2018 Summit on Nevada Education Recap

Feb. 15, 2019


On December 4, the College of Education welcomed educators, policymakers and community leaders to the Fourth Annual Summit on Nevada Education to discuss the successes and challenges in education in our state. More importantly, attendees, speakers and panelists unpacked where we all need to come together in order to better focus our efforts to usher in the next era of education in Nevada.

Watch a video recap of the day below.

Morning Keynote Address by Clark County School District Superintendent, Jesús Jara


Joining Southern Nevada as CCSD's leader in June 2018, Dr. Jara discussed his findings from the listening tour he conducted during his first months as Superintendent, spoke about Clark County's unique local landscape, and emphasized the District's mission to effectively educating ALL students.


Keynote Address by Andrew J. Rotherham, Co-Founder & Partner, Bellwether Education Partners, and "Fireside Chat" with College of Education Dean Kim K. Metcalf


Having worked in varying roles as an education expert and consultant, Andrew Rotherham unpacks the national landscape of education and the biggest threats facing our nation. Then, he and Dean Metcalf sit down for a Q&A to discuss the role of research in bettering education, the responsibility of colleges of education, and the opportunity for state legislatures to make big impacts in a time of stagnant federal reforms.


Innovation in the New Era: Project CULTURED


UNLV College of Education Doctoral Candidates Sarah V. McCarthy, Katelyn Zirkus,  Doctoral Graduate Kathy Ewoldt, and Project CULTURED C0-Investigator and Moderator Joseph Morgan are researchers aiming to translate cutting-edge research into practice in ways that are beneficial and meaningful to educators and students in the classroom. Hear from them about their experience as Project CULTURED scholars and how they worked with local educators and schools to make contributions that help students and teachers in real classrooms.


Policy Issues in Education


With the 2019 Nevada Legislative Session quickly approaching, College of Education faculty and staff preview some of the most pressing issues facing the state, including: the teacher workforce, teacher leadership, Autism in early childhood education, supporting high-quality early childhood education, identifying children with disabilities, school safety, and more.


Matt Borek, Ph.D., Director of Educator Preparation, Recruitment & Field Placement
Danica G. Hays, Ph.D., Executive Associate Dean & Professor
Cori More, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Lois Paretti, Ed.M., Field Experience Coordinator
Jenna Weglarz-Ward, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Sam Song, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Moderator: Todd Mason, Director of Government Affairs, Wynn Resorts Limited

A Conversation with Legislative Education Committee Representatives, Assemblywoman Brittney Miller (D-5) and State Senator Joyce Woodhouse (D-5)


Highlighting what is sure to be a productive year, Panel Moderator & College of Education Assistant Professor Brad Marianno discusses Nevada Education Committee Members priorities and focus for the upcoming legislative session.


Nevada Partners Panel: Leading into the New Era


Community stakeholders discuss where our state is headed we should set our sights to build a strong Nevada for generations to come.


Jeremy Aguero, Principal Analyst, Applied Analysis
Jan Jones Blackhurst, Executive Vice President of Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility, Caesars Entertainment
Jesús Jara, Ed.D., Superintendent, Clark County School District
Richard Knoeppel, 2019 Nevada Teacher of the Year
Lisa Morris-Hibbler, Director, Department of Youth Development and Social Innovation, City of Las Vegas
Sean Parker, Executive Director, Teach For America Las Vegas Valley
Moderator: Terri Janison, President and Chief Executive Officer, Grant A Gift Autism Foundation