Strands for Presentations

Empowering ALL Students (Circle)Providing Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education

How do we create classrooms, schools, and communities that embrace students’ identities?

Technology and Innovation (Circle)Encouraging Inquiry

How do we guide students to see history through connections that demonstrate continuity and change over time?

Information and Media Literacy (Circle)Strengthening Virtual Learning

How do we empower students through technology to think creatively and share ideas in virtual environments?

Leadership and Learning (Circle)Practicing Social Emotional Learning

How do we encourage self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success in our students?

Culturally responsive-sustaining education uses educational strategies that leverage the various aspects of students’ identities, including the rich cultural, racial, historical, linguistic characteristics of students to provide mirrors that reflect the greatness of who their people are and windows into the world that allow students to connect across cultures. Session topics could include: CR-SE Framework, LGBTQ+ history, civil rights, religion, ENL/ELL, SPED...

Inquiry requires students knowing enough about a topic to begin to ask questions and curiosity about topics in social studies. Session topics could include: IDM, crafting compelling questions, argumentative writing, enduring issues, taking informed action, action research in social studies, civics, living constitution, etc.

Teachers must provide students with tools to amplify their work, stay connected, and exchange knowledge, resources, and opportunities via virtual platforms. Session topics could include: flipped classroom, social media strategies, digital portfolios, increasing student engagement with technology, games, tools, online/blended learning best practices...


People with strong social-emotional skills are better able to cope with everyday challenges and benefit academically, professionally, and socially. From effective problem-solving to self-discipline, from impulse control to emotion management and more, SEL provides a foundation for positive, long-term effects on kids, adults, and communities. Session topics could include: self-awareness, responsible decision-making, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, building empathy, reducing bias, creating positive classroom environments, etc.

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