Strategies for Educational Improvement Summer Conference
Teaching in a New Era
Friday, June 2, 2017
This year's Strategies for Educational Improvement Conference will be hosted by the KU School of Education, in partnership with the Kansas State Department of Education. The official conference theme is centered on teaching in a new era.
Conference Date & Location
The 2017 conference will be held on Friday, June 2 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. This full-day event will be at the Kansas Union (pdf) on campus. Information on parking and directions through campus can be viewed here (pdf). More information to be provided to registered participants.
All Means All: Bridging the Achievement Gap
with Patrick Briggs, AVID Texas State Director
Briggs will encourage adults to examine their mindset and practice when considering if “all means all” in regard to educating students. His high-energy presentations will move listeners to positive action, both in and out of the classroom.
Briggs comes to his position after five years as the AVID Texas State Assistant Director. Before that he spent 15 years as a teacher and administrator in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Texas. Patrick believes that any perceived “achievement gaps” are the result of opportunity gaps and expectations gaps that adults must work together to close. He serves on the Dream Team of AVID’s African American Male Initiative, which is going into its fourth year of working with predominantly African American schools to decrease the opportunity and expectation gaps by focusing on an asset model and Culturally Relevant Teaching for all populations of students. This work led to the highly successful Culturally Relevant Teaching course that is offered at AVID’s Summer Institutes. Patrick’s passion lies in helping all learners achieve at high levels so all students are college- and career-ready upon completion of high school. He believes that all students deserve a high quality education that will enable them to make choices in life that will lead to success in any field of their choosing.
with Dennis Hodges, CEO of Creatalyst
Hodges shows us how just 10 minutes away from digital devices with nothing more than a pencil and paper can positively impact one’s creativity - even if the person doesn’t think they are creative! In his talks and workshops, he mashes up strategy, photography and creative thinking to challenge the audience’s perspective.
Hodges is the founder/CEO of Creatalyst, a global marketing strategy boutique that teachers executives, educators, students and entrepreneurs how to unlock their creativity and drive innovation in their organization and personal lives. he believes that we're all creative and have simply lost touch with this side of ourselves. Serving as a creative catalyst (or creatalyst) he shares valuable strategies for reclaiming our innate gifts and turning ideas into action. Prior to launching Creatalyst, Hodges led strategic marketing and customer engagement initiatives for a number of companies in Europe and the U.S. over the last 30 years.
Participant registration for the 2017 Summer Strategies Conference is open. Please note, individuals who participate in the Summer Strategies Conference can receive a certificate of completion from the School of Education upon request to be used within districts that offer professional development points for educator advancement. Register online here.
Sponsor and exhibitor registration for the 2017 conference is open. Individuals and organizations who are interested in serving as a sponsor or exhibitor at the 2017 event are encouraged to complete our online registration form.