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9th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference

June 18, 2019
8:30 a.m. keynote begins
Mitchell Auditorium, St. Scholastica

Registration fee is $99.
CSS School of Education student rate is $25.

Educators and other practitioners, please join us for an exciting one-day conference for networking and making connections with leaders in the field of education. The conference begins with an inspiring keynote address and offers breakout sessions designed to meet the MED relicensure strands. Whether you are a K-12 teacher, higher education faculty, college student or another learning practitioner, consider joining us for the 9th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference. Presentations will include hands-on workshops and research-based 'best practices' in teaching, learning and leading.


Ann Bancroft in the wildernessAnn Bancroft, Polar Explorer, Educator, Lecturer
Dare to Dream: The Power of Teaching

Ann Bancroft is one of the world's preeminent polar explorers and an internationally-recognized leader dedicated to sharing stories from her expeditions to inspire youth and people around the world to follow their dreams and create change.

Ann is the first known woman to cross the ice to both the North and South Poles, led the first American women's crossing of Greenland east to west and became the first woman to ski across the continent of Antarctica with Norwegian explorer Liv Arnesen. Their Antarctic journey was followed by 3 million kids around the world and inspired Bancroft Arnesen Explore, a partnership continuing to blend exploration with education and inspire youth by sharing lessons learned under some of the harshest and most rapidly changing natural environments on Earth. Ann's teamwork and leadership skills have undergone severe tests during her polar expeditions and provided her with opportunities to shatter female stereotypes. The tenacity and courage that define her character have earned Ann worldwide recognition as one of today's most influential role models for women and girls.

Ann was invited by President Obama to the White House to emphasize the President's message calling for an international response by addressing 300 change makers from 25 nations at the White House Arctic Science Ministerial in an effort to energize communities (2016). Ann was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame (1995), named Ms. Magazine's "Woman of the Year" (1987); Glamour Magazine's "Women of the Year" (2001) and is honored in Minnesota Historical Society's permanent exhibit, "MN-150" honoring 150 people places and things that have shaped Minnesota along with gear from Ann's historic expeditions.

Ann's passion for exploring our natural world is matched by her enthusiasm for teaching children. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from the University of Oregon, Ann taught physical and special education in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. schools and coached various high school sports. Ann founded the Ann Bancroft Foundation, a non-profit organization that empowers girls to imagine something bigger and helps them reach their full potential.

Ann's experiences and work has inspired classrooms to corporate leaders, teams and communities, alike. Ann co-authored "No Horizon is So Far" book, "Poles Apart" educational film and curricula; "Dare to Dream," "Pathways to Peace," the "Water Challenge Badge" with United Nations and World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and the Bancroft Arnesen Explore Girl Scouts of the USA badge program to share the lessons she learned in these remote and far away places and empower youth to lead and create a better world.

Ann's expeditions have been followed on BBC, CNN, Today, Good Morning America, National Public Radio and featured in Time, People, USA Today, Ms., McCall's, Vogue, Good Housekeeping, Glamour, National Geographic, Outside and Sports Illustrated for Kids.

Ann is currently serving on the Wings World Quest and Ann Bancroft Foundation board of directors, is a judge at the Nuclear Free Future Awards annually and is a spokesperson for Wilderness Inquiry.

Major accomplishments

  • October 2015 — Bancroft launches Access Water with a 60-day Ganges River expedition, bringing together an international Team of women representing every continent to explore the complex stresses on our world's water, collaborating with students around the world.
  • February 2001 — Bancroft and Norwegian polar explorer Liv Arnesen become the first women in history to ski across Antarctica's landmass — completing a 94-day, 1,717-mile (2,747 km) trek.
  • 1993 — Bancroft leads the American Women's Expedition to the South Pole, a 67-day expedition of 660 miles (1,060 km) on skis by four women, earning the distinction of being the first woman in history to cross the ice to both the North and South Poles.
  • 1992 — Bancroft leads the first American women's east to west crossing of Greenland.
  • 1986 — Bancroft dogsleds 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from the Northwest Territories in Canada to the North Pole as the only female member of the Steger International Polar Expedition, earning the distinction of being the first known woman in history to cross the ice to the North Pole.
  • 1983 — Summited tallest mountain in North America, Denali in Alaska, 20,310 feet (6,190 meters)


Check-in, registration and continental breakfast: 8-8:30 a.m.

  • Location: Mitchell Auditorium foyer

Keynote Address: 8:30 a.m.

  • Dare to Dream: The Power of Teaching presented by Ann Bancroft, Mitchell Auditorium

Session 1: 10-11 a.m.

  • People-powered Research: Engage your Students in Real Research by Participating in a Citizen Science Project presented by Beth LaVigne, Tower Hall, Room 4119
  • Questioning and Discussion Facilitation in the College Classroom presented by Matt Ridenour, Tower Hall, Room 4105
  • The Arc of Dialogue; Creating Brave Spaces presented by Jennifer Niemi, Tower Hall, Room 3410 
  • Why Am I So Tired--Secondary Traumatic Stress in Education presented by Saprina Matheny, Tower Hall, Room 2121
  • Why Be A Teacher Who Writes? presented by Shari Daniels, Tower Hall, Room 2607

Session 2: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

  • Empowering MN girls to Imagine Something Bigger and reach their Full Potential presented by Katie Lauer, Tower Hall, Room 4119
  • Using Common Lit in the ELA Classroom presented by Jess Bank, Tower Hall, Room 4105
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality in the Classroom: Using Off-the-Shelf and Custom Software presented by Eric Mistry and Ben Adams, Tower Hall, Room 2412 (Teagle Lab)
  • Navigating Challenging Disability Accommodations in Higher Education presented by Melissa Watschke, Tower Hall, Room 2121

Lunch: 12:30-1:30 p.m.

  • Location: Benedictine Commons

Session 3: 1:45-3:15 p.m.

Session 4: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

  • Breaking Barriers, Building Inclusivity presented by Amy Murzyn and Nikki Schutte, Tower Hall, Room 4119
  • Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Student Panel presented by Chris Davila, Tower Hall, Room 4105
  • Backward Design: Beginning with the End in Mind presented by Neil Witikko, Tower Hall, Room 3410
  • English Learners in Minnesota: Strategies and Considerations across Grade Levels and Contexts presented by Leah Shepard-Carey, Tower Hall, Room 2607

End of Day: 4:30 p.m.

  • Treats for the ride home, CEU pick up, conference evaluation drop off and drawing for prizes