Due to low registration numbers, the 2021 conference has been cancelled. Refunds will be provided for anyone who had already registered. Those who were previously registered will receive an email containing refund information, as well as an invitation to attend an extended session with our invited speaker, Dr. Terry Husband. The session is titled "Implementing Antiracist Education in P-12 Contexts: 6 Important Choices." The College of Education will provide 1.5 PD credits for those interested, and there is no fee for the session or the PD credit. There is no need to register in advance for the session.
We plan to host the 2022 New Teacher Conference on campus and hope you will plan to join us. We know that teachers really look forward to in-person collaboration and connections. We thank you for your flexibility with this event, and we thank you for all you have done to support students and communities during this challenging year.
Dr. Terry Husband is a Professor of Early Childhood Literacy at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. His research interests concern: issues of social justice in early childhood classrooms, literacy development in Black boys in P-5 classrooms, and multicultural children’s literature.
Difference Doesn’t Mean Deficient: Promoting Inclusive, Just, and Equitable Learning Opportunities Through Asset-Based Teaching
The student population in U.S. classrooms is predicted to become increasingly diverse (along the lines of race, culture, class, ability, language, sexuality, etc.) as we journey through the next two decades. As a result, it is imperative for teachers to teach in ways that draw from, respond to, and center the knowledge bases, perspectives, language systems, and experiences of students from diverse backgrounds. As way of promoting inclusive, just, and equitable learning opportunities for all students, teachers have to move away from deficit-based models and approaches to teaching and toward asset-based models and approaches. In this keynote, I outline and discuss 5 important choices that will assist and empower teachers as they move along this journey.
A conference for any teacher who has completed one to four years of teaching. This year's conference will be held via Zoom on Friday, June 11, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Register by June 4. More information will be available at a later date. Professional development hours are included in the cost of the conference.
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