Summer educator conference May 27-29

District and national education experts will share their expertise with more than 1,700 teachers and staff at the district’s 24th annual Summer Conference. Nationally renowned educators will gather at Olathe Northwest High School to present more than 150 professional development sessions for pre-kindergarten through senior high school educators, administrators and counselors. The 2015 Olathe Summer Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 27-29.

“For 24 years the Olathe district has provided a top-notch learning opportunity for our staff through the Olathe Summer Conference,” Deputy Superintendent Alison Banikowski said. “Thousands of educators over the years have had the opportunity to learn from national and local presenters on topics relevant to teaching and education.

“This is not a ‘sit and get’ conference. It is truly a ‘practitioner’s conference’ where information can be gleaned and conversations with colleagues enrich the learning process. Topics are selected that directly align with needs identified by staff. Through a partnership with MidAmerica Nazarene University, staff can earn college credit if needed or staff can earn district professional development points needed for recertification or salary movement.

“When we started the conference 24 years ago, we had no idea that it would have such a rich and long-lasting history. The efforts of many are needed to have a conference of this magnitude, but it is a worthwhile endeavor. The Olathe Summer Conference benefits staff and ultimately students. It is a long-lasting tradition of excellence!”

Some key presenters include:

  • Kevin Honeycutt who has expertise in engaging at-risk students. His first session, “Connecting with Lost Learners,” kicks off two days of great approaches for working with students who have given up on school.
  • Jill Molli will present a strand of sessions with a pre-kindergarten focus.
  • Grace Dearborn will return to present on various topics including classroom procedures, routines to make learning fun and more.

In addition, a series of sessions on mental health will be offered and there will be a large emphasis on iPad initiatives at elementary and middle schools. There will be 29 trainers from Apple’s instructional division presenting sessions Wednesday through Friday.

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