With the 11th Learning@School Conference planned for February 23-25 2011 the question needs to be asked….
Do schools get what they need from a conference experience?
There is no doubt that education conferences such as Learning @School and Ulearn provide a wealth of professional learning opportunity, but the degree to which conferences and workshops result in changed practice in the classroom is difficult to gauge. Ideas are swapped and generated, and stories are shared that have impact upon teachers’ knowledge and thinking during the conference itself, but where does this lead post-conference?
Many schools sometimes fall short of getting optimum return from staff attendance.
Professor Helen Timperley from the University of Auckland states:
“Teachers engaging in professional learning experiences must have some idea of what the desired outcomes are, otherwise their engagement is not likely to make a difference to their students’ learning”
(Teacher professional learning& Development Educational Practices series 2008 IAE)
Conferences offer a wealth of opportunity
Conferences offer many benefits including: