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Wednesday, July 21
 

8:30am CDT

Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

Wednesday July 21, 2021 8:30am - 9:30am CDT
Auditorium

9:45am CDT

Artful Thinking for Culturally Responsive Teaching
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will explore the intersection of Culturally Responsive Teaching and Artful Thinking routines. Teachers will experience routines to see how they promote learning partnerships, information processing, and an environment that is intellectually safe for learning.

Speakers
SW

Sarah Wiseman

Teacher, Liberty High School, Frisco ISD


Wednesday July 21, 2021 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Room A133

9:45am CDT

Civil Rights Influence on President Kennedy
Limited Capacity seats available

On June 11, 1963, President Kennedy delivered a televised Address to the Nation on Civil Rights outlining his vision for the future of civil rights in the United States including laying the groundwork for what was to become the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Use primary and secondary sources to help President Kennedy determine his response to the growing voices of the Civil Rights Movement through role-playing key people who helped influence him. We will evaluate how advisors, politicians, and community leaders helped guide President John F. Kennedy’s decisions.

Speakers
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Elyze Davis

Education Programs Specialist, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza


Wednesday July 21, 2021 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Room A130

9:45am CDT

Mexican American Women and the San Antonio Pecan Shellers
Limited Capacity filling up

The 1938 Pecan Shellers' Strike in San Antonio was an example of solidarity on the part of the mostly Mexican-American women who gathered, shelled and cleaned pecans for market. The clash between these workers and the pecan companies who employed them highlighted disparities among classes in San Antonio and also provided an opportunity for cross-class alliances. In the classroom, this case can be useful in examining living conditions, class differences, racial disparities, and labor politics in Depression-era Texas. The Library of Congress has compiled materials that make a deeper exploration of this topic accessible to teachers at any level.

Speakers
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Dr. Aaron Navarro

Professor, Texas Christian University


Wednesday July 21, 2021 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Room B103

9:45am CDT

Rural Divisions: Frisco's Hamilton Neighborhood and Beyond
Limited Capacity seats available

Frisco, like many other towns in North Texas, was segregated and had a segregated school. What do we know about segregated towns - outside of large cities like Dallas and Fort Worth? How do we go about finding out more? What are the barriers to learning more? Using Frisco as the example, learn how to find local examples that make the laws and concepts taught regarding segregation and civil rights tangible, while teaching research skills at the same time.

Speakers
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Ani Simmons

Arts & Culture Educator, Frisco Heritage Museum/City of Frisco


Wednesday July 21, 2021 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Room B123

9:45am CDT

Slavery and Westward Expansion: The Causes of the Civil War
Limited Capacity seats available

People have argued for more than a century and a half about what caused the Civil War. Was it slavery? State rights? Tariffs? Does history give any definitive answer to such questions? It does. If you want to find out what a fight was about, you need to look at what happened just before the fight started. If you want to know what the Civil War was about, you need to consider the disputes of the 1850s, as the nation's political culture spiraled toward the abyss of Civil War. This lecture will give a fast-paced account of the conflicts of the 1850s with analysis of what they can tell us about the causes of the war.

Speakers
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Dr. Steven Wordworth

Professor, Texas Christian University


Wednesday July 21, 2021 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Room B111

9:45am CDT

The Slaves' Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812
Limited Capacity seats available

The War of 1812 is generally overlooked and misunderstood. In this presentation, we will use three vignettes to examine the lives of three slaves--Peter Denison, Charles Ball, & Ned Simmons--who made choices that affected their lives. We will see which side they chose to join and the good and bad results of those decisions. Ultimately what this presentation shares is that slaves did have the power to make choices that affected their lives!

Speakers
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Dr. Gene Smith

Professor, Texas Christian University



Wednesday July 21, 2021 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Room B102

10:50am CDT

Application Session

Debrief learning in small groups and determine next steps for implementing learning. Time to bring learning to life for real time application.

Wednesday July 21, 2021 10:50am - 11:50am CDT
Cafeteria

12:00pm CDT

Panel Lunch - "The Impact of State and District Legislation, Policy, and Planning"

Speakers
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Ariss Rider

Director of Schools, Community, and Partner Engagement, Dallas ISD Racial Equity Office
AD

Aicha Davis

SBOE Member, District 13, Dallas and Tarrant Counties, Texas State Board of Education
AR

Ana Ramon

Deputy Director of Advocacy, Intercultural Development Research Association
EM

Eliza M. Epstein

Educational Policy and Planning Doctoral Student, University of Texas at Austin, Department of Education Leadership and Policy


Wednesday July 21, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Cafeteria

1:00pm CDT

Active Classroom and Beyond: Building Your Instructional Toolkit to Implement Ethnic Studies Courses
Limited Capacity seats available

Just as we need specific tools to complete different tasks in everyday life, educators must equip themselves with the proper tools to positively impact teaching and learning. In this session, participants will examine the fundamental pillars of culturally responsive teaching. In so doing, teachers will begin to consider instructional implications for all courses. In addition, we will dive into activities that will exemplify sound practices; as a result, participants will apply these strategies in classrooms this fall. Participants will leave with an Active Classroom trial to explore ethnic studies courses in depth.

