Preparing Educators as Leaders

Strategies for Educational Improvement: Engaging All Students & Teachers 
Summer Conference

View the 2019 promotional flier here (pdf)

The official theme for the 2019 summer conference is Strategies for Educational Improvement: Engaging All Students & Teachers. View the 2018 conference agenda, session schedule & descriptions here (pdf).

Conference Date & Location

The 2019 conference will be held Friday, June 7, 2019 in the BEST Building at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kansas. The physical address is 12604 Quivira Road, Overland Park, Kansas, 66213. Attendees will check in at the East entrance (circle drive) of the BEST Building. Free parking is available on the North side of the BEST Building. More information on parking can be found here (pdf).

About the KU Edwards Campus & Overland Park
Learn more about the KU Edwards Campus here. Interested in what Overland Park has to offer? Information from Visit Overland Park can be found here. Information on local hotel accomodations offered at the KU Edwards Campus rate can be found here (pdf).


2019 Conference Keynote Speakers

The 2019 conference keynote speakers are still to be announced.

Call for Proposals

The call for proposals for the 2019 conference is not yet open. The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, April 12, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Submit a proposal online here (COMING SOON). 

Online Participant Registration

Participant registration for the 2019 conference is not yet open. Register online here (COMING SOON). The deadline to register for the 2019 conference is Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. 

Please note, individuals who participate in the conference have an opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Information is still to be announced. 

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities

Sponsor and exhibitor registration for the 2019 conference is not yet open. New this year, individuals and organizations are able to choose from four sponsorship levels or simply host an exhibitor table. Review the sponsor levels and benefits here. The deadline to register as a sponsor or exhibitor is Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Submit your exhibitor registration here (COMING SOON).

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