Professional Opportunities for Educators in 2014

MACUL Pre-K – 12 Michigan Teacher of the Year

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2014 has been fantastic so far!  January kicked off with a boom!!  I was able to travel to Mississippi, North Carolina, and several locations around Michigan for wonderful learning opportunities to connect and share.  If you’re a Michigan educator, be sure to mark your 2015 calendars for the MI Flip Conference and EdCamp Lansing.  In March, I had the pleasure of attending two of my favorite conferences, MACUL and ASCD.  

MACUL:
Each year in March, MACUL hosts their annual conference.  MACUL stands for Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning.  This year, over four thousand educators gathered in Grand Rapids for the largest MACUL conference to date.

This conference is especially beneficial for me because I get to connect to so many amazing teachers right in my home state.  I love meeting those who share the same passion for creativity in the classroom that I have.  We attend sessions together, exchange ideas over lunch, get to know one another at social events, and continue to stay connected via social media after the conference comes to a close.  These new friendships strengthen as we visit each other’s classrooms and schedule meet-ups to plan collaborative projects and connect our students to flatten our walls.  This year, I was awarded the 2014 Pre-K – 12 MACUL Teacher of the Year Award.  What an honor!  Thank you to everyone for your support, nominations, and judging.  

After MACUL, I flew out the next day to Los Angeles for the annual ASCD conference.  I was excited to be a part of the media and cover the event through various social media channels so that others could experience the conference who were not able to attend live.  
ASCD:
As part of the media, I was also able to meet several of ASCD’s authors in the press room and meet with some of the nation’s leading professionals during press events.  I thoroughly enjoyed listening the the three keynote presenters: Dan Pink, Russell Quaglia, and Sir Ken Robinson.  This conference always ignites my passion for what I do in the classroom.  Next year, ASCD will be held in Huston, Texas.  
NETA: April 24 – 25 (2014) Nebraska
In a few weeks, on April 24th, I will fly to Nebraska to keynote their annual state technology conference, NETA: 2014 Mission Possible.  I am looking forward to being a part of this conference.  There are so many sessions with a variety of topics.  Not only will I be presenting, but I’ll also get the opportunity to connect with several educators across the country.  I couldn’t be more excited about the ideas I’ll be able to bring back to my own classroom.  
For those interested in attending this opportunity, you can register on-site the day of the conference.  Online registration has closed, but it is not too late to attend.  Please click here to find out more about this conference.  
Connected Educators: Jackson, MI April 26, 2014
Right after Nebraska, I’m going to try to make it to the Connected Educators unConference in Michigan.  I was a featured presenter at this conference last year, and it was quite the experience.  I loved the small nature yet big impact the conference displayed.  I was able to attend some cutting-edge sessions with practical ideas to bring right back to my second grade practice.  I couldn’t have been happier!  
I highly recommend signing up for this conference.  The registration cost is very affordable for this one day event.  You can click here to see more about this day of learning.  
EdCamp Detroit: May 3, 2014 Detroit, MI
The EdCamp unConferences are one of a kind.  They started by an idea that the talented Kristen Swanson had to allow educators to shape they type of conference they needed most.  For any EdCamp unConference, there is no registration fee.  They are free for everyone.  There also it not a pre-determined schedule.  The schedule is made by the participants that attend.  This way, everyone gets exactly what they want out of the conference.  
I am one of the organizers for the EdCamp Detroit conference.  We would love to have you join us this May.  You will not find formal presentations but rather genuine conversations sparked by teachers supporting one another.  The ideas and resources shared will be ones you can take directly back to your school and use the next day.  Prepare to be inspired and get connected!
EdCamp U.S. Dept. of Education: June 6, 2014 Washington D.C. 
On June 6, educators and policy makers will meet to discuss important issues in education.  While this event is sold out, the hashtag for the event will be one to follow.  Simply join the conference virtually via the hashtag #EdCampUSA 
This event is hosted by the Edcamp Foundation and the United States Department of Education.  The conversations will focus on finding actionable solutions and answering tough, asset-based questions.  
You can click here to read more about Edcamp USA.  Be sure to follow #EdcampUSA on June 6th.
ISTE: June 28 – July 1 (2014) Atlanta, GA
My absolute favorite conference each year is ISTE, International Society for Technology in Education.  My first ISTE was in San Diego two years ago.  Then I went to San Antonio.  This year, I am thrilled to attend in Atlanta.  
Part of what makes this conference so magical is the people that attend.  I believe there are roughly twenty thousand individuals who attend each year.  Regardless of the exact number, one thing is for sure… the relationships I’ve established with passionate educators has changed my life.  Seriously.  
I consider several people in my personal learning network to be close friends of mine.  However, after collaborating  with these people for years, there is something about meeting them in person that serves as the match for these relationships.  Something ignites between the two of you and the best of friendships are formed.  I feel blessed to have connected with these special friends.  This year, I am overjoyed to have four sessions at ISTE with some of my best friends.  
You can go ahead and set up your planner for ISTE once you’ve registered.  We’d love to have you join one of our sessions; they’re pictured below for you to see.  Some sessions do tend to fill up quickly, so early registration is encouraged.  
My ISTE 2014 Sessions: I’d love to have you join!
Each year, I will return to ISTE not only for the overwhelming and incredible learning experience but most importantly the opportunity to refuel my spirit for what I love to do and connect with those around the world that I truly love and admire so much.  
National SDE: July 7 – 11 (2014) Las Vegas, NV
This will be my first year as a featured presenter for the SDE Vegas conferences.  I had the pleasure of presenting for SDE at the National Extraordinary Educator’s Conference in Chicago this past July, but this will be my first time attending and presenting their Vegas conferences.  I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this event.  From what I’ve seen so far… I am BLOWN away!  
In effort to not get confused about the conferences and events, I’ll do my best to explain the schedule. There are 4 conferences and a pre-conference.  I recommend downloading the conference brochures for each conference you’re interested in attending.  These brochures are really nicely done and really share a lot about the sessions that will be offered and show the speakers that will be at each event.  
  1. Pre-Conference: Power Up (click here)*
  2. I Teach K (click here)
  3. I Teach 1st (click here)*
  4. Singapore Math Strategies (click here)
  5. Differentiated Instruction (click here)*
I am presenting at three of the conferences.  I’ve placed a * by the ones I’ll be attending.  I have twelve sessions over three days.  I’ll be presenting four sessions at each of the following conferences: Power Up, I Teach 1st, and Differentiated Instruction.  When I’m not presenting, I plan on attending as many sessions as possible.  Below are some of the amazing people who will be in Vegas for the National SDE Conferences.
Pre-Conference: Power Up: view sessions – click here (I’ll be here on Monday the 7th)
I Teach K: view sessions – click here
I Teach 1st: view sessions – click here (I’ll be here on Wednesday the 9th) 
Differentiated Instruction: view sessions – click here (I’ll be here on Tuesday the 8th) 
BLC: July 16 – 18 (2014) Boston, MA
This will be my first year attending and presenting at the Building Learning Communities Conference hosted by Alan November.  I’ve heard fantastic remarks from those who have attended.  Being a part of this conference has been on my list for years.  
Alan November personally selects each presenter.  The sessions will “impart vivid possibilities and practical solutions.”  You can click here to see the full list of speakers for this event.  

