Debbie Brown, ASCD’s Director of Conferences and Institutes, shares what new features you can expect to see at the ASCD 69th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show in Los Angeles, Calif.
At our last conference, we celebrated with shamrocks in Chicago. For 2014, we’re going to Hollywood in sunny Los Angeles for ASCD’s 69th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show. After reviewing attendee feedback from the 2013 conference, we developed a plan to make #ASCD14 better than ever. Here are some of the new things you can expect to see at the conference.
New Session Options
For 2014, we’re raising the bar and adding an additional inspiring general session to build your conference experience and help enhance your learning. You’ll hear from best-selling author Daniel Pink, president and founder of Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations Russell Quaglia, and renowned author and speaker Sir Ken Robinson.
You’ll also benefit from brain breaks during general sessions. Research shows that kids and adults alike learn better when they have short breaks built into their learning. We want you to get the most out of #ASCD14, so we’re going to get you moving during quick exercises to inspire your best learning.
We’ve added sessions geared specifically toward superintendents and those in higher education. We’ll have presenters from around the globe, including practitioners, university professors, the National Superintendent of the Year, the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, and more!
At #ASCD14, we want to make sure you have the opportunity to see what you came for at the Annual Conference, so some popular sessions will be repeated, giving you more opportunities to customize your conference experience. We’ll also offer a live streaming event that will include 22 selected sessions streamed over the three days of the conference.
Finally, we’re also introducing a new line of sessions called education spotlights. With this new addition, you’ll have opportunities to discuss a wider scope of education topics. Some of the topics that will be covered in these sessions are innovation and leadership, teacher evaluation, and education for all students—timely topics on the things you need to know about today.
International and Networking Lounges
We wanted to do something for those who have to travel thousands of miles to attend ASCD’s Annual Conference. With the introduction of an international lounge, our international attendees will have a place to share new ideas and relax, after a long flight.
For those who won’t be traveling internationally, you’ll also have the opportunity to network with other educators and discuss the daily sessions in our new networking lounge.
EdCamps have become extremely popular because they enable educators to discuss with their peers exactly what they want to learn, so we just had to bring them to you at #ASCD14. In these rooms, you’ll learn from and with your peers, set the discussion based on what interests you, and have an open dialogue with educators from around the world.
QR Codes in Action
We want to make your conference experience as smooth as possible, so we’ll be using QR codes for registration and session evaluations. The QR codes will be a faster, more efficient way to receive your name badge. Gone are the days of having your e-mail clogged with session evaluations. By scanning the new QR codes with your phone or tablet, you’ll access three quick evaluation questions to share your thoughts about the sessions you attend.
We hope you enjoy all the new additions for ASCD’s 69th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, and we look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles for our best conference yet! Visit www.ascd.org/annualconference to learn more and get registered.