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Thursday, April 4
 

8:00am

Registration
Thursday April 4, 2019 8:00am - 8:30am
Lobby

8:30am

Welcome
Thursday April 4, 2019 8:30am - 8:50am
Sunflower

9:00am

From Spark to Flame: Using Young Adult Literature to Ignite Activism and Civic Engagement
Civic engagement hinges on our ability to connect and empathize with our world. One of the best ways to do this is to expose students to literature from an exciting and emerging genre: activist literature. In this session, you will learn about activist literature. You will learn ways to integrate it into the classroom as well as leading authors and popular titles.

Speakers
avatar for Randi Stones

Randi Stones

7th Grade ELA, Washburn Rural Middle School
I have been teaching middle school ELA for twelve years. I have just finished my thirteenth year in education in which I took a sabbatical from the middle school classroom. I completed my master's degree in English and taught Freshman Composition at Emporia State University. I completed... Read More →

Sponsors


Thursday April 4, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Pioneer

9:00am

How My School Can Become a CAN Featured School
Don will walk school leaders through the process of becoming a Civic Advocacy Network Award Winning School. How to fill out the application and what scorers will be looking at for the next class of award winners.

Speakers
avatar for Don Gifford

Don Gifford

Coordinator for Civic Engagement, KSDE
Don taught for 32 years in 1A, 3A, 4A, 5A, and 6A schools in Kansas. He left the classroom in 2010 for the State Department of Education. Don is the coordinator for Civic Engagement for KSDE and has supervised and facilitated History, Government, and Social Studies Standards (HGSS... Read More →

Sponsors


Thursday April 4, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Shawnee

9:00am

Implementing Social-Emotional Growth
This session will define social-emotional growth, introduce you to the Social-Emotional Character Development Standards and provide examples for implementation to improve civic engagement.

Speakers
RK

Reed Kent

Kansas State Dept of Education

Sponsors

Thursday April 4, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Wheat

9:00am

Knowledge Café (Students Only)
The Knowledge Café is a fast and fun networking sessions that allows students to engage in civic-minded topics while connecting with their peers. Participants will share their experiences and opinions in a small-group, interactive discussion format. Topics to be discussed include: voting age, school safety, and technology. Come, engage and listen!


Thursday April 4, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Sunflower

9:00am

A Journey Through Leaderizing School Practices
Enders Leadership and Community Service Magnet, recipient of the 2018 CAN Award, welcomes you to join us as we journey through our many adventures in our work towards Leaderizing our practices! Enders Leadership and Community Service Magnet understands the importance of allowing our students to actively engage in real world experiences. We empower students to explore different ways to participate in important civic duties which will have a positive and productive impact in their home and school communities. On our journey together, will share with you the many ways we have worked to help our students blossom into civic minded, responsible, and empowered citizens.


Thursday April 4, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
River

9:00am

The Good, Bad, & Ugly of Civic Engagement
Join McPherson Middle School teachers, Jackie Bohnenblust and Jenny Vernon as they share their journey through the Kansans Can Redesign process and the honor of being named a “School of Excellence” by the KSDE Civic Advocacy Network. The journey they will share include the “GOOD” of last year’s application highlights, the “BAD” of when civic engagement goes awry, and the “UGLY” that involves student walkouts, BOE meetings, and how to deal with Fact vs Fake news in their school and community.

Speakers
avatar for Jackie Bohnenblust

Jackie Bohnenblust

8th grade U.S. History, McPherson Middle School
We teach 8th grade at McPherson Middle School. Jackie Bohnenblust and Ann Thimesch teach U.S. History. Jenny Vernon teaches ELA. We enjoy working as a team.

Sponsors

Thursday April 4, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Bison

10:00am

Engaging Students in the Classroom: Project-Based Learning!
Project-Based Learning students are engaged, confident, and passionate about history! Through this session, participants will view actual projects and learn from students how historical skills translate into engaging student projects.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Sittenauer

Susan Sittenauer

Social Studies Teacher, Seaman High School
I have taught at Seaman High School for the past 34 years. I teach U.S. History and Civil and Criminal Rights.In addition, I co-sponsor History Day at SHS.

Sponsors

Thursday April 4, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Sunflower

10:00am

Saving Lives: One Friend at a Time
Suicide is an epidemic all over the country and the State of Kansas is no exception. In fact, teen suicide rates are at their highest ever. Suicide is an uncomfortable topic that many are nervous to discuss, but all data shows that if we talk to our students, it makes a difference.
Taking action BEFORE teens get to that point of desperation is also crucial. In this presentation you will hear about our active strategies to combat the desperation some teens may feel. You will hear from students who have struggled, and overcome. These same students have partnered with two local firefighters to speak to every, single student in our building. These students are members of our Make a Difference Club and have started a pantry, school supply closet, clothing and toiletries bank and multiple other supports for our building. Come ready to be INSPIRED and MOTIVATED to Make a Difference in your building!

