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2014 Conference Wrap-Up

The 2014 KU School of Education Summer Strategies Conference has passed. Please check back in early 2015 for information on 2015 Summer Conference planning.

The University of Kansas - School of Education, the Kansas Department of Education, and the Kansas Alliance for the Arts of Education co-sponsored the 2014 Annual Summer Strategies Conference: Strategies for Educational Improvement: Moving from STEM to STEAM on Friday, June 13, 2014 in Lawrence, Kansas. This annual summer event was offered as a free conference and day of professional development for regional educators.  

Thank you to the more than 350 educators who joined us from all over the state of Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, and beyond!  Participants included teachers, principals, superintendents, university faculty, KSDE staff, and others. In addition to our large group of fellow educators, we were honored to have our two keynote speakers:

  • Jean Hendrickson, Director Emeritus on the Oklahoma A+ Schools (University of Central Oklahoma),
    • “Powering the STEAM Engine with Creativity. Helping schools think, plan, and behavior more creatively”
  • Curtis Chandler, former Kansas Teacher of the Year (2011), currently with ESSDACK
    • “Better than a Video Game – Getting Kids Addicted to Learning”

If you know of someone with strong skills in one of the identified areas please share this information with them or send us their name(s) and contact information. Proposals for 2015 will be accepted during Spring 2015.


“You all highlighted current, relevant topics in education. And the day was well organized, as usual.”​

“Thank you so much for this conference.  This year was outstanding – A+”

“It showed the direction we are headed in getting the arts back into schools, where it is needed.  You all provided a wide diversity of topics to choose from.”

“Great opportunity to meet peopled from the state in a field that requires all of us to collaborate with each other.”

“The things I learned today will help me improve student engagement.”

“You have a wide range of topics – Keep it up!”
“Excellent. Thank you for continuing to offer this conference.”


Who: Teachers, administrators and anyone interested in advancing achievement for PK-12 students in the state of Kansas

What: The University of Kansas School of Education, the Kansas State Department of Education, and others partner to offer this informative conference at NO COST.

When: Summer 2015 TBA

Where: University of Kansas, Joseph R. Pearson Hall • Lawrence, Kansas

2013 Conference

June 14, 2013

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2013 Summer Conference "Strategies for Educational Improvement."  We appreciate that you took time from your busy schedule to join us for this event and we hope that you were inspired by something you saw.

We will have registration materials for the 2014 conference on the website in early 2014.  Reserve your space early and bring a friend.

If you have any questions, please call Sherrie Saathoff at 785-864-4297.



KSDE Commissioner Diane DeBacker
Robert Marzano "Developing Teacher Expertise"
Olli Määttä "Combining Theory and Practice: Teaching and Teacher Training in Finland”


Keynote Introduction

Small Group Session

Combining Theory and Practice: an Inseparable Union in Education in Finland - Olli Määttä

[Download PDF of Agenda]1 Updated: 6/11/13

[Download PDF of Presentations]2 Updated: 6/11/13

[Download PDF version]3 Updated: 5/1/13

Who: Teachers, Administrators and anyone interested in advancing achievement for K-12 students in the State of Kansas
What: The University of Kansas and the Kansas State Department of Education are partnering to offer this free and informative day of professional development.
When: Friday, June 14, 2013
Registration: 7:30 a.m.
Welcome: 8:30 a.m.
Where: University of Kansas • Lawrence, Kansas

2012 Conference

[Download PDF Agenda]

2011 Conference

The following are presentations from speakers at the Strategies for Educational Improvement Conference held at the University of Kansas, June 17, 2011.

Sheahon Zenger from Frank Carey on Vimeo.

Diane Debacker from Frank Carey on Vimeo.

Dean Rick Ginsberg from Frank Carey on Vimeo.

Panel discussion from Frank Carey on Vimeo.

2010 Conference

Below are is a list of the speakers and presentations from the 2010 Strategies for Educational Improvement Conference. Click on a link on the right to take you to the presentation.


Archives (Links)

Kristin Magette
Matt Bova
Heather Lawrence

Ideas and People Come Together for Results

Joe Novak

How to Overcome Educator Burnout (ppt)
Miki Herman Exploring Expository Text
Mark McBeth
Shelly Bolejack
The Art of Coaching Teachers (pptx)
The Art of Coaching Teachers Handout
Michael Hock
Irma F. Brasseur-Hock
Fusion Reading: A Comprehensive Adolescent Reading Program (ppt)
Jared Hedden KEDUC: A Treasure Trove of Data
Laurie Winter

Goal Structure Mapping of Narrative Text Presentation (ppt)
Goal Structure Mapping of Narrative Text Handout

Diane DeBacker Kansas Schools in Tough Budget Times (pptx)
Patricia Graner Connecting SIM/CLC to Whole School Reform
CLC: Content Literacy Continum
Dan Pollitt
Frances Ihle
Carrie Mark
Leslie Novosel
The Organizing Strategy
Francie Christopher Addressing the Needs of English Language Learners (pptx)
The Marlup
Julie Ford

School Improvement (ppt)

Angelique Kobler
Terry McEwen

Thanks for the Data, But I Have Kids to Teach

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Download 2014 Agenda updated 6/13/2014

Attendee/Participant Registration 2014
Summer conference is full
Presentation Proposals for 2014

Summer conference is full

More Information
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