If I had to choose a single big lesson from my work of the last two years it is this: to transform our schools we need to do two things for our teachers: paint the picture of a truly student-centered learning experience, and then give them the resources to re-tool. Unlike most major professional learning opportunities still dominated by “sit-and-get” presentations, The Martin Institute two-day Summer Conference has blossomed into a remarkable mash-up of active learning workshops facilitated by some of the most innovative educators in the country. Last year the Conference attracted nearly 800 attendees from 21 states.
This year, the Martin Institute will offer an impressive array of almost 40 unique workshops, along with a line-up of general session thought leaders that includes Ron Berger, founder of Expeditionary Learning, Donald Hense, founder of Friendship Public Charter Schools, and teacher-author Rafe Esquith.
Due to significant philanthropic support, the Martin Summer Conference is one of the most affordable learning events in America. Hope to see you all again in Memphis in June!