This is Part II of my Interview with Dr. Sandra Wegner.
Sandra’s Advice for Conference Goers at ASCD 2010
1. “Don’t miss the big speakers at the keynote”
There will be a lot of great speakers this weekend in Texas. Some people you won’t want to miss include:
- Rachel Billmeyer
- Geoffery Canada
- Paul Farmer
- Rick Hess
- Robyn Jackson
- Heidi Hayes Jacobs
- Robert Marzano
- Jay McTighe
- John Merrow
- Harvey Silver
- Grant Wiggins
- Yong Zhao
2. “Don’t miss the exhibition center”
This area of the conference will contain vendors from every specialty in education, publishers, and organization representatives. It is a unique opportunity to meet new sources of information and even some authors at given times. Block off some time to wander around the hall and mingle.
3. “Meet with the people in your state in the exhibition hall”
Sandra says this is a “must-do” for conference attendees. Meeting and networking with folks in your state allows for relationship-building and information sharing. If you’re a Twitter user, be sure to find people you know online and meet them face-to-face at one of the official Tweetups.
4. “Try to go to some of the parties for various states, regions to network and meet people, look in the book for the receptions. Walk in and meet people.”
One thing I gathered from speaking with Dr. Wegner was that people are at the heart of the organization and this conference. There are many opportunities to share experiences and hear stories about educators around the globe. Be social and open to meeting lots of new people.
Other Frequently Asked Questions about the ASCD Annual Conference can be found HERE.
Make sure you know where to get discounted food as well! Flash your badge for food!