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Leader in Me Symposium

The Leader in Me Symposium is a two-day conference focused on instilling leadership as a vital component in education, and unleashing the greatness of every child. We invite you to unite with innovative leaders to find your voice and forever change the face of education. Registration is required.

2015 Summer Institute on Inclusion and Communication

The institute will educate, motivate, inform and transform. Speakers include: Paula Kluth, Darlene Hanson, Harvey Lavoy, Pascal Cheng Tracy Thresher and more. Kluth is a nationally recognized expert on autism and inclusive education. Her publications include: "You're Going to Love This Kid," "Don't We Already Do Inclusion" and many more. The institute is for individuals on the autism spectrum and with other developmental and communication disabilities; friends, allies, families; educators, therapists and support providers. College students and university faculty are welcome.

COE Educators for Change: December Book Club Meeting

The College of Education's Educators for Change Book Club will discuss the topic of microagressions. In preparation for the meeting please read the following two articles:

Color Blind Ideology is a Form of Racism: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/colorblind/201112/colorblind-ideolog...

Racial Microagressions in Everyday Life: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/microaggressions-in-everyday-life/20...

2014 Educating Educators Conference

The Multicultural Teaching Alliance will host the 4th Annual Educating Educators Conference. This year's theme is Building Classroom Community by Embracing Classroom Diversity. The conference is designed to help prepare educators for diversity in the classroom. Attendees will be challenged to further their understanding of current issues, cultures and the diverse population that is present in the Cedar Valley.

Fall 2014 Teacher Education Convocation

The College of Education will host its bi-annual Teacher Education Induction Convocation. Three hundred and fifty students have satisfied requirements for admission into the Teacher Education Program, and are invited to participate in the formal ceremony, the official induction of students into that field of study. Simon Estes, internationally renowned opera singer from Centerville, Iowa will deliver the convocation address.  This will be the 48th group of candidates inducted into the Teacher Education program since formal ceremonies began in 1991.  Parents and friends of the candidates are invited along with UNI faculty and administrators. A reception will follow in the GBPAC lobby.

Documentary Screening: "Media Coverage and Female Athletes"

Forty percent percent of all sports participants are female, yet women’s sports receive only 4% of all sports media coverage and female athletes are much more likely than male athletes to be portrayed in sexually provocative poses. The documentary “Media Coverage and Female Athletes,” uses research-based information to examine the amount and type of coverage given to female athletes.

Does Sex Sell?: Uncovering Media Representations of Women's Sports

Forty percent of all sports participants are female, yet women’s sports receive only 4% of all sport media coverage and female athletes are much more likely than male athletes to be portrayed in sexually provocative poses. To highlight why this matters and address these disparities, Nicole M. LaVoi, the associate director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport, will highlight this issue from a variety of perspectives and help dispel the common—but untrue—myths that no one is interested in women’s sport and that "sex sells" women’s sport. Effective strategies are also discussed for increasing media coverage and creating images which reflect the reality of women’s sports participation and why this is so important.

2014 Midwest Summer Institute: Inclusion and Communication for All

The University of Northern Iowa is hosting the 2014 Midwest Summer Institute: “Inclusions and Communication for All."  Attendees include educators, families, individuals with and without disabilities, support personnel and researchers. Participants will hear and participate in presentations, discussions, panels, hands-on learning and networking that focuses on inclusive schools, employment and daily living, communication, and supported/facilitated typing for people with autism spectrum disabilities and other complex needs. Also attending will be nationally recognized and area experts on school and community inclusion and alternative communication supports. Featured presenters include Kathie Snow of Disability is Natural; Darlene Hanson, director of communication supports at WAPADH; and Tracy Thresher, self-advocate featured in the award-winning documentary, “Wretches & Jabberers.” For more information and to register visit:

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