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SEC2018 - Archives

March 30-April 1, 2018 - InterContinental Hotel Athens, Greece

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, 2018)

Delegates:
NESA 'Member' School: $800
NESA 'Affiliate' School/Institution: $915
Non-member: $1,020
Codelegate : $325

Adaptive Schools delegate (4 days) - fee includes workbook:
NESA 'Member' School: $1,120
NESA 'Affiliate' School/Institution: $1,270
Non-member: $1,410

Exhibitors:
Exhibitor Affiliate+1 table: $1,270
Exhibitor Non-Affiliate+1 table: $2,185
Additional Exhibitor: $320

Late Registration

Delegates:
NESA 'Member' School: $850
NESA 'Affiliate' School/Institution: $965
Non-member: $1,070
Codelegate : $325

Exhibitors:
Exhibitor Affiliate+1 table:$1,270
Exhibitor Non-Affiliate+1table: $2,185
Additional Exhibitor: $325

Room Rates

InterContinental Hotel Athens

Superior Room
Single: 163€
Double: 179€
Triple: 209€

Club Room
Single: 213€
Double: 229€
Triple: 259€

Room rates/night inclusive of taxes, breakfast & internet.

Speakers

Keynote Speakers
  • Carolyn McKanders| What Makes for Human Flourishing? Creating a Culture of Wholeness in Schools
  • Cathryn Berger Kaye| Aligning Purpose with Process: Service Learning
  • George Couros| The Innovator's Mindset

Two-day AERO Preconferences - March 28-29, 2018
  • Erma Anderson| AERO Math Workshop
  • Carey Johnson & Chris Charnitski| AERO Science (NGSS) Workshop
  • Cindy Cummings & Katrina Theilmann| AERO Literacy (ELA) Workshop
Specialist Speakers
  • Paul Andersen| 3-Dimensional Instruction & the NGSS/NGSS Assessment
  • Fran Prolman & Gail Seay| Building Teacher Leadership Capacity
  • John Burns| Sparking Contemporary Learning
  • Kim Zeidler-Watters| The Power of Formative Assessment
  • Laura Lipton & Lynn Sawyer| Collaborative Inquiry Into Data: Learning from Student Work
  • Christopher Danielson| Mathematical Discourse, Language and Play (ES/MS)
Multi-day (extended) Workshops
  • Joy Marchese| Positive Discipline in the Classroom Certificate Course (3 days: March 30-April 1)
  • Emily DeLiddo| Literacy: Reading, Grades K-2 (3 days: March 30-April 1)
  • Vicki Vinton| Literacy: Reading, Grades 3-8 (3 days: March 30-April 1)
  • Angela Garry| Administrative Assistants Institute (2-days)
  • Carol Simoneau & Jim Roussin| Advanced Adaptive Schools Certificate Course (4 days: March 29-April 1)

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

SUNY Buffalo State, offers the option of University level graduate credit for NESA conferences. The credits for professional development are regular graduate semester credits.

Deadlines for official acceptance, enrollment in conference course and course work completion for each semester are May 1 for Spring Semester, Aug. 1 for Summer Semester, and Dec. 1 for Fall Semester.

How many credits can I apply for?

Educators can obtain one graduate level conference credit (EDU 596) through Buffalo State when attending a NESA conference. One credit includes 15 contact hours (and approximately 30 assignment hours).

How to Apply for Credit

For each NESA conference there is a specific registration form. Forms can be obtained through the International Graduate Programs for Educators office. Students must apply and be accepted as a non-matriculating (non degree-seeking) or as a degree-seeking, Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies student prior to registering for conference credit.

Your professor for this course will be Dr. Susan Keller-Mathers, an Associate Professor at Buffalo State and Interim Director for the International Graduate Programs for Educators. To ensure your success in completing your assignments, you are encouraged to reach out with your questions to Dr. Keller-Mathers prior to submitting your final work.

Email Dr. Keller-Mathers at: kellersm@buffalostate.edu with your questions and/or to set up a meeting with her.

For more information click here.

For the registration form click here.

Conference Report

March 30 - April 1, 2018 - InterContinental Hotel Athens, Greece
Learner Agency: A Clarion Call to Impact Student Learning

NESA educators came together at the Athenaeum InterContinental for three days of transformational learning, inspiration and new networks and relationships, to support their teaching, and ultimately, impact student learning.

Learner agency – of both student and adult learners – was at the core of the conference, with the three keynoters exploring the power of groups and individuals as architects of their own learning. Carolyn McKanders’ extended, all-morning keynote, What Makes for Human Flourishing? Creating a Culture of Wholeness in Schools sponsored by ISS examined the balance between ‘head’ and ‘heart’ and how engaging learners and educators holistically allows them to flourish. Ms McKanders’ challenged school teams to pose “What if. . .?” questions. A sampling:

      • What if. . .the classroom was not limited to the boundaries of its four walls?
      • What if. . .schools educate students for success in life?
      • What if. . .all schools stopped grading?
      • What if. . .we redesign the way we navigate through the school day?
      • What if. . .students could learn at their own pace, pursuing their own passions?
      • What if. . .we were less outcome-focused and more process-oriented?

Agency was also at the heart of Cathryn Berger Kaye’s keynote Saturday, Aligning Purpose with Practice: Service Learning, where she asked, ‘How do we transform education into action?’ and described how to provide learning experiences transferable to students’ lives outside of school in order to foster a sense of personal agency to make healthy choices.

In his keynote Sunday, The Innovator’s Mindset, George Couros spoke about the fast-changing educational landscape with its focus on putting learners at the center – student agency — and how we must move beyond a ‘growth mindset’ to an ‘innovator’s mindset’, to focus not only on ‘what we know, but on what we do with what we know’.

NESA’s mission is to IMPACT student Learning. That is our end result. We reach it by providing sustained, systemic professional learning for our teachers and leaders in our NESA Family of Schools.

—NESA Executive Director Maddy Hewitt, Opening Remarks at SEC 2018

NESA’s Professional Development Advisory Committee (PDAC) crafted a powerful program of professional learning with four-hour specialist workshops ranging from NGSS, collaborative inquiry into data, and instructional leadership, to design thinking, innovative teaching and learning and formative assessment. Certificate courses were offered in ‘Advanced Adaptive Schools’ and ‘Positive Discipline in the Classroom’, plus multi-day Literacy and Administrative Assistants institutes. NESA educators led 38 workshops for their peers over three days, and NESA affiliates presented General Interest Workshops.

It was fitting that the SEC – a gathering of educators – was located in Athens, so important to literature, philosophy, the arts and western culture. Friday’s Welcome Reception was imbued with the spirit of the ancient Greece, as educators mingled on the InterContinental’s roof terrace with a perfect view of the Acropolis. At Saturday’s social, “A Taste of Greece”, delegates enjoyed delicious Greek food and traditional line dancing to live music in the InterCon’s ballroom, transformed into a Greek ‘village’.

NESA endeavors to support individual teacher agency as teachers collaborate, model, plan and practice. Through the SEC and all of its professional development events, NESA supports educators in a powerful stance of inquiry, growth mindset, practice and reflection so they can make an IMPACT!

We look forward to seeing you at next year’s SEC: March 29-31, 2019, at the Royal Orchid Sheraton in Bangkok, Thailand!