Recent Events

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.

Instructional Leadership Conference

March 25 & 26, 2021

Sponsored by the Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education & Schooling, the Instructional Leadership Conference will be held virtually this year, March 25–26, 2021. The event will be recorded and available to watch online until April 3rd. Learn from keynote speakers Douglas Fisher, Anthony Muhammad, and Gerry Brooks as well as enjoy many breakout sessions from phenomenal educators.

34th BYU Symposium on Books for Young Readers

February 20 & 27, 2021

The BYU Symposium on Books for Young Readers is moving online for their Winter Series on February 20 & 27, 2021. Award-winning authors/illustrators Kelly Barnhill (The Girl Who Drank the Moon), Yuyi Morales (Little Night), and Jewell Parker Rhodes (Black Brother, Black Brother) will be presenting throughout the event. Join in on the 20th to hear from all three speakers, and join in on the 27th for a live conversation with them. Learn more about these award-winning authors/illustrators on

Project SEEL Webinar

The McKay School's Project SEEL is excited to announce its first webinar of 2021! Dr. Barbara Culatta will be speaking about how to ensure that struggling early readers experience success. This webinar is FREE to the public and all are welcome, so mark your calendar for February 5, 4-5 p.m. MST.

FREE Online Workshop: Building Independence and Social Skills of Learners with Autism and Related Disorders

The McKay School is co-sponsoring a free online workshop by USU professor Tom Higbee, the leading expert on applied behavior analysis in Utah. Higbee is also the executive director of the Autism Support Services: Education, Research, and Training (ASSERT) program, an early intensive behavioral intervention program for children with autism that he founded in 2003. This workshop is great for teachers, parents, therapists, or anyone else who works with children on the spectrum.