conference experience

How Will You Unconference?

Learning doesn’t just happen in a lecture-style setting with a speaker addressing an audience. Unconferences provide an alternative to traditional conference programs, allowing you to collaborate and learn from one another in informal, flexible, and inspiring ways. (more…)

School Leaders Reflect on the Ignite Conference

Last year, we asked attendees why they keep coming back to the Ignite conference. Some of their reasons included the cutting-edge content, gaining new ideas, connecting with peers who are experiencing similar circumstances, and the conversations that happen in the halls and after sessions.

Watch this video to hear for yourself why Ignite is so valuable—and see if you’re one of the featured attendees! (more…)

Ignite ’15: Know Before You Go

The materials are printed and shipped. The speakers are polishing their remarks. And you—you’re ready to pack your bags for Ignite ’15!

But before you get out that suitcase, here are a few key details to note and things to gear up for:

Name badges will not be mailed in advance
If you haven’t already, you will receive a confirmation email prior to the conference. Bring this email to registration, which is located inside Halls F & G of the San Diego Convention Center. The bar code in your confirmation email will be needed to print your name badge and collect your conference bag at the new “Scan and Go” Stations. You may print your confirmation email or scan the bar code directly from your smartphone or tablet. If you don’t have your barcode email, you can simply enter your last name into the “Scan and Go” station. (more…)

Legal Issues Impacting Principals

Guest post by David S. Ellena, principal of Tomahawk Creek Middle School in Chesterfield, VA

During the session on “Legal Issues that Will Impact Principals,” Dr. Robert S. McCord touched on several major issues that are working their way through the courts. Here is a summary of some of the major points he discussed: (more…)

Take the Challenge

The questions came in fast and furious on Twitter during the conversation between Carol Dweck, author of Mindset and the Lewis and Virginia Eaton professor of psychology at Stanford University, and Daniel Wong, author of The Happy Student: 5 Steps to Academic Fulfillment and Success, during the opening Thought Leader session at Ignite ’14.

Former National Principals of the Year Laurie Baron, superintendent of Evergreen School District in Montana, and Trevor Greene, professional development specialist for the Association of Washington School Principals, facilitated the discussion on stage and on Twitter. The results of this engaging live/virtual discussion are presented below. (more…)

A Snowy Start to a Great First Day

Guest post by Christine Handy-Collins, principal of Gaithersburg High School

Yesterday I woke up to a wintery mix of snow in Dallas, Texas. Unbelievable…and the snow in Texas falls differently. It falls in slow motion, like a movie scene. It doesn’t look real, is soft and fluffy, and certainly not the kind you can make a snowman with. While I didn’t bring boots, I do have my hat, gloves, and scarf. The good thing is…the conference is in the hotel and I do not have to go outside for purposes other than my curiosity of this thing called SNOW in TEXAS. (more…)

Ready to Ignite!

Reposted from Tim Dawkins’ (@Tim_Dawks) Let Learning Lead blog

It’s well-known throughout the world of social media that since WiFi has been made available on airplanes, one of the first things many people do once they’ve been cleared to access it is to tell everyone that they are “Tweeting from an airplane” or “Facebook-chatting from an airplane” or “Taking pictures of the beautiful sunset/sunrise from 30,000 feet and sharing it with you all from an airplane” before they do anything else. (more…)