PLP Live 2012 - Friday September 28 - Philadelphia This year Powerful Learning Practice is hosting a new type of conference.  At PLP Live – Inspire. Collaborate. Shift. participants will find:

* Inspiration from top names in education such as John Seely Brown, Suzie Boss, Darren Cambridge, Bruce Dixon, Will Richardson, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Jackie Gerstein, Jane Krauss, Renee Moore, and more.

*Active, creative collaboration with educators and educational leaders from across the globe to solve issues from the classroom to policy makers.

*Most important, shift: why we need it, how to make it happen in your own teaching, your classroom, your school, your local community, how becoming a connected educator accelerates the shift, and how to inspire others to ride the wave of change with you

*Plus a one-of-a-kind opportunity: Lunch ‘n’ learn with the speakers – ‘Mingle and munch’ in casual conversation with the keynote speakers and breakout session facilitators. Ask your questions. Share your ideas. Discuss the issues. See the agenda for complete details!

We’d like to introduce our keynote speakers, one by one, and so we’ve come up with six questions for each of them.  These questions will give you a little peek into who they are, the message they’ll bring to the conference, and why you won’t want to miss meeting them at PLP Live!

Meet Will Richardson, PLP Live – Inspire. Collaborate. Shift. Keynote Speaker

Will Richardson

Will Richardson, PLP Live Keynote Speaker

What do you see as the major shift needed in professional learning environments these days?

Professional learning has to be owned by the professional. It can’t be an event, it’s an ongoing, seamless, important part of our practice these days. That’s why I am excited that PLP Live will kick off  Powerful Learning Practice’s Connected Learner Experience (a year of job-embedded learning) for many educators and school leaders.

Can you tell us a little bit about the core message that you will deliver at the conference?

That our roles and expectations are changing and we have to change to help students make sense of the world as it is. Powerful Learning Practice’s long-term, job-embedded professional development program has always offered a unique opportunity for educators to make this shift and I want to share the importance this message.

How would you describe your approach and/or belief when it comes to “engaging” an audience?

I think engagement comes with being challenged in ways that elicit emotion. And I also think an important part of that has to do with the time and support to process those challenging ideas.

Tell us a little about what (or who) inspires you?

I’m inspired by people who see the world differently, who can articulate a vision or a direction to take, and who can create change.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

This is a really important moment in the history of schools and schooling. We run the risk of letting policy makers and businessmen turn schools into something that I don’t think many of us want. We need to understand what’s changing, feel the emotion that goes along with that, and become active in the change conversation.

Where can participants find you online?


Twitter: @willrich45


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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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