Sherrie Saathoff
School of Education & Human Sciences

KU announces featured speakers for the 2021 Virtual Summer Conference

Tue, 06/01/2021

LAWRENCE — The School of Education & Human Sciences at the University of Kansas has announced the featured speakers for each session of the 2021 Strategies for Educational Improvement Summer Conference, a virtual multisession professional development series.  

This year’s theme, “Back to the Future: Time to Redesign,” will focus on the needs for today’s PK-12 teachers, schools, districts and other education service providers. Each virtual session supports an overall topic that includes multiple presenters and a moderator. This year’s featured speakers for each session:

  • June 15: “Re-entry & Supporting Socio-emotional Health for Teachers & Administrators” with Jenny Flinders, KU Center for Public Partnerships & Research; Arpita Ghosh, assistant professor in the KU Department of Educational Psychology; Jacqueline Rodriguez, Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools; and M’Balia Thomas, assistant professor in the KU Department of Curriculum and Teaching.
  • June 17: “Re-entry & Supporting Socio-emotional Learning for Students” with Shanna Bigler-McKenzie, Kansas State Department of Education; Amy Gaumer Erickson, associate research professor in the KU Center for Research on Learning; and Marta Silva Serrano, Olathe North High School.
  • June 22: “Re-entry & Curriculum Challenges” with Julie Ewing, Kansas State Department of Education; Jarius Jones, Center Middle School; Nicholas Mitchell, assistant professor in the KU Department of Curriculum & Teaching; and Dyane Smokorowski, Wichita Public Schools.
  • June 24: “Countering Disinformation, Misinformation & Hate Speech in the Classroom” with Jessica Bassett, Lawrence High School; Shelly Cline, Midwest Center for Holocaust Education; and D.A. Graham, KU Office of the Provost

The virtual conference is free and open to the public, but online registration is required and capped at 500 individuals for each session. Individuals are also able to earn KU credit as part of their participation in the sessions. Learn more and access the online registration form for each session.

The 2021 Virtual Summer Conference is co-hosted by the KU School of Education & Human Sciences and the KU Global Education Academy, with support from the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and the Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education (KSAAE).

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