Preparing Educators as Leaders

Strategies for Educational Improvement: Social, Emotional & Academic Learning

Due to COVID-19, this year’s summer conference, originally scheduled for June 5, has been cancelled. For updates on how the university is monitoring and responding to COVID-19, please visit

Please note, the summer conference planning team is currently considering alternative options to provide virtual professional development opportunities this year for our region’s educators. More information will be announced as decisions are made. Please check back often.

The 2020 summer conference was originally scheduled for Friday, June 5, 2020 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 Conference Center lobby (West entrance) of the BEST Building. Free parking is available on the North side of the BEST Building. 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 accommodations offered at the KU Edwards Campus rate can be found here (pdf).

Participant Registration | Currently Closed

Participant registration for the 2020 conference is currenlty closed, as the summer conference is cancelled. Note, individuals who participate in the conference also have an opportunity to earn continuing education units (CEUs) for a cost of $65 per person. After successfully registering for the conference, individuals will be provided the information necessary to complete registration and payment for the CEU credit via email. 

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities | Currently Closed

Sponsor and exhibitor registration for the 2020 conference is open. Individuals and organizations are able to choose from four sponsorship levels or simply host an exhibitor table. Review the sponsor levels and benefits here

Presentation Proposal Submission | Currently Closed

At this time, we are only accepting participant registration. The decision to accept proposals to present will come at a later date. For more information, please contact Sherrie Saathoff at

Name Change Reception | Cancelled

New this year! Join us at the end of the day from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. to help us celebrate our name change to the School of Education & Human Sciences. An RSVP for the reception is required and is an option within the conference participant RSVP form.

Conference Survey

Your feedback is important to us. Please take moment to complete the 2019 conference survey online here.

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