2015 Education Summit

The inaugural UNI Education Summit held in May 2015 was a success, drawing over 400 attendees. The audience was comprised of school administrators, teachers, Iowa legislators, parents, and university professors and students. Evaluation results show that attendees found the sessions science-based, useful, and motivating.

Breakout Sessions
Interactive Sessions

2015 Featured Speakers

Jonathan Kozol

Jonathan Kozol - Jonathan Kozol gave up the prospect of a promising career in the academic world, moved from Harvard Square into a poor black neighborhood of Boston, and became a fourth grade teacher. He has since devoted nearly his entire life to the challenge of providing equal opportunity to every child in our public schools. He is the author of several books on the subject.


Louise Spear-Swerling

Dr. Louise Spear-Swerling, Internationally known reading scholar and instruction expert, will discuss current research and practice concerning appropriate diagnosis of, and instruction for, children with reading difficulties.


Donald Bear

Dr. Donald Bear, Director of Iowa State's Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic, will discuss interventions for struggling readers, including children with dyslexia.


Kathleen Brown

Dr. Kathleen Brown, Director, University of Utah Reading Clinic, will discuss reading instruction/intervention in Title I classrooms.


David Byers

David Byers, Administrative Director of the Courts for the Arizona Supreme Court, will discuss a collaborative program with the schools designed to keep kids in school..


David Drew

Dr. David Drew, Joseph B. Platt Endowed Chair at Claremont Graduate University, will discuss the importance of the integration of instruction across involved fields in STEM education.


Brian Hand

Dr. Brian Hand, Professor of Science Education at the University of Iowa, will discuss the potential efficacy of combining literacy and science instruction.


Juli Kwikkel

Ms. Juli Kwikkel, Principal of Storm Lake Elementary School, will discuss the increasing diversity of rural Iowa schools.


Robert Schwartz

Dr. Robert M. Schwartz, former Director, Michigan Reading Recovery program, will discuss new perspectives on early reading instruction.


Cathy Zozakiewicz

Dr. Cathy Zozakiewicz, Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity, will speak on the issues involved in creating a multiple measures approach to assessing teacher education.


2015 Schedule

All events will take place in Schindler Education Center on the UNI campus.

Thursday April 30, 2015

6:00 - 7:00 PM Hors d' oeuvres — focus on SEC remodeling
7:00 - 8:00 PM Mr. Jonathan Kozol — Children of Poverty in our Public Schools
8:15 - 9:00 PM Book Signing with Mr. Jonathan Kozol

Friday May 1, 2015

7:30 - 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast & Registration
8:00 - 8:20 AM Opening Remarks - President Bill Ruud, University of Northern Iowa; Dr. Brad Buck, Iowa Department of Education Director; Dean Dwight C. Watson, College of Education, University of Northern Iowa
8:30 - 9:30 AM Mr. David Byers & Mr. David Boyd — Courts and Schools: Working Together to keep Kids in School
9:30 - 9:45 AM Travel
9:45 - 10:30 AM Breakout Sessions # 1
10:30 - 10:45 AM Snacks & Travel
10:45 - 11:45 AM Dr. Louise Spear-Swerling — Helping Students with Dyslexia and other Reading Problems: Combining RTI with Knowledge about Reading Profiles
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch & Panel Presentation by the Iowa Academy of Education — Speakers will be: Dr. Linda Hagedorn, Dr. David Bills, Dr. Deb Gallagher, Dr. Susan Etscheidt, and  Dr. Chris Morphew
1:00 to 2:00 PM Dr. David Drew — Reforming STEM Education in America: What We Have Learned
2:00 to 2:15 PM Travel
2:15 to 3:00 PM Breakout Session # 2
3:00 to 3:15 PM Snacks & Travel
3:15 to 4:45 PM Interactive Sessions
4:45 to 5:00 PM Closing Comments - Dean Dwight Watson

2015 Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions #1

Friday May 1, 2015, 9:45-10:30AM.

Breakout Session # 1
Dr. Kathleen Brown — Play the hand your dealt: Reading Instruction and Intervention in Title I Classrooms

Breakout Session # 2
Dr. Deb Tidwell, Dr. Amy Staples, and Dr. Evette Edmister — A Presumption of Competence: Implications for Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Students' Literacy Learning

Breakout Session # 3
Dr. Amy Hutchison — Understanding Students' Digital Reading and Writing Practices and Supporting teachers in Developing Students' Digital Literacy Skills

Breakout Session # 4
Dr. Sarah Boesdorfer — Engineering Standards Impact on Chemistry Teaching

Breakout Session # 5
Dr. Beth Van Meeteren — Early STEM and Literacy Development: A Natural Fit and Essential Foundation for a STEM School

Breakout Session # 6
Mr. Mason Kuhn — Developing Scientifically Literate Children: From Theory to Practice

Breakout Session # 7
Dr. Mark Grey — The rapidly Changing Demographics of Iowa: Implications for Educators

Breakout Session # 8
Dr. Karla Krueger & Dr. Joan Bessman Taylor — Teacher Librarian Leadership for Literacy & Technology Initiatives and the Plight in Rural Iowa

Breakout Session # 9
Dr. Cathy Zozakiewicz — Iowa New Teacher Performance Assessment (INTPA) Pilot

Breakout Sessions #2

Friday May 1, 2015, 2:00-2:45PM.

Breakout Session # 10
Ms. Melissa Blohm & Mr. Marcus Hora — Teaching Beginning Reading: Are the Reading Wars Really Over?

Breakout Session # 11
Dr. Donald Bear — Literacy for all: Struggling Readers, dyslexia, and Essential Teaching Activities

Breakout Session # 12
Dr. Robert M. Schwartz — Building on Strengths: New Perspective on Phonics, Phonemic Awareness, and Self -Monitoring in Early Literacy Learning Instruction

Breakout Session # 13
Dr. Audry Rule / Dr. Sarah Montgomery — Teacher-Initiated Research Across Iowa

Breakout Session # 14
Dr. Brian Hand — Combining Literacy with Science: Is there value?

Breakout Session # 15
Dr. Scott Greenhalgh — Approaching Best Practices Through Integrative STEM

Breakout Session # 16
Ms. Juli Kwikkel — Storm Lake Schools: Engaging a Diverse Community

Breakout Session # 17
Dr. Holly Kaptain — Equating Standards and Curriculum — a Key to Success in Rural Schools

Breakout Session # 18
Dr. Linda Hagedorn — International College students in Iowa

2015 Interactive Sessions

Enhancing the Literacy Performance of Iowa's School Children: Systems Theory Applied

Dr. David Tilly — Iowa's Sustained focus on Early Literacy - Where we are, where we are going

Dr. Deb Rich — Systemic Change in Literacy Education: the Role of AEAs

Dr. Salli Forbes — The Teacher: The Key Change Agent in Educational Reform

Interactive Panel Discussion — The Arts, Humanities, and STEM

Dr. David Drew —Claremont Graduate University

Dr. Brian Hand — University of Iowa

Lisa Chizek— North Tama School District

Interactive Sessions — The Culturally Competent Educator

Dr. Denise Schares and Dr. Bev Smith