1. You get to meet people with similar interests and experiences who may help you expand your educational and professional network
2. You become exposed to new opportunities and experiences
3. You may be challenged to consider new ideas and theories that can impact your own teaching
4. Your may be energized, inspired and encouraged
5. You too have the opportunity to exhibit, demonstrate, or share your ideas for reading
6. You have an opportunity to build potential partnerships and relationships that will help you personally or professionally
7. You might be inspired to write or create something new for your own classroom
8. You may receive answers to difficult or challenging questions that you have been considering
9. You will find lots of practical information you can put to immediate use.
Here are a few of the comments from some of the sessions from previous conferences:
Amanda Slater, an elementary education major at UCF said, "I attended the National Geographic Explorer session with Mireya Mayor. This was a very interesting session. I have never been to a conference before and this was an excellent session to kick off the day for me. I was very intrigued and really liked her speech and pictures. The video clips were amazing. What an awe-inspiring woman!"
And Carmeron Jones, a 5th grade teacher added, "I really enjoyed the National Geographic presentation with Mireya Mayor. I loved all the pictures and videos that she provided. I can't wait to show my class her website and let them track a "real-life" explorer. They will love that added to our science center."
Brain research has been a focus in teaching at my school for several years. I was excited to attend Katie Garner's session on "The Secret to Cracking the Reading Code". Her research-based strategies and bag of tricks were energetically presented and left us all satisfied and empowered to "crack the reading code". Pamela Buff, Bradenton, FL
Deb Tremblay, Osceola County contributed that the Conversations and Comprehension presented by Vicky Zygouris-Coe and Lourdes Smith offered wonderful ideas and strategies to engage students in reading and help them interact with one text, regardless of content area. Targeted conversation will increase comprehension, and the presenters offered three different approaches that may be integrated into any classroom without an overwhelming amount of teacher preparation.