The Smithsonian' Water/Ways is a traveling exhibition and community engagement initiative in partnership with the Minnesota Humanities Center. Using the tools of story, history, faith, ethics, and the arts – in addition to science – the initiative is designed to reconnect Minnesotans to the preciousness of our waters and the need to become more actively involved in their protection.
Time spent in this foundational course marks the beginning of your professional and personal transformation. You learn to forge meaningful bonds with students, which ultimately ramps up their engagement and curiosity. You discover how unconscious assumptions carried into the classroom can hinder a full appreciation of students’ lives.
Noted writer, scholar and educator, Alexs Pate, guides you through a truly transformative experience — creating more meaningful and effective connections with your students. The results are deeper, more authentic student-teacher relationships that, in turn, lead to a greatly enhanced learning environment.
Speaker, educator and consultant, Dr. Tommy Watson, is known for his innovative, research-based strategies proven to increase and maintain student motivation. His personal stories about how educators radically changed his life when he was homeless during high school have truly moved and inspired participants. Sessions feature personal reflection, role-playing, relationship-building, and interactive tools and activities you can apply the very next day.
Dr. Akintunde illustrates how prejudice has been perpetuated throughout American society and its school curricula. He shares his own life experiences and invites you to do the same. These personally illuminating sessions feature reading, collaborative projects, lesson plan review and discussion. Spirited conversation helps shine a light on everyone’s hidden prejudice, and reveals how it creeps into our daily work.
This unique series of classes builds upon the eyeopening insights of Reconstructing Curriculum I — sharing additional tools and strategies that create meaningful, relevant classroom experiences. Noted scholar Dr. Omowale Akintunde kicks off even more transforming opportunities for insight, leading you to a new way of teaching. Your students will develop a richer curiosity and eagerness to learn, fueled by seeing their own personal relevance in class material.
Storyteller, educator and facilitator, Rose McGee guides you through this ancient process that provides a comfortable, welcoming setting for educators to share experiences, learn from one another, and build relationships. Without barriers, people of any ethnicity, age, gender or religion can effectively use Story Circles to encourage one another, share what matters to them, and seek friendly input.
The Veterans’ Voices Workshop for Educators provides resources and professional development to support educators in bringing the missing stories of Veterans, military service members, and military families into their classroom.
Through literary selections, authentic stories, and an immersive experience, participants will come away with a deeper understanding of the culture and impact of military service as well as strengthened relationships with colleagues and Veterans’ Voices content.
Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives is an all-day workshop that prepares participants to have meaningful engagement with their communities. Participants will come away with broadened worldviews and the skills to deepen their personal and professional relationships — outcomes that set a foundation for increased engagement.
Spend the day visiting local sites of significance to Dakota people and learning about them from a Dakota perspective.
Using Blues Vision in the Classroom prepares participants to have meaningful engagement with students through a deeper understanding of African American experiences and the black literary tradition in Minnesota. The two-day workshop takes Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota as the starting point for rigorous discussion and activities that cultivate practical strategies for using texts from the book as catalysts for change and conversation in the classroom.