College of Education

Social & Emotional Learning Conference

This conference will be focused on building empathy, compassion and mindfulness in schools.  With the pandemic spotlighting the need for greater understanding of social and emotional learning and behavioral health in our classrooms, we are advancing the conversation on "what's next?" Be part of the dialogue as we explore ways to promote the social, emotional and behavioral health of children and educators in ways that advance equity and excellence in education.  

Relationships as the Beating Heart of Higher Education: An Evening with Leo Lambert

On Tuesday, January 24, 2023,Leo Lambertwill bring together faculty and staff from Wartburg College and the University of Northern Iowa to explore the power of putting authentic relationships at the core of higher learning. Dr. Lambert, who is president emeritus of Elon College and co-author (with Peter Felten) ofRelationship-Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success in College(2021), will come to us via Zoom through a personal mentorship connection with President Rebecca Neiduski of Wartburg College.

Launching from a conversation with Zak Montgomery (Harry and Polly Slife Professorship in Humanities, Wartburg) and Jonathan Chenoweth (Director, UNI CETL), Dr. Lambert’s evening session will invite questions from all participants, including those involved in Relationship-Rich reading groups from both campuses. No prior reading is necessary, but if you are interested a good overview of the book with text and video resources is openly available from Elon College.

Start the Spring 2023 semester with some stories and conversation at the intersection of the inspirational and the practical.

“Drawing on nearly 400 interviews with students, faculty, and staff at 29 higher education institutions across the country,Relationship-Rich Educationprovides readers with practical advice on how they can develop and sustain powerful relationship-based learning in their own contexts. Ultimately, the book is an invitation—and a challenge—for faculty, administrators, and student life staff to move relationships from the periphery to the center of undergraduate education.”  –from the publisher

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African American Children and Families Conference

Welcome to the 12th Annual African American Children and Families Conference which carries the theme: Education, Justice and Equality: A Shared Responsibility.  This year's virtual event once again promises to provide high quality and culturally relevant  presentations on topics that appeal to faculty, staff, professional colleagues and community friends and neighbors, locally and far beyond the Cedar Valley. 

African American Read-In

For the 17th year, the UNI African American Read-In is part of National African American Read-In activities planned nationwide during Black History Month. This virtual event is planned for Thursday, February 16, 2023, with first graders locally and from across the state.  

11th Annual African American Children and Families Conference

Learn from a diverse group of leading presenters addressing critical issues impacting Black children and their families, particularly in light of the impact of a pandemic and ongoing discourse regarding social justice and equity.  Being hosted by the College of Education as a virtual event this year, the conference carries the theme "Embracing African American Children and Families' Unique Qualities." The focus is a strengths-based model to improve and advance quality of life through education, support and advocacy.  Theodora Pinnock, MD, Meharry Medical College, is among a slate of leading speakers planning to present. Register at:  (Free to UNI faculty and staff and middle and high school students; fees for regular attendees.) 

Virtuous Educator Speaker Series: Heather Battaly

Heather Battaly, University of Connecticut, will speak on "Intellectual Virtues and Vices in the Classroom," as the final session in the Virtuous Educator Speaker Series for academic year 2020-21. This is part of a series focused on moral and intellectual virtue hosted by the Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations and Leadership Studies in the UNI College of Education.  More information: Register here:

10th Annual African American Children and Families Conference

The 10th annual African American Children and Families Conference, "The Time is Now: Restructuring Our Mind and Spirit" will be a virtual one-day conference this year. The conference, sponsored by the UNI College of Education with support by the President's and Provost's offices, will offer a general public track and youth tracks. Registrants will receive webinar links upon registration.  J. Luke Wood, from San Diego State University, will kick off the general public conference with a keynote session on "Black Minds Matter." Other topics include community development; the role of parents, educators and students; literacy; diversity issues in schools; and a panel discussion on perspectives and lives of Black girls. Get details at 

Who should attend: Pre-service and in-service teachers, administrators, childcare providers, law enforcement, policy makers, social workers, health professionals, business leaders, employers, students, faculty -- anyone committed to improving the lives of children! Free to UNI faculty, staff and students with minimal fee for general public. Register at