7th Annual Summit on Nevada Education


Nov. 16, 2021 (All day)

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Student Union Ballroom


The Whole Student, The Whole Community
Lessons from the pandemic magnified the importance of the community working together to foster PK-20 student success. In a combination of in-person and online sessions, where we'll delve into educational challenges and explore community-focused approaches to addressing the whole student.

At our morning plenary session, Nevada Independent editor Jon Ralston will lead a panel discussion with Nevada education leaders to discuss the "wicked problem" of education -- how economic, race, physical and mental health and other factors are inextricably tied to student success and what we can do to develop comprehensive solutions for Nevada's kids.

National Teacher of the Year (and Nevada teacher) Juliana Urtubey will join us as our luncheon keynote: Cultivating a Joyous and Just Education for All. In-person attendees can choose from a variety of breakout sessions, including:

  • “Teachers Don’t Really Encourage it”: A Critical Race Theory Analysis of High School Students’ of Color Perceptions of the Teaching Profession with Christine Clark and Norma Marrun, UNLV Center for Multicultural Education
  • Diversifying STEM: Increasing Participation in Underrepresented Groups (URGs) with Dr. Linda Johnson-McClinton, LJM Educational Services LLC and Enriching Engineering Explorations, Inc.
  • From the Therapy Room to the Classroom: Building a Trauma-Informed Culture in Schools with a panel from The Practice at UNLV
  • Focus on the Future for Kids: Utilizing ARP Funds to Build a Kids-First Community Vision with Kirsten Searer (Public Education Foundation) and Jana Wilcox-Levin (Opportunity 180)
  • Integrated Student Supports as an Evidence-Based Strategy for Equity & School Improvement with Tami Hance Lehr, and Debbie Palacios (Communities in Schools)
  • Focusing on the Whole Student: Connection Before Content with Teresa Byington (University of Nevada, Reno Cooperative Extension)
  • Educational Equity in the Wake of COVID: Where Do We Go from Here? with Sonya Douglass Horsford (Columbia University)
  • The Evolving Role of Labor Organizations in Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Schooling with Brenda Pearson (Clark County Education Association) and Bradley Marianno (UNLV College of Education)
  • Nevada Partners: Advocacy from Cradle to Career with Ashanti Lewis (Nevada Partners)
  • Succeeding as a Black Educator with Brione Minor-Mitchell (Cunningham Elementary)
  • Plot, Plan, Strategize, Mobilize: Effective Advocacy with Yvette Williams,
    Clark County Black Caucus
  • AB371: Ensuring Safe and Respectful Learning Environments with Nevada
    Assemblywoman Brittney Miller

The summit will also include two online sessions, targeted especially for educators who may be unable to attend the in-person sessions during the regular school day, including:

  • 3:30-4:25 p.m. - Bring Joy and Justice to Inclusion Settings students with National Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey


Full conference (in-person and online sessions)

  • Regular (by Nov. 15): $50
  • At-the-door registration: $65
  • Online only: $20

Admission Information

Register Online

Registrants will receive a Zoom link for the online sessions 24 hours prior to the event. Zoom sessions will be recorded and available online within a week after the event.

Opportunity for CEU hours: UNLV's College of Education, in partnership with CCSD and Nevada Department of Education, will provide certification for completed professional development instructional hours toward teaching licensure renewal. Full day (in-person and online) participants earn eight instructional hours. Online-only participants earn two instructional hours. If you need a CEU certificate, please mark the appropriate box when registering.

Contact Information

UNLV College of Education
Nancy Weaver

External Sponsor

UNLV College of Education