What Would Inspire You
Last month we asked our readers and INSPIRE 2013 participants to provide us with feedback on what topics, learning activities, and/or specific presenters would be most engaging to YOU if rolled into the INSPIRE 2014 conference agenda. We appreciate all of you that took the time to complete the survey. Here is what we garnered from your responses.
1. Brain-based learning and student engagement/motivation are of high interest.
When you were asked to rank a range of potential topic areas (brain-based learning, literacy programs, out-of-school time, project-based learning, social and emotional learning, STEM curricula, student assessment, student motivation and engagement, and technology-based learning and instruction), we found that brain-based learning and student motivation and engagement were YOUR top interests. These were followed closely by your interest in project-based learning and work on social and emotional learning.
2. Learning from educational experts, followed by participating in hands-on learning activities, were of most importance to attendees.
When you were asked to rank what was most important to you as conference attendees (networking with colleagues and practitioners, hearing presentations from experts in the field, sharing success stories with others, interacting with a panel of speakers debating current educational topics, participating in hands-on learning activities, or hearing youth perspectives on what makes effective schools), we found that you prefer to hear directly from experts and/or participate in hands-on learning activities.
3. Communication and engagement skills development were top of the list.
When you were asked to name three professional skills that you would like to develop within a year following the conference, the most common were communication skills, parent engagement skills, leadership skills, and literacy development skills.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey. We are using your answers to help us frame what we believe will be a wonderful INSPIRE 2014 conference agenda.