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This year’s KEEN Conference theme is Got Heart? Every great educator has a heart for students that encompasses a sincere desire for each child to grow and become a successful citizen.

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Thursday, February 14
 

10:30am

Conference Registration
Thursday February 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Maner Conference Center Foyer, Shawnee Room

11:30am

Conference Welcome and Lunch
Speakers
avatar for Denise Kahler

Denise Kahler

Director of Communications and Recognition Programs, Kansas State Department of Education
Director, Communications and Recognition Programs Kansas State Department of Education


Thursday February 14, 2019 11:30am - 12:10pm
Sunflower Ballroom

12:10pm

Keynote General Session -"Is Heart Enough?"
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Randy Watson

Dr. Randy Watson

Commissioner, KSDE
Kansas Commissioner of Education


Thursday February 14, 2019 12:10pm - 1:10pm
Sunflower Ballroom

1:10pm

Break
Thursday February 14, 2019 1:10pm - 1:30pm
Maner Conference Center Foyer

1:30pm

Musically Healing the Heart and Mind for Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is geared toward all educators. Research has proven one method for healing a traumatized brain stem is through the use of music. During our time together, we will share insights, information and will utilize hands-on participation using bucket drums, world music drums and yoga balls.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Hilton

Megan Hilton

Augusta USD 402
avatar for Kathy Jones

Kathy Jones

K-5 Music Education, Augusta USD 402



Thursday February 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Pioneer Room

1:30pm

Outside for a Better Inside: Using Outdoor Education to Enhance Student Wellbeing
Limited Capacity filling up

Fishing, camping, gardening, hatching chicks, connecting science to character, survival skills, zombie apocalypse prep – who says school isn’t fun? Student-focused outdoor activities led from the teacher’s heart can facilitate meaningful teacher-student relationships and improve social-emotional growth. Find the inspiration to redesign your classes to go out into the real world by leveraging community resources and partnerships. Outdoor education can be linked to many different subjects. Gain connections, lesson plans, ideas, and free, ready-to-use resources to implement exciting activities into your classroom. Attendees will also gain free access to a Google Drive with 186 character education lesson plans.

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Albin

Heidi Albin

Science Teacher, USD 266 Maize
Heidi Albin teaches biology, physical science, earth science, chemistry, health and agriculture at Complete High School Maize. Albin is the character education coordinator for her school and teaches career skills.  She was named the 2017 Kansas Milken Educator.


Thursday February 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
River Room

1:30pm

Utilizing Mindfulness in the Classroom to Reduce Student Anxiety and Promote Self-Regulation Skills
Limited Capacity full

This session will explore practical ways that mindfulness can be utilized in the elementary classroom to provide students with tools that reduce anxiety and promote attention and self-regulation.  Brain research behind these principles will be explored.  Participants will participate in hands-on examples that can be immediately transferred to the classroom.  Examples from an elementary in Kansas where mindfulness has been implemented will be shared. In children, mindfulness has been found to mitigate the effects of bullying, enhance focus in children with ADHD, reduce attention problems, improve mental health and wellbeing, and improve social skills when well taught and practiced in children and adolescents (Zhou, Liu, Niu, Sun, & Fan, 2016; Zhang, 2016; Crescentini, Capurso, Furlan, & Fabbro, 2016). All of these areas will be explored.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Korte

Lauren Korte

2nd grade teacher, Olathe USD 233
Lauren Korte is a 2nd grade teacher in the Olathe School District. She has been with the district for five years and was the Horizon Award finalist in 2016.
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Ruth Waggoner

Mid-America Nazarene University
Dr. Ruth Waggoner is the Director of Clinical and Field Based Experiences at MidAmerica Nazarene University. She has served in the field of education as an elementary teacher, principal, and university professor. She has a passion for education and believes that every teacher truly... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Homestead Room

1:30pm

Books That Heal
Limited Capacity filling up

Come join us for a fun and fresh way to discover books that provide students with hope and healing. Our time together will equip you with rich literature that reaches the heart and personalizes healing. Some of our topics include: problem-solving, loss, resilience, diversity, addiction, empathy and many more. You'll leave with book ideas that inspire your teaching and help heal hearts. Come, explore and discuss books that provide a bright future for our students.

