Recent Events

Books for Young Readers

July 14 & 15, 2022

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Register for the 37th Books for Young Readers Symposium July 14-15th to hear from the following outstanding children's books authors: Julie Berry, Meg Medina, Elizabeth Partridge, John Rocco, Ruta Sepetys, and Mike Wohunoutka. 



Educators Society Conference

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BYU's Latter-day Saint Educators Society Conference will be held June 24, 8–4 p.m. and will feature keynote speakers Russell T. Osguthorpe and Jane Clayson Johnson. Registration is now open.

Russell T. Osguthorpe served as Sunday School general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2009 to 2014. He 
received a PhD from Brigham Young University, where he then taught as a professor of instructional psychology and technology until he retired in 2013. He also served at BYU as associate dean of the McKay School of Education. 

Jane Clayson Johnson is the best-selling author of Silent Souls Weeping, which examines the stigma and isolation associated with depression, as well as the dangers of perfectionistic tendencies and suicidal ideation. Within the Church, Jane has served in regional, stake, and ward public affairs callings, as a gospel doctrine teacher, and in other auxiliary leadership positions.

Some of the breakout session topics include: 
Enhancing Student Belonging
Women Teaching With Power
Helping Marginalized Students and Teachers Thrive
The Sacredness of Teaching and Learning
Helping Students Deal with Difficult Gospel Questions



2022 Autism Translational Research Workshop

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"The Changing World of Autism" is the theme of this year's Autism Conference, which will take place April 14–15 and will feature keynote speaker Judith Miller, PhD, who serves as the senior scientist and training director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

The ADOS training that will be offered as the Diagnostic Track this year features Courtney Burnette, PhD, former director of the Munroe-Meyer integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The event will be offered both virtually and in person.



Literacy Promise Conference 2022

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The Literary Promise Conference will be held March 23 - 25, 2022 at the Utah Valley Convention Center. Speakers will include Nancy Frey, Steven Layne, and Debbie Silver.

Nancy Frey is a Professor of Educational Leadership in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. She’s authored multiple books about K-12 literacy education with a following of thousands of individuals.

Steven Layne is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Education at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. He’s an international literacy consultant, keynote speaker, featured author and more. He has authored over 30 books and publications.

Dr. Debbie Silver is a speaker, author, and educator whose dedicated her life to understanding learning and growth behavior. Debbie has spent 30 years as a teacher, staff development instructor, and university professor.



Learning Edge Conference

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This annual CITES conference alternates the focus between the arts/ arts integration and the instruction of gifted and talented students. Topics include current research and practice to improve instruction for the individual needs of diverse students.



Homecoming 2021

BYU Homecoming was October 9, and the McKay School of Education hosted its annual homecoming celebration. Many alumni joined us for tasty food, photo booths, prize raffles, and fun games for the whole family. They were able to reconnect with friends and professors before cheering the Cougars on!



Alumni Achievement Lecture 2021

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Rick Nielsen delivered this year’s Alumni Achievement Lecture on Thursday, October 7. Nielsen is Superintendent of the Nebo School District and was recognized for his outstanding accomplishments as an educational leader. Nielsen titled his remarks: You Learn Lots from a Zotz! We thoroughly enjoyed celebrating Rick and hearing his perspectives along with everyone else who attended! The recording will be available presently.



35th BYU Symposium on Books for Young Readers

July 15 & 16, 2021

The BYU Books for Young Readers (BFYR) conference is preparing to be in person and online this summer at the Provo City Library. BFYR is for librarians, teachers, parents, and anyone else who enjoys the best of children’s literature. Learn more about the six award-winning authors and illustrators who will be presenting in this year’s symposium and get ready to tune in to some wonderful summer learning!



2021 Latter-day Saint Educators Society Conference

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Please join us for the 5th Annual BYU Latter-day Saint Educators Society Conference, once again being held LIVE online. Our three amazing speakers—Sandra Rogers, Jamie Jensen, and Stacy Taniguchi—will address the conference theme “Education for Eternity” and will be taking your questions.

9:00 am – Noon (Mountain Time)
$10 per person. Students free.



Seek Learning Podcast

Spring 2021

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Sponsored by the BYU Latter-day Saint Educators Society, the Seek Learning podcast brings the best educational research from the BYU McKay School of Education into the homes and lives of Latter-day Saints. Each episode features an interview with a different scholar who will teach listeners about education and how it can help you in your profession, home, and gospel living.