UNI's 2017 Education Summit to explore opportunities, challenges of 21st century education

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's College of Education will host the third annual Education Summit on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 6 and 7, in Maucker Union. This year's theme is "Inclusive Praxis for 21st Century Education: Advocacy, Challenges and the Public Good."

Designed for teachers, university faculty, policymakers and other education stakeholders, UNI's 2017 Education Summit will explore the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century education. The summit will feature presentations, panels and dialogue sessions let by state, regional and national experts, including scholars and practitioners. Strands will include:

- Diversity and cultural competence

- Social-emotional learning

- Personalized and blended learning

- Community engagement and partnerships

Keynote speakers for the summit are LeDerick Horne and Lisa Delpit. Breakout session presenters will represent institutions of higher education in Iowa and nationwide, Iowa school districts and AEAs, and education policy organizations.

Labeled as neurologically impaired in third grade, Horne defies any and all labels. He is a dynamic spoken-word poet, a tireless advocate for all people with disabilities, an inspiring motivational speaker, a bridge-builder between learners and leaders across the U.S. and around the world, and an African-American husband and father who serves as a role model for all races, genders and generations. He regularly addresses an array of academic, government, social and business groups, including appearances at the White House, the United Nations, Harvard, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the National Association of State Directors of Special Education and several state departments of education.

Delpit is the current Felton G. Clark Distinguished Professor of Education at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is the former Executive Director/Eminent Scholar for the Center for Urban Education & Innovation at Florida International University, Miami. She is also the former holder of the Benjamin E. Mays Chair of Urban Educational Excellence at Georgia State University, Atlanta. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she is a nationally and internationally known speaker and writer whose work has focused on the education of children of color and the perspectives, aspirations and pedagogy of teachers of color. Delpit’s work on school-community relations and cross-cultural communication contributed to her receiving a MacArthur “Genius” Award in 1990. In addition to being a keynote speaker for the summit, Delpit will also give a "fireside chat" from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the Budke Auditorium in Schindler Education Center.

Registration for the 2017 Education Summit is open and available at edsummit.uni.edu/registration. The registration fee includes a reception on Monday, Nov. 6, continental breakfast and lunch on Tuesday, Nov. 7, and parking and conference materials. UNI students can attend the summit for free. For more information and a full schedule, visit edsummit.uni.edu.


Christen Opsal, program manager, Center for Educational Transformation, 319-273-3145, christen.opsal@uni.edu

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