2019 K-12 Teachers Summer Conference


Growing Motivated Learners

KAIRS K-12 Teachers Conference
August 1-2, 9 am (Registration)

Conference Schedule: 9:30 am – 3:15 pm

Location:   Botanica Gardens
701 Amidon St, Wichita, KS 67203

This summer’s KAIRS K-12 Teachers Conference will focus on growing motivated learners. The Z Generation is the newest population to emerge in our schools, bringing with them different strengths and challenges. As teachers, are you just mastering the nuances of the previous generation of students and things are changing again?

Plan to attend the 8th Annual Teachers Conference August 1-2 in Wichita at the beautiful Botanica Gardens.  The two-day event will feature outstanding speakers and insightful breakout sessions.  You will have the opportunity to add new skills and improve your communication as you strive to motivate and grow Gen Z learners.

Breakout Sessions will include new technology updates, academic ideas for your classroom, establishing a school garden and more!

 Featured  Speakers

Andrew McPeak, Director of Program Excellence, Growing Leaders

August 1: Keynote (morning) and Breakout (afternoon)

“Generation Z Unfiltered: Facing 3 Hidden Challenges in Today’s Youngest Population.”

Who are Gen Z kids? This is the population of young people who grew up in the 21st Century. They are technologically savvy and have been emersed in it their entire life.  Andrew has examined the latest research, uncovered many of their strengths and challenges and in his keynote will give teachers keen insights into his findings.  During the afternoon breakout, he will provide practical steps and examples on leading our newest population to become motivated learners and leaders.


Andrew McPeak is a popular speaker and content developer with Growing Leaders.  His experiences have made him well-versed in communicating to and about the next generation.  He works closely with schools, universities, companies and sports teams on teaching life and leadership skills. Most recently, Andrew is the co-author with Dr. Tim Elmore, President and Founder, Growing Leaders, of their latest book, “Marching Off the Map,” which will be released July 2019.

Nautrie Jones, Managing Director, Teacher Leadership Development, Teach for America

August 2: Keynote (morning)

“Marching Off the Map: Connecting With Today’s Student in the Classroom”

Leading today’s students often feels like being in a new country. The population in this new land has different attitudes and speaks a different language – emojis and social media. Attention spans are six to eight seconds. Understanding and connecting with this generation is often frustrating and draining. Nautrie’s keynote morning session will help provide practical research-based solutions for teachers and tools to address these issues. She will also provide insights on how to leverage what is cultural to instill timeless truths in students that will help motivate them to learn and success.

August 2 Breakout (afternoon)

“Metacognition: The Secret to Engaging and Inspiring Students”

One of the latest hot buttons in education is metacognition. Training students to get in the habit of utilizing the tools of “thinking about thinking” can enable them to engage deeper in their own learning and to own it.  This session breaks down exactly what must happen for a teacher to encourage metacognition in their learners.

Nautrie Jones is a proud veteran educator with nearly 20 years of experience of working with underserved students and families. Today, Nautrie is a valuable resource to Growing Leaders. She works with Teach for America where she leads the Teacher Leadership Development team. In her position, she focuses on leadership development of new teachers,  pedagogy, racial identity development, culturally responsive teaching, classroom management and adaptive coaching.

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K-12 Summer Teachers Conference Info and Registration Flier

KAIRS 2019 K-12 Teachers Conference Registration

Register Today!

 Early Registration Ends Monday, June 10

Registration Fees

Early Registration Through June 10:

$35 KAIRS Members      $45 Non KAIRS Members

June 10 through July 25:

$40 KAIRS Members        $50 Non KAIRS Members


Lunch on your own OR Jason’s Deli box lunch option available.

Lunch Thursday ($10) Lunch Friday ($10)

Checks are made out to KAIRS.




Wichita Hotel Reserves Block of Specially Priced Rooms for Conference

Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview
400 W. Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS  67202 
Ask for KAIRS block of rooms

Conference Attendees Can Receive

One Graduate Credit

from Friends University for an additional $85

Information available soon!

Conference Questions?

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

or Corey Reese, KAIRS Communications Director


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