Registration still open for 2013 Bargaining and Public Affairs Conference

Registration still open for 2013 Bargaining and Public Affairs Conference

Registration is still open for the 2013 MEA Bargaining and Public Affairs Conference, which will be held Feb. 7-8 at Cobo Hall in Detroit.

Click here to download a printable program and registration form.

The theme of the conference is "Advocacy Through Member Engagement," and will feature keynote speaker Deborah Loewenberg Ball, chair of the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness and dean of the University of Michigan's School of Education.

Ball, an expert on teacher training and development, serves as director of TeachingWorks, a national organization dedicated to improving teacher education. Ball convincingly argues that policymakers must place more focus on developing current teachers -- both experienced and those just starting out. Skillful teaching is not common sense, Ball says. Instead, skillful teaching can -- and must -- be taught.

Ball taught elementary school for more than 15 years, and she continues to teach math to elementary students every summer.

The 2013 Bargaining and Public Affairs Conference will also feature a two-day session called the Blended Learning Institute. The session will provide teachers with options for bringing blended learning into their classrooms to create a more dynamic learning experience.

Over two days, the Blended Learning Institute will answer three important questions:

What is "Blended Learning" and what are the benefits of incorporating it into a classroom?

What defines a one-to-one classroom and how do I set up the networking in my school to support it?

How can I use technology and data to inform classroom decisions and improve student learning and achievement?

As always, the Bargaining and Public Affairs Conference will feature numerous educational and informative sessions geared toward collective bargaining, public affairs and professional development.