Speakers
avatar for Lara McDonald

Lara McDonald

Language Arts Teacher, Washburn Rural Middle School
Navigating the classroom in the tumultuous times that we face in America, can be a terrifying place for educators, students, and administrators alike. As the world changes, we as educators and administrators need to be prepared to change along with it. I teach 7th grade Language Arts... Read More →

Sponsors


Thursday April 4, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Pioneer

10:00am

What's Your Why?
Two Wichita high school students will share their stories about why they are involved in their community. Participants will also explore multiple reasons people are involved in their community in an attempt to discover their own "why."

Speakers
avatar for Paul Kitchen

Paul Kitchen

High School Social Studies & FACS Teacher, USD 259 - Wichita Public Schools

Sponsors

Thursday April 4, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
River

10:00am

"I'm Just an 8th-Grader! I Can't Change the World!"
Eighth graders at Susan B. Anthony Middle School were given an assignment: Change the World. They were given a semester to complete it. Here's what they did. This session will examine the power of student ownership in civic participation and making connections between historical content and relevant modern issues.



Thursday April 4, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Wheat

10:00am

Civic Engagement Practices at Park Hill Elementary
Principal, Sandy Rusher and others from Park Hill Elementary in Derby, KS will present several of the activities that helped award them the 2018 Civic Engagement Award. While all practices may be touched upon, most of the presentation will center around Proven Practices #1, 3, and 4 with an emphasis on upper elementary aged students in grade 5.

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Rusher

Sandy Rusher

Principal, Derby Public Schools
Administrator

Sponsors

Thursday April 4, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Homestead

10:00am

The Good, Bad, & Ugly of Civic Engagement
Join McPherson Middle School teachers, Jackie Bohnenblust and Jenny Vernon as they share their journey through the Kansans Can Redesign process and the honor of being named a “School of Excellence” by the KSDE Civic Advocacy Network. The journey they will share include the “GOOD” of last year’s application highlights, the “BAD” of when civic engagement goes awry, and the “UGLY” that involves student walkouts, BOE meetings, and how to deal with Fact vs Fake news in their school and community.

Speakers
avatar for Jackie Bohnenblust

Jackie Bohnenblust

8th grade U.S. History, McPherson Middle School
We teach 8th grade at McPherson Middle School. Jackie Bohnenblust and Ann Thimesch teach U.S. History. Jenny Vernon teaches ELA. We enjoy working as a team.

Sponsors

Thursday April 4, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Bison

10:00am

This Is How We Buffalo
Garden City High School students and adviser will discuss various ways in which GCHS has meet proven practice numbers 3 and 4. We have several examples to share for each proven practice from the classroom to sports teams and clubs. Our school had made the commitment to increase civic engagement and community service with our students.

Speakers
Sponsors

Thursday April 4, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Shawnee

11:00am

Visit Vendors/Student Poster Presentations
Thursday April 4, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am
Sunflower

11:30am

Lunch
Thursday April 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Sunflower

12:15pm

Keynote Speaker
Thursday April 4, 2019 12:15pm - 12:50pm
Sunflower

1:00pm

Engaging Students in the Classroom: Project-Based Learning!
Project-Based Learning students are engaged, confident, and passionate about history! Through this session, participants will view actual projects and learn from students how historical skills translate into engaging student projects.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Sittenauer

Susan Sittenauer

Social Studies Teacher, Seaman High School
I have taught at Seaman High School for the past 34 years. I teach U.S. History and Civil and Criminal Rights.In addition, I co-sponsor History Day at SHS.

Sponsors

Thursday April 4, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Pioneer

1:00pm

Power of Community Partners
The foundation of civic engagement is the relationships with community stakeholders and connecting students to authentic learning experiences, professional collaboration and opportunities for students to be engaged in the issues and challenges facing our communities. This presentation will give educators insight into the development of these relationships as a component of civics education.

Speakers
avatar for Kirk Peterson

Kirk Peterson

Civic Leadership Academy Co-Facilitator, USD 233-Olathe East High School

Sponsors

Thursday April 4, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
River

1:00pm

Project Citizen in Action in the Classroom/School
Project Citizen brings civic education life and allows student to explore at government through policy at multiple levels of government. Most importantly it empowers students to be active citizens.


Thursday April 4, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Homestead

1:00pm

Strangers In Town, Film Presentation
STRANGERS IN TOWN tells the story of how global migration unexpectedly transformed and enriched Garden City, Kansas. It brought great challenges to the community, including demands for housing, social services, education, and infrastructure. For the current students at Garden City High School, the town’s remarkable diversity is all they’ve ever known. STRANGERS IN TOWN gives new meaning to the city’s motto: “the world grows here,” and provides an inspiring view of human possibility in the face of change.

