Preparing Educators as Leaders

Teaching & Learning in A Technological World

2015 Summer Strategies Conference - June 5 

This year's Summer Strategies 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 & learning in a technological world.  Topics in general will cover flipped classrooms and technology use in the classroom.   

Conference Date & Location

Join us on Friday, June 5, 2015 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.  This full-day event will be held at the Kansas Union on campus.  More information to be provided to registered participants.

Conference Agenda

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Wesley Fryer

Dr. Wesley Fryer is an author, classroom STEM teacher, speaker, digital storyteller, and change agent. He teaches 4th and 5th grade STEM at Independence Elementary in Yukon Public Schools in Oklahoma. Wesley completed his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University in 2011. He is the author of several books on effectively using digital technologies to communicate, tell stories, teach and assess learning. He leads 3 day iPad Media Camps teaching educators how to effectively use iPads in the classroom to create narrated slideshows, quick edit videos, and interactive writing.

Wesley also co-facilitates multi-day STEM professional development workshops for teachers. Wes became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009, was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2005, and a PBS Digital Innovator in 2014. He helps organize free EdCamp and PLAYDATE professional development events in Oklahoma, an annual writing conference in Oklahoma City, as well as the free, annual K-12 Online Conference each year. For more info: 

Keynote Speaker: Mrs. Shannon Ralph

Mrs. Shannon Ralph is the 2015 Kansas Teacher of the Year.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Washburn University and a Master of Science in biology from Fort Hays State University. Mrs. Ralph began her career teaching middle school science in Holton, Kansas and has taught at Dodge City High School for the past 14 years. She currently teaches all levels of biology.

Shannon spent two summers at the University of Kansas participating in the Research Experience for Teachers program, where she collaborated with other participants and researchers to create high school lessons that allow teachers to incorporate engineering concepts into physics, chemistry, and biology classrooms. The team also authored an article that was published in The Science Teacher. Mrs. Ralph is co-author of a lab-based biology curriculum that focuses on using inquiry as its key delivery method, which is aimed at increasing student engagement and learning. She has presented at national conferences for both the National Association of Biology Teachers and National Science Teachers Association. Shannon is passionate about intentionally building personal relationships with students in order to make lessons both relevant and meaningful. 

Call for Proposals 

Interested presenters are encouraged to submit a presentation proposal online. Please check back often for the 2016 Conference information.

Online Registration

Regular registration for the 2015 Summer Strategies Conference closed Monday, May 18, 2015. Please check back often for the 2016 Conference information.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

Individuals and organizations who are interested in serving as a sponsor or exhibitor of the event are encouraged to contact Sherrie Saathoff at or 785-864-4297.



Thank you to our 2015 co-sponsors:






School of Ed Calendar
2015 Opening Address: Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little
Dean Rick Ginsberg and KS Education Commissioners, Randy Watson and Brad Neuenswander
Shannon Ralph, 2015 KS Teacher of the Year

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Brian Friedman
Brian Friedman
Associate Development Director, School of Education
1891 Constant Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66047
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