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Connecting with Communities

Events & Groups

Our Events and Groups

The School of Education is changing the way educators educate. Our program focuses on collaborative, community-based solutions to today's complex problems in Pre-K-12 education, higher education and adult education. One of the ways we do this is through events and group partnerships.

Annual events like the Hubbs Children's Literature Conference and the Step-Up Boys Summer Summit stand on one of our 4 cornerstones here at the School of Education: Connecting with Communities. Through these collaborative events and partnerships, we work to ensure the success of our graduates and alumni as well as the students, schools and communities where they serve.

Thanks to the leadership of our deans, current and former, the School of Education has become a thought convener when it comes to issues impacting education, both locally and nationally. This is especially on display through our monthly Dean's Forums, which feature candid conversations on race, equity and education.

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Race, Equity & Education

Dean’s Forum

Building off the work of Teachers College, Columbia University's Racial Literacy Lecture Series, Dean's Forums feature candid conversations on race, equity and education at the School of Education. Dean's Forums occur monthly.

Take a look at the Dean’s Forum

Premiere Events

Kwame Alexander giving a speech at the Hubbs Children Literature Conference

Hubbs Children's Literature Conference

This annual event draws teachers, parents, students, librarians, writers and anyone interested in encouraging the use of quality children’s literature in homes, schools and communities.

Hubbs Children's Literature Conference
Boys at the Step-Up Boys Summer Summit

Step-Up Boys Summer Summit

This summit helps promote student achievement by encouraging 8th grade male students to focus on 4 educational concepts: Aspirations, Expectations, Opportunities and Achievement.

Step-Up Boys Summer Summit
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Special Education Summer Institutes

Take courses toward a Special Education License or Certificate. The Summer Institutes provide an opportunity to learn how to meet the complex needs of individuals with special needs.

Summer Institutes