The 2020 Transforming Learning Summit Is Now A Monthly Speaker Series!
The Transforming Learning Summit creates an annual opportunity for practitioners, leaders and stakeholders within the state’s education community to come together to advance learning and share best practices. We were looking forward to bringing educators together once again this August, however we’ve recently made the decision to offer professional development that is more responsive, timely and supportive– the Transforming Learning Summit Speaker Series, supporting educators during transforming times.
These FREE, live virtual sessions will be hosted monthly by education experts from around the country and will address the urgent needs of educators and school administrators in the areas of student and educator mental health, equity and using technology to transform learning. We understand the challenges educators are facing right now and want to be responsive and supportive, which is why we are offering these live sessions on a monthly-basis at no-charge. (Recordings will be available for purchase.)
RELEVANT & ENGAGING TOPICS INCLUDE…
Safeguarding the mental health of students and educators during these uncertain times
Empowering student voices and offering love, inclusion and support for a diverse student body
Technical how-tos, tips and tricks; modern approaches to advance learning; and enhancing student engagement during and after the pandemic
2020 SPEAKER SERIES SCHEDULE
About Dr. Michael Baran
Senior Partner and Digital Solutions Lead
Dr. Michael Baran, Ph.D.
Addressing Subtle Acts of Exclusion
Tuesday, September 22nd from 3:30-4:30pm
Inclusion is one of the key factors for educational success – for teachers, leaders and other stakeholders to thrive in their roles and for students to excel. Yet everyday inclusion is eroded in subtle but painful ways that affect mental and even physical health. Leaders, teachers, and others unintentionally make their colleagues and their students feel excluded in their efforts to bond, to be funny, to show familiarity, or to show curiosity. For decades, people have called these slights against people with marginalized identities “microaggressions.” The term, microaggression, however can be counterproductive. Those committing the microaggression get defensive. (“I wasn’t being aggressive!”). Those who were affected feel minimized (“It doesn’t feel ‘micro’ to me!”). Everyone feels stuck. In this interactive session, Dr. Michael Baran will provide deep understanding around the new way forward through concept of “subtle acts of exclusion” – what they are, why they are so important to address, what the different types are, and how to practically and realistically have conversations about them in safer and more productive ways through dialogue that brings people together and fosters trust and inclusion.
Dr. Kathlene Campbell, Ph.D.
Becoming More Just: Opportunities to Reimagine Education in Uncertain Times
Tuesday, October 27th from 3:30-4:30pm
COVID-19 and the racial unrest shed light on the inequities that exist within the U.S. educational system. This session will examine how educators could reimagine schooling to advance justice and racial equity. Using FSG’s Six Conditions of Systems Change framework, attendees will begin to interrogate the structural and transformative changes that must occur in order to create a more just educational system. Classroom examples and videos of K-12 educators and students will be embedded throughout the presentation to share what is possible when we begin to dismantle inequitable educational structures.
About Dr. Kathlene Campbell
Dean of the School of Education, UST
PAST SERIES SPEAKERS
Educator Mental Health with Mandy Froehlich
This session discussed the impact of a pandemic and remote emergency learning on mental health, the importance of doing body scans and watching for mental health issues that can lead to engagement, and areas of educator support that can complete a trauma-informed system. It also addressed how to destigmatize mental health issues, build resilience, practice self-care, and create a culture of understanding.
WE WANT YOUR CONTENT INPUT!
What type(s) of content would you like to see during this monthly speaker series? What time of day is best to tune in? What about session length? Let us know your thoughts with this brief survey!
THANK YOU TO OUR SERIES SPONSOR, PEARSON!
“We are committed to helping equip learners with the skills they need to enhance their employability prospects and to
succeed in the changing world of work. We believe that wherever learning flourishes so do people.”
BECOME A 2020 SUPPORTER
As the new school year kicks kicks off, there’s never been a more critical time to lend your support to educators. Make a tax deductible donation to the Transforming Learning Summit Speaker Series and help us provide virtual learning opportunities to hundreds of teachers and education administrators.
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Special thanks to our current donors!
About GTS Educational Events
If you are a nonprofit or public sector group looking to create a conference, workshop or educational event with impact, look to GTS. We believe educational events are successful when participants learn and grow and then return to their organizations and communities to make them stronger. We look forward to continuing our work with the broad spectrum of organizations striving to make a difference for the people and communities they serve.