Preparing Educators as Leaders

Strategies for Educational Improvement Summer Conference

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The official theme for the 2018 Strategies for Educational Improvement Summer Conference is Teaching in a Digital & Diverse Space. View the 2018 conference agenda, session schedule & descriptions here (pdf).

Conference Date & Location

The 2018 conference was on Friday, June 1, 2018 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. This full-day event was at the Kansas Union on campus. View information on campus parking garage information. 

2018 Keynote Speakers

Brad Neuenswander, Deputy Commissioner for the Kansas State Department of Education
Exploring the Educational Frontier

Ron Brown, Director of School Safety for Topeka Public Schools
School Safety in Today's School Environment

TED Talk-style Presentations: Kansas Teachers of the Year (pdf)

  • Samantha ("Sam") J. NeillControlling the Narrative: The Power of a Connected Educator
  • Jennifer DonovanCreating a Mindset for Learning
  • Jamie ManhartMaking the Connection Between the Classroom & the Real World
  • Megan E. NagelEverything I Needed to Know About Teaching I Have Learned From My Students
  • Angela ("Angie") R. PowersCreating Affirming Classrooms Across Kansas
  • Gilbert ("Gil") R. Still, Jr. | Recognizing & Valuing Diversity in Your Classroom
  • Sarah C. VenJohn | Leading the Change in Your School
  • Bradley ("Brad") W. Weaver | Building Bridges Through Partnerships in the Classroom & Community

Call for Proposals

The call for proposals for the 2018 conference is now closed. Submit a proposal online here (closed). 

Online Participant Registration

Participant registration for the 2018 Summer Strategies Conference has passed. Register online here (closed).

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 & Exhibitor Opportunities

Sponsor and exhibitor registration for the 2018 conference has passed. Submit your exhibitor registration here (closed). Individuals and organizations who are still interested in serving as a sponsor or exhibitor at the 2019 event are encouraged to email us at

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors:






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