2017 Teachers Summer Conference

This summer’s Wildly Different KAIRS K-12 Teachers Conference will focus on assisting teachers explore Tech and Teaching Strategies for the classroom. Unique speakers will provide practical tips and insights on meaningful technology integration in the classroom, ways that teaching strategies can enhance learning, how classroom design can impact today’s learners and updates on the latest tech offerings.

The two-day event will feature our outstanding keynote speaker Erin Klein. She will open both mornings with a featured keynote and will then lead a breakout for specific grade levels each afternoon. There will also be a wide variety of breakout sessions throughout the day, including great websites to enhance learning in K-5 classrooms and for all middle school classes. How to use and implement Google Classroom for 6-12 will also be offered.

Pack your walking shoes and a sunhat as this wild (!) conference will include a guided safari of Tanganyika Wildlife Park.



WILDLY DIFFERENT Tech and Teaching Strategies

KAIRS K-12 Teachers Technology Conference
July 27-28, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Tanganyika Wildlife Park
1000 S. Hawkins Lane, Goddard, KS 67052
see their cool website!!

On the West edge of Wichita in Goodard



Keynote Speaker

Erin Klein is an award-winning educator, national keynote speaker, author and mother, who travels the country speaking about how meaningful technology integration  and the power of the student voice can enhance learning experiences. She is also a classroom design consultant and discusses the impact classroom design has on today’s learner. 

Erin has twice been selected to serve on the Scholastic, Inc. Top Teaching Team based in New York. She has served the past three years at the technology chairperson for the Michigan Reading Association. In addition, she was the 2014 recipient of the MACUL (Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning) Pre-K – 12 Teacher of the Year.

She is certified in Brain Gym, Educational Kinesiology and has studied under consultants from The Center for Effective learning to understand how design affects cognition and learning.

Erin received her master’s of education in Curriculum and Instruction, currently teaches at the elementary level and lives in Michigan with her family.

Her education blog can be found at Kleinspiration.com and you can follow her on Twitter@KleinErin.

A Sample of Erin’s Keynotes and Breakouts
  • Create Brain-Friendly Learning Spaces that are Student Centric – Are  you looking for easy and creative ideas for your best learning space ever? Erin shares creative ways you can organize your classroom and create unique spaces, all in the service of helping children learn. She explains fundamental elements of creating a space that is developmentally appropriate. Erin will provide practical tips to take back to your classroom immediately.
  • Digital Workstations for the Student Centered K-5 Classroom– In this session, attendees will see how one elementary teacher can leverage technology to maximize teaching time, while differentiating instruction for all students. Erin will share how having a single iPad in the classroom allows a teacher to internally flip instruction so that students can get the most focused support in a limited time frame. If you do Daily 5, Centers or Workstations, you will appreciate these simple yet dynamic and creative teaching ideas!

Additional Breakouts

  • Great websites to enhance learning in the K-5 classrooms
  • Websites to improve learning and engagement in all middle school classrooms
  • How to implement and use Google classroom 6-12


Download the
K-12 Summer Teachers Conference Info and Registration Flier

Register Today! Early Registration ends June 2.
Registration Fee: $30 Per Person (lunches included)
Early Registration Fee: $25 Per Person (Before June 2)

Conference Attendees Can Receive One Graduate Credit from Friends University Friends logo

Teachers who attend the two-day conference have the option of registering with Friends University to receive an hour of graduate credit.

This year, Friends University staff will be at Tanganyika to register you on site! Attendees will enroll and pay their tuition fee with check or cash the morning of the conference. We’ll link you to the Friends Summer Graduate Education syllabus soon.  

More information to follow in May.

Conference Questions?

Dr. Jamie Finkeldei, KAIRS Vice President/Treasurer
Associate Superintendent, Catholic Diocese of Wichita
finkeldeij @ catholicdioceseofwichita.org