Brigham Young University
July 15, 2017
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Regular Registration – $39
.5 BYU credit hours – $177
About LDS Educators Association
The purpose of the LDS Educators Association is to challenge educators who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to consider the relationship between their covenants and their professional practice. It provides a place to
- discuss critical contemporary issues in the context of faith,
- encourage educators to consider the unique aspects of LDS doctrine, and
- network together in finding the most effective ways to strengthen learning in all settings.
8:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Welcome, Prayer, Introduction of Keynote Speaker
8:45 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Opening Keynote Address: John S. Tanner
9:30 a.m.–9:40 a.m.
9:40 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.–10:40 a.m.
10:40 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.–11:40 a.m.
11:40 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Lunch, Networking Actvity
WSC East Ballroom
2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion Led by Amy Miner
WSC East Ballroom
2:45 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m.
Closing Keynote Address: Tad R. Callister
4:50 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tad R. Callister, Sunday School General President
Tad R. Callister was serving in the Presidency of the Seventy and as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy when he was called as the Sunday School general president. He has served in a number of Church callings, including as a full-time missionary in the Eastern Atlantic States Mission, bishop, stake president, regional representative, mission president, and area seventy.
Callister received a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Brigham Young University, a juris doctor from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in tax law from New York University Law School. He spent most of his professional career practicing tax law. He and his wife, Kathryn Louise Saporiti, are the parents of six children.
John S. Tanner, President of BYU–Hawaii
John S. Tanner is the tenth president of BYU–Hawaii. He assumed the presidency in July 2015 after a thirty-year career as a professor and administrator at BYU in Provo. At BYU, Tanner served as academic vice president, associate academic vice president, English department chair, and professor of English, with an emphasis in English renaissance and religious literature.
Prior to his appointment as BYU–Hawaii president, Tanner had been serving in the Sunday School general presidency (2014–15) and as president of the Brazil São Paulo South Mission (2011–14) for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Tanner earned his bachelor of arts degree in English from BYU in 1974 and his doctorate in English from University of California, Berkeley, in 1980. He began his teaching career at Florida State University, but soon joined the BYU faculty in 1982 as an assistant professor. He also spent time as a Fulbright professor in Brazil. Tanner is the author of several books, including an award-winning study of Milton and Kierkegaard, and numerous articles and essays. He has also written a number of hymn texts, including one that appears in the Church’s hymnal.
Tanner is married to Susan W. Tanner, former Young Women general president of the Church (2002–08). They have five children and twenty grandchildren.
Bryan Bowles, McKay School Associate Clinical Professor
“Feeding the Shepherd”
The demands on today’s classroom teachers can be overwhelming. As teachers, our focus is often on everything and everyone except ourselves. We are rarely on our own priority list. This presentation focuses on putting teachers back on the priority list. Taking daily time to renew pays big dividends in happiness, energy, creativity, health, and spiritual renewal. We can only be on our Father’s errands when we take time to listen.
Bryan Bowles is an associate clinical professor at in the McKay School at BYU. Prior to joining BYU, Bowles served as the superintendent of the Davis School District for 14 years. Bowles has also held various leadership positions throughout the district; he served as a principal and as a teacher at Bountiful High School, as well as an assistant principal at Millcreek Junior High School.
He also served as president of the Utah School Superintendent's Association, a member of the board of trustees of Weber State University, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Utah and Utah State University, among other positions. Prior to these roles, he served as the vice president of the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Scott Ferrin, McKay School Professor
“Religious Freedom Issues in US Educational Settings”
Scott Ferrin is a professor in the McKay School’s Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations and an adjunct professor of law at BYU. Prior to joining BYU, Ferrin served as executive assistant to the president, trustee liaison officer, and secretary to the board of Bryant College.
His research focuses heavily on educational law and policy; school and constitutional law, including church and state issues; politics and policy; language policy; leadership issues, including relationship of higher education to primary and secondary education; and governance issues in higher education.
He has lectured internationally and been published widely in many scholarly journals and books, including the Bilingual Research Journal, Education and Urban Society, Equity and Excellence in Education, Higher Education Policy, International Journal of Higher Education, and the Journal of Law and Education.
Ferrin holds a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctor from BYU; he also holds a master of education and a doctorate of education from Harvard University.
Amy Miner, Research and Development Associate, BYU ARTS Partnership
Amy Miner taught elementary school in the Jordan School District before going on to earn her master’s degree in children’s literature at BYU and her PhD in curriculum instruction from Utah State University. For over 20 years, she has been an advocate for integration and student-directed pedagogy. While at BYU, Amy has spent time teaching methods courses and seminars on teacher education in the McKay School of Education as well as the Foundations of the Family course in the department of Church History. She loves engaging students of all ages in hands-on, integrated, and student-directed learning.
