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Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning (CRTL) Insight Conference

Developed by the Kansas City CRTL Master Teacher Project

Funded by The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

 

A FREE, one-day virtual learning experience for Kansas City educators.

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Conference Logistics

Join us for a virtual conference showcasing best instructional practices for teachers and leaders interested in implementing Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning (CRTL) in their classrooms and schools. Whether you're a CRTL expert or interested in learning more, this conference will provide ready-to-use resources for all educators passionate about equity in education.

DATE: Saturday, May 30, 2020
TIME: 8:00am-4:00pm Central time

 

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What is CRTL and why is it so critical?

While eradicating racism from our educational institutions seems like a daunting task, there is work that can be done within the walls of a school or classroom. Research has shown there are many teaching and professional development strategies that can lead teachers of all genders and races to treat students more equitably and maximize the learning of students who have historically been most underserved by our education system.

One study found that merely informing teachers about their stereotypes closed gaps in grading. An hour-long online tutorial for teachers has halved suspension rates for black students, after training educators on how to value students’ perspectives and view misbehavior as a learning opportunity. Another strategy is coaching teachers on how their language can unintentionally signal to students that they can’t excel (Miller, 2018, para. 21).

In order to truly close the race- and ethnicity-based opportunity and achievement gaps in education, teachers must be provided with the culturally responsive strategies, tools, and resources to ensure their classrooms maximize the learning of all students, and in particular those that have historically been most marginalized by our education system.

These culturally responsive strategies, tools, and resources are equally important for teachers who teach mostly white students. The best CRTL approaches will teach all students to be racially conscious, equity-minded, anti-bias, and anti-racist.

Until now, these resources have been few and far between. The Insight Conference aims to change that.

 

The Insight Conference

CRTL group

 

The Insight Conference is being led by Kansas City-area educators who have worked together all school year writing culturally responsive instructional strategies. During the Insight Conference, the capstone to the Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning Master Teacher Project, these strategies and suggestions for implementation will be shared with other Kansas City educators who see responsive practices as essential to student success.

Educators who attend this conference will:

  • Gain insight into four strands of cultural responsiveness:
    • Educator Growth
    • Student Support
    • Colleague Support
    • Community Connections
  • Attend engaging sessions in each strand:
    • Open Mic Friday in the Classroom
    • Children’s Literacy to Improve Community and Discussion
    • The Social Discipline Window to Reflect on Classroom Management
    • Students Seeing Themselves in the Classroom
  • Learn concrete steps and resources to support their future work
  • Network with other Kansas City educators passionate about culturally responsive teaching and learning
  • Have fun participating in activities designed to inspire laughter and reflection

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Your Conference Organizers

Meet the cohort of master educators who will host this experience.

 

Name

School/District

Role

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Adgers, Dianna

JC Harmon

Grade 11 ELA

Adgers, Dianna

Bates, Tyrone

Shawnee Mission School District

Coordinator of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Bates, Tyrone

Bland, Shakiyya

Lawrence Public Schools

Instructional Coach/District Math Curriculum

(Secondary)

Bland, Shakiyya

Bucklew, Allison

Crossroads Academy

Instructional Coach (also teaches 4-6 graders)

Bucklew, Allison

Bruns, Katie

Brookside Charter 

Instructional Coach (elementary)

Bruns, Katie

Caffey, Christine

Hillcrest Elementary 

Grade 2 teacher

Caffey, Christine

Eastin, Sherry

KCPS District Office 

Instructional Coach (Coordinator) 3-6

Eastin, Sherry

Ellis, Cornell

Ewing Marion Kauffman School 

7th ELA and Instructional Coach

Ellis, Cornell

Farr, Danielle

University Academy Middle School

MS Science

Farr, Danielle

Ferrara, Emily

Trailwoods 

Kindergarten teacher

Ferrara, Emily

Hall, Marquis

AC Prep Lower 

Grade 2 teacher

Hall, Marquis

Johnson, Genee'

Hogan Preparatory Academy 

8th Grade ELA

Johnson, Genee

Jones, Cearra

Center High School

Precalculus, Statistics, and Algebra II

Jones, Cearra

Martin, Khara

Center High School 

Instructional Coach (HS)

Martin, Khara

Mitchell, Lauren

Kennedy Elementary

Grade 4

Mitchell, Lauren

Mora, Diane

East High School

9-12th Sheltered ELA (New Americans, SLIFE, & ELLs),

11th AP English & Composition,

Sophomore Advisory

Mora, Diane

Odam, Chris

KCPS District Office

Instructional Coach, coordinator

Odam, Chris

Rast, Sara

Santa Fe Trail Middle School 

Grade 8 Social Studies

Rast, Sara

Rhinehardt, Tenaya

University Academy Charter

6-8 ELA

Rhinehardt, Tenaya

Self, Katie

Blackburn Elementary

Grade 3

Self, Katie

Sojourner, Karen

Southeast HS

9th ELA

Sojourner, Karen

 

Register for the Insight Conference today!

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Please direct all questions to InsightConf2020@gmail.com.