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


The entire Summit will take place at Maucker Union, UNI

Summit Program (pdf)


Day 1

Monday, November 6

2:30 – 4:00 pm

4:30 – 6:00 pm
Opening Ceremony & LeDerick Horne Keynote: "Beyond Classification"

This keynote presentation provides strategies for improving the academic performance, self-determination, and self-advocacy skills of students with disabilities. As an entrepreneur and performance poet with a learning disability who has worked as an advocate on the national, state, and local levels, LeDerick Horne provides a unique prospective on education reform and issues related to creating a more equitable society. This emotionally stirring talk is filled with moving verses and empowering information that will prepare the audience to challenge stereotypes, rethink pedagogy, and improve the lives of people with disabilities.

6:00 – 7:30 pm
Opening Reception


Day 2

Tuesday, November 7

8:00 – 8:30 am

8:45 – 9:00 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:10 – 10:10 am
Breakout Session I

10:20 – 11:20 am
Breakout Session II

11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch and Lisa Delpit Keynote: The Stories We Tell: Disrupting Narratives About "Other People's Children"

The stories our country has told us about certain people distort our perceptions and create self-fulfilling stereotypes of low performance. If we change our stories, we can change the way we think about children and the ways they think about themselves. Improving student performance is not just a matter of increasing rigor. We must develop a different set of lenses to really see the brilliance of the children before us. 

1:10 – 2:10 pm
Breakout Session III

2:20 – 3:20 pm
Panel Session: "Advocacy, Challenges, and the Public Good: A Cross-Sector Conversation about the 2017 Ed Summit and the State of Education in Iowa"

  • Representative Timi Brown-Powers, Iowa House District 61      
  • Dr. Mark Grey, Professor, Sociology and Director, Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration, UNI       
  • Dr. Charles McNulty, Associate Superintendent, Educational Services, Waterloo CSD     
  • Dr. David Tilly, Deputy Director and Administrator, Division of Learning and Results, Iowa Department of Education               
  • Megann Tresemer, Curriculum Professional Development Leader, Cedar Falls CSD

3:20 – 3:30 pm
Closing Remarks

Stay on campus after the Summit for...

Lisa DelpitFireside Chat with Lisa Delpit

Tuesday, November 7
5:00-6:30 p.m. with reception to follow
Budke Auditorium, Schindler Education Center

This event is free and open to the public. Attendees can park in the Latham Lot (west of Schindler Education Center) without a permit; however, please avoid parking at the meters or in the Service or Handicap spots. 


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.