Leading literacy educators from across the country are invited to present on literacy issues for all content areas at the biannual Literacy Promise Conference co-sponsored by the McKay School Alumni Society and the Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling (CITES). The sessions offered are for K–12 teachers. An added incentive is the opening event featuring an award-winning author. Authors who have presented include Shannon Hale, Brandon Sanderson, Jennifer Nielson, and Allie Condie.
The McKay School's Power of Teaching Lecture Series began in 2008 as a reminder of why people choose the field of education as their lifes work and how each of us have special contributions we bring to our students. The series is held four times a year during the fall and winter semesters. Speakers include current faculty, alumni, and have included widely known figures such as Brad Wilcox, Russell Osguthorpe, and Elaine Dalton. Alumni, students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend this inspiring and uplifting event.
The McKay School Homecoming Gathering is held on Homecoming game day, after the parade and before the football game. The event is open to all alumni, which includes those who graduated from the BYU College of Education or from the David O. McKay School of Education—its all the same. Come visit with old friends or meet new ones, enjoy a complementary tailgate meal, and maybe you'll even win some McKay or BYU swag.
Every February, the McKay School invites upperclassmen to dine and converse with local educational professionals in the Wilkinson Center Skyroom. It is an opportunity for prospective teachers to ask questions about their careers in education—anything from what to include in a resume, how to prepare for an interview, what to incorporate in classroom curriculum and discipline, or opportunities to utilize new knowledge in the field of education. This is a great opportunity to give back by helping education students prepare for the future.