Preparing Educators as Leaders

Strategies for Educational Improvement: Thriving in a New World

A free virtual conference for educators.

The Global Education Academy of the School of Education presents a new virtual multi-session conference for educators. The virtual conference will include both synchronous (90 minutes of live content, including opportunities for small group interaction) and asynchronous (access to materials prepared for participants to review prior to the live session) elements. 

Session Dates | Capacity is Limited to 500 Participants 

Re-Entry and Engaging All Learners: Designing for the Future of Learning | Registration is closed: Session 1 is full.
June 30 | 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
With Jamie Basham & Sean Smith, both professors in the School of Education. The pandemic has forced educators, their students, and the broader educational community to shift from a face-to-face instructional experience to an emergency online/continuous/remote learning environment. This interactive session will focus on ways to plan and design for the blended or hybrid learning experience that awaits us in the 2020-2021 academic year and beyond. Reflecting on lessons learned and building on what worked, panelists will share specific strategies, tools, and solutions to apply to re-entry efforts in order to plan and meet the needs of ALL learners.

Wellness & Self-Care | Registration is closed: The deadline has passed.
July 2 | 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
With Deborah PerbeckJoe Novak & David Hansen, all School of Education faculty and experienced PK-12 educators. Includes presentations and a panel discussion by outstanding practitioners currently working to support mental health and wellness for teachers, students, and families. Speakers will reflect on what has worked and offer additional support resources.

Education for the Future: Rethinking What Education Might Become | RSVP Online
July 7 | 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

With Rick Ginsberg, dean of the School of Education. The session will include a presentation by Randy Watson, Kansas commissioner of education and discussions led by Barnett Berry, research professor at the University of South Carolina; Donald Easton-Brooks, dean and professor at the University of Nevada, Reno and author of Ethnic Matching: Academic Success of Students of Color (2019); and Neal KingstonYong Zhao & Michael Wehmeyer, all three distinguished professors in the School of Education at KU. What have we learned from the coronavirus experience that we can use? Leading educational thinkers from academia and government will reflect on our recent challenges and ask provocative questions about how the current crisis may alter the shape of education in the United States. Participants will have an opportunity to brainstorm and explore controversies with the panel. Register for the July 7 session here.

Participant Registration & CEU Credit

Free, online event. Participants are required to register in advance of each individual session. Note, individuals who register and participate in all three of the virtual conference sessions are eligible to earn continuing education units (CEUs) for a cost of $65 per person. After successfully registering for the July 7 session, individuals will be provided the information necessary to complete registration and payment for the CEU credit via email. 

Virtual Conference Survey

Your feedback is important to us. Please take moment to complete the virtual conference survey online here.

About the Global Education Academy

The Global Education Academy is a new unit of the School of Education at the University of Kansas. The academy draws on leading researchers and practitioners from around the world to provide dynamic and relevant professional development to educators. Information on the Global Education Academy micro-credential and micro-learning experiences program will be available in the fall. 

The Global Education Academy is supported in part by a gift from the Williamson Family Foundation.

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