Virtual Huddle

October 24, 2020 9:00am - 2:00pm
Zoom Webinar

The New Teacher Virtual Huddle, hosted by the Educational Network of Greater Grand Rapids (EDNET), is a virtual conference for early career teachers (years 1-4) in West Michigan. With a specific focus on equitable, excellent education for all students, this conference addresses becoming an anti-racist teacher, building equitable relationships with students whether in person or at a distance, and engaging students with the meaningful use of technology.

Recordings of the NTVH 2020 sessions will be available online through January 3, 2021. Click on the button below to complete the webinar recording registration form and you will be emailed the link and password needed to access the recordings.



Gloria Ladson-Billings

Gloria Ladson-Billings is Professor Emerita and former Kellner Family Distinguished Professor in Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and was Faculty Affiliate in the Departments of Educational Policy Studies, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis and Afro American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the current President of the National Academy of Education. She was the 2005--2006 president of the American Educational Research Association. Ladson-Billings’ research examines the pedagogical practices of teachers who are successful with African American students. She also investigates Critical Race Theory applications to education.

Dr. Ladson-Billings is the author of the critically acclaimed books, The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children, Crossing over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms, and Beyond the Big House: African American Educators on Teacher Education. She is editor of 6 other books and author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. She is the former editor of the American Educational Research Journal and a member of several editorial boards.



Karen Baum

Karen has been in and around education for her entire life.  Her dad was a high school science teacher and her mom a preschool teacher. She feels like her love for teaching and learning is coded in her DNA. She’s a graduate of Calvin University, with a B.A. in Elementary Education and holds an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University. She is currently working towards a degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Purdue University.  She taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades for almost 15 years and then moved into instructional coaching and assistant principal roles in K-8 programs. She currently works as an Instructional Specialist for Godwin Heights Public Schools.  Karen is passionate about making sure that all students have the skills necessary to be confident readers and that they fall in love with books so that they become life-long readers and learners.

Session Time 10:00am-11:00am

Showing Up for Students

Meaningful connections with students are essential for their success in the classroom and for yours. Knowing the unique stories of your children and seeing the many gifts they bring from their lived experiences to the learning environment makes teaching rewarding and ensures that students can achieve their goals.

Brandi Lovelady - Mitchell

Dr. Brandy Lovelady Mitchell is a lifelong children’s advocate who is passionate about education and helping students and educational staff maximize their potential. She began her career at what is now Network 180, connecting children and families to mental health and substance abuse services. From there she took her love of children to the most logical place.

Currently, she serves as the inaugural Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Kent Intermediate School District, in Kent County, Michigan. Like many educators, Brandy has a true love of learning and community. This, combined with the influence of her parents, led her to continue her own education with a host of degrees, although she was the first in her family to graduate from college.

Dr. Lovelady Mitchell completed a Doctorate of Education Leadership at Eastern Michigan University. Her doctoral studies focused on high-achieving black males at the secondary level. Dr. Lovelady Mitchell says her intention is to help educators and key stakeholders shift the narrative from pathologies to the success stories of children of color. Her professional work and doctoral studies caused Eastern Michigan University to describe her as an “upcoming educator to watch” and the university has honored her as one of their 2015 Scholars of Excellence. Recently, the Grand Rapids chapter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities honored Brandy as an Elite Educationalist. Mitchell is one of Michigan's former State Social Action Coordinators for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She has also had the honor of being invited to participate in two White House Convenings related to our former First Lady, Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative. She gladly participated!

Session Time 11:15am-12:15pm

How to Be An Anti-Racist Educator!

Race continues to play a major role in determining who will and who will not thrive. In this session, new educators will explore key concepts that will assist them in leaning into the identity and values of an anti-racist educator. This session is about claiming our power!

Lissa Brunan

As a former middle school teacher and current professional development specialist, Lissa understands the need for engaging and innovative opportunities for learners of all ages. Her experience in the classroom and over a decade of providing quality professional development has inspired her to create "Engaging TECHniques", an educational technology consulting business serving educators all across the country.

Lissa is a Google Certified Trainer, Flipgrid Ambassador, Pear Deck Certified Coach, BreakoutEDU Certified Trainer, and EdPuzzle Coach. Her main objective is to facilitate high-quality, relevant professional development for educators to understand and apply educational technology into the classroom.

Session Time 12:45-1:45pm

The First Flip: Introduction to a Flipped Classroom Experience

It’s time to turn the traditional classroom upside down. With the new emphasis on remote learning and students having more access to devices and the internet outside of school, the opportunity to flip the classroom has never been easier. Starting with students access basic instruction and information as “independent homework” using video, gives them repeated access to the information, making it ideal for review and parent involvement. This gives the teacher instructional time to focus on deeper thinking, collaboration, and application work. Providing students a much richer experience of the content. This session will introduce the concept of flipped classroom and provide some basic tips & tricks to get started using YouTube, Google Slides, and Google Forms. You will also have access to a Google Classroom packed with information, resources, and practice assignment opportunities to help get you started.


The New Teacher Virtual Huddle wouldn't have been made possible without help from our wonderful partners at Grand Valley State University and Kent ISD!