Conference surveys help planning for next year

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 6, 2018 12:01 am Updated: Oct. 6, 2018 11:20 pm

QUINCY -- Quincy Conference 2018 wrapped up Friday, but planning soon will be underway for next year's edition.

"The first thing we do is go through very thoroughly every survey and feedback from individuals and make notes and really try to use that personalized feedback to plan accordingly," said Michaela Fray, one of three conference co-directors.

Fray expects that process -- including a follow-up survey sent to all superintendents in Regional Office of Education No. 1 to make sure the conference aligns with district needs -- to take the rest of October and November as work begins to develop a conference for 2019. By December, organizers will begin seeking keynote speakers.

A date for the 2019 conference will be determined with Quincy Superintendent Roy Webb and the ROE office, but "we've found success in this weekend" tied to the Columbus Day holiday, Fray said.

Save-the-date fliers available to conference attendees proposed Oct. 3 and 4, 2019.

"We'll just work to come up with a plan and hopefully get dates out sooner rather than later," Fray said.

In the meantime, organizers want the networking opportunities provided by the conference to continue.

"It's kind of like the after-conference conference, and we hope to facilitate that through the regional office," Fray said. "We hope to help educators stay connected, network and build on the sessions they had during the conference."

The ROE, for example, plans to offer a book study on "Teach Like A Pirate" by Friday morning keynote speaker Dave Burgess.

"It's great for teachers to have the opportunity to engage in this learning, but it has to be continued," Fray said. "We want this Quincy Conference to be the springboard for a regional process that continually allows educators to engage and learn from each other."