Summer is a time when a lot of educators recharge their batteries and complete professional development opportunities either face-to-face or virtually.  Powerful Learning Practice (PLP) is excited to once again have the opportunity to offer both!

Our first summer eCourse, Connected Coaching, is off and running with a fabulous group of knowledgable and energized participants.  If you’d like to join one of our other eCourses this summer (topics include flipped instruction, mobile learning, teaching online, Web 2.0 tools, etc.), spots are still available.  Click here to join one of our upcoming July course sections and let the learning begin. Graduate credit is also available.

This week we are heading out West (to San Diego, CA) to participate in ISTE’s 33rd annual conference.  We’ll officially kick off the conference tomorrow (June 22nd) with the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA).  We are excited to be participating in their 2012 Emerging Technologies Forum and look forward to meeting everyone.

Starting Monday, we’ll be in the Exhibit Hall, Booth #2044.  We’d love to meet you and tell you more about our program, educational philosophies, and what exciting things we have in store for the 2012-2013 school year.  Not to mention we’ll be giving away some great prizes and we don’t mind sharing our knowledge on what to see and do while you’re in San Diego.  

PLP co-founders (Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Will Richardson) and Advisory Board member Jackie Gerstein will be participating in the following sessions throughout the conference:

Monday, June 25

Spreading the Word: Eight Ways to Start Conversations around Change [Concurrent Session; Spotlight]
Location: SDCC 6F
Will Richardson, Powerful Learning Practice with Rob Mancabelli

Online Communities of Practice and Their Role in Education [Concurrent Session; Birds-of-a-Feather]
Location: SDCC 33AB
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Powerful Learning Practice with Darren Cambridge
Tuesday, June 26

The Steep Unlearning Curve: Rethinking Schools, Classrooms, and Learning [Concurrent Session; Spotlight]
Location: SDCC Ballroom 20CD
Will Richardson, Powerful Learning Practice 
Wednesday, June 27

The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture [Concurrent Session; Lecture]
Location: SDCC 11
Jaclyn Gerstein, Boise State, Argosy, WGU, AIU 

Are you an international participant?  Peter Skillen (PLP Community Leader) is serving as an ISTE Ambassador this year.  “The ISTE Ambassador Program is designed to connect international members to each other and to the resources in their respective country or region. There are many events taking place at the conference with a focus on ISTE’s global resources and initiatives that you may want to consider attending.”  On Sunday June 24th from 7-8pm there will be a Global Happy Hour (Expanding Horizons) throughout the convention center.  You’ll be able to “enjoy snacks, beverages and entertainment while you take a tour of ISTE’s global initiatives and network with other attendees who have traveled to the conference from outside the United States.”  Peter will be at the ISTE Ambassador station during the happy hour, so be sure to stop by and say hello!

Safe travels to all who are attending.  We look forward to learning and sharing with everyone!

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Christen Dodd

Christen is a Connected Learning Specialist for PLP. After earning her MEd. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Virginia, she began her career as a K-5 Computer Resource Teacher. She enjoyed collaborating with staff and creating technology lessons that engaged students, but caught “the bug” for presenting to educators on a national level. For eleven years, Christen trained educators both face-to-face and virtually with Verizon Thinkfinity. She also served as their Distance Learning Coordinator and Vice President of Professional Development. Christen has enjoyed working with Powerful Learning Practice since 2011 and continuing her work with educators, parents and students alike. Currently, she is also an instructional technology specialist at her children's JK-8 Catholic school.

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