It may be hard to justify going to another state to spend money on a flight, a hotel room, food, and a conference ticket- especially in times like these. But let me tell you this, other than these three things I am about to list, there is another payoff... PASSION. If you are feeling burnt out, exhausted, disenfranchised, unimportant, or any other burdening feeling, a conference such as this is a mandatory prescription.
You will leave feeling a sense of belonging, understanding, excitement, hope, and a.. dare I say it... "Let's get this next school year on the road!" statement rolling around in your head.
If this in anyway has not convinced you, let me illustrate some other benefits.
Thanks to Danielle Schultz and Erin Mason, who put the whole thing together, I was also able to connect with various twitter pals at the #SCCHAT Tweet Up. It was so cool meeting people who I had extensive knowledge of thier digital face, but not thier real face.
This is where things get good for you! Anyone can be a part of the #scchat on twitter. You can get started on networking and plug into an extensive PLC online.
2. Speakers and Sessions
The other presentor I loved was Jamie Vollmer.
Tip: Always be sure to stay until the very end of a conference.
Jamie Vollmer talked about education reform in such an inovative, hilarious, and understadning way. In no way can I even try to explain this guy, just check him out in this clip.... (starting at 2:01)