Speakers
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Jason Ihlenfeld

Curriculum Specialist, Social Studies School Service
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Dr. Montra Rogers

Officer of Secondary Curriculum and Development, Houston ISD


Wednesday July 21, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room D147

1:00pm CDT

Chicanx Embodiment: Curriculum and Pedagogies
Limited Capacity seats available

In Chicanx Embodiment, participants will learn how to implement Mexican American Studies through an interdisciplinary approach. Specifically, through Chicanx Studies, Latinx Studies, and Decolonial Studies. Additionally, participants will learn about the hallmarks of ethnic studies, project lessons, youth participatory action research lessons, pedagogies, praxis, and literature.

Speakers
EA

Erick Alsonso Saucedo

Teacher/Curriculum Writer: Mexican American Studies and Design Thinking, North Dallas High School, Dallas ISD


Wednesday July 21, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room B130

1:00pm CDT

Compassionate Citizenship Thru Cultural Competency
Limited Capacity seats available

Social Science courses such as Ethnic Studies integrate voices, experiences, and viewpoints of black, indigenous, and people of color [BIPOC] which provides students with an opportunity to increase their ability to understand, appreciate, and interact with peers who are from different backgrounds, cultures, or belief systems. By their very nature, Ethnic Studies courses can provide students with the content knowledge and learning opportunities to critically think about events, individuals, ideas, and policies that have impacted BIPOC communities, the nation, and the world around us. As informed citizens, students enrolled in Ethnic Studies will naturally be motivated to take independent and collective actions to address ongoing issues of racism, discrimination, and systemic oppression.

Speakers
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Chassidy Olainu-Alade

Coordinator of Community and Civic Engagement, Fort Bend ISD
Chassidy Olainu-Alade is the Coordinator for Community and Civic Engagement in Fort Bend ISD. She holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Secondary Education from Louisiana State University, as well as a M.ED in Secondary Social Studies from Texas Southern University. During her... Read More →


Wednesday July 21, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room A201/A202

1:00pm CDT

Designing Inquiry Based Units of Study
Limited Capacity seats available

What would happen if we allowed students to explore their own questions about African American Studies? Come learn more about the inquiry design process, the benefits of using this design model, and what it will look like in Frisco ISD's African American Studies course.

Speakers
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Chris Lynn Tidwell

AAS Teacher, Frisco ISD


Wednesday July 21, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room D163

1:00pm CDT

Grand Prairie ISD - Our Journey to Develop An American Indian/Native Studies Course
Limited Capacity seats available

Grand Prairie ISD will showcase our journey to developing an Ethnic Studies course with the hopes that it will become a state adopted TEKS course. Participants will learn the steps it takes to start and work through the process from district to innovative course, then to state TEKS, planning throughout involving the local and statewide community.

Speakers
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Lanette Aguero

PK-12 Social Studies Facilitator, Grand Prairie ISD


Wednesday July 21, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room B126

1:00pm CDT

Texas LRE: Ethnic Studies Cases and Cards - Connecting With New Content
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Law-Related Education to gain an understanding of relevant Supreme Court cases and preview the new biography cards created for each ethnic studies course. Our constitutional law scholar will guide participants through the court cases identified in each course. LRE consultants will provide participants an opportunity to experience strategies to help learners interact with both the cases and the biography cards. Participants will receive all materials.

Speakers
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Dodie Kasper

Texas Law Related Education
JP

Jerry Perry

Texas Law Related Education


Wednesday July 21, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Lecture Hall

2:10pm CDT

Application Session
Limited Capacity seats available

Debrief learning in small groups and determine next steps for implementing learning. Time to bring learning to life for real time application.

Wednesday July 21, 2021 2:10pm - 3:00pm CDT
Cafeteria

3:00pm CDT

Closure for Day 1

Building student agency and understanding through Social Studies Inquiry

Wednesday July 21, 2021 3:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Cafeteria
 
Thursday, July 22
 

8:30am CDT

Sugar Land 95

A dynamic keynote presentation that is sure to touch the hearts and minds of audience members. “Found and Not Forgotten: the Sugar Land 95” takes participants on a tour across time and place to help participants develop an in depth understanding of the system of convict leasing, as it existed in Texas. This deep dive into the local history of Fort Bend County, will allow participants to increase their content knowledge of a long lost part of American History. Participants will walk away with the necessary content and historical context to engage in sharing this history with peers, students, and fellow community members.

