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Conference Best Practices
Every conference has their own unique amazing thing they do.

  • At MACUL (Michigan)  it is their MI-Champions mentoring program (that should be copied by others!) 
  • At ACTEM (Maine), it is the closeness of those who work together to put on the conference and the little hospitality touches – everyone feels like family– even out of town guests. Their awards show and winners make me cry with inspiration.
  • At TNT (Arkansas) they have an INCREDIBLE feedback system and ongoing improvement feedback system and I received some of the most useful feedback for improving my sessions from anywhere. Almost everyone provides feedback and it was wonderful to present just to get that kind of diagnostic on myself.
  • IOWA
  • ILTCE
  • At TICAL in Arkansas it is how they have the student exhibits and incredible service learning projects coming out of the EAST program and the other work they do. Kids are everywhere and the place is vibrant with infectious enthusiasm.
  • At NCTIES it is definitely their thematic excellence and how they dress up to fit the theme – it permeates everything and makes you feel like it is an experience! And it is!
  • At CUE they do an incredible job lining up speakers and have such great icebreaker events. The flow of their conference is excellent and they have a great feedback mechanism.
  • At IETC (Illinois) it is definitely how great the luncheon keynote experience is as people mingle and enjoy the company of each other. 
  • At COMO (the Georgia Librarian's conference) it is definitely the can-do attitude of participants as they discuss their ideas for improving media centers. 
  • At IL-TCE (Illinois) it is how many incredible bloggers and the informal sit down conversations in the hall.

Every state conference has their “thing” that they do so well. It would be marvelous if somehow they could take the “best” of what they do and transport it to other states.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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