2020–2021 McKay School Theme

“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


Message From the Dean's Office

With the spring equinox this month, our minds are turned towards light and growth. Jeanna Nichols perfectly captures this sentiment in this month's message from the dean's office.

Faculty Accomplishments

The MSE faculty is hard at work getting their research published. Take a look at some of your colleagues' recent accomplishments and be sure to congratulate Melissa Heath (CPSE) for receiving the Utah Association of School Psychologists (UASP) Distinguished Service to UASP Award.

Melissa, described as a "stalwart" of UASP, was lauded for her perspective, knowledge, passion, collaboration, and commitment—and for her "beautiful eye for photography" at UASP events. Congratulations, Melissa!


In The News

Research is revealing how much people with autism can achieve. Last month, Utah State University's Tom Higbee presented a McKay School-sponsored online workshop,"Building Independence and Social Skills of Learners with Autism and Related Disorders Using Photographic Activity Schedules." The schedules help people with autism complete and transition between tasks, play games, and even hold conversations.


This semester, the McKay School is hosting informal lunchtime sessions for all faculty and staff following three devotional speakers. These lunchtime discussions will provide those who attend with the opportunity to come together on Zoom and share their thoughts and insights from the devotional. All discussions will take place at noon (MST).

This month's lunchtime discussion is on March 2 following Elder Gary E. Stevenson's devotional. Check out the flyer for additional Zoom information or join the meeting.

Meeting ID: 919 9189 340
Passcode: 402886

The BYU China Conference is an annual student-run event, founded in 2015. The conference invites prominent individuals in business, academics, government, culture, and religion to offer insights and ideas focused on shaping the future of US-China relations. The day of the conference mainly consists of professional lectures, mentoring sessions, workshops, and a career fair.

This year the conference will be held virtually and is free to all those who join the BYU Connect China Conference Group—don't forget to sign up! The career fair will take place on March 5 at 5:00 p.m. and the conference will resume with lectures and mentor sessions the next morning on March 6 at 9:00 a.m.

Choose2Give is the annual student-run and student-funded fundraiser! All donations go directly to scholarships for BYU students in need. From March 22 to April 2 each college on campus will be hosting an event to raise money for the fundraiser. You can help make the BYU experience possible for others by participating in as many events as you can by directly donating on the C2G website or by signing up to be an event volunteer on the C2G website!

The McKay School's Be A Teacher blog—written by students for students—has recently highlighted some of our own. Check out the blog posts on Brandan Beerli, Emily Johns, and these three deans: Mary Anne Prater, Lynnette Erickson, and Tina Taylor.

New podcast alert!

The BYU Latter-day Saint Educators Society is excited to announce their new Seek Learning podcast. It features interviews with different scholars at the BYU McKay School of Education. The podcast is aimed at helping Latter-day Saints learn about education and how furthering their education can help in their professions, homes, and gospel living. The first three episodes are now streaming on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever else you listen to your podcasts.

Apple is hosting a webcast March 23 at 1 p.m. on enhancing teacher education using mobile technology. The event specifies deans, department chairs, and directors, but anyone who is interested can register here.

Those who attend the event can expect to connect with a panel of deans from multiple colleges of education from three Apple Distinguished schools; hear how Apple Distinguished Educators use technology to enhance teaching and learning in their one-on-one environments; and discover how mobile technology empowers preservice teachers to develop an array of digital literacy skills that prepares them for successful careers.

The 49th Annual Utah All-State High School Art Show, an event that honors the best high school artists in the state for their creativity, talent and dedication, is up until March 19. The David O. McKay School of Education is one of the annual sponsors of the show and presents one artist every year with an Award of Excellence. This year, the award was given to artist Kyri Forman for their beautiful glass artwork.


Employee Spotlight



Meet Heidi Bussey! Heidi is our new clinical professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education (CPSE). This Seattle native would rather spend her Saturdays in Disney World, but usually ends up working on the remodel of her house.

We can't wait for everyone to get to know her!

Giveaway Winners


Heather Lue completed our fun love song crossword puzzle this month and is enjoying a new book!


March 2 | Devotional: Gary E. Stevenson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
March 2 | Lunchtime Discussion
March 9 | Devotional: Janalee Emmer, MoA Associate Director of Exhibitions & Programming
March 14 | Daylight Saving Time
March 16 | Devotional: Mark L. Pace, Sunday School General President
March 17 | St. Patrick's Day
March 23 | Devotional: Kyle S. McKay, General Authority Seventy
March 30 | Forum: Drew Gilpin Faust, American Historian and Author
See the Full Calendar