Speakers
avatar for Brandi McWilliams

Brandi McWilliams

Assistant Principal, McPherson USD 418
I have been in education for 17 years. My first three years, I taught ESL in Fort, Lupton, Colorado and then 7th/8th grade English for the next three years. I then became an Instructional Coach in Fort Lupton, Colorado. While in this position I helped start AVID and align our curriculum... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Bison Room

1:30pm

Dynamic Discussion Strategies That Elevate Student Voice
Limited Capacity seats available

Discussions can be an excellent strategy for enhancing student motivation, fostering intellectual agility and encouraging democratic habits. They create opportunities for students to practice and sharpen several skills, including the ability to articulate and defend positions, consider different points of view, and enlist and evaluate evidence. In this workshop, we'll explore a handful of discussion strategies that can be used in any content area with little to no prep work.

Speakers
avatar for Dyane Smokorowski

Dyane Smokorowski

Andover USD 385
Dyane Smokorowski is the 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year and is currently serving as an Instructional Technology Coach in the Andover Public schools.  Mrs. Smoke, as she’s known to her students, believes in a project-based, student-centered classroom that helps students build skills... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Shawnee Room

1:30pm

Picture Perfect Project: Redesigning Instruction with Project-Based Learning
Limited Capacity full

It's a project-based world, and we need to create it! We are going to flip the script with Bloom's Taxonomy utilizing a Project-Based Learning (PBL) platform that establishes a more engaging classroom environment. Teachers will leave with a toolbox of tips and tricks of how to implement PBL in their classroom and brainstorm with KEEN attendees to take back to their classroom for the next day!

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Burnfin

Rebecca Burnfin

6th grade, Garden City USD 457
Hello! My name is Becca, and I am a 6th grade lead teacher in Garden City (457) by way of Montana and originating from California. I have always wanted to be and am now a 6th grade teacher. Although, I have also taught ESL at the college level and mini level. My bachelor's is in Liberal... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Wheat Room

2:30pm

Networking Break
Thursday February 14, 2019 2:30pm - 2:50pm
Maner Conference Center Foyer

2:50pm

Chronic Absenteeism: Identification, Intervention and Solutions
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will define chronic absenteeism and assist teachers and administrators with defining what this looks like in their classrooms and schools. Models of intervention will be shown to participants with ideas and solutions to solve chronic absenteeism in their schools. Community partnerships and relationships with families and students will be highlighted as solutions to this issue.

Speakers
avatar for John Girodat

John Girodat

Education Program Consultant, Kansas State Department of Education
I have been in education my entire career. I spent 12 years as a 7-12 grade Social Studies teacher, coach and athletic director. I also spent 5 years in building level administration before moving to the Department of Education in October of 2017. I work as part of the graduation... Read More →
avatar for Cindy Hadicke

Cindy Hadicke

Elementary Education Program Consultant, Kansas State Department of Education


Thursday February 14, 2019 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Wheat Room

2:50pm

Relationships: The Heart of Classroom Management
Limited Capacity seats available

The Kansas Vision for education - "Kansas leads the world in the success of each student" - will be achieved by building relationships and effective classroom management. This informative, interactive and entertaining session will share research and practical strategies about effective Classroom Management and how Rigor, Relevance, Relationships, and Responsive Culture lead to learning and positive Results for students. This presentation includes three modules: Preparing for the First Day, Classroom Environment and Lesson Planning. If you build it, students will learn!

