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Annual BYU Education Society Conference

Join us for the Annual BYU Education Society Conference (formerly known as the BYU Latter-day Saint Educators Society).

The conference theme is "Dear to the Heart of the Shepherd," and will be held on Friday, June 16, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Hinckley Center on BYU's campus, or online. 

Register to attend this uplifting event and to hear from our two distinguished keynote speakers, plus breakout sessions:

Thomas B. Griffith**, former federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit. Topic: Building Bridges of Understanding in a Politically-Polarized America

Kendra Hall-Kenyon**, dean of the McKay School of Education. Topic: Nurturing the Full Potential in Educators and Students

Breakout sessions: 

  • Barbara Morgan Gardner**, BYU Associate Professor of Church History & Doctrine: Empowering our Students Through Covenant Relationships
  • Shane Farnsworth**, Superintendent, Alpine Utah School District: Stewards of Agency
  • Jenet Erickson**, BYU Associate Professor of Church History & Doctrine: Reaching the Heart in Teaching Sensitive Topics of Gender, Identity, and Family
  • Julianne Grose, Associate VP, BYU Office of Belonging: Belonging at BYU: Building a Ship of Curious Workmanship Modeled after the Shepherd
  • Justin Dyer, BYU Professor of Church History & Doctrine: Understanding the Connection Between Religion and Mental Health
  • John Rosenberg, BYU Associate Academic Vice President (Retired), and Gaylamarie Rosenberg, BYU Adjunct Instructor of Church History and Doctrine: Reverence, Hospitality, and Nurturing Pedagogy
  • Roundtable Workshop: Sensitive Issues in Education
  • Panel Discussion: How to Navigate My Faith in a Secular Environment
  • Answering Your Questions

The BYU Education Society is sponsored by the BYU David O. McKay School of Education. All BYU alumni, Latter-day Saint educators, and friends are invited to attend the conference. 

**Available live to online participants

Recent Events

Education Networking Fair

You're invited to attend the BYU Education Networking Fair on November 16, anytime from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Wilkinson Center, Garden Court. This fair provides a unique opportunity to connect with and mentor students in the McKay School of Education and secondary education programs. It's also a great setting to network with fellow alumni and school district leaders from BYU's partnership.

The district panel will focus on these relevant questions:

  • What are the benefits and advantages of entering the teaching profession?
  • How does an educator manage their work-life balance?
  • What experiences and qualities are principals looking for in teaching applicants?
  • What are the other career options and opportunities available for educators?
  • What is the process to get back into the profession after time away

We look forward to seeing you there!

Boise State Tailgate

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Join the BYU Education society for some fun at a tailgate before the BYU vs. Boise State football game on Saturday, November 5, held at the Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho! The BYU Education society will be giving out swag, playing Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader? and answering questions about the Society.


**Time is TBA, but will be updated soon

BYU Education Society Book Drive

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Bring a children's book you love to donate to the United Way of Central Virginia at the BYU vs. Liberty game on October 22, 2022, at Liberty Mountain Conference Center from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET.

The BYU Education Society is partnering with Cougs Care, BYU Alumni, Liberty University School of Education, Southern Virginia University, and United Way of Central Virginia to lead a book drive to help children succeed in school by cultivating a love of reading. The book drive will take place on the day of the BYU vs. Liberty football game at the Liberty Mountain Conference Center. Books can be dropped off in designated area bins.


Homecoming Celebration and Book Drive

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Join us on Saturday, October 15 at 11:30 a.m. for the 2022 BYU McKay School Homecoming Celebration! There will be food, fun, and socializing for the entire family. The event will be catered by J. Dawgs and the famous BYU brownies will be served. There will be lawn games for kids of all ages, a book drive, and a drawing for fun prizes!

This year, we are sponsoring a children's literacy book drive. Please bring a new book you personally love to donate which will be shared with children and youth in need. The books will be donated to the United Way of Utah County.


Las Vegas Fan Fest

Come visit the BYU Education Society booth at the BYU Fan Fest on Friday, October 7! Come hang with Cosmo, enjoy prizes for you and your family, and learn how to get involved in nationwide literacy.

Seek Learning Podcast

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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.

Books for Young Readers

July 14th, 2022

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

Educators Society Conference

June 24th, 2022

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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.


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

March 23rd, 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.

36th BYU Symposium on Books for Young Readers

Feb 19th, 2022

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The BYU Symposium on Books for Young Readers is online for their Winter Series on February 19th and 26th, 2022. Award-winning authors/illustrators Angela Dominguez (Stella Díaz Has Something to Say), Meg Rosoff (McTavish Takes the Cake), and Lisa Yee (Maizy Chen's Last Chance) will be presenting throughout the event. Join in on the 19th to hear from all three speakers, and join in on the 26th for a live conversation with them. Learn more about these award-winning authors/illustrators and register for the event on their website.

Learning Edge Conference 2021

Nov 9th, 2021

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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

October 9th, 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

October 7th, 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!