KCS Hosts "Building Inclusive Schools" Training

On January 30, 2018, KCS hosted a one-day Building Inclusive Schools training for teachers, counselors, principals and staff across the district. 

A morning panel featured:

Dr. Kate Porter, Assistant Superintendent of Special Education (Special Ed Issues in Schools)

Mr. Andrew Schneider, Executive Director, Fairness WV (LGBTQ School & Community Issues )

Rev. Matthew Watts, President & CEO, Hope Community Development Corporation (Poverty and Health for African American Children)

Rabbi Victor Urecki, B'Nai Jacob Synagogue (Refugee Settlement Legal Issues)

Ms. Sue Barazi, Vice President of Islamic Association of WV, Chair of Refugee Settlement (Issues Islamic Students Face)

Ms. Lynn Clark, Attorney OSHA, Advocate for Diverse Groups in the Kanawha Valley (Refugee Settlement Legal Issues)

Mrs. Kathy Brown, ESL Specialist (What Issues do ESL Students Face?)

Ms. Tara Martinez and Ms. Amy Wolfe, Manna Meal, St.John's Episcopal Church (Poverty and Homeless Issues)

Mr. Travis Baldwin, Educator Outreach, University of Charleston

Lt. Paul Perdue, Community Liaison, Charleston City Police

Ms. Lauren Farmer, Bob Burdette Center, Emmanuel Baptist Church

Dr. Bill Mullett, Retired Director of Counseling, KCS (Mental Health Issues Affecting Students)

 

Participants also selected from the following breakout sessions to enhance their inclusion activities at school:

Diversity in a Dash 
5 Minute Lessons to make adding diversity education to your class day quick and easy. (Presented by: Karen Messinger & and Phoebe McCloud)

Language of Inclusion 
(Presented by: Fran Thalheimer, Robin O’Brien, Steve Shamblin, & Kareena Garner)

Cool Tools for Inclusion: Google Translator, Goole Document Camera, & Screen Recordings
(Presented by: Veronica Coleman & Valerie Johnson)

Mystery Face Time 
Connect with other classes across the county, state or nation and ask questions to figure out where they are located. (Presented by: Melinda Monks)

Positivity Circle 
(Presented by: Fran Thalheimer, Robin O’Brien, Steve Shamblin, & Kareena Garner)

Cool Tools for Inclusion: Google Translator, Goole Document Camera, & Screen Recordings 
(Presented by: Veronica Coleman & Valerie Johnson)

Language of Science 
Complete a science experiment in a different language.
(Presented by: Kristen McRae)

What is Your Story? 
(Presented by: Fran Thalheimer, Robin O’Brien, Steve Shamblin, & Kareena Garner)

ESL Curricular Tips 
(Presented by: Veronica Coleman & Valerie Johnson)