Upcoming Conferences & Workshops



In-Person and Virtual Attendance
April 24th, 2023, 8:30am - 2:30pm
NIU Naperville or Live on Zoom



Using the Ready for Rigor framework as our guide, this day-long session will focus on building teacher capacity to coach students away from dependent learning toward cognitively independent learning.


We will begin with a short, high-level overview of the key processes for getting students ready to take on more rigorous content or to accelerate literacy skills. Then we will do a deep dive into four (4) key instructional moves to integrate into daily practice.


Expected Outcomes

  • Understand the algorithm for building student capacity with culturally responsive pedagogies based on the Ready for Rigor ® frame.
  • Use collectivist learning principles in order to make any instructional strategy more culturally responsive.
  • Implement at least two (2) classroom structures and/or instructional moves consistent with collectivist learning principles to prepare the learning environment and students for increased autonomy.
  • Increase productive struggle without trauma or stress for dependent learners using habit formation and behavior design while still supporting the growth of on-grade-level students.
  • Create a 90-day plan for shifting instructional practices.


Who Should attend?

  • Teachers, teacher-leaders, coaches, and leaders whose districts are working to integrate culturally responsive pedagogy into teaching and learning, but who want to see more impact on improving student learning at the classroom level.
  • Educators who have done the personal work on increasing their racial literacy, and have read all of the Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain (not just excerpts). Buy the book with registration.
  • Educators at all grade levels. We will address instruction at the early grades, upper elementary grades, middle school, and early high school (9th and 10th grade).


Conference Fees

IL ASCD Member $249.00

Non-Member $298.00

2 people $278.00

3 people $268.00




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Zaretta Hammond, M.A. is a national consultant and author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (Corwin, 2015).


She is a former high school and community college, expository writing instructor. For the past 20 years, she has supported schools and other institutions in deepening their understanding and application of culturally responsive practices. She currently runs the Culturally Responsive Education by Design Online PLC, a 6-month intensive, inquiry-based professional learning experience to build instructional capacity to use culturally responsive tools and practices effectively.


Ms. Hammond is a strong literacy advocate who sits on the Board of Trustees for the Center for the Collaborative Classroom. She is also a member of the advisory board for the Consortium for Reading Education (CORE).

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