A. LeGrand Richards, McKay School Associate Professor
“Karl G. Maeser: Educational Pioneer of Church and State”
Many know what a great contribution Brother Karl G. Maeser made to Church education, but not so many are aware of his role in helping the public school system in Utah. Brother Maeser was a great truth seeker who helped pioneer both systems. I will discuss some of the great lessons we can learn from his life.
A. LeGrand (Buddy) Richards is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations at BYU. He served as department chair from 2005 through 2009 and as the president of the Far Western Philosophy of Education Society from 1995 to 1996. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Würzburg, Germany. Specializing in educational philosophy, he has published an educational biography of Karl G. Maeser, founder of BYU [Called to Teach: The Legacy of Karl G. Maeser (BYU Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2014)]. Richards was recently released as president of the Provo Utah South Stake, where he served for 10 years. He is the father of five daughters and grandfather of 14 grandchildren.
Mossi White, Child and Public Education Advocate
“The Best School in the Land”
I have visited schools in all 50 states and several foreign countries. I have seen both the worst and the best. In these challenging times, it is imperative that our children receive their education in the best of schools. We must not fail. Our futures depend on it.
Mossi White was born and raised in Norway. She is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and immigrated to this country—all by herself—at age 19. Mossi was elected to the Provo School Board and served for 18 years. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Utah School Boards Association and is the only person elected to serve twice as its president. Mossi was also elected to the Board of Directors of the National School Boards Association and served as its president from 2002 through 2003. She has given keynote addresses at conferences in all 50 states and several foreign countries. Mossi is the widow of Joe White and is the mother of three daughters, two of whom are attorneys and one who earned a PhD in psychology.
Alan Wilkins, Director of the BYU Faculty Center
“Spiritually Strengthening and Intellectually Enlarging?”
BYU’s Mission and Aims anticipate that faculty members will strengthen their students both spiritually and intellectually. How is it possible to do both? This session will address that question based on discussions with exemplary BYU faculty members across disciplines and perspective gained from student focus groups and surveys of students talking about their most influential faculty members. I will provide you with a number of practical ideas about how you can help your students both spiritually and intellectually.
Alan L. Wilkins is a professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership and Strategy and is currently serving as director of the Faculty Center at BYU. He received his PhD in organizational behavior from Stanford in 1979 and has been a faculty member at BYU since that time. He served as BYU’s academic vice president from 1996 to 2004.
Prior to his service in BYU’s administration, Wilkins contributed to early research on organizations as sub-cultures. He studied the role of organizational stories in expressing cultural values and the relationship of organizational culture to organizational change and performance. His research has appeared in many of the best journals of his field.
He received the Outstanding Faculty Award of the Marriott School of Management in 2013 and was also named the mentor of the year by the students in the Organizational Behavior and Human Resources emphasis of the Master of Business Administration Program. From 2004 to 2007, Wilkins served as the mission president of the Argentina Buenos Aires North Mission. He and his wife are the parents of eight children.
Mark B. Woodruff, Assistant to the Commissioner of Education and Secretary to the LDS Church Boards of Education and Trustees
“The CES Global Education Initiative: Increasing Educational Opportunities for all Church Members”
In 2015, the Church Board of Education approved the policy “to provide opportunities for education to the members of the Church wherever the Church is organized” and the Global Education Initiative was started. The Global Education Initiative is focused on helping Church members experience deep learning, done in the Lord’s way, in order to help members rise “. . . to the full stature of [their] divine potential.” All organizations within the Church Educational System will contribute to the Initiative’s educational offerings. On a limited basis, in some international areas, Seminaries & Institutes of Religion is exploring how the Church might support and strengthen performance of LDS students in their local public or private secondary education schools. BYU–Pathway Worldwide is responsible to coordinate the online higher education programs within the Global Education Initiative.
Mark B. Woodruff began his service as the assistant to the commissioner of education and the secretary to the LDS Church boards of education and trustees in 2014. Prior to this position, Woodruff was the director of Missionary Services for the LDS Church. Woodruff has also worked at BYU as the director of the public affairs office, the director of marketing and communications for the Alumni Association, and the executive director of the BYU President's Club.
Woodruff earned both his PhD in leadership in administration with an emphasis in higher education and his MBA from BYU. He was an adjunct instructor at BYU for over 25 years, teaching marketing, public relations, and public speaking.
Woodruff’s Church assignments include serving as a mission president in the Brazil Recife Mission, as a counselor in a stake presidency, and as a bishop. He currently is the executive secretary in a mid-single adult ward. He and his wife, Peggy, are the parents of six children.