How do you find out about workshops/conferences?

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  1. Elocin

    Elocin Comrade

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    During my mid-year review, my principal mentioned that if there were any conferences or workshops I would like to attend that he (well, the school) would be willing to pay for me to go.
    I am pretty excited about that offer, because right now I am a certified teacher working as para/co-teacher, and I would love the opportunity to learn more and show I am serious about continuing education. We are opening a new K-8 next year and I really want them to see I am a great candidate for my own classroom.

    The problem is, I have NO idea how you find out about workshops or conferences that are scheduled. Is there a website or mailing list?

    Thanks!
     
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    mopar Multitudinous

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    What area are you interested in....I check the IRA website for reading, NCTM for math, NSTA for science, etc. These are great for finding good conferences on subject matter areas.

    I love Peggy Sharp for reading as well. Or look into other authors that you enjoy! Many of them host conferences/workshops.
     
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    In NY and NJ, there are regional training centers that offer graduate and inservice classes.
    https://www.thertc.net/main.php
    My district is also part of a curriculum center which offers classes.
    Check local museums...I found some great workshops offered at Ellis Island thru a link another member here posted.
    Our state teachers association offers workshops and features other professional development opportunities on its website and publications.
     
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    I get a lot of my workshop information from my professional organizations (AFT/TFT American/Texas Federation of Teachers, NCTE/TCTE National/Texas Council for Teachers of English, JEA Journalism Educators Association, etc). Another person to contact would be your district curriculum coordinator.
     
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    Look up BER and SDE. I have attended workshops from both and they are great and will have less subject specific workshops.
     
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    The International Reading Association Conference is in Orlando this year... I don't know where you are from...or if you can travel that far. BUT THAT is a GREAT conference. i went the last two years (in Minneapolis and in Chicago). I WANT to go to Orlando-but i am not sure i can afford it (had a lot of emergencies crop up, financially) - but i am still saving my personal days for it.

    I LOVE that conference. even IF I didn't go to any of the conference rooms - which OF COURSE i DO - i could learn a ton from the different mini lectures and author presentations at the publisher booths.

    Anyway... the conference is great.

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    With the problems my student is having in math-but how she LOVES math... i feel I should look into the NCTM (National Council of Teacher of Mathematics) conference - or a local conference.

    THAT reminds me... even IF national conferences are too far to travel - there are usually regional or state councils. Check it out.
     
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    We're part of a regional co-op that sends out emails and booklets with all kinds of offerings. Some are offered for FREE or reduced cost to co-op members.

    I also get offerings through the national writing project because I took that one summer.

    There should be some kind of professional development coordinator at central office who can point you in the right direction, too.
     
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    I just googled "elementary teacher workshops on long island 2011" and found quite a bit.
     
  10. Elocin

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    Thanks everyone--I am looking for reading/language arts specific or general classroom issues like differentiated instr., behavior mgt. I will check out these ideas ASAP.

    I know other teachers have traveled--Phoenix and Boston are two that come to mind but I am not sure if they were reimbursed for travel. I am sure there is something in my city or nearby though.

    Thanks again!
     
  11. Emily Bronte

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    Your local department of education should also have workshops listed.
     
  12. JenniferVan1

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    My favorite place to search is online. There are some great webinars and tutorial sites that are WAY cheaper than any of the other more structured places. (And I love that I can attend from the convenience of my own home, in my pajamas! LOL). I use My Tech Trainers for other tutorials (Photoshop, Web Design, etc.) but I think they are coming out with Teacher Trainings soon.

    But like I said, Google is my best friend. :)

    Good Luck!
     

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