Instructional Leadership, emphasis: K-12 School Leadership (MEd)
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Share your research with the College of Education

Educate2Act is an undergraduate research conference hosted every spring by the College of Education to provide undergrads with an opportunity to develop their interest and voice in research and creative inquiry. Many students consider submitting their work to the Undergraduate Symposium after having a chance to present to their peers and faculty mentors in the College of Education.

Teacher candidates are encouraged to develop existing assignments into a presentation. Faculty can encourage teacher candidates by talking through how assignments can be made relevant for the conference, mentoring their students in research and presentation skills, and offering extra credit to participate in the event both as presenters and attendees. We also welcome new student and faculty steering committee members; if you are interested or have students who may be interested, please encourage them to reach out.

If you have questions, would like to participate, or have students who you think would be a good fit for this leadership opportunity, please reach out to Associate Professor Gerald Wood.

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Research Conference

Join us as we engage in critical dialogue about current demands in public education and how future teachers can enact positive change.

What issues in education are important to you?

This informative and energizing student conference offers opportunities for personal development and constructive conversations. Presentation mediums can vary greatly, including the following:

Art exhibit

Create a title for the exhibit and write a brief statement of purpose, including the topic and any related curriculum or community interests you want to explore. The title should be short, memorable, and illuminating. The statement does not need to be scholarly, but should reflect your intent and seriousness in bringing your exhibition to the community.

Digital story

A digital story combines photographs, narration, and music to tell a story. These are usually no more than five minutes in length.

“The Good Fight: a Digital Story by Kate Burns”

Spoken word

Spoken word is written on a page but performed for an audience. It relies on heavy use of rhythm, improvisation, rhymes, wordplay, and slang.

Five Tips on Spoken Word

“Taylor Mali: What Teachers Make”

Photo essay

A photo essay is a collection of images that are placed in a specific order to describe a progression of events, emotions, and concepts.

Five Photo Essay Tips


Poster sessions combine graphic displays of materials with the opportunity for a more individualized, informal discussion of research.

Giving an Effective Poster Presentation


These typically include a short presentation (about 5–10 minutes) by the facilitator, followed by discussion and feedback. Roundtable presenters should bring targeted questions to pose to others at the table in order to learn from and with those attending.  

Individual paper

In paper sessions, authors present shortened versions of their paper results in about 10–12 minutes. Paper sessions may include several different papers around related topics. After the papers have been presented, comments and questions may be asked by the audience. Authors can read their paper, use a PowerPoint/Prezi, or otherwise share their information. The session may have a facilitator who will draw connections among the papers.