AM Keynote Address

Denise Evans

Denise Evans, MM, MA

10,999,955 Reasons to Search Within: The Role of Implicit Bias in Education

The field of education is increasing its focus on educational equity, performance, and testing. While systemic factors are major drivers of educational inequities, what is the role of the individual? This talk will introduce the idea of implicit bias and how it is relevant to all professionals in the field of education regardless of their position - teacher, social worker, or administrator.

Participants will learn key definitions, examine data showing the implications of implicit bias on educational attainment, and discuss some strategies to combat our personal and professional biases. Ultimately, no matter how well-intended, we all have biases that we need to address in order to improve our impact on the educational outcomes and attainment of our children.

Ms. Evans is the President and CEO of Consult Me, LLC and is a trained facilitator in the areas of health equity, social justice, Unconscious Bias, Cultural Intelligence (CQ), and is a Racial Healing Circle practitioner. In addition, she serves as the Project Coordinator for Strong Beginnings Healthy Start Project, and is the Pastor of Outreach & Development at Kingdom Life Ministries (KLM Church) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Denise works closely with state and local health departments, the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI), the National Healthy Start Association, and the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) Health Equity Social Justice Work Group. She is a guest lecturer for Spectrum Health Hospital's residents & Medical Grand Rounds, Michigan State and Grand Valley State Universities, Calvin College and Seminary, and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. She serves on the steering committee of the Michigan Power to Thrive movement - and its former parent initiative "Healthy Heartlands Building Bridges to Health Equity". Denise is the past chair of Spectrum Health's System Inclusion Council, a founding member of the Greater Grand Rapids Racial Equity Network (GGRREN). Evans serves on various local and national boards and mentors both public health professional and seminarians. She has organized cross-sectoral community educational opportunities for thousands of health and human service professionals and local residents using documentaries and panel discussions to raise awareness about health disparities and racial inequities.

Ms. Evans holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornerstone University in Business Management and a Master of Arts degree from the Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS). She is the recipient of Cornerstone's 2010 Woman of Influence Award and the 2013 Community Leadership Award from GRTS. In 2016 Denise was chosen as a National Equity Project Fellow and in 2017 she was recognized by the Kent County Health Department for her passionate work to eliminate health inequities and the corresponding racialized outcomes that plague our nation's most vulnerable communities.

PM Keynote Address

Chase Mielke

The Thriving Educator: Using the Science of Well-Being to Help Ourselves Help Others

Chase Mielke

Stress. Burnout. Exhaustion. These are the feelings affecting many educators, coaches, parents, and adults. While our circumstances can affect us, they don't have to define us. In this talk, Chase Mielke shares teacher-tested, research-based practices on the science of well-being, using his own experience overcoming burnout to help others thrive. Participants will learn how to curate and leverage positive emotion, altruism, and self-direction to take control of our well-being and reignite our energy, purpose, and joy. We give our best when we are at our best and Chase Mielke will explain how.

Chase Mielke is an award-winning high school teacher, speaker, and author of "The Burnout Cure: Learning to Love Teaching Again." A Michigan Teacher of the Year nominee, Chase is dedicated to teaching the science of purpose, perspective, and perseverance. His work has been featured on CNN, Greater Good Magazine, Educational Leadership, and Edutopia. When he's not daydreaming about fresh dry erase markers and Barnes & Noble gift cards, he loves spending time with his beautiful wife and keeping his wild toddler from eating dog food and rocks.