Speakers
CO

Chassidy Olainu-Alade

Coordinator of Community and Civic Engagement, Fort Bend ISD
Chassidy Olainu-Alade is the Coordinator for Community and Civic Engagement in Fort Bend ISD. She holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Secondary Education from Louisiana State University, as well as a M.ED in Secondary Social Studies from Texas Southern University. During her... Read More →



Thursday July 22, 2021 8:30am - 9:30am CDT
Auditorium

9:45am CDT

Clarifying the Ethnic Studies TEKS
Limited Capacity seats available

We will share and discuss TEKS Clarification documents created by the Metroplex Ethnic Studies Cohort and vetted by content experts in the field.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Bellar

Kelly Bellar

K-12 Social Studies Consultant, Region 10
Hello. I am the K-12 Social Studies Consultant for the Region 10 Education Service Center. Prior to joining Region 10 three years ago, I spent 18 years in the classroom. During that time I taught 6th grade World Cultures, 7th grade Texas History, 8th grade US History and then spent... Read More →
CK

Crystal Klose

Social Studies Coach, ESC Region 11


Thursday July 22, 2021 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Room B111

9:45am CDT

Local Civil Rights Stories Through Primary Sources
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Sarah Teubner, Social Studies K-12 Coordinator at Duncanville ISD, and Genevieve Kaplan, Director of Education at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, to learn how to capture and share local stories about the Civil Rights Movement through primary sources. See how the presenters worked together on a Texas History lesson using resources in the Museum's online collections to tell the story of the 1964 Piccadilly Cafeteria protests in Dallas. In this session you will have the opportunity to explore the lesson plan and discover resources and opportunities for students to interact with history.

Speakers
GK

Genevieve Kaplan

Director of Education, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
ST

Sarah Teubner

K-12 Social Studies Coordinator, Duncanville ISD


Thursday July 22, 2021 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Room B102

9:45am CDT

Los Cincos Dedos: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Mexican American Studies
Limited Capacity seats available

Los Cinco Dedos is a multidisciplinary approach to teaching Mexican American Studies that gives students a complete understand of Mexican American culture, history, literature, art, and music. Each lesson is created with the intent of showcasing the accomplishments of people of color in all disciplines.


Thursday July 22, 2021 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Room A130

9:45am CDT

Sugar Land 95 - The Unsweet History of a Sugar Town in Texas
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will enhance the content knowledge of leaders on the subject of convict leasing and the recent discovery of the Sugar Land 95. During this session, participants will engage in a model lesson that teachers can use to instruct students in their social studies classrooms. A highlight of this session will be the use of critical thinking and historical inquiry; to allow students to develop their own understanding of current events and controversial topics in history.

Speakers
CO

Chassidy Olainu-Alade

Coordinator of Community and Civic Engagement, Fort Bend ISD
Chassidy Olainu-Alade is the Coordinator for Community and Civic Engagement in Fort Bend ISD. She holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Secondary Education from Louisiana State University, as well as a M.ED in Secondary Social Studies from Texas Southern University. During her... Read More →


Thursday July 22, 2021 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Lecture Hall

9:45am CDT

The Importance of the Black Church in African American Studies
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us to explore the emergence of Christianity among the enslaved in African American history, which scholars argue is the most significant event in this cultural history. This interactive session will engage teachers in how the community of faith -- the Black Church -- provided leadership, articulated emancipatory and social justice values, and became “the primary source of cultural identity” (Wood & Frey 1998). In diversifying classrooms, the lived religions of many peoples has become increasingly important for 21st century civics and global citizenry among students.

Speakers
DG

Dr. Gayle Pagnoni

Program Director, Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance, Rice University


Thursday July 22, 2021 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Room A133

9:45am CDT

The Journey of Pullman Porters and the Rise of the Black Middle Class
Limited Capacity seats available

When George Pullman hired former slaves to staff his "Palace" railroad sleeping cars, he would give rise to a socioeconomic advancement among African-Americans that ultimately led to a new black middle class. From the creation of the first African-American labor union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Pullman Porters and on-board railway workers led the way to a better life.

Speakers
MJ

Melissa Johnson

Museum of the American Railroad
BL

Bob LaPrelle

President & CEO, Museum of the American Railroad


Thursday July 22, 2021 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Room B103

10:50am CDT

Application Session

Debrief learning in small groups and determine next steps for implementing learning. Time to bring learning to life for real time application.

