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



LeDerick Horne

LeDerick HorneDiagnosed with a learning disability in third grade, LeDerick Horne defies labels. He’s 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. An African-American husband and father who serves as a role model for all races, genders, and generations. LeDerick uses his gift for spoken-word poetry as the gateway to larger discussions on equal opportunity, pride, self-determination, and hope for people with disabilities. His workshops, keynote speeches, and performances reach thousands of students, teachers, legislators, policymakers, business leaders, and service providers each year. 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.

From 2003-12, LeDerick served as the Founding Board Chair of Eye to Eye (eyetoeyenational.org), a national nonprofit mentoring program for students labeled with LD/ADHD, and continues to serve on its board. He is also a Steering Committee Member of the IRIS Center for Training Enhancements at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College and Senior Consultant for The Center for School Climate and Learning. In 2016, he and co-author Margo Vreeburg Izzo, PhD, The Ohio State University, released the book Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities: A Path to Pride and Success, published by Brookes.

He has released two spoken-word poetry albums (Rhyme Reason and Song in 2005 and Black and Blue in 2011) and co-created New Street Poets, a spoken-word play about the effect of gentrification on urban culture. The play received considerable acclaim including accolades at the New York City International Fringe Festival and toured extensively across the U.S. LeDerick earned a BA in mathematics with a Fine Arts minor from New Jersey City University. His poetry is available on iTunes and YouTube.

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Shelly Vroegh, 2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year 

Shelly VroeghShelly Vroegh, the 2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year, is an instructional coach and fifth grade teacher at Lakewood Elementary School in Norwalk, Iowa. Over her 20 years in Norwalk she has also served as a lead mentor, math curriculum leader, and cooperating teacher for student teachers, and was the co-coordinator of the elementary summer school program for many years. At her Teacher of the Year award ceremony, Governor Terry Branstad praised Vroegh for being an example of how “great teachers really do change lives”. Branstad noted Vroegh’s strengths in her classroom and as a teacher leader in her district and explained that educators like her are contributing to the success of Iowa’s Teacher Leadership and Compensation System. Before becoming a fifth grade teacher and instructional coach, Vroegh taught second and third grades and special education. Mrs. Vroegh has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Northern Iowa.

Lisa Delpit

Lisa DelpitCurrently the Felton G. Clark Distinguished Professor of Education at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Lisa D. Delpit 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 focuses 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.

Dr. Delpit describes her strongest focus as “...finding ways and means to best educate marginalized students, particularly African-American, and other students of color.” She uses her training in ethnographic research to spark dialogues between educators on issues that impact students poorly served by our educational system. Dr. Delpit is particularly interested in teaching and learning in multicultural societies, having spent time studying these issues in Alaska, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, and in various urban and rural sites in the continental U.S. She received a B.S. degree from Antioch College and an M.Ed. and Ed.D. from Harvard. Her background is in elementary education with an emphasis on language and literacy development.

Dr. Delpit’s most recent book, “Multiplication is for White People”: Raising Standards for Other People’s Children, explores strategies to increase expectations and academic achievement for marginalized children. Library Journal named it one of the 20 best-selling education books of 2013, and the American School Board Journal selected it as one of eight “notable books” for 2012. A previous book, Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom, has sold well over a quarter of a million copies and received the American Educational Studies Association’s “Book Critic Award” and Choice Magazine’s Eighth Annual Outstanding Academic Book Award, and was named “A Great Book” by Teacher Magazine.​

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.

Robert Bullough Jr. Headshot

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

Debbie Reese Headshot

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 americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/p/about.html


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