Summit Schools is proud to host informational community events to learn more about topics in education and those affecting students and their families today. These events bring together leaders in their respective fields to discuss trends, news, and professional opinions about a wide variety of areas affecting schools and education today.

Past Summit Series events have featured:

  • Untying the Knot: The Importance of Cultural Inclusion in the Classroom” with acclaimed authors Sandra Cisneros and Randy Ribay.
  • Moving Toward OUR History: The Importance of an Inclusive Curriculum” with local professional leaders LaNisha Cassell and Sean Donaldson, both from the African American Museum of Iowa; Dr. Ashley Howard, assistant professor at the University of Iowa; and Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey.
  • Social Emotional Learning: What it is and why it matters” with Philippe Ernewein (Director of Education at Denver Academy), Dr. Byron McClure (National Certified School Psychologist and Founder of Lessons For SEL), and Dr. Kari Vogelgesang (Clinical Associate Professor of Elementary Education at the University of Iowa; Director of Professional Development for the Iowa Center for School Mental Health and the Baker Teacher Leader Center).
  • “Strategies for Young Readers” a three-week in-person class with Summit educators in 2020.