I seem to be aware to a lot of conference, I think it comes with the territory of being connected. Many conferences catch my eyes and I dream of going but the reality is often that the days don’t fit, the price is too high, the location is too far away, or it is not quite what I am looking for. Imagine my delight then when a new conference caught my eye and I, for once, realized that this one might just be something for me.
From the authors behind the great book What Connected Educators Do Differently , Jimmy Casas, Todd Whitaker, Jeff Zoul comes the What Great Educators Do Differently Conference – yes, that’s a mouthful, but completely worth your time! So why is this conference piquing my interest?
- The presenters! It is not often you get the likes of Todd Whitaker, Shannon Miller, Jimmy Casas, Angela Maiers, Dwight Carter, and even my friend Joe Sanfellipo at the same conference presenting. And the best part is that they are not the only ones, to see the full list of presenters go here. I think what made me the happiest, though, was the mix of presenters. From professors, to superintendents, to classroom teachers and everything in between, this conference promises to have many voices represented, not just that of professional presenters.
- The location! The great conferences are almost always far away from the Midwest but this one is right in Chicago. A mere 2 1/2 hours from my house.
- The dates! Yes please to professional development on a Friday and a Saturday in October (the 16th and 17th) because by then I feel like i am ready to learn again. I have gotten over the beginning of year craziness and am ready to be inspired.
- The vision! As much as I love being inspired when I got to conferences, I really want practical ideas that I can implement right now. This conference promises to give me both; great inspiration and even an unconference in the middle of it to make sure attendee voices can be heard as well. What more could you want?
So you may be wondering whether I am getting paid to write this, but no I am not, this conference looks that great. I hope you check it out!
I am a passionate teacher in Oregon, Wisconsin, USA but originally from Denmark, who has taught 4th, 5th, and 7th grade. Proud techy geek, and mass consumer of incredible books. Creator of the Global Read Aloud Project, Co-founder of EdCamp MadWI, and believer in all children. The second edition of my first book “Passionate Learners – How to Engage and Empower Your Students” is available for pre-order now. Second book“Empowered Schools, Empowered Students – Creating Connected and Invested Learners” is out now from Corwin Press. Join our Passionate Learners community on Facebook and follow me on Twitter @PernilleRipp.