SEPTEMBER 12, 2015
TEACH 2015 Conference
On September 12, 2015, WJCT held the fourth annual TEACH Conference, an event created to engage, empower and inspire teachers! TEACH 2015 was held at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Educators spent the day meeting and sharing ideas with fellow educators, learning new ways to engage students and empowering themselves to further inspire others.
So what is a TEACH conference day like?
At the morning registration, attendees receive a professional gift bag. Bags are filled with educational materials and gifts provided by local sponsors.
During the continental breakfast, attendees review their programs and choose the breakout sessions to attend for the day. Attendees have time to visit the sponsor booths, discovering new educational resources for teachers and students.
Attendees convene in the grand ballroom for a welcome from Michael Boylan, President & CEO of WJCT, and Sam Inman, Honorary TEACH Chair, followed by an educational themed theatrical piece by Derek Coghlan and the morning keynote. This year’s morning keynote speaker is Mary Ehrenworth, Deputy Director at the Teachers College of Reading and Writing Project. She is the co-author and author of over a dozen books, including most recently the national best-selling book in education, Pathways to the Common Core, as well as The Power of Grammar, plus many volumes co-authored with Lucy Calkins in the Units of Study in Teaching Reading and Units of Study in Teaching Writing Grade by Grade.
Following the morning keynote presentation, everyone heads to breakout sessions of their choice. These sessions cover a multitude of topics—keep watching for upcoming details. Sessions are presented by colleagues and professionals and cover topics that are important to classroom and professional development.
Attendees enjoy an elegant sit-down lunch with festive decorations adding to the celebratory atmosphere and providing an opportunity to make new friends and connect with colleagues from your school or cohort.
Following the lunch, it’s time for another round of breakout sessions and visiting the sponsor booths. The day ends with afternoon keynote speaker, Drew Dudley who shares his “lollipop moments”—when something you’ve done has made someone else’s life fundamentally better. Leadership, he explains, should be about how many lollipop moments you can acknowledge and share every day.
And, last but not least, we’ll top off your day with terrific door prizes donated by many of the sponsors. Don’t believe us? Come to TEACH and see for yourself!