Education Week

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Courtesy BYU Continuing Education

Education Week, also known as BYU Education Week or Campus Education Week, is a five-day event held on the Brigham Young University campus in Provo, Utah, held in August each year. It began in 1922 as Leadership Week and is one of the largest continuing education programs of its type. Similar education weeks is held at BYU-Idaho.[1] More than 1,000 classes on varying topics are offered to participants aged fourteen and older.

An overall theme for the week is selected and reflects the program administrators’ goal to “teach, uplift, and inspire within the context of LDS orthodoxy.”[2] Class presenters are generally experts in their field and include faculty from BYU, instructors from Seminaries and Institutes of Religion of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and other experts. Topics include education, religion, marriage and family, the arts, history, genealogy, communication, finance, fitness, law, and self-improvement. Many classes are aimed specifically for teenagers.

Monday classes are self-contained and offer a one-day exploration of various topics. Classes are also held Tuesday through Friday, with each presenter in a particular time slot given the opportunity to lecture on a topic spread out in four 55-minute classes. Tuesday through Friday classes start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 9:25 p.m. Special performances are presented nightly and include popular plays, musical performances, and other wholesome entertainment. These performances are not part of the regular class offerings and are separate ticketed events. A youth dance is held on Thursday night.

Tuesday morning a devotional is held that traditionally features a message from a General Authority from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This devotional is open to the general public and is broadcast via KBYU.

Administrators of the program seek evaluations from attendees and seek to gear the instruction to the needs of those attending.

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