On March 30th Members of Students of North Carolina Association of Educators, joined together at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, for a great conference. During this Conference, we had some amazing speakers, great sessions, and a lot of laughs and fun. Also at this Conference, the 2019-2020 Executive Board was voted on and announced. We will have an introduction post about all of the officers later on this month. Here in this post, we will give you all the details about our Spring Conference.
To start out our Conference, we had a welcome from our 2018-2019 President Hannah Nixon and our President-Elect Tori Shoemaker. They explained the plan for the day and welcomed all of our members and guest speakers.
After the Welcome from our President and President-Elect, Our opening keynote Speaker Jen Mangrum gave an exceptional speech about her overcoming obstacles, running for Senate, advocating for public education, and teachers. Many people enjoyed this keynote and were inspired by Dr.Mangrum to become Public Education advocates.
“My favorite thing from the conference this year was Dr. Jen Mangrum’s Speech. She is such an amazing and inspiring woman as she advocated for all teachers and public education”
-Brook Bowen (SNCAE Member)
After Dr. Magrum’s Opening Keynote, the members went into their sessions. There were 5 different sessions that members had the opportunity to go to. One of those sessions was an all about EdTPA session. This session was led by Dr. Sarah Cannon from NCSU. The session was highly informative. Dr. Cannon gave the members that attended her session lots of great pointers for doing their EdTPA. She also informed them if what the EdTPA entails. Dr. Cannon also gave those attending members a lot of great resources.
Another session that was available for members to attend was the MakerSpace session. In this session, the presenter was Matt Fisher who helps run the MakerSpace at UNCG. He gave some really cool examples of things that many of the members had ever seen done with technology. He explained was exactly a Makerspace/SELF-design studio was, as well as went around the room, and gave some demonstrations of things and resources that are in the UNCG MakerSpace. He then let the members use the technologies and play with some of the tools in the room.
We also had an English Language Learners Session where Dr. Jillian Haesler and Dr. Alison Turner from NCSU talked to our members about teaching Enligsh Language Learners, and to take a moment and try to envision being in their shoes. They gave a great session and gave our future educators a lot to think about.
At this Spring conference, there was also a great session on Political Advocacy given by Kristin Beller from Wake NCAE. She spoke with our Members on how to become great Political Advocates for education and answered their questions. And our last session, but definitely not least. We had a beginning teachers session given by Kristy Moore NCAE Vice-President. Ms. Moore gave lots of great information to our members and answered their questions about becoming great teachers.
To end our Conference, we had a great ending Keynote given by Dr. Michael Maher from NCSU. We then announced our new 2019-2020 State Executive Board for SNCAE, which you will meet and get some information on in the coming weeks. We then had a goodbye from our 2018-2019 President Hannah Nixon and hello from our 2019-2020 President Tori Shoemaker.
We want to thank all of the presenters for having great sessions for our members. We also want to thank the members that attended the Conference and made the day what it was. And a HUGE thank you to UNC-Greensboro’s School of Education for letting us use their building and resources to hold the conference. And last but not least, thank you to our 2018-2019 Executive Board for planning this conference along with Amanda Shirk and Ashley Hughes for helping our Board plan this conference at UNCG.
-Lauren Hall (President-Elect)