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KDP Convo 2023, the Premier Conference for Future Teachers provides you with two-and-a-half amazing days of networking, learning opportunities, and more—such as exploring The Gateway to the West, St. Louis! Download Session Schedule

Each day will have presentations and thought leadership on topics such as diversity and the globalization of America’s classrooms. These sessions are designed to provide future teachers with the skills and competencies needed to enter today’s diverse classroom to help them thrive in their first years. Attendees will gain practical and implementable solutions for working with students, administrators, parents, and their whole community.

This schedule is subject to change. All times CT.

Thursday, November 2

10:00 am – 8:00 pm     Registration Open

12:00 pm – 6:30 pm      Chapter Counselor Lounge Open

KDP’s most valuable persons, Chapter Counselors, are invited to break away from the hustle and bustle of the conference and take advantage of a dedicated lounge for networking and snacks. The Chapter Counselor Lounge is sponsored by 240 Tutoring.

12:00 pm – 9:30 pm      Chapter Poster Session Set-up

12:00 pm – 7:00 pm       Exhibits / KDP Merchandise Store / Fundraising Booth

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm        Concurrent Sessions Round 1

  • Saving Planet Earth: Motivating Population Education Activities for Today's Educators and Students
  • Positivity for Resilience and Success: Engaging Online KDP Meetings at a Hispanic-Serving Institution
  • KDP+NSU FCE: Paving the Way for Community Collaboration through Literacy Activities, A Joint Project
  • We're Finally Getting It Together!
  • A Bend in the Road Is Not the End of The Road: Supporting Future Teachers' Perseverance & Resilience
  • Mentorship: A Compass to Provide Direction for the Chapter's Executive Board
  • Seeing is Believing! Using Teaching Channel to Enhance Your Chapter Experience
  • Chapter Officer Workshop

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm        Concurrent Sessions Round 2

  • Elevating the Chapter Experience: Epsilon Eta Chapter at Central Michigan Univerisity
  • Education Podcast Production as Meaningful Work in Academia
  • Creating Workshops for Professional Growth
  • Professional Development: Using Resources Right in Front of You
  • Using The Record to Inspire Students to be a Teacher
  • An Enduring Legacy and "a Heck of a Classroom": Building Your Own Scholarship Program
  • Edumagic: New Educator Podcast Interviews
  • What You Need to Know as a Beginning Teacher
  • Chapter Counselor Workshop

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm       Opening Keynote & Awards Session

Kick off KDP Convo 2023 with award-winning educator, leader, author, and creator—Dr. Howard Fields—who, in his first year as a principal, was responsible for navigating the Ferguson, Missouri, social unrest. Following his motivating and energizing keynote, five KDP members will be inducted into the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter (a milestone achievement for KDP leaders), and we will recognize recipients of the following awards: Achieving Chapter Excellence (ACE) Award, Distinguished Chapter Officer Award, and the Faye Snodgress Difference Maker Award.

5:30 pm –                          Welcome Gathering and Game Night

With snacks and refreshments until 7:00 pm, this evening has no set end time! Bring your favorite board game or deck of playing cards for a casual game night with newly made friends from KDP’s national network! It’s up to you when the fun ends!

Friday, November 3 

7:00 am – 5:30 pm         Registration Open

8:00 am – 5:00 pm        Exhibits / KDP Merchandise Store / Fundraising Booth / Hall of Best Practices

8:00 am – 6:30 pm        Chapter Counselor Lounge Open

KDP’s most valuable persons, Chapter Counselors, are invited to break away from the hustle and bustle of the conference and take advantage of a dedicated lounge for networking and snacks. The Chapter Counselor Lounge is sponsored by 240 Tutoring.

8:30 am – 9:15 am          Concurrent Sessions Round 3

  • Integrating Movement into the Classroom: Strategies for Implementation
  • Engaging Families: Communication and Conferences
  • Excuse Me. Help Me Identify Tips to Support Teachers of Color to Discern a Principal's Stance on Social Justice and other Multicultural Factors  
  • All Means All: Embracing a Restorative Classroom Culture
  • The Struggle Is Real: Supporting Teachers' Productive Math Struggle
  • Saving Planet Earth: Motivating Population Education Activities for Today's Educators and Students
  • How Do I Teach If They Won't Sit Down?
  • Campus to Classroom: Building Confidence in Teaching Competencies
  • Making Partners Out of Parents
  • Batman and Robin Go to School: Working with Mentors, Sidekicks, and Other Classroom Superheroes
  • 6 C's for Chapter Excellence

9:15 am – 10:00 am         Networking Break – Hall of Best Practices Viewing

                                                  Attendees are invited to grab a snack and coffee during this networking break!