Speakers
avatar for Julie Doyen

Julie Doyen

LIbrary Media Specialist, Manhattan-Ogden USD 383
Julie Doyen is an experienced, passionate and dynamic educator. She earned her Elementary Education Degree from Kansas State University, her first master’s degree in Curriculum and the second in Library Media Science. She was one of the first one hundred teachers in Kansas to earn... Read More →


Thursday February 14, 2019 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Shawnee Room

2:50pm

The Cost of Caring
Limited Capacity seats available

Currently, Kansas schools are taking an active approach to becoming trauma-responsive. Vicarious trauma affects teachers’ brains in much the same way that it affects their students’. Yet many teachers are never explicitly taught how to help students who have experienced trauma, let alone address the toll it takes on their own health and personal lives. In this session we will explore coping strategies for dealing with vicarious trauma. How can we care, and not cost our own health and life satisfaction in the process?

Speakers
avatar for Katie Perez

Katie Perez

ESSDACK


Thursday February 14, 2019 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Pioneer Room

2:50pm

Creating Connections Within Your Classroom Community
Limited Capacity full

Students thrive in classrooms in which their social-emotional needs are met in multiple ways. We are excited to share several strategies that have worked well in our classrooms to build community, strengthen peer-to-peer connections, and create a sense of family within our classrooms. All ideas can easily be implemented in any elementary or middle school classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Sazama

Heather Sazama

4th Grade Teacher, Buhler USD 313
avatar for Jesse Todd

Jesse Todd

6th Grade Science Teacher, Buhler USD 313
avatar for Shannon Vieyra

Shannon Vieyra

3rd Grade Teacher, Buhler USD 313


Thursday February 14, 2019 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Homestead Room

2:50pm

Project Redesign: Empowering Students to Make a Difference
Limited Capacity full

Students often see school as preparation for “real life,” but what if we changed their view? What if school became real life instead? Join us as we share what it looks like to break down barriers between subject areas and flatten the walls of our school to help our students contribute to their community and the world. We will examine our students’ partnerships with individuals outside of school through projects, Google Hangouts, and interviews, cross-curricular learning experiences rooted in project-based learning, and a citizenship project to share their learning and raise money to benefit a cause. Attendees will have the opportunity to examine their own curriculum, students, and communities in order to begin developing ideas that will show their students that their learning matters and can make a difference to others.

Speakers
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Rachel Harder

Buhler USD 313
avatar for Jennifer Keller

Jennifer Keller

4th Grade, Buhler USD 313
avatar for Kara Warren

Kara Warren

Buhler USD 313


Thursday February 14, 2019 2:50pm - 3:50pm
River Room

2:50pm

Creating Safe and Affirming Schools for LGBTQ+ Students in Kansas
Limited Capacity seats available

Students who feel safe and affirmed by their teachers can learn, and all students deserve to feel supported in their schools. The majority of LGBTQ+ students in Kansas report being victimized at school, and this high rate of bullying and harassment impacts their well-being. This session will provide middle and high-school teachers tools that will help them better meet the needs of LGBTQ+ students.

Link to resources: 

https://tinyurl.com/y657qpvt


Speakers
avatar for Samantha Neill

Samantha Neill

2018 Kansas Teacher of the Year; 9-12 ELA Teacher, Buhler USD 313
Sam Neill is the 2018 Kansas Teacher of the Year. She is currently teaching English Language Arts at Buhler High School, USD 313 - which has been her home for 16 years. Samantha believes teachers must reach the whole child both socially and emotionally - not just teach content. This... Read More →
avatar for Angie Powers

Angie Powers

ELA/AVID Teacher, Olathe USD 233
I am passionate about books, writing, and students. Talk to me about how we can better support LGBTQ+ students!


