Advocacy, Challenges, and the Public Good November 6 & 7, 2017

2016 Fall Education Summit (November 14-15, 2016)



Professor Dale Baker

Girls and women in Science: Increasing participation and success

Encouraging girls to enter science and keeping women from dropping out of science is still an uphill battle. Many of the barriers in the k-12 system and at university level have been identified and there have been many attempts to increase participation and retain talented girls and women. What works? Using her own work and that of others, Dr. Baker will present research that identifies the barriers and successful efforts to increase participation and retention.  

Dale Baker HeadshotProfessor Dale Baker is professor emerita at Arizona State University. She holds a BA in anthropology, a MAT in Education and an EdD in science education. In addition, she has a science background in biology. She has done research on the topic of girls and women in science for the past 36 years as well as teacher professional development in science teaching. In 2013, NARST (A World-Wide Organization for Improving Teaching and Learning Science through Research) awarded Dr. Baker the Distinguished Contributions to Science Education Through Research award for her work in the area of gender and science. In addition, Dr. Baker is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Educational Research Association. She has also served NARST as co-editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching. Over her career, Dr. Baker has been awarded more than 15 million dollars in grants, published 6 books, written six book chapters, published 85 articles and given 121 paper presentations. Her most recent Book Understanding Girls: Quantitative and Qualitative Research was published in May 2016.

Professor Robert V. Bullough, Jr.

Disconnection, Connection and Partnership

The paper is organized into six sections. The first will address what, in our time, has made disconnectedness such a serious concern. Then elements of our nature as humans that suggest connectedness is our more natural and desired state are explored. Conversation and the quest for meaning is the focus of the third section. The last three sections shift attention to partnership and partnering, including the importance of 'first principles' and broadening the base of partnership.

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Professor Robert V. Bullough, Jr. is Professor of Teacher Education and Associate Director of the Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling (CITES), McKay School of Education, and a fellow in the Humanities Center, Brigham Young University. He is also Emeritus Professor of Educational Studies, University of Utah. His research interests include teacher education, curriculum studies, history of progressive education and most recently early childhood education. Widely published, currently he has two books underway, one nearing completion on the lives and work of ECE teachers and a second (with former Dean of Humanities, John Rosenberg) that addresses the challenges of partnership building between universities and public schools. The later work grows out of many years of participation in the BYU-Public School Partnership, now in its 32nd year of operation.

Professor Deborah K. Reed

Theoretical Foundations of Reading: How the Magic Happens

Reading is a complex task, but research has identified the underlying cognitive processes involved. This empirical basis guides scientific studies or reading aimed at helping students develop oral and written language skills and, ultimately, skilled reading comprehension. This presentation will review the theoretical foundations of reading and how they impact current research, practice, and policy.

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Professor Deborah K. Reed earned her Ph.D. in special education from the University of Texas at Austin. She spent the first 10 years of her career as a teacher and reading specialist, primarily in inner city schools. Since 2003, she has been active in the field as a researcher and technical assistance provider in multiple states. Dr. Reed previously worked with the Florida Center for Reading Research at Florida State University, and she is currently serving as the Director of the Iowa Reading Research and an Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of Iowa. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, authored three books, and created numerous professional development programs on reading instruction. Her current research interests include appropriate uses of reading data in instructional decision making and providing effective reading instruction and intervention to vulnerable populations.

Professor Debbie Reese

"Teachers teach, but what will you teach?"
Using Children's Literature to Teach About the United States

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Professor Debbie Reese is Pueblo Indian from Nambe Pueblo in northern New Mexico. The focus of her research is on the ways in which Native Americans are represented in children's books. She is a book reviewer for Horn Book Inc. and Multicultural Review, and has taught children's literature at the University of Illinois College of Education. As an independent scholar, Debbie conducts workshops designed to help participants gain awareness about issues such as stereotyping, insider/outsider perspective, and appropriation of stories.

You can find her bio/vita at


Monday, November 14, 2016

Time Speaker/Event
9:00-9:30 Continental Breakfast
9:30-10:00 Gaetan Jean-Marie, Dean, UNI College of Education
10:00-11:00 Professor Robert Bullough -
Disconnection, Connection and Partnership
11:00-11:45 Round Table Discussion of Partnerships In Education
  Discussion Leaders: Dean Jean-Marie, Dr. Deb Rich, Dr. Deb Tidwell
11:45-12:00 Break and Travel
12:00-1:00 Lunch in Foyer Area
1:00-2:00 Professor Dale Baker -
Girls and Women in Science: Increasing Participation and Success
2:00-2:45 Women in Science Round Tables
  Discussion Leaders:  Dr. Mason Kuhn, Dr. Audrey Rule, Dr. Soh Meacham
3:00-4:00 IAE and Legislative Discussion: Dr. Linda Hagedorn, ISU; Dr. Nicholas Colangelo, U of Iowa; Dr. Ralph E. Reynolds, UNI from the Iowa Academy of Education
Legislators – Senator Herman Quirmbach, others TBA.
4:00-4:45 Informal Interaction
5:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:00 Professor Debbie Reese -
"Teachers teach, but what will you teach?"
Using Children's Literature to Teach About the United States

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Time Speaker/Event
9:15-9:45 Continental Breakfast
10:00-10:10 Break and Travel
10:00-11:00 Professor Deborah Reed -
Improving Reading Performance in Iowa
11:00-11:45 Round Table Discussion of Improving Reading in the state of Iowa
  Discussion Leaders: Dr. Salli Forbes, Dr. Deb Tidwell, Dr. Sara Vander Zanden, Dr. Deb Rich

The Education Summit is possible thanks to the generous support of the Richard O. Jacobson COE Strategic Program Endowment, which is administered through the UNI Foundation.