Workshop Agenda

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.


8:30 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 Registration

Breakfast pastries, fruit and refreshments provided by Lady Bird Diner and organizing sponsors

9:10 Welcome + Overview

9:20 Opening Activity

  • 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 through self-portraits.
  • Facilitated by Aron Muci and Emily Riley

9:45 Culturally Responsive Teaching in Uncertain Times

  • 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.
  • Presented by Heidi Hallman, Professor of Secondary English Education, KU School of Education – Curriculum & Teaching

10:35 BREAK

10:45 Beyond the Lesson Plan: Approaches to Social Justice Teaching

  • 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. 
  • Presented by Omaris Zamora, Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature, KU Spanish & Portuguese Department
  • William Garcia, PhD Student in the KU Department of American Studies

12:00 LUNCH

Lunch is provided by the KU Area Studies Centers. 

12:30 Culturally Responsive Teaching: A Roundtable Discussion

  • Learn about strategies to teach students from a variety of backgrounds and with differing needs. This guided discussion will prepare you to make your classroom a fair and equitable learning environment. The panel includes:
    • Regina Peszat, World Languages Program Consultant, KSDE
    • Sarah Perryman, English Language Arts Education Program Specialist, KSDE
    • Nancy Hope, Associate Director, Kansas Consortium for Teaching about Asia
    • Changming Duan, Professor of Educational Psychology, Department of Psychology and Research in Education at the University of Kansas

2:00 Q&A

2:20 BREAK

2:25 Developing a Plan of Action

  • 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. Facilitated by:
    • Regina Peszat, World Languages Program Consultant, KSDE
    • Sarah Perryman, English Language Arts Education Program Specialist, KSDE
    • Nancy Hope, Associate Director, Kansas Consortium for Teaching about Asia
    • Changming Duan, Professor of Educational Psychology, Department of Psychology and Research in Education at the University of Kansas

3:35 Share Your Ideas with the Group

3:50 CLOSING REMARKS + SURVEY + RESOURCES @ KU


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