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2021
Saturday, March 6th
12:00 PM

Introduction and Welcome

John Bickford, Eastern Illinois University

Virtual

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

Dr. Bickford (jbickford@eiu.edu) welcomes and answers any questions for audience members.

12:15 PM

Featured Speaker: Dwayne Reed

Dwayne Reed

12:15 PM - 12:25 PM

Dwayne Reed is an educator, speaker, author, and rapper. Catapulted by his blockbuster video Welcome to the Fourth Grade, Mr. Reed has been featured on Good Morning America, World News Tonight, BBC News, The Jimmy Kimmel Live Show, and in The Washington Post and Time Magazine. Mr. Reed, an EIU graduate, will share about his teaching journey to guide you on yours.

12:25 PM

Introducing the Breakout Sessions

John Bickford, Eastern Illinois University

Virtual

12:25 PM - 12:30 PM

12:30 PM

Breakout Session: Emotional Learning and Relationship-Building with Low-Income Students & Families

Asia Patterson

Virtual

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Asia Patterson, a 2nd grade teacher in Bloomington discusses social and emotional learning and relationship-building with low income students and families

Breakout Session: Experiences in Middle School

Reneesha Sanders

Virtual

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Reneesha Sanders, a middle level teacher shares her experiences and accomplishments in in St. Louis classrooms

Breakout Session: How Teaching Changed Me

Alicia Henning, ALAH District 305

Virtual

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Alicia Henning, a special education teacher (6-8th) at ALAH District 305 shares about how teaching has changed her

Breakout Session: Ideas for Student Teaching

Ashley Richardson, Eastern Illinois University

Virtual

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Ashley Richardson, senior majoring in special education has ideas to think about before student-teaching

Breakout Session: Making the Most Out of Your Undergraduate Career

Michael Arrigoni, Cary Grove High School

Virtual

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Michael Arrigoni, a special education teacher at Cary Grove High School imparts how to make the most out of your undergraduate career to have a rewarding profession

Breakout Session: Meaningful Connections with Middle School Students

Charity Huwe, Dupo CUSD 196

Virtual

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Charity Huwe, a Dupo CUSD 196 teacher offers tips on how form meaningful connections in the middle grades

Breakout Session: Reasons for Pursuing a Career in Education

Tessa Stadnik, Eastern Illinois University

Virtual

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Tessa Stadnik is a senior earning a K-12 license in World Languages. She invites prospective and experienced teachers alike to join her as she shares the most precious reasons for pursuing a career in education.

Breakout Session: Remember Your Why And Find Your Joy

Sarah Consdorf, Geneva High School

Virtual

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Sara Consdorf, a teacher at Geneva High School has tips for handling the social and emotional parts of teaching, especially during a pandemic

Breakout Session: Teach, Love, Inspire

Shannon Watkins, Eastern Illinois University

Virtual

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Shannon Watkins, a future elementary teacher shares about growing up in Chicago and student-teaching in rural Illinois

1:30 PM

Closing

John Bickford, Eastern Illinois University

Virtual

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM