Summer Conference Season

It is summertime and educators and administrators are gearing up to attend professional learning conferences across the country.  From local and regional to state, national, and international, these conferences are certainly an investment of time (as they can range from multi-day to week-long), personnel, effort, and funds.

So, how do you make the most of these opportunities?  How do you prepare to focus on specific outcomes, organize your notes, reflect on learning, and ultimately impact your work as a result?  I recommend a few tools to use before, during, and after the conferences to maximize your experience.

  • Listen to this episode from the Making Math Moments that Matter podcast.  Kyle Pearce and Jon Orr share 5 tips on how to get the most out of the conferences you attend and also what can you do if you can’t attend a conference this year.  I also recommend you download their Conference Companion as a tool for your note taking as well.
  • Do you have a digital portfolio?  This collection from Bulb is designed to help you create a game plan and document your learning, making the most of your conference attendance—before, during and after.  Planning ahead affords you time during the conference sessions to start learning immediately and organize your thoughts so you can take them back to implement when you return.

Want to learn more?  Here are Nine Tips for Making the Most of Your Next Education Conference from PBS Education.

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