SEC2017 - Archives

March 31-April 2, 2017 - Royal Orchid Sheraton, Bangkok, Thailand

The SEC is a three day conference for educators of all grade levels, subjects and disciplines, featuring keynotes, 4-hour workshops and multi-day offerings presented by specialist speakers, general interest sessions, and teacher-presented workshops.

Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration (until February 20, 2017)

Delegates:
NESA 'Member' School: $760
NESA 'Affiliate' School/Institution: $870
Non-member: $970
Codelegate : $310

Adaptive Schools delegate (4 days):
NESA 'Member' School: $1010
NESA 'Affiliate' School/Institution: $1160
Non-member: $1290

Exhibitors:
Exhibitor Affiliate+1 table: $1,210
Exhibitor Non-Affiliate+1table: $2,080
Additional Exhibitor: $305

Late Registration

Delegates:
NESA 'Member' School: $810
NESA 'Affiliate' School/Institution: $920
Non-member: $1,020
Codelegate : $310

Exhibitors:
Exhibitor Affiliate+1 table:$1,260
Exhibitor Non-Affiliate+1table: $2,130
Additional Exhibitor: $305

Room Rates

Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel

Deluxe River View
Single: Baht 6,700
Double: Baht 7,200

Junior Suite
Single: Baht 8,200
Double: Baht 8,700

Room rates include all taxes, buffet breakfast and internet.

Speakers

Keynote Speakers
  • Douglas Reeves| How Can You Be Creative in a Standards-based Environment?
  • Douglas Fisher & Nancy Frey| Visible Learning for Literacy

Two-day Preconference Workshops - March 29-30, 2017
  • Erma Anderson| AERO Math Workshop
  • Carey Johnson & Chris Charnitski| AERO Science (NGSS) Workshop
  • Cindy Cummings & Katrina Theilmann| AERO Literacy (ELA) Workshop
One-day Preconference Workshops - March 30, 2017
  • Diane Sweeney| Reaching Our Goals with Student-Centered Coaching
  • Wendy Gorton| Google for Education Certification Bootcamp (Venue: Google HQ Bangkok)
Specialist Speakers
  • Jeff Clanon| Understanding and Applying the U Theory: An Introduction
  • Douglas Fisher| Engaging Adolescent Learners - Blended Learning/Formative Feedback
  • Tom Guskey| Grading and Reporting
  • Garfield Gini-Newman| Design Thinking, Critical Thinking and Creativity
  • Nancy Frey| Deepening Interaction with Text: Close and Critical Reading - Building Background Knowledge (MS/HS)
  • Susan Grant| The Neuroscience of Language Acquisition: Stumbling Blocks to Learning - Identifying the "Warning Signs"
  • John Zola| Improving Discussion and Writing in the Content Areas
  • Douglas Reeves| Creating in a Standards-based Environment
  • Dianne Sweeney| Student Centered Coaching
Multi-day (extended) Workshops
  • Christy Curran| 3-day Literacy Workshop: Writing, Upper ES (3-5)
  • Emily DeLiddo| 3-day Literacy Workshop: Lower ES (K-2)
  • Vicki Vinton| 3-day Literacy Workshop: Writing MS (6-8)
  • Carol Simoneau & Jim Roussin| Adaptive Schools Foundation Seminar: 4-day Certificate Course

Certificates of Participation

Certificates of Participation

There are just two steps to finding yours and printing it:

  1. Open the List of attendees and find what page number your name is on: List in PDF.
  2. Open this Certificates file (it may take a few moments to load). To print, select only the page number with your name from the print options. If you have any difficulties with printing, please contact your school's Technical staff for support.

If you attended one of the following extended workshops -- Adaptive Schools, Literacy Workshops - Writing -- printed certificates were given to all participants on the last day of each workshop.

Certificates of Presentation (Teacher Workshops)

There are just two steps to finding yours and printing it:

  1. Open the List of attendees and find what page number your name is on: List in PDF.
  2. Open this Certificates file (it may take a few moments to load). To print, select only the page number with your name from the print options. If you have any difficulties with printing, please contact your school's Technical staff for support.

All certificates are created using the names given during the online registration process. If there is a misspelling in your certificate, please contact Maria Boutzarelou.

Graduate Credit

Educators attending the Spring Educators Conference have the opportunity to obtain one, two or three semester graduate credits from Buffalo State, State University of New York (SUNY).
Forms for 1, 2 and 3 credit are posted below:

1 credit
2 credits
3 credits

For details to complete your assignements are posted here:

http://igpe.buffalostate.edu/conference-credit

For any questions please contact SUNY at intlearning@buffalostate.edu

Conference Report

March 31 - April 2, 2017 - Royal Orchid Sheraton, Bangkok, Thailand

NESA educators returned to exotic Bangkok and the warm hospitality of the Royal Orchid Sheraton along the Chao Phraya River for three days of collaborative professional learning, March 31-April 2. Delegates attended inspiring keynotes, half-day specialist sessions, teacher-led workshops (from a choice of 35!) and several General Interest Workshops presented by NESA affiliate organizations.

Many delegates attended multi-day workshops during the SEC: "Adaptive Schools" (4-days) and "Literacy-Foundation Courses in Writing" (3-days: Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8). Additionally, several preconferences were offered prior to the SEC: two-day AERO preconferences in English/Language Arts, Mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS); and one-day preconferences in "Student-Centered Coaching" (Diane Sweeney), "Special Needs for Specialists" (Susan Grant), and "Google for Education Certification Bootcamp" (Wendy Gorton).

The keynotes appealed to all levels and disciplines: Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey(sponsored by International Schools Services) opened SEC Friday morning with "Visible Learning for Literacy" where they applied John Hattie's research to literacy learning. On Saturday, Douglas Reeves laid out how creativity can be taught and learned in "Teaching Creativity in a Standards-Based World: Exciting Possibilities and Practical Applications".

NESA's Professional Development Advisory Committee (PDAC) designed a balanced program of professional learning with four-hour specialist workshops each day of the conference, ranging from creating thinking classrooms, formative assessment and feedback, background knowledge and comprehension, and identifying warning signs/assessing the 'risk markers' for learning, to U Theory, research projects, grading and reporting, student-centered coaching and creating conditions for creativity to flourish. NESA affiliates also presented General Interest Workshops, and NESA educators led 35 workshops for their peers over three days.

Sunday morning's plenary, "NESA: Celebrating the Journey", marked another step in NESA's transition as David Chojnacki, after 21 years at the helm, steps down as Executive Director June 30 and passes the leadership to Madeleine (Maddy) Hewitt, now at The KAUST School-Saudi Arabia. This special keynote was a chance for all of us to reflect on and celebrate David and NESA, and featured videos of NESA friends past and present. NESA Board President Rose Puffer (ISOI-Islamabad) presented David with an engraved silver tray, and Maddy and David addressed delegates.

As NESA is known for blending the professional with the personal, delegates mingled at Friday's outdoor Welcome Reception on the Sheraton's Riverside Terrace. Saturday evening's Gala in the Royal Orchid Ballroom was dedicated to honoring and celebrating David Chojnacki. Three NESA educators gave moving tributes, highlighting how David and NESA have touched their professional and personal lives: Robert Givich (AES-New Delhi), Meeka White (AISR-Riyadh), and Katrina Theilmann (ASD-Doha) [read Bob's speech]. Traditional Thai dancing and puppet performances followed, then everyone flooded the dance floor to celebrate!

Mark your calendars for next year's SEC: March 30-April 1, 2018, at the InterContinental Hotel in Athens, Greece!

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