Preparing Educators as Leaders

Strategies Event Series at KU Edwards Campus

To support a vision of professional development for our colleagues in the Kansas City metropolitan area, we have partnered with the KU Edwards Campus to host the Strategies Event Series, as a continuation of the summer Strategies Conference hosted in Lawrence each year.  We invite all PK-12 educators, as well as others who are interested, to join us for a free professional development event series in Overland Park, Kansas. Please RSVP online to attend, so that we can ensure there are enough refreshments, chairs, and copies of handouts provided for all.

The 2016-17 session dates have passed. Please check back often for the 2017-18 session schedule, including dates, presenters, and session topics.

Past Presentations:

Helping students succeed: Mindset makes the difference
With Reva Friedman, Department of Curriculum & Teaching

“Mindset” is a hot topic in education! On the surface, it appears to make perfect sense: thinking that learners can improve when they try is foundational to our work as educators. But is it a cure all? Does it lead invariably to learner success? In this interactive session, participants will learn the WHAT, WHY, and HOW of Mindset. We will explore ways in which school structures can support or sabotage the development of growth-oriented Mindsets. Participants will explore their own Mindsets and practice strategies for encouraging learner growth.

View slides from presentation | Audio recording available upon request.

It's never too early: Preparing K-12 students for college
With Lisa Wolf-Wendel, Associate Dean

This interactive symposium will provide information to teachers, educators, and other service providers on how best to prepare K-12 students for postsecondary education. Discussion topics will include student motivation, soft skills development (i.e., communication, organization/time management, leadership, etc.), and preparing K-12 students for all options after high school. Participants will also discuss how teachers can influence pre-disposition for post-secondary education, college aspirations, the college search process as well as college choice.

View slides from presentation | Audio recording available upon request.

Effects of Comprehension Strategy Instruction on English Language Learners' Word Problem Solving Skills
With Michael Orosco, Department of Special Education

The purpose of this presentation will be to discuss strategies directed toward reading comprehension within word problems, and how they improved solution accuracy in English Language Learners (ELLs) at risk for math learning difficulties (MLD).  Since ELLs may be limited in academic language and English reading proficiency, they may have a difficult time constructing a mental model due to the misunderstanding in relational statements (i.e., translation in language) that occurs between the representation and abstract phases of problem solving.  Because of comprehension challenges like those mentioned above, intervention models need to provide students with intensive, interactive strategic teaching, which can help students recognize and understand math concepts both orally, and with written language so that students could represent a problem-solving model that properly connects relational statements with the required arithmetic operation for computation.

View slides from presentation (PDF) | Audio recording available upon request.


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Brian Friedman
Brian Friedman
Associate Development Director, School of Education
1891 Constant Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66047
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