June 10, 2016 by

4 Reasons Not to Miss #ASCDCTE16

Whether you’re a teacher or teacher leader, or any other educator tasked with developing this and the next generation of great classroom practitioners, the 2016 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence is the conference for you. Every participant will find fresh, research-backed―and most importantly, practical― ideas to use in the classroom next year. Here are four reasons #ASCDCTE16 is not-to-be-missed:

  1. Abundant opportunities to learn from and collaborate with your favorite authors and experts.  

Carol Ann Tomlinson, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Erik Palmer, and Andrew Miller are just a few of the ASCD authors who will lead sessions at the conference. You’ll also hear directly from peers and colleagues, in every role from teacher to superintendent, about the latest practices proven to have a positive effect on student learning.

  1. The conference will kick your summer professional learning into high gear.

There are more than 150 sessions to choose from, each providing practical teaching solutions, and the range of content spans all grade levels and subjects. No matter your learning needs, you’re guaranteed to find the right sessions to target them.

  1. The chance to expand your personal learning network.

Whether it’s making new friends between sessions, chatting over coffee, or connecting on Twitter with the conference hashtag (it’s #ASCDCTE16, by the way), there are many ways to expand your network and find fellow educators who will both teach you and lift you up when you need it most.

  1. It’s in New Orleans!

Beignets, brass bands, and Bourbon Street. Those are some compelling B’s about the exciting backdrop New Orleans will provide for the conference. I guess you’d better be there to see it!

There goes reason #4…but still, there’s more!

  • Don’t miss the keynote luncheon presented by Tomlinson on Friday, July 8: “You Taught Me Real Good”―Lessons from 20 Years in the Classroom. You’ll gain insight into the highly effective teaching methods Tomlinson garnered as a high school, middle school, and preschool teacher.
  • There will be two networking breakfasts to choose from on both Friday and Saturday that will provide the spark to ignite each full day of learning.
  • If you wish to take a deeper dive into the subject you most want to explore, we can do that, too! Check out these three pre-conference institutes presented on July 7:
    • Disrupting Poverty: How Successful Teachers Do It with William Parrett and Kathleen Budge― The way you relate to students who live in poverty is the key to engaging them in the learning process. Here, you’ll learn how to develop classroom cultures in which both you and your students thrive.
    • Strategies for Developing Every Teacher’s Instructional Know-How with Harvey Silver―I don’t have to tell you about the tremendous pressure of today’s rigorous standards and new assessments. In this institute, you’ll get strategies to enhance instructional “know-how” and bring positive change to the school so you don’t get stuck “teaching to the test.”
    • Teach, Reflect, Learn . . . and Repeat! Reflective Strategies to Improve Instruction with Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral―How do you stay abreast of changes; survive scrutiny from parents, students, and peers; and meet each student’s needs? These are all tough challenges, but in this institute you’ll learn how to apply tools that build your reflective capacity and focus your thoughts and energy on the task at hand.

Learn more about the conference and get registration information here. And don’t forget to connect with fellow attendees and presenters by using #ASCDCTE16 on Twitter!