Speakers
Sponsors

Thursday April 4, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Shawnee

1:00pm

What's Your Why?
Two Wichita high school students will share their stories about why they are involved in their community. Participants will also explore multiple reasons people are involved in their community in an attempt to discover their own "why."

Speakers
avatar for Paul Kitchen

Paul Kitchen

High School Social Studies & FACS Teacher, USD 259 - Wichita Public Schools

Sponsors

Thursday April 4, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Sunflower

1:00pm

"Comets Care" - Community Service Opportunities at the Elementary Level
Starside Elementary, located in De Soto, Kansas has earned the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for the last 14 years. Throughout the school year we host a number opportunities for students and families to get involved with community outreach. In this session, we will share a variety of service activities, including school-wide community service days, Comet’s Care community service club, and family avenues for outreach. We will focus on Proven Practice #4. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with Starside’s Counselor, as well as two model students who have actively participated in numerous outreach programs.


Thursday April 4, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Wheat

1:00pm

It's Okay To Talk In Class
Are you interested in teaching your students to have engaging conversations in which all participants air their views without rancor? This session will concentrate on examples of students participating in civil discourse. You will take away easy to implement teaching strategies that you can use in the classroom to hold students accountable for meaningful classroom discussion.

Speakers
SW

Skyla Wehkamp

Principal, Florence Wilson Elementary

Sponsors

Thursday April 4, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Bison

2:00pm

Cultivating Friendship and Understanding
Teaching our youth empathy and understanding of diverse populations. This presentation will include a slide show and examples of activities such as a school wide assembly for our Veterans.

Speakers
avatar for Dianne C. Vap

Dianne C. Vap

6th grade teacher, Rawlins County Elementary

Sponsors

Thursday April 4, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Bison

2:00pm

History in the Making
Every student has the ability to change their corner of the world if given the opportunity. History in the Making is a student-driven project where students have the freedom to learn how to use their passions to benefit their community. Teachers and students of the Maize district will be presenting on their civic engagement project that they complete in their social studies classes. This project has students work on developing 21st Century skills like critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, communication, and civic engagement. In addition, other skills that are developed in this project include writing a historical research paper, interviewing a mentor, and presenting.



Thursday April 4, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Pioneer

2:00pm

How My School Can Become a CAN Featured School
Don will walk school leaders through the process of becoming a Civic Advocacy Network Award Winning School. How to fill out the application and what scorers will be looking at for the next class of award winners.

Speakers
avatar for Don Gifford

Don Gifford

Coordinator for Civic Engagement, KSDE
Don taught for 32 years in 1A, 3A, 4A, 5A, and 6A schools in Kansas. He left the classroom in 2010 for the State Department of Education. Don is the coordinator for Civic Engagement for KSDE and has supervised and facilitated History, Government, and Social Studies Standards (HGSS... Read More →

Sponsors


Thursday April 4, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Homestead

2:00pm

Right/Write to Vote!
Discover constituent letters sent to Kansas Senator Bob Dole and how important they are to an elected official. A brief investigation into constituent letters written by students and then letters concerning the right to vote at age 18 or 21 will engage students to pursue educated decisions on issues and the choice of a candidate. A mock debate allows students to deliberate on the “Senate floor” and advance discussion on voting rights with valid points for each side and demonstrate how difficult government and pleasing each side can be.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Bergene

Julie Bergene

Public Education Coordinator, Dole Institute of Politics

Sponsors

Thursday April 4, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Wheat

2:00pm

Strangers In Town, Film Presentation
STRANGERS IN TOWN tells the story of how global migration unexpectedly transformed and enriched Garden City, Kansas. It brought great challenges to the community, including demands for housing, social services, education, and infrastructure. For the current students at Garden City High School, the town’s remarkable diversity is all they’ve ever known. STRANGERS IN TOWN gives new meaning to the city’s motto: “the world grows here,” and provides an inspiring view of human possibility in the face of change.

Speakers
Sponsors

Thursday April 4, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Shawnee

2:00pm

How to Capture and Engage your Civic Partners
Brenna and Sharon will share our proven practices and provide easy to implement practices for other schools to partner with their community in effective ways.

Speakers
Sponsors

Thursday April 4, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
River

2:00pm

It's Okay To Talk In Class
Are you interested in teaching your students to have engaging conversations in which all participants air their views without rancor? This session will concentrate on examples of students participating in civil discourse. You will take away easy to implement teaching strategies that you can use in the classroom to hold students accountable for meaningful classroom discussion.

Speakers
SW

Skyla Wehkamp

Principal, Florence Wilson Elementary

Sponsors

Thursday April 4, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Sunflower

3:00pm

Closing
Join us for snacks and door prizes

Thursday April 4, 2019 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Sunflower