Thursday February 14, 2019 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Bison Room

3:50pm

Networking Break
Thursday February 14, 2019 3:50pm - 4:10pm
Maner Conference Center Foyer

4:10pm

Boosting Morale: Finding Joy in EdJOYcation
Limited Capacity filling up

School is tough. Going to "work" should be fun. During this session, participants will find ways to capture the joy within their students, grade-level teams, administratiors, buildings, and districts. Smiling at school is better for everyone involved. Scavenger Hunts, games, team building, useful ice breakers, and technological tips will help bring together collegiality in classrooms, communities, colleagues, and kids. Come find those smiles.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Brent Wolf

Dr. Brent Wolf

Teacher, Derby USD 260
Certified


Thursday February 14, 2019 4:10pm - 5:10pm
Shawnee Room

4:10pm

Growth Mindset: Developing a Heart for Learning in Our Students
Limited Capacity full

A heart for learning includes embracing our failures as bumps in the road to learning. Fostering a culture of responsiveness and critical thinking, we will explore strategies to help your students turn fixed mindsets into growth mindsets. Participants will use hands-on techniques, activities, and games that can be adapted to students of any age and your staff.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Donovan

Jennifer Donovan

De Soto USD 232


Thursday February 14, 2019 4:10pm - 5:10pm
Bison Room

4:10pm

Mindful Movement
Limited Capacity seats available

Come ready to move and groove! Movement is good for your heart, helps with focus/engagement, and fosters a better learning environment for all. Attendees will get to participate in practical mindful movements that we currently do in our classrooms, during transition times throughout the school day and at recess. These activities can help your students be more successful in the classroom and may benefit your most needy populations within your building.

Speakers
avatar for Marlys Gwaltney

Marlys Gwaltney

PE/Health Teacher, Bentley USD 440
Current KAHPERD Past President 2016 KAHPERD Elementary PE TOY2017 SHAPE America Central District Elementary PE TOY2018 Kansas TOY Semi-Finalist. Talk to me about all things health and physical education related.
avatar for Marcia Mueller

Marcia Mueller

3rd, all subjects, classroom teacher, Halstead-Bentley USD 440
2017 KTOY Nominee2018 PAEMST State Finalist I’m passionate about educating the whole child! My kids deserve my best! :)


Thursday February 14, 2019 4:10pm - 5:10pm
Pioneer Room

4:10pm

Read and Sing to Your Bunny: You Can Bring Early Literacy to Your Communities
Limited Capacity seats available

Our project will demonstrate two school districts working together, from different locations within the state of Kansas, for the benefit of their communities. It will be of value to the participants to hear about how each District has partnered with their unique communities to support these long lasting community projects. Information will also be shared about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and Read and Sing to Your Bunny and establishing partnerships within your community and District/BOE.

Speakers
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Dr. David Myers

Atchison USD 409
MA

Marilyn Albright

Retired Elementary School Counselor from Atchison Public Schools
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Eleanor Browning

Emporia USD 253
JR

Janice Romeiser

retired, Emporia USD 253
avatar for Bradley Weaver

Bradley Weaver

Atchison USD 409


Thursday February 14, 2019 4:10pm - 5:10pm
Wheat Room

4:10pm

Building Partnerships That Inspire and Build Relationships with the Next Generation
Limited Capacity filling up

When schools actively involve parents and engage community resources they are able to respond more effectively to the needs of students; emotionally and academically. Research shows that students who have parents and community involved in education are more likely to: adapt well to school, attend school more regularly, complete homework consistently, earn higher grades, graduate and go on to post-secondary schooling, but more importantly have better social skills, improved behavior, better relationships with their parents, higher self-esteem, etc. This session will be two parts: how I involve the community within my classroom to extend the learning and effectively meet the needs of my students and begin formulating a plan on how participants can involve their own communities.

Speakers
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Jennifer Farr

Geary County USD 475


Thursday February 14, 2019 4:10pm - 5:10pm
Homestead Room

4:10pm

Promoting Perseverance and Resilience with STEM Challenges
Limited Capacity seats available

How do you get to know your students?  By giving our students opportunities to explore through STEM activities, we get a snapshot of who are students are, and what they are capable of! In this session, you will participate in a STEM activity that will allow us to feel perseverance, failure and victory! 

Speakers
avatar for Carly Bowden

Carly Bowden

Andover USD 385


Thursday February 14, 2019 4:10pm - 5:10pm
River Room