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The Best of Summer Education Conferences

Summer is just around the corner! Are you dreaming of some much needed pool-time, ice-cream-eating, back-yard BBQ fun? We are! After you’ve packed up your last classroom box and sent off your final report card comments, you will be free to relax and recharge for the next two months.  While you enjoy the “relaxing,” we’ve got you covered for ideas for “recharging.”

Education conferences are a great way to recharge! They provide a forum for meeting some of the most influential people in education and help you to gather new ideas and inspiration for your future classroom.  However, because there are a variety of educational conferences planned in cities all over the country, it can be difficult (and time-consuming) to choose the one best suited to your interests.

No worries! The teachers from The Teacher’s Academy have organized a list of high quality, worth-the-trip, educational conferences planned for this summer.  Our list of conferences includes: location, dates, theme, keynote speakers, a sampling of sessions and a link to the website for more information. Enjoy this quick glimpse of the most popular educational conferences and find the best way for you to recharge!

ASCD Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 9.35.23 AM
Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, LA
Theme: Teaching Excellence
July 8-10

Keynote Speakers:

  • Andrew Miller, Education Consultant for ASCD
  • Darlene Axtell, Teacher, Counselor, Presenter for ASCD
  • Carol Ann Tomlinson, Teacher of the Year, recipient of All-University Teaching Award and best-selling author
  • Erik Powell, Teacher, Curriculum Designer, ASCD faculty
  • Nicole Clifton, Instructional Leader, Author

 Highlights of the ASCD conference:

  • Expand your professional skill set.
  • Target your learning needs.
  • Uncover teacher-proven secrets.
  • Cultivate relationships with colleagues and experts.
  • Advance your career.

Sample of Sessions:

  • Designing Project-Based Learning Activities for Rigorous Learning
  • Designing Lessons with Student Engagement in Mind
  • Improving School Culture to Improve Student Achievement
  • Creating a Classroom Environment Focused on the Whole Child
  • Lesson Planning for Creative and Critical Thinking Skills
  • NOLA as a Classroom: Travel as a Resource for Excellent Education

For more information visit the ASCD website.

 

NAESP National  Association of Elementary School Principals naesp
The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD
Theme: Best Practices for Better Schools
July 6-8

Keynote Speakers:

  • Daniel Goleman, Psychologist and Author
  • Dr. Russell Quaglia, President of Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations
  • Pedro Noguera, Urban Sociologist

Highlights of the NAESP conference:

  • Leading Pre-K-3 Learning Communities 
  • High Leverage Leadership (Practices for 21st Century Principals)
  • Emerging Issues (Game Changers in Education)
  • Transforming Schools (Equality & Equity)
  • Arts Education (Spotlight on the “A” in STEAM for 21st Century Learning)
  • Technology and Social Media (Curriculum Integration, Digital Tools, & Communication Strategies)

 Session Samples:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders at School: Life Literacy and the Pursuit of Content
  • Band of Brothers: A Focus on Making Good Boys Great Young Men
  • Cultivating Creative Thinkers, Innovators and Masters of Core Content Through Design Thinking
  • Diggin’ Deep: What Matters Most for Student Results
  • Connecting Learners to Schools: Building a Culture that Engages and Supports Student Learning

 Note: This conference might be geared towards principals, but there are plenty of workshops for everyone.

For more information visit the NAESP website.

 

ISTE  International Society for Technology in Educationiste
The Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO
Theme: Educational Technology
June 26-29

 Keynote Speakers:

  • Michio Kaku, Theoretical Physicist and host of TV specials on: The Science Channel, The History Channel, BBC and The Discovery Channel
  • Ruha Benjamin, Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University.
  • Michelle Cordy, Inspirational 3rd Grade teacher from London, Ontario

Highlights of the ISTE Conference:

  • Experience the latest learning technologies.
  • Explore interactive teaching technologies that enhance creativity and learning.
  • Network with like-minded educators at the after-hours ISTE Campfires. These organic, participant-driven learning experiences, organized by topic, are designed for learning and sharing in an open environment.

Sample Sessions:

  • iPad for Early Learners: Create and Collaborate
  • Filmmaking for Teachers
  • The Essentials of Online and Blended Learning
  • A Day in the Life of a Google Classroom

For more information visit the ISTE website.

