our nostalgic reverence for life Pre-March 2020 is misplaced… that even though we felt certain about some things, that there were still too many kids, families and whole communities left at the margins of our work. Spend time reflecting on the lessons of the last two years and creating blueprints for the new things that must come next. 

 

Building Inclusive Classroom Libraries 

Michelle Abeln and Brandi Ivester, Booksource 

All students deserve to see their stories reflected in the books they read. While many teachers want to build inclusive classroom collections, it can be overwhelming to keep up with all the new books published each year. We’ll share new titles for middle grade and high school students that explore a variety of authentic experiences. 

 

Utilizing Culturally Responsive Practices to Foster Independent Multilinguals 

Jennifer Riesenmy and Diana Hsu, Ladue School District 

This session will utilize concepts from Zaretta Hammond's teachings. The focus will be on applying culturally responsive practices to foster the development of independent versus dependent English learners. 

 

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

 

“Ask Me Anything”  

Cornelius Minor, Keynote Speaker 

The experiences we have shared over the last few years have made the nuanced challenges of our work visible. Ensuring that children learn powerfully is complicated. What do we do when the view from here reveals truths that feel impossible? What happens when there is no recipe for what must come next. Cornelius will grapple with questions that don’t have easy answers… bring your questions and concerns, and find community in this collective study.