10:00 am – 10:45 am      Concurrent Sessions Round 4

  • Advocacy, Access, and Acuity: Engaging Students and Families in Today's Edusphere
  • They Look Like Me! - The Importance of Diversity in Children's Literature
  • Tapping in Before Burning Out
  • Defining Classroom Management
  • Brainy Strategies that Boost Student Engagement and Thinking
  • Math and Children's Literature
  • Student's SEL Skills: What Do My Emotions Have to Do with It?
  • Edumagic: New Educator Podcast Interviews
  • Team Building Support to Promote Student Engagement and Success
  • Creating Your UDL Tool Box to Engage All Learners
  • Connections that Count! Using Relationships to Boost Student Outcomes

11:00 am – 11:45 am         Concurrent Sessions Round 5

  • When Board, Play Games!
  • Inquiry-Based Activities for People and the Planet
  • Mastering Classroom Management as a First-Year Teacher
  • Ban the Bans: Combatting Censorship in the 21st Century
  • Get Real: Authentic Learning Experiences Increase Student Engagement and Motivation
  • Structured Beginnings and Endings Impact on Behavior
  • Differentiated Instruction in Diverse Classrooms
  • Creating Learning Partnerships with Families
  • New Teachers 101
  • Authentic Encounters for Holistic Student Support

11:00 am – 12:30 pm      Chapter Counselor Luncheon

A Convo staple, we invite all KDP Chapter Counselors to enjoy a complimentary, plated luncheon while you connect with fellow Chapter Counselors from around the country. Following lunch and a brief expression of gratitude, we will recognize recipients of the Regional Chapter Counselor of the Year as well as celebrate milestone years of service to KDP. The Chapter Counselor Luncheon is sponsored by Teaching Channel.

11:45 am – 1:00 pm          Box Lunch for Future Teachers and Hall of Best Practices Viewing

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm           Concurrent Sessions Round 6

  • A Guide for Mandated Reporters: Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse
  • Using Generational Noneducational Manipulatives to Teach Educators About Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Multiculturalism
  • Post Covid-19 Impact on Students' Social Emotional Development: Finding Ways to Reengage Students in the Socialization Process in the Classroom
  • Response to Intervention: What is it and how do I do it?
  • Going Up? Elevating Your Chapter to the Next Level
  • My Students = My Why
  • Grants, Grants, and More Grants
  • Active Engagement in the Classroom
  • Student Thinking vs Googling
  • Seeing is Believing... in Yourself! Video Models to Improve Your Teaching Practice

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm        Concurrent Sessions Round 7

  • Understanding the Role of the Social–Emotional Learning Competencies for Teacher Leaders
  • Teacher Tech Tools
  • Dismantling Racism in the K-12 Classroom
  • #RelationshipsMatter: Cultivating a Culture of Acceptance and Love
  • Guaranteed Preparation for Successfully Passing your Certification Exams
  • Creating Mixed-Reality Scenarios to Assess the Application of Theory to Practice
  • Mirrors and Windows: Helping Students Connect to Realistic and Historical Fiction
  • Your First Year of Teaching...Thriving Not Just Surviving
  • Having Fun in Mathematical Operations: Learning New Reasoning Strategies
  • Revolutionizing Education with Artificial Intelligence 
  • CEO Chat Room

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm          Networking Break – Hall of Best Practices Viewing

                                                   Attendees are invited to grab a snack and lemonade during this networking break!

3:15 pm – 4:45 pm         General Session – Career Panel for Future Teachers 

Future teachers don’t want to miss this session, designed to set you up for success in landing your perfect job! Following a panel of distinguished professionals, we will recognize recipients of the Chapter Program Award and Celebration of Teaching. The Career Panel is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm      Raffle drawing at the Fundraising Booth

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm       President’s Reception (Invitation Only)

Evening                                Explore St. Louis with Dinner on Your Own

8:00 pm –                           Casual Board-Game Night

Saturday, November 4 

9:00 am – 11:00 am      Closing Keynote & Awards Celebration Breakfast

We’re going to wrap Convo up in style! Featuring a plated breakfast, KDP Convo attendees will hear an inspirational and empowering keynote by Maxine Clark, Founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop®. During this special time together, we will also recognize a few impressive award recipients, including the National Student Teacher of the Year, the Lucinda Rose Counselor of The Biennium, and the Florence B. Stratemeyer Award (formerly Ace of the ACE). 

Afternoon                         Explore St. Louis!