 

TCEC Texas Career Education Conferencetcec
Forth Worth Convention Center, Ft. Worth, TX
Theme: Career and Technical Educators
July 25-28

Keynote Speakers:

  • Adam Braun, Best selling author and Founder of Pencils of Promise, an organization that builds schools in poverty-stricken areas around the world
  • Mick Normington, Author and expert in understanding the types of skills needed in today’s work place

Highlights of the TCEC conference:

  • Explore the latest trends in Career and Tech Education.
  • Get advice from experts in the field on improving your program and instruction.
  • Network and connect with other teachers in the field.

Sample of Sessions:

  • Can I Use Your Pen? No! Go Make Your Own!
  • Learning Games: Anatomy and Physiology
  • New Teacher Orientation: Arch & Construction, Arts & A/V, Info Tech, Manufacturing and STEM
  • Claymation Basics
  • Bringing Cytogenics into the Classroom
  • Work Based Learning Training for Career Preparation/Practicum Programs

Note: This conference is specifically geared for career and technical educators like: Administrators, Counselors, Business/Finance Teachers, Marketing Teachers, Health Science Teachers, Manufacturing Teachers, Architecture Teachers, STEM Teachers, Arts, A/V and Communication Teachers

For more information visit the TCEC website.

 

Campus Technologycampus technology
Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA
Theme: Education Technology Conference
August 1-4
 

Keynote Speakers:

  • Richard DeMillo, Executive Director of the Center for 21st Century Universities
  • Stephen Downs, Program Leader, Learning and Performance Support Systems
  • Amy Collier, Associate Provost for Digital Learning Middlebury College

Highlights of the Campus Technology conference:

  • Experience interactive, education workshops that focus on the advancement of educational institutions.
  • Discover innovative solutions to drive student success.
  • Develop new teaching and curriculum models to align with 21st century conditions.
  • Meet the pioneers who are revolutionizing the field of education.

Sample of Sessions:

  • Virtual Reality and the Future of Learning
  • Spruce up Your Campus Learning Spaces without Breaking your Budget
  • Coalescing Data-driven Student Lifecycle Solutions in Higher Education
  • Technology Trend Panel: Strategic Planning in an Era of Transformative Change
  • From Zero to Hero: Setting Up a 3-D Printing Infrastructure
  • Digital Learning for Arts Education

For more information, visit the Campus Technology website.

 

The Teacher’s Academy is a company created by teachers for teachers. We are an approved provider of Act 48 Hours in Pennsylvania and Continuing Education Units in Texas. We also offer ACSI hours for our Christian schoolteachers across the country.  We provide professional development hours for busy teachers in most states like Oregon, Colorado, Ohio, Virginia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, etc.   Find your state page on our website!

 

We hope you have fun checking out these conferences, but we really hope you have more fun relishing all that summer break has to offer.  Enjoy, teachers!

Teachers, Are Your Students Ready for College or a Career?

Eight signs that your students will make it next year!

Senior year- Many students have already checked out. They have their college admissions letter or maybe even a job lined up after school lets out… or maybe they don’t! Whatever their plans, what makes students successful after high school is how well you’ve prepared them for the next phase. Getting accepted into college or landing the job is only the first step for these young minds. How can you prepare them to have success in this next major endeavor? More importantly, does your curriculum even support it?

Standardized tests, state rankings, college acceptance rates and district polling requirements are clouding the real reason we got into this profession. With all of this noise, are you still able to prepare your students for the real world? Can they adapt to a life of responsibility, communication, collaboration, and creative thinking after high school? Let’s hope that the answer is yes, but just to be sure, take a look at the signs that your students are well on their way to a successful life after school lets out in June.