Thursday July 22, 2021 10:50am - 11:50am CDT
Cafeteria

12:00pm CDT

Panel Lunch - "Mobilizing Social-Emotional Learning, Community Involvement, and Teacher Preparedness"

Speakers
EA

Erick Alsonso Saucedo

Teacher/Curriculum Writer: Mexican American Studies and Design Thinking, North Dallas High School, Dallas ISD
CO

Chassidy Olainu-Alade

Coordinator of Community and Civic Engagement, Fort Bend ISD
Chassidy Olainu-Alade is the Coordinator for Community and Civic Engagement in Fort Bend ISD. She holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Secondary Education from Louisiana State University, as well as a M.ED in Secondary Social Studies from Texas Southern University. During her... Read More →
AR

Ariss Rider

Director of Schools, Community, and Partner Engagement, Dallas ISD Racial Equity Office
EM

Eliza M. Epstein

Educational Policy and Planning Doctoral Student, University of Texas at Austin, Department of Education Leadership and Policy


Thursday July 22, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Cafeteria

1:00pm CDT

Advocating For and the Implementation Process of Ethnic Studies Courses in My District
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you advocating for Ethnic Studies in your district? Are you wanting to navigate district leadership to support the implementation of an Ethnics Studies program in your district. This is the session for you. We will walk through the process of Dallas ISD to support your strategic planning. In addition, we will explore partnership opportunities to promote sustainability in your district.

Speakers
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Shalon Bond

Director for Social Studies, Dallas ISD


Thursday July 22, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room B130

1:00pm CDT

Building Student Agency and Understanding Through Social Studies Inquiry
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will explore the crucial role of Social Studies educators in the shaping of student's development of Social Studies Inquiry skills and student's voice. During this session, participants will examine examples of African/African American as well as LatinX counternarratives explored in FWISD Ethnic Studies courses and K-12 infusion.

Speakers
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Xavier Pantoja

K-12 Curriculum Coordinator, Fort Worth ISD
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Patricia Smith

K-12 Curriculum Coordinator, Fort Worth ISD


Thursday July 22, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room B123

1:00pm CDT

Cultural Intelligence 101: History in the Making
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will be introduced to tools and techniques that will enhance their Cultural Intelligence in an effort to provide innovative pedagogical methods relative to ethnic studies.

Speakers
JT

Jamila Thomas

Chief Executive Officer/SBOE AAS Course Creator


Thursday July 22, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room B126

1:00pm CDT

Enhancing Historical Thinking Through Critical Conversations
Limited Capacity seats available

Historical thinking leads to critical conversations in the classroom about diverse topics. In this session, we will share strategies and resources for encouraging students to critically assess events in history and have productive, meangingful, and respectful conversations about these events.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Bellar

Kelly Bellar

K-12 Social Studies Consultant, Region 10
Hello. I am the K-12 Social Studies Consultant for the Region 10 Education Service Center. Prior to joining Region 10 three years ago, I spent 18 years in the classroom. During that time I taught 6th grade World Cultures, 7th grade Texas History, 8th grade US History and then spent... Read More →
CK

Crystal Klose

Social Studies Coach, ESC Region 11


Thursday July 22, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room D163

1:00pm CDT

Exploring the Syncretic Religious Roots of Dia de Los Muertos
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us to explore the roots of Dia de Los Muertos, one of the most popular and celebrated Mexican American cultural traditions that demonstrates Mexica/Aztec and Roman Catholic influences syncretized as a result of the modern religio-cultural diversity, diffusion, collision, conversion, and resistance within Nueva España. In this interactive session with the help of Story Map, we will survey the geographies, histories, and religio-cultures of the traditions that come together in Dia de Los Muertos, which has gone global in popular culture. In diversifying classrooms, the lived religions of many peoples have become increasingly important for 21st century civics and global citizenry.

Speakers
DG

Dr. Gayle Pagnoni

Program Director, Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance, Rice University


Thursday July 22, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room D147

1:00pm CDT

Teaching with Tension: Race, Resistance, and the Reality in the Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

Dr. Bolton will draw from her experience teaching Black American literature to offer pedagogical strategies on teaching subjects that involve race.  She will provide tips on how to design inquiry-driven curriculum, in addition to offering guidance on ways to engineer scholarly discussions for students driven by texts chosen for study.

Speakers
DP

Dr. Philathia Bolton

Associate Professor, The University of Akron
Dr. Philathia Bolton is an associate professor of English at The University of Akron. She serves on the Pan-African Studies Advisory Committee, is affiliated with the Women’s Studies Program, and is the current Honors Program advisor the English Department. Dr. Bolton’s research... Read More →


Thursday July 22, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room D165

2:10pm CDT

Application Session

Debrief learning in small groups and determine next steps for implementing learning. Time to bring learning to life for real time application.

Thursday July 22, 2021 2:10pm - 3:00pm CDT
Cafeteria

3:00pm CDT

Closure for Day 2

Closure for Conference

Thursday July 22, 2021 3:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Cafeteria