This week I am highlighting reasons to come to the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence Summer Conference in June. The Martin is leaping to the front of authentic educator professional development with a by-invitation-only line-up of national and international teaching leaders and rich, two-hour blocks of active learning…the death knell of sit-and-get conferences. Here are a few more reasons you will want to register:
The two keynoters are national figures who represent the future of learning in America. Pam Moran is Superintendent of Albermarle County public schools, and is proving that innovation through leadership can trump the political obstacles we often associate with public education. Will Richardson has been a thought leader and oracle of transformed learning for years and will share both his passion and pragmatism in the second keynote address.
Design thinking will take a center stage as design/curriculum integration gurus Mary Cantwell from Atlanta, Greg Bamford from Seattle, and Bill Wolf-Tinsman and Dani Goldstein from Denver give active learning sessions in how to redirect your classroom so students ask the questions and find and solve the problems.
Throughout both days, leaders from the Memphis Area technology consortium MAIS-TEC will lead wide-ranging, hands-on lessons on bringing technology to the center of student-led learning. You will leave with real solutions that you can implement the next day in your own classes!
More tomorrow! Register at the Conference site; based on the pace of registration, it is likely space will fill up in the next few weeks.