Every Student’s Success: Engagement Strategies for Each Child

In every classroom, there are students who feel disconnection and dislocation, despite the teacher’s best efforts. Spend a day learning a relational skill set and constructing intentional child-specific strategies that engage all students, especially those farthest from the experience we want them to have. Concepts and strategies are based on Alexs Pate’s book The Innocent Classroom.


This session is appropriate for teachers, staff, and administrators committed to developing authentic, intentional relationships with all students, creating classrooms where children are free of negative expectations or stereotyped expectations.

Participants will:

  • Learn how stereotype threat and implicit bias are barriers to success for many children.

  • Develop strategies for understanding the sources of each child’s disconnection from education and opportunities for increased engagement.

  • Apply your learning to develop relational strategies for each child based on their motivation.


Alexs Pate

Author and educator Alexs Pate is president and CEO of Innocent Technologies and the creator of the Innocent Classroom, a program for K-12 educators that aims to transform U.S. public education and end disparities by closing the relationship gap between educators and students of color.


Julian Condie

Julian Condie is the vice president of Innocent Technologies where he leads the program implementation team. In this role, he helps educators and leaders prepare for Innocent Classroom transformation and ensures the quality and effectiveness of the organization’s work. Condie is also the co-founder and president of Community Food Project, a nonprofit he started during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide food to school children and families in need. He’s a graduate of the University of Minnesota with degrees in gender, women, and sexuality studies; cultural studies; and comparative literature.

Free Book Included:

The ASCD book The Innocent Classroom: Dismantling Racial Bias to Support Students of Color is included in your registration and will be distributed at the workshop.

Schedule and Pricing

  • Friday, March 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • ASCD24 registration is required to attend Preconference Institutes.
  • Add an institute to your ASCD24 experience for an additional fee.
  • Registration includes an ASCD book.

Super Early Bird

Through Dec. 7


Early Bird

Dec. 8-Feb. 15


Regular Price

Feb. 16-March 22