QUINCY -- Rooney third-grade teacher Emily Pool admits to having a fangirl moment with the slate of speakers for the upcoming Quincy Conference.
"When I see books, speakers and personalities out there on education that I believe are making the world better for kids so more learning opportunities happen, being a part of getting to share that is huge," said Pool, one of three co-directors for the conference revived in 2016.
Slated for Oct. 4 and 5 at Quincy High School, the conference features morning keynote presentations by Kayla Delzer, a teacher and author emphasizing ways to revitalize learning and the educational environment, and "Teach Like a Pirate" author Dave Burgess, who focuses on teaching with passion and high student engagement.
Conference co-director Michaela Fray said, "What is also very powerful outside the slate of featured speakers that we have that are nationally and internationally known is the vast amount of high-quality breakout sessions teachers get to choose, which gives them the opportunity to really personalize the conference based on their needs to meet their students' needs.
"The ultimate vision of the conference is to enhance teaching and learning and providing support for the kids in our region and beyond."
Registration is expected to begin Monday for the conference with a theme of "learn, love, lead."
Speakers and breakout sessions provide opportunities for teachers to be learners, then take that learning back to their students. Attendees again this year will download a free mobile app to help navigate sessions and network.
Poole said, "Some of the keynotes with energy and excitement they bring will relight that love we have for education, for students. You can love your job, love your kids, love this magical place we get to be.
"We're offering leaders inside our district that opportunity to bring their amazing talents and to allow those teachers to go back to their building and lead others."
Co-director Shelley Arns urged attendees to use smart strategies to benefit as much as possible from the conference.
"If you're a classroom teacher, plan with your team. If all three of these look like great sessions, how about each of us go to one, then bring it back together to collaborate," she said. "Like your money portfolio, you're going to get richer the more you diversify."
Sponsors and vendors still are being accepted for the conference, which will offer ongoing online opportunities for educators to continue to connect.
"We want to allow everyone to keep connected to those in that same session or who experienced that same speaker or idea to talk about how they implemented that throughout the school year or maybe even have grown that idea into something new," Arns said. "That's what happens in teaching. You make it fit you and what you need and help others see other possibilities for what they learned."