"And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them."
-Moses 7:18

Byu Background

If you haven't yet, check out BYU's Zoom backgrounds—from aerial views to overflowing stadiums (remember those days?). You can find all three collections at photo.byu.edu.


Message From The Dean's Office


"We have all learned things about ourselves, our teaching, our families, and how we have typically functioned pre–COVID-19. Hopefully, we have determined how we can be and do better in all areas of our lives going forward." Read Associate Dean Lynnette Erickson's message on making the most of the pandemic.

McKay Grants & Awards


Research must go on! Check out the latest internal and external grant opportunities as well as changes to submission deadlines.



Faculty Accomplishments


It's a season of plentiful publications! Check out the latest on school leadership, autism in females, and of course, online learning.

In the News


TEd professors Eric Bybee and Bryant Jensen wrote this blog post, which was featured in a recent Ed Prep Matters newsletter. Jensen also wrote an op-ed on how to use gospel principles to combat racism. And research by Charles Graham, IP&T (along with MSE grad students and an alumnus), was featured in a New York Times article about online learning.





ICYMI: BYU released its official (though tentative) plans for fall semester. "Fall semester 2020 will begin, and perhaps remain, unlike any other semester at BYU."


Want to help out with the McKay School's first-ever virtual new student orientation? The External Relations Office invites all faculty and staff to submit a short video to welcome new Cougars! Please follow the guidelines below as you create your video:

  • Please say, "Welcome to the McKay School of Education, Go Cougs!"
  • Videos should be 10–15 seconds.
  • Shoot in a horizontal/landscape format, using your phone or some other simple device.
  • Label the video file with your first and last name and the name of your department. Example: Sally Jones Teacher Education.
Please submit to your response to this Google Drive Folder by midnight on July 14. Submission of the video serves as consent for the McKay School to publicly share.





Bid your virtual farewells to three professors retiring this summer who have collectively given more than 80 years of service to the McKay School and BYU.

Employee Spotlight


Southwest native Jared Morris loves to travel, collect children's books, and eat pancakes . . . with a peculiar topping. Get to know one of the recent-ish additions to the CPSE department!

The greatest things about teaching


Benjamin Cluff Award Winner 2020

Benjamin Cluff Winner

"It's as important to teach a child to love to read as it is to teach them to read." Get to know Terry Young, TEd, the 2020 Cluff Winner for Excellence in Educational Research.


Presentations from the 4th Annual BYU Latter-day Saint Educators Society Conference are now available for your remote edification! Check out presentations from some of BYU's best.

Hank Smith


Giveaway Winners

Giveaway winners
Giveaway winners

Congratulations to Teresa Leavitt (TEd) and Katy Cabbage (ComD) for winning our April Giveaway! They both received COVID-themed candles to drown out the smell of hand sanitizer.

Spring/Summer Giveaway


We all know the significance of July 4, but what about the rest of the month? Test your knowledge of lesser-known July trivia in our giveaway crossword puzzle for a chance to win $1000—or something else, whichever fits our budget at the time. Send a pic or screenshot of your completed puzzle to mckayprteam@byu.edu.



July 16 | 33rd BYU Symposium on Books for Young Readers
July 24 | Pioneer Day
August 14 | Virtual New Student Orientation
August 17 | Education Week begins (online only)
August 24 | University Conference begins (plans pending)
August 26 | McKay Day (virtual)
August 31| First Day of Fall Semester

See the Full Calendar