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Virtual Summer Conference

Strategies for Educational Improvement | Back to the Future: Time to Redesign

Session participants can earn KU graduate credit through the Global Education Academy.


Credit Opportunity

Participants in the 2021 SOEHS Virtual Summer Conference will have the opportunity to earn 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 (Independent Micro-Learning Experience – IMLE) (Special conference pricing– no fee for IMLE)

Graduate Credit Option

Convert your IMLE certificates to SMLCs (Stackable Micro-Learning Credential) that are stackable toward graduate credit.
Earn graduate credit by completing interactive learning opportunities.

SESSION #1 | June 15 @ 2:00 p.m. (CST)

Telling Our Stories: Using Lived-Experiences to Shape Our Post-Pandemic Future

with Jenny Flinders, research project manager in the KU Center for Public Partnerships and Research

Lessons from Veterans: Recommendations for Re-entry

with Arpita Ghosh, assistant professor in the KU Department of Educational Psychology

Experiences of an educator during the pandemic

with Jacqueline Rodriguez, director of ESOL and migrant programs for Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools

Noticing, Pondering & Providing: Formative Assessments for Socio-emotional Health

with M'Balia Thomas, assistant professor in the KU Department of Curriculum and Teaching

SESSION #2 | June 17 @ 2:00 p.m. (CST)

From Surviving to Thriving

with Shanna Bigler-McKenzie, mental health education program consultant at Kansas State Department of Education

Kansas Can Competency Framework: Simple Self-Regulation Strategies

with Amy Gaumer Erickson, associate research professor for the KU Center for Research on Learning

Supporting Students: Moments of Genuine Connection

with Marta Silva Serrano, Spanish as heritage language teacher at Olathe North High School

SESSION #3 | June 22 @ 2:00 p.m. (CST)

Using state assessments to leverage student learning

with Julie Ewing, assessments coordinator with Career, Standards, and Assessment Services at the Kansas State Department of Education

Emerging from the pandemic experience: reflections of a school administrator on the impact on teaching and learning

with Jarius Jones, principal at Center Middle School

The Learner in the Post-2020 World

with Nicholas Mitchell, assistant professor in the KU Department of Curriculum and Teaching

Opening New Virtual Connections for All Students

with Dyane Smokorowski, coordinator of digital literacy with Wichita Public Schools USD 259

SESSION #4 | June 24 @ 2:00 p.m. (CST)

Always educating, protecting and helping our students even in the face of hate speech: A p

with Changming Duan, Professor of Counseling Psychology, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Kansas

Uses & Abuses of the Holocaust & the Dangers of Disinformation

with Shelly Cline, director of education and historian at the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education

Connecting Across Differences: Guidelines for Facilitating Challenging Conversations / Dialogue

with D. A. Graham, interim vice provost for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in the KU Office of the Provost

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with Jessica Bassett, principal at Lawrence High School

SESSION #4 | June 24 @ 2:00 p.m. (CST)

Session Moderator

Rick Ginsberg, dean of the KU School of Education and Human Sciences


The virtual summer conference is co-hosted by the School of Education and Human Sciences and the KU Global Education Academy, with support from the Kansas State Department of Education and the Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education.