On May 4th, 2019, the Psi Omicron chapter of Kappa Delta Pi hosted our first annual Culturally Responsive Teaching Workshop.  We were privileged to have as our keynote speaker Lauri Weiner, Stevenson University Associate Professor of Human Services, who discussed implementing culturally responsive teaching in the classroom. The event featured eight different presenters, including five alumni of the School of Education, who discussed a variety of topics such as literacy, diverse children’s literature, LGBTQ+ students, and Restorative Justice. Approximately 35-40 guests attended, rotating between the round-table presentations. To conclude the event, an open forum panel was held for presenters to answer questions.

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Front row: Katie Heavens (’17), De’Asia Winder (’19), Mabelle Hurtado (’12), Artraelle Boyette-Kelly (Assistant Professor, Community College of Baltimore County); Back row: Lauri Weiner, Lauren Speiser (‘15), Kathy Darr (’08), Samantha Pickett (’19), Beth Gleitsmann (‘12); Not pictured: Tijuana Jordan (’19)

Many helping hands were behind the planning and coordination of this event. We would like to thank Dr. Clotile Galbraith (KDP faculty sponsor), Emily Janssen (KDP Senior Professional Development Chair), Jordyn McCrimmon (KDP Junior Professional Development Chair), and all KDP members and School of Education students and faculty who attended. We appreciate everyone who made this event successful, and are looking forward to organizing future professional learning opportunities.

(Submitted by Jordyn McCrimmon)