OCTOBER 8, 2016
TEACH 2016 Conference
On October 8, 2016, WJCT will hold the 5th annual TEACH Conference, an event created to engage, empower and inspire teachers! TEACH 2016 will be held at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Educators will spend 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 morning registration, attendees receive their name tag, submit their ticket stub to enter to win an iPad and are given 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.
Next, attendees convene in the Grand Ballroom for a welcome from Michael Boylan, President & CEO of WJCT, and our Honorary TEACH Chair. Their remarks are followed by the morning keynote speaker. Last year’s morning keynote speaker was Mary Ehrenworth, Deputy Director at the Teachers College of Reading and Writing Project. Other morning keynotes have been delivered by Lucy Calkins, Barnett Barry, and Marcia Tate.
Following the morning keynote presentation, everyone heads to breakout sessions of their choice. These 50 minute sessions cover a multitude of topics—keep including gender specific teaching techniques, technology, communicating with parents, bullying, curriculum tools for core subjects, integrating arts, and many, many more. Keep watching for upcoming details. Sessions are presented by educators 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 an afternoon keynote speaker. Drew Dudley shared his “lollipop moments”—when something you’ve done has made someone else’s life fundamentally better, with the 2015 audience. Previous afternoon keynotes have included Brad Cohen, Ron Clark, and Kim Bearden.
And, last but not least, we’ll top off your day with a special treat and terrific door prizes donated by many of the sponsors. Previous prizes have included iPads, classroom book sets, curriculum materials, and gift certificates. Don’t believe us? Come to TEACH and see for yourself!