Kristen Smith giving her talk for Education week 2020

Brigham Young University-Idaho will hold its annual Education Week conference exclusively online this year. As a health and safety precaution due to COVID-19, a face-to-face conference will not take place on the BYU-Idaho campus. In place of the traditional three-day conference, a free one-day virtual conference will be held on Friday, July 31.

Every year, Education Week hosts special guests that promise to make the experience even more meaningful and this year is no exception. The online conference will start at 9:00 a.m. with the traditional opening keynote speaker. This year’s opening speaker will be BYU-Idaho University Resources Vice President Brett Cook. The closing keynote speaker will begin at 2:00 p.m. with latter-day saint author and blogger Emily Belle Freeman.

Online participants will be able to watch eight general virtual classes spanning a variety of topics that participants can choose from. To provide content for the entire family, an additional three youth-focused classes will also be available, as well as family activities that include a garden tour, hidden picture scavenger hunt, coloring pages, and more.

Virtual classes and activities will remain available to view publicly on-demand after the one-day conference. More information about Education Week, including the class offerings, presenter information, and how to view the content, is available at We hope you enjoy this year’s virtual conference and look forwarding to hosting another face-to-face conference in 2021.