2014 Calendar of Events

4–6 June

Engaging Students and Teachers in Science

23–24 June

Teaching Writing for Children

30 June–3 July

Arts Curriculum, Teaching and Methods

30 June–1 July

Vanquishing Technophobia: Microsoft Office for Educators—Part I (Beginner)

2–3 July

Vanquishing Technophobia: Microsoft Office for Educators—Part II (Advanced)

7–11 July

Teaching Math the Way Children Think—Part I

25–26 July

The Best in Children's Literature

25 July–1 August

Teaching Math the Way Children Think—Part II


Damon Bahr

Damon Bahr’s area of discipline is math education. He teaches mathematics pedagogy in the Department of Teacher Education at BYU.

Education: Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from Brigham Young University, 1988; M.Ed., elementary education, Utah State University, 1982; B.S., elementary education, mathematics minor, Brigham Young University, 1979; license endorsement, elementary mathematics, Utah State Office of Education, 2005.

Experience: Associate professor, Brigham Young University, 2006; associate professor, Utah Valley State College, 1997–2006; elementary teacher, Alpine School District, 1983–1997; elementary teacher, Washington County School District, 1979–1983. Research focuses on performance assessment in the context of professional development, elementary mathematics teacher induction, and public school-university partnering and mathematical discourse.

Other: Faculty Excellence Award, Utah Valley State College, 2004; Alumni Faculty of the Year, Utah Valley State College, 2003; Carl V. Watkins Outstanding Educator, Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce, 1995; Golden Apple Outstanding Educator Award, Orem City PTA Council, 1994; Karl Jones Utah State Elementary Math Teacher of the Year, Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1993.

Mark Graham

Mark Graham has illustrated over a dozen books and has been featured in a number of art museums around the nation.

Education: Ed.D. Department of Curriculum and Teaching, The Art Students League of New York, New York, NY, in drawing, painting, and anatomy; bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Utah.

Experience: Associate professor at Brigham Young University where he teaches graduate and undergraduate course in art education. Formerly taught at Washington State University and also served as the Art Department chairman and district coordinator for Port Washington Public Schools.

Duane Merrell

Duane Merrell’s area of discipline is physics and preparing secondary physical science teachers at BYU.

Education: Associate's degree from the College of Eastern Utah, bachelor's degree from Utah State University, and master's degree from Utah State University.

Experience: Associate professor of education at Brigham Young University where he teaches physics classes and prepares students to teach secondary physical sciences. He has 20 years of teaching experience in public schools.

Gene Nelson

Gene Nelson is director of the Provo (Utah) City Library.

Education: MLS in library and information sciences, BYU.

Experience: During his 35-year career in the library business, he has worked in elementary school, middle school, college, and public libraries. He has built three libraries, including the renovated Provo City Library at Academy Square, and has taught children's literature for nearly 30 years.

He has Participated on many local, regional, and national committees, including the Randolph Caldecott committees in 2000 and 2010. (The Caldecott Award is given each year by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most outstanding American picture book.)

Bradley Ross

Bradley Ross is an expert on information technology.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in computer science, BYU; Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.

Experience: Business analyst, BYU Office of Information Technology, providing strategic guidance for campus technology solutions; manager, BYU Open Access Technologies, operating a lab of 1,200 computers; Technical Training Program Coordinator, training technology and office professionals in topics ranging from server configuration to telephone systems to computer basics.

Previous member of the American Society of Training and Development; EDUCAUSE conference presenter on the subject of lecture capture; blogger on subjects of personal and professional interest since 2004; producer of a free podcast recording of James E. Talmage’s landmark work, Jesus the Christ, which has been downloaded more than 50,000 times.

Brad Wilcox

Brad Wilcox is a prolific author of books for children, teens and adults. He teaches literacy courses at BYU and is a popular presenter/consultant at schools across the country and internationally.

Education: Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, University of Wyoming.

Experience: Associate professor of education at Brigham Young University where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy and children’s literature. Formerly taught sixth grade in Provo, Utah.

Other: Author of “There’s a Way, Annie McRae!” and “Hip, Hip, Hooray for Annie McRae!” Keynote speaker at the national conferences of the Golden Key Honor Society, Education Planning Solutions, America's Junior Miss Scholarship Program, and many state student council leadership, gifted and talented, and Head Start conferences. He formerly lived in New Zealand where he directed a study abroad program for BYU. He is a former president of the Chile Santiago East Mission and a current member of the Sunday School General Board for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints.