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 conference hosted 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.

2019-2020 Presentations

Saturday, November 2, 2019
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Regents Center, Room 110

"Being Lazy & Slowing Down" in PK-12 Classrooms
with M'Balia Thomas, Department of Curriculum & Teaching

Drawing its title & inspiration from Shahjahan's (2014) "Being Lazy & Slowing Down," as well as scholarship in the area of embodied pedagogy, this session explores the possibility & practices of "being lazy" (de-emphasizing the privilege given to the mind over the body in knowledge-making) & slowing down (reassessing our commitment to & the impact of neoliberal notions of time) in PK-12 classrooms.

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Saturday, February 22, 2020
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Regents Center, Room 110

Getting Political: Strategies for Teaching About Elections & Other Current Political Events
with Meagan Patterson, Department of Educational Psychology

The 2020 election is approaching—how should we talk with children about this election and about politics more broadly? What do children know about politics, elections, and government? In this session, Dr. Patterson will present some findings from her research on what elementary school students think and know about politics, including messages from parents, teachers, and children’s literature. We will discuss strategies for talking with children about politics in an engaging and informative way while acknowledging that political issues can be emotional and challenging to discuss.

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Saturday, April 18, 2020
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Regents Center, Room 110

The Skills That Matter: Social-emotional Learning & Practice Across the Curriculum
with Pattie Noonan, University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning

This session represents a collaborative effort with more than a thousand middle and high school educators to translate social/emotional research into truly applicable instructional practices. Participants will explore the College and Career Competency Framework through focusing on one of three competencies (i.e., self-regulation, assertiveness and self-efficacy) for self-assessment, building knowledge and brainstorming instruction. Aligned with the CASEL indicators and KS SECD Standards, these competencies can be explicitly taught, practiced and reinforced in every classroom, Pre-K through 12 to promote social emotional growth. Participants will complete a set of small group activities where they reflect on current practice, review SEL curriculum parts, learn foundational concepts, and view examples of instructional practices in various classroom settings. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of how readily available supports and ongoing face-to-face and online professional development and coaching opportunities can be utilized for embedding SEL in daily instruction. During this highly interactive session, Dr. Noonan will share free resources, provide solutions to implementation challenges, and give away a book or two. 

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