UNI to host national education experts at Education Summit, March 10-11

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's College of Education will host the second annual Education Summit on Thursday and Friday, March 10 and 11, in Maucker Union. International, national, and regional scholars and leaders in education will discuss current research, practices and policies.

This year's summit theme, "Necessary Connectedness: The New Edge of Education," will focus on four primary strands: literacy education, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, teacher leadership and diversity.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 10, participants will hear from keynote speakers and engage in breakout sessions. A reception and lecture by Sonia Nieto, professor emerita of language, literacy and culture in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, will follow from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. Additional keynote speakers and breakout sessions are scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m., Friday, March 11, including Sen. Herman Quirmbach.

Featured speakers for the summit include:

- Gene Hall, professor of educational leadership at the University of Florida, University of Northern Colorado and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Hall is an internationally renowned scholar in the areas of teacher education and developing teacher leaders. He will discuss developing teacher leaders.

- Gale Sinatra, associate dean for research and professor of educations and psychology in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. Sinatra is former vice president of the Learning and Instruction division of the American Education Research Association. She will discuss hot topics in STEM education, particularly conceptual change.

- Peter Afflerbach, professor of reading in the College of Education at the University of Maryland. Afflerbach is a member of the International Reading Association's Hall of Fame and editor of the "Handbook of Individual Differences in Reading."

- Nedra Crow, professor and co-chair of the teacher education department at National University in San Diego. Crow has an academic background in curriculum and instruction design as well as teacher education. She will discuss new teacher work environments.

- Sen. Herman Quirmbach, chair for the Senate Education Committee and vice chair of the Education Appropriations Subcommittee in the Iowa Legislature. In addition, Quirmbach represents the Senate on the College Student Aid Commission and the School Finance Formula Review committee, among other duties.

This event is designed for educators, administrators, policy makers, community leaders, teacher preparation leaders, pre-service teachers and others with a direct link to education in Iowa and the nation. Registration is $50 and is required; UNI students, faculty and staff can attend the summit for free. Nieto's lecture on Thursday evening is free and open to the public as part of the Education Lecture Series.

For complete details, including the registration form, schedule, details on the featured speakers and a campus map, visit www.uni.edu/coe/ed-summit.

Contact: 

Ralph E. Reynolds, Richard O. Jacobson Professor of Literacy and Research, ralph.reynolds@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu