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.
2015 Featured Speakers
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.
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.
Dr. Kathleen Brown, Director, University of Utah Reading Clinic, will discuss reading instruction/intervention in Title I classrooms.
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..
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.
Dr. Brian Hand, Professor of Science Education at the University of Iowa, will discuss the potential efficacy of combining literacy and science instruction.
Ms. Juli Kwikkel, Principal of Storm Lake Elementary School, will discuss the increasing diversity of rural Iowa schools.
Dr. Robert M. Schwartz, former Director, Michigan Reading Recovery program, will discuss new perspectives on early reading instruction.
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.
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