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Welcome to the first annual June Institute for Schools at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines Iowa!  

We hope you find what you need across this 3-day event focused on supports in the areas of literacy, mathematics, social-emotional-behavioral well-being and mental health, subgroups, and culture/climate! This site is for all attendees to have access to presenters and session materials.  This is not where you register.    

Please note that registration must be completed within the AEA Registration System, and that special sessions are pre-registration only. Registration links for the Conference and Special Sessions are located HERE.

*General Sessions, as well as session descriptions may change; additional general sessions may be added.  Session materials will be posted prior to the conference.  

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Thursday, June 13 • 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Re-Spark the Soul & Rebuild the Energy: Creating Inclusive and Engaging Classrooms

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This session will model culturally responsive specific strategies for implementation in the classroom. Participants will be able to replicate strategies in their own classrooms and schools.  Participants will: 
  • Identify and practice strategies to improve Conditions for Learning through improved adult student relationships;  
  • Learn the value of vulnerability and community building in order to establish authentic, inclusive safe and brave spaces where all students feel validated and empowered to use their voices ;
  •   Understand how to create conditions for improved student to student relationships, including safe environments for self-reflection, new learning, and actionable steps; and
  • Learn practices that empower and engage students in critical thinking, decision-making and deep learning 


Emily Lang

Teacher, DMPS Central Campus
Emily Lang is a teacher and Urban Arts Coordinator in Des Moines Public Schools, and co-founder of Movement 515, RunDSM, and the Urban Leadership Academy. Ms. Lang earned her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with endorsements in English, Rhetoric, & Theatre; a Bachelor of... Read More →

Thursday June 13, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm CDT
  Culture/Climate, 7-12
  • Conference Type General Session
  • Session Type Demonstration