1. GPA is A-OK

It’s no surprise that grades do tell a lot about the student. Study habits, work ethic, rate of responsibility and stewardship can all be inferred by a single letter: A or B. In general, A or B students have greater success post-secondary school because it takes a lot of effort to maintain those grades throughout high school. These students generally have good interpersonal skills, are successful at thinking on their feet, can adapt to many situations and will have a stronger drive than other students. Anything less than an A or a B tells a different story. Administrators and bosses alike will choose the A/B student expecting a certain caliber of worker. However, grades don’t always show the full picture. This is where the other variables come into play:

2. Can your students make inferences?

In other words, can a student hear one idea and use it to draw conclusions about another idea? This is a great indicator of intelligence. It shows curiosity and the ability to think creatively. Both skills are crucial for navigating a life with more freedoms. Whether you are discussing a modern day Hamlet or the college basketball players’ union, do your students form opinions based in facts and observation? If so, well done! They have a good shot at success in their college or career path.

3. How are their comparing and contrasting skills?

How often do your students get to really compare and contrast content they are learning? The world is filled with conflicting stories and information. How well can your students evaluate the facts and compare and contrast opinions to determine their own? What lessons do you teach that affords them this opportunity? If your students can find common themes across texts and make connections easily to their own lives, these skills are sharp enough to propel them into the next phase of their life!

4. Can they utilize a variety of technology to present findings, communicate with peers or market themselves?

Nowadays, early on in a child’s education, students

 learn how to use the computer. At some point, a switch happens and they begin to use the computer to learn. In other words, they have the ability to accurately choose and execute a computer program based on its ability to either calculate, organize or present desired data. Students with this type of technical expertise not only have an advantage in the career and higher-learning sector, but are stiff competition for older candidates without this experience.

5. Are they comfortable speaking in a crowd… under pressure?

The ability to think on their feet is one of the most useful skills your students can acquire. Formal presentations are an effective way to achieve this goal. However, for an even more authentic experience, consider allowing students to present in front of a board of teachers, parents, or professionals in an environment that is unfamiliar to them. The experience will not only allow them to experience “being on” but will also help them to realize the real-life implications of their words.

6. Do they know how the stock market works and how world trends affect it? Do they even care?
While the developmental life skills mentioned above are the key indicators of potential success, giving your students a few extra tricks will give them an advantage in the world. Most schools offer a finance course as an elective which many students overlook. Unfortunately, many students graduate without any real understanding of “The Market” and the integral role it plays in world events. Giving them the fundamentals of this system will not only allow them a greater understanding of the world, but will also help them to plan their financial futures. Your students, our future leaders, will thank you for it.

7. Do they have a resume?

Even if the top three elements are Dog Walker, Soccer team and After-Care helper, students should go through the experience of creating their own resume. Taking the time to look back at their contributions and reflecting on the positives promotes drive and confidence. It’s also an incredible way to boost morale, teach life skills and work on good ol’ fashioned grammar. Not to mention, resume-writing skills are paramount to basic inter-personal communication that can be easily integrated into any curriculum model. Once students understand the basics of resume writing, teaching them the crucial role that resumes play in finding employment and what it takes to stand out from the rest of the crowd are invaluable tools.

8. Are YOU familiar with College and Career Readiness Standards?

The Common Core State Standards initiative, although a bit controversial, provides anchor standards for college and career readiness. We can debate the effectiveness of the Standards initiative all day. But let’s not! Buried in this website are key skills that prepare students for college and/ or a career. These readiness standards are divided into the following groups: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language. Integrating these standards into your planning will amount to a greater learning experience for your students and hopefully, prepare them for what the world is expecting of them upon graduation.

Colleges are designed to deepen a knowledge base and provide an opportunity for students to specialize their interests. The work force is willing to provide job-training skills, but only the truly prepared will be able to make the most of those experiences. Empower your students with the skills they will need for true future success… while teaching them what’s going to be on the next standardized test! 😉 Seem impossible? We’re teachers…There’s always a way.

Perhaps you are worried that teaching the stock market doesn’t fit in your curriculum or that standardized tests don’t test public speaking. Instead of seeing these things as obstacles, think of them as an opportunity to get creative and integrate these skills into your classes. The Teacher’s Academy’s course, College and Career Readiness helps you find areas in your curriculum that may lend themselves to teaching these life skills. Learn the basics of finance and the stock market and how you can deliver that information to your students. Encourage your students to start their own businesses and explore the preparation and planning that goes into it. Dive into Prezi as an alternative presentation software, update your resume, and hone in on your interviewing skills in The Teacher’s Academy professional development course, College and Career Readiness.

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