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Save the date for ideaU 2022!

Join us virtually August 1-3, 2022

At this year's ideaU Summer Institute, we will have daily live keynotes. After the keynotes, attendees will be able to choose from various live virtual sessions and on-demand sessions for the three days of the event! 

Rekindle Your Spark at ideaU!


What is ideaU?

ideaU is a week-long, virtual institute hosted by IDEA every summer. It’s a place where you can connect with fellow educators, learn in an engaging and fun environment, and get inspired for the upcoming school year.

With both live and on-demand sessions, find inspiration and take a deep dive into the 4 key learning strands for ideaU 2022: 

  • Wellness
  • Inclusion
  • Media Literacy
  • Computer Science & Literacy

We can't wait to see you at ideaU this summer! Stay tuned for speaker and keynote announcements coming soon! 

keynote speakers!


Keynote Day 1 | Dr. Kerry Magro

Award-winning autistic professional speaker and best-selling author

Dr. Kerry Magro started professional speaking 10 years ago via the National Speakers Association after he fell in love with theatre as a child to help with his social and communication skills. Today he has spoken at over 1000 events during that time include 2 TEDxTalks and a 'Talks at Google' presentation. In addition, Kerry is CEO & President of KFM Making A Difference, a nonprofit organization that hosts inclusion events and has provided 10 scholarships for students with autism for college and counting since 2011. In his spare time, he hosts a Facebook Page called Kerry's Autism Journey that now has 214,000 Facebook followers where he does on-camera interviews highlighting people impacted by a diagnosis to breaking down barriers in our community. His videos have been watched over 35 Million times.

Kerry’s best-selling books Defining Autism From The Heart, and Autism and Falling in Love have reached Amazon Best-Seller Lists for Special Needs Parenting. You can contact him about speaking with your group virtually or in person at Kerrymagro@gmail.com. He is based in Hoboken, New Jersey



Keynote Day 2 | Dr. Donna Leak

Superintendent, Community Consolidated Schools District 168 Vice Chair, Illinois State Board of Education


Dr. Leak holds a BS in Mathematics, MS in Educational Administration, and PhD in Leadership and Policy Studies. Dr. Donna Leak began her career as a 6th grade math teacher and she went on to teach high school mathematics and became the youngest and first African American Department Chairperson at Homewood-Flossmoor High School.

In 1999, Dr. Leak left the public education sector to work as an International Consultant for Mathematics. Dr. Leak worked with the Department of Defense and American Community Schools in Western Europe, Asia, and South America. She has trained thousands of teachers abroad, and in large domestic areas such as New York, Detroit, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Memphis.

Dr. Leak's keynote is titled What's Race Got to do With it?  





Keynote Day 3 | TBD

Stay tuned for the Day 3 keynote announcement! 




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