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‘Teaching in a New Era’ conference hosted by School of Education on June 2nd

Friday, April 28, 2017

LAWRENCE — The School of Education at the University of Kansas will host the 10th annual summer Strategies Conference for the region’s PK-12 educators on June 2. 

This year’s conference, Teaching in a New Era, will focus on the needs of today’s PK-12 schools and teachers.

The full-day conference will begin at 8 a.m. in the Kansas Union. The event is free for Kansas educators and open to the public, but online registration is required on or before May 19.

This year’s keynote speakers include Patrick Briggs, AVID Texas state director, and Dennis Hodges, founder and CEO of Creatalyst. Briggs’ presentation is titled “All Means All: Bridging the Achievement Gap.” Hodges’ presentation, “Powerful Pauses,” is intended to teach educators how to unlock their creativity to drive innovation.

In addition to the keynote presentations, there will be a variety of breakout sessions throughout the day. Commissioner Randy Watson and Deputy Commissioner Brad Neuenswander from the Kansas Department of Education are also scheduled to speak.

“In a time when budgets continue to be tightened in our education systems, it’s an honor to be able to provide a day of professional development for this region’s teachers and educators,” said Rick Ginsberg, dean of the School of Education. “Our summer Strategies Conference is always an invigorating event at KU, and we look forward to it each year for a variety of reasons.”

More than 300 people attended last year’s conference, which focused on Teaching & Learning in a Technological World, with two keynote presenters: Shannon Ralph, 2015 Kansas Teacher of the Year, and Wesley Fryer, a teacher and digital storyteller.

Co-sponsors of the 2017 conference include the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and the Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education (KSAAE). Other individuals or organizations interested in serving as a sponsor and/or hosting an exhibitor booth are encouraged to register online.

More information on the conference agenda and access to all types of registration is available online.  

The School of Education is located in Lawrence and is a nationally ranked school, preparing educators as leaders.    


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#1 public program in nation for special education
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Research expenditures of $36,804,773 for 2011-12
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