Preparing Educators as Leaders

Strategies for Educational Improvement Summer Conference

Summer 2017 TBA

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 & learning for college and career readiness. View the 2016 Conference Agenda (pdf).

Conference Date & Location

The 2016 conference was held on Friday, June 3 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. This full-day event was held 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.

Keynote Speakers

Dyane Smokorowski is an Instructional Technology Coach, Andover Public Schools.  The title of her presentation is “Making Magic Happen for Students”. What do we want students to remember when they are 40, not just for the test on Friday? That is the teacher essential question for curriculum design, and it lays the foundation for lifelong learning alongside our content areas.

We all know rigor and relevance are more than ideas for great curriculum and dynamic classroom experiences; they hold the keys to providing authentic learning and assessment for our students, but knowing where to start can be a challenge. During this interactive keynote we will explore how to fuel curiosity in students, tie in current events to learning, and enlist student voice and choice so the classroom experience is meaningful and dynamic for every child.


​Cindy Couchman is a Math Teacher at Buhler High School. Cindy will be sharing findings in the book “Make It Stick, The Science of Successful Learning” (by Peter Brown). Participants will learn technology tools that will reinforce the techniques recommended in the book that will help students become more productive learners.

New insights into how memory is encoded, consolidated, and later retrieved have led to a better understanding of how we learn. More complex and durable learning come from self-testing, introducing certain difficulties in practice, waiting to re-study new material until a little forgetting has set in, and interleaving the practice of one skill or topic with another.  

Call for Proposals (Closed)

Interested presenters are encouraged to submit a presentation proposal online, however call for proposals for the 2016 conference is now closed. Please consider a proposal for the 2017 conference. View the 2015 conference agenda (pdf).

Online Participant Registration (closed)

Regular participant registration for the 2017 Summer Strategies Conference is not yet 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.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities (Closed)

Exhibitor registration for the 2016 conference is now closed. Individuals and organizations who are interested in serving as a sponsor or exhibitor at the 2017 event are encouraged to check back to complete our online registration form.

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