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Summer Conference

Session participants can earn a GMCE (Global Microcredential Experience) through the Global Education Academy.


The 2024 Summer Conference will be held on June 14, 2024 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CT at KU’s Edwards Campus in the BEST Building. This year, we are exploring “Education in an AI World.” Iconoclastic thinkers in education will discuss the rapidly-changing educational landscape during TED-style “EduTalks” on the exciting opportunities and complex challenges offered by artificial intelligence. The event will include “AI Playground” activities in the afternoon, with opportunities for hands-on experience with a variety of AI tools, and ample time for Q&A and networking. An in-person American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be provided.

The event is free for educators, and attendees have the option to attend in person or virtually via Zoom. The day’s agenda, speaker lineup and registration details will be announced soon.

Watch last year’s sessions


Rick Ginsberg, Dean, School of Education and Human Sciences, KU

Education in the Age of Smart Machines

Yong Zhao, Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, KU

When Am I Enough?

Jodi Grover, Principal, Burlington High School

Literacy Changes Lives

Laurie Curtis, Early Literacy/Dyslexia Program Manager, KSDE

STEM to Improve Child Fitness and Wellness

Trent Herda, Professor, Department of Health, Sport & Exercise Sciences, KU

This is the Moment

Jerri Kemble, National Academic Advisor, ClassLink

Designing for Equity, Justice, and Innovation: A (Quick) Journey into Competency

Manjula Karamcheti, Associate Senior Researcher, Center for Certification & Competency-Based Education, KU

Considering Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Human Learning

James Basham, Professor, Department of Special Education, KU

Reconceptualizing Literacy

Rick Ginsberg, Dean, School of Education and Human Sciences, KU

Successes, Challenges; and the Future

Randy Watson, Commissioner of Education, Kansas Department of Education

Credit Opportunity

Participants in the 2022 SOEHS Virtual Summer Conference will have the opportunity to earn micro-credentials stackable for graduate credit through the Global Education Academy’s online micro-credential platform.

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Non-credit Recognition Option

For each session attended, a participant may request a certificate of completion of a (Global Micro-credential Experience – GMCE) (Special conference pricing – no fee for GMCE)

Graduate Credit Option

Convert your GMCE certificates to GMC-Pros (Global Micro-credential Pro) that are stackable toward graduate credit. Earn graduate credit by completing interactive learning opportunities.


The Summer Conference is hosted by the KU Global Education Academy of the School of Education & Human Sciences in partnership with the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE).