GEER Grant Offers Fall Workshop Opportunities

A variety of PD events available this fall

September 12, 2022 |

Finding Your Joy in Teaching

September 21, 2022, 6-8 p.m.  |  Online  
Presenter: Greg Kata
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Back to school can be overwhelming, and we all can use a re-energizing session. Come join educator and TikTok sensation Greg Kata for this interactive session, sharing comical stories and strategies on how to keep your joy strong throughout the academic year. You will learn more strategies for how to maintain strong relationships with your students and how to humanize yourself when engaging students.  


Critical Indigenous Literacy in the Minnesota Classroom

October 27, 2022 from 6-8 p.m.  | Online
Presenter: Debbie Reese 
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Providing accurate and inclusive instruction in your classrooms means understanding that Native Americans are more than peoples with unique cultures. It means being able to critique misrepresentations of them across content areas. In this session, Debbie Reese will provide information that can help you identify problems and what to look for when developing and using materials in your classroom. 


Recruiting and Retaining BIPOC Educators

November 16, 2022, 6-8 p.m.  |  Online
Presenters: Kelsey Johnson (top left), Marvis Kilgore (top right), Maria-Renee Grigsby (bottom left), Sarah Toland (bottom right), Dr. Tyrone Brookins (not pictured), Stacie Stanley (not pictured)
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This session will highlight efforts at Normandale Community College and Minnesota State University, Mankato. Participants will learn how to actively support initiatives that recruit, retain and support BIPOC students who study education.


Teaching Uncomfortable Truths

December 7, 2022, 6-8 p.m.  |  Online
Presenters: Jen Westmoreland (top left), Dr. Steven Unowsky (top middle), Superintendent – Dr. Osei Astein (top right), Superintendent – Dr. Kimberly Colbert (bottom left), Superintendent – Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri (bottom right)
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Schools are the cornerstone of American society. They remain the most effective space to learn and affect change. Learning the history and current events that happen around us or to us can be difficult. Yet, if we are to do better as a society, our students must understand why and how oppression exists so that they are better prepared to end it. The panelists will help empower current and aspiring educators to teach uncomfortable truths despite possible resistance.



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