This conference will promote a better understanding of culture, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status and the needs of African-American children and families. Spend the day networking, sharing and meeting new colleagues to help improve the quality of lives of children and families. Designed for educators, administrators, childcare providers, law enforcement, policy makers, social workers, health professionals, business leaders and anyone committed to improving the lives of children.
College of Education
Movies, graphics, apps, games and robots will invade the UNI Commons as eastern Iowa K-12 students share their technology projects. Sponsored by the Iowa Technology and Education Connection (ITEC),
More than 50 projects from twelve school districts will be displayed for the public to explore and enjoy. Each of these projects was created as part of the students’ instructional curriculum in their schools. The projects span eight different categories including 3-D rendering/non-linear animation, graphics/publishing, innovative technology use, mobile apps, music/sound design, programming, video/linear presentation and web presence.
The 46th Elementary Literacy Conference (formerly the Beginning Reading Conference) will include multiple sessions on topics in the area of literacy, arts integration and the Common Core standards. It will feature Gary Kelley, illustrator, and J. Patrick Lewis, poet and prose writer, as the keynote speakers.They have worked together to create several award winning books such as And the Soldiers Sang and The Stolen Smile. Many of their books will be available for purchase and they will be available to sign books throughout the day.
To fulfill professional development goals, presentations will align with the Iowa Core Curriculum and the National Common Core Standards.
Spend an evening with illustrator and UNI graduate Gary Kelley and children's author J. Patrick Lewis as they present a gallery talk about their work together. This will be a more intimate opportunity to talk with Gary Kelley and J. Patrick Lewis about their books and view original art from the books. A new piece of art that Gary Kelley has created for the Elementary Literacy Conference will be showcased. Books will be available for purchase and both gentlemen will be available for autographs. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the author/poet and illustrator together. Refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.
The College of Education will host its bi-annual Teacher Education Induction Convocation. Two-hundred and twenty-eight students have satisfied requirements for admission into the UNI Teacher Education Program, and are invited to participate in the formal ceremony, the official induction of students into that field of study. DeWitt Jones, associate professor, Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education, will deliver the convocation address. This will be the 47th 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.
"Girl Rising" is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries, written by nine celebrated writers and narrated by nine renowned actresses. "Girl Rising" showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Powerful storytelling delivers a simple, critical truth: educate girls and you will change the world. Discussion will follow the film screening. Cookies will be served. Faculty, staff, students and community members are welcome. This event is sponsored by the College of Education's Diversity Committee's "Educators For Change Film and Book Series" with support from the Women's and Gender Studies program, the Center for Multicultural Education and a UNI Diversity Mini Grant.
An open house will be held to celebrate the UNI Kindergym program's 30th year of operation. The UNI Kindergym program has provided movement activities for preschoolers and thir parents since 1984.
The College of Education will host Donna Ford, professor of education and human development at Vanderbilt University, for the Leaders in Education Lecture Series. Ford's lecture will focus on engaging and empowering students of high potential from diverse backgrounds. This event is free and open to the public, with a dessert reception to follow the lecture.