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Leading STEM teaching expert to keynote conference

Roni Ellington

Roni Ellington

St. Scholastica is hosting its seventh annual 21st Century Teaching and Learning Conference, a professional development event for current and aspiring teachers, on Tuesday, June 20 in the Mitchell Auditorium on the Duluth campus.

The day-long conference begins with a keynote address from Roni Ellington, Ph.D., an expert on how to cultivate student success in mathematics and STEM-related disciplines.

Ellington will speak on "Moving Diversity and Inclusion from the Margins to the Center of STEM Classroom Practice: Transformative Strategies for Teaching Across Discipline." Trained as a mathematics educator, Ellington has written several scholarly articles on STEM education, parental involvement, and successfully navigating the STEM pipeline, particularly for minority students. She is an associate professor of Mathematics Education and coordinator of the graduate programs in Mathematics Education at Morgan State University, a historically black college in Baltimore.

The conference will offer a full day of breakout sessions designed to meet ongoing education requirements for teachers. Presentations will include hands-on workshops and research-based best practices in teaching, learning and leading. Continuing Education Units are available for both teachers and administrators.

Content will be applicable to everyone from K-12 teachers to college students to higher education faculty members. Presentation titles include: "Classroom Innovation: It's Not Just About Technology," "Using Primary Sources in American History to Counter Racism and Promote Empathy," and "Refugee Learners in the 21st Century Classroom."

Registration is $99. For more information, visit

The 21st Century Teaching and Learning Conference is co-sponsored by St. Scholastica's nationally ranked, 100 percent online Master of Education program. Partners supporting this program include: Duluth Public Schools, Proctor Public Schools and Hinckley-Finlayson Public Schools.