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Sunday, March 17

3:45pm CDT

Become an Educator Explorer with National Geographic Certification
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about the amazing National Geographic Educator Community and free Educator Certification Program offered by National Geographic Society. By participating in this session, educators will have completed Phase 1 of the certification process, a program that takes about 15-20 hours total and impacts not only the resources and activities educators have available, but introduces how thinking like an explorer helps set the stage for empowered learning. Participants will also learn about other free professional development programs from National Geographic Society that help teachers and students explore their world and how it works.

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Kelly Koller

6th Grade Teacher, National Geographic Education Facilitator, Oconto Falls Public School District
I am a 6th grade teacher, a Natioanl Geographic Explorer and a 2018 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. I believe that having an Explorer Mindset empowers the learning process, helps students discover and navigate their interests and grow as stewards and citizens. Participating in the National... Read More →

Sunday March 17, 2019 3:45pm - 4:35pm CDT
Senate B

3:45pm CDT

Religion and Politics in the Middle East
Limited Capacity seats available

Judging by headlines from the Middle East, religion plays an outsized role in the politics in the region. In reality, most countries in the world have shown a significant interest in religion—both historically and in the present—and the role that it plays in society. This session focuses on the dynamic, complex and diverse religious landscape of Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, and Iran and considers the variety of ways that religion and politics are intertwined in each country individually and the Middle East as a whole. Teachers of World History, Modern History, Global Politics, and Geography will find this session particularly useful, leaving with classroom-ready, standards-aligned resources.

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Andrew Askuvich

Trainer, Institute for Curriculum Services
The Institute for Curriculum Services (ICS) is dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 education on Jews, Judaism, and Israel in the United States. We do this by developing standards-aligned curricula and training teachers around the country. We believe an excellent education is... Read More →

Sunday March 17, 2019 3:45pm - 4:35pm CDT
Room I
Monday, March 18

10:10am CDT

Free Global Resources from UW-Madison's Institute for Regional and International Studies
Limited Capacity seats available

UW-Madison's Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) offers a variety of free, globally-focused resources for K-12 teachers. These include: professional development workshops, in-class presentations, on-campus presentations, authentic culture presentations, and others. IRIS is always looking for new partners and new collaborations!

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Nancy Heingartner

IRIS Assistant Director for Outreach, University of WI-Madison

Monday March 18, 2019 10:10am - 11:00am CDT
Room III

1:10pm CDT

Bridging Two Worlds: Lodi High Schools Thailand Exchange and Distance Education Programs
Limited Capacity seats available

Come learn about the incredible Lodi School District student exchange and distance education programs. In the spring of 2008, then district Superintendent Mike Shimshak hosted Supannachaht Plang-ngoen who attended the Sunrise Program (a DPI sponsored conference to facilitate connection between countries). Over coffee and a handshake the two agreed to begin a formal sister-school relationship between Lodi High School and Sa-nguan Ying school in Suphanburi, Thailand. In October, 2008 nine students and three staff made the first journey to Thailand and the following year Lodi welcomed 10 students and five adults from our sister school. The exchange has continued without interruption and continues today. In 2011, the two schools added to their connection through DPI accredited distance education classes, with Lodi students taking Cultural Geography of Southeast Asia and Thai students taking U.S. History. Our presentation will showcase these two unique programs.

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John P. Fassbender

Teacher, Lodi High School
AP/World History Teacher, Leadership Council Co-Advisor, Co-coordinator Thailand Exchange Program


Monday March 18, 2019 1:10pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room IV