Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pay Attention to Indiana #ELWave15

I just finished my first day in Lafayette, IN at the Catch the Wave of eLearning conference. This is the 3rd year they have hosted the event and my third year here. I could go on for hours about how much I love the community in Lafayette and all of the amazing educators that come together to share their knowledge.

The Department of Education has put together a program that supports these summer conferences across the state. It is designed to support professional development for their teachers during the summer months. There will be 24 conferences over the course of the summer. That is 24 opportunities for teachers to learn from other teachers. They bring in other educators from around the country, which I've been lucky to be part of, to share their knowledge as well. It is a genius program designed to support teachers. Every state needs to take notice.

I've been to three different parts of Indiana over the past three years and a Keynote and presenter and I've been blown away at the commitment to the teachers. I'm not surprised by the teachers though. I knew I would see passionate learners eager to try new things and share what they know. They are attending a local conference in the Summer, of course they are amazing.

I do not know what the other 49 states are doing regarding PD, but this is a model that I encourage all states to look at and mimic. Supporting teachers with great PD is going to be the best way to ensure our teachers are ready for their students when they come to class in the Fall.

If you get a chance to attend any of these great events in the future, I assure you that you will have an amazing time.

Thanks to the great learning communities in Lafayette, Clark County, and Western School Corp for having me out the past three years to learn and share with you. 

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