Miami Device: November 6 – 7 (2014) Miami, FL 
*Early Bird Registration is NOW – April 16: click here to receive your registration discount!
I was asked to be a part of Miami Device earlier this year and I didn’t hesitate to accept.  As a fellow Michigan girl, I can’t wait to escape November temperatures and head to south Florida this fall.  Besides the weather and location, I was shocked when I heard who else the conference was having as presenters.  I am honored to be in such talented company.
This event is sure to be an unforgettable learning experience.  I can’t wait!  They have so many sessions scheduled that everyone is sure to find something to fit their need.  
I remember my first year of teaching I was able to attend a session by Miami Device keynote, Tony Vincent.  It changed the way I viewed technology in the classroom.  Tony shared easy ways to integrate technology in meaningful ways for students.  Honestly, his session is one that gave me the confidence to believe I could teach with tech.  Before, I use to think I had to “know everything.”  Tony shared several student examples and modeled how he did lessons.  This made me realize that learning isn’t just for the students, but it is for the entire classroom community: teacher and student.  
Come join me this November in Miami…  Now until April 16th is Early Bird Registration
What are some of your favorite conferences?
If you are presenting or attending a great conference this year, please be sure to leave the information in the comments.  I would love to find out about more great opportunities.  Thanks!
If you’re attending any of the above conferences, please get in touch!  I’d love to connect with you face to face.  If you’re on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or more… please click here to view my contact information for all of my social networks.  We can meet up and grab coffee or chat briefly in between sessions.  

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Elementary Teacher of the Year
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Erin

Mother. Teacher. Keynote. Author

Erin Klein is an award winning educator, national keynote speaker, author, and mother.

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  1. Oh do tweet. Twitter is my school and hashtag is my classroom. I attended #MACUL and #ASCD and I even took notes. It's as if I don't live on a different continent :)

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