QUINCY -- Planning is underway for a bigger and better Quincy Conference 2.1.
Adams County Academic Success Initiative and Quincy Public Schools sponsor the conference which opens with school visits Wednesday, Oct. 5 and continues with two days of professional development for area educators Thursday Oct. 6 and Friday, Oct. 7.After a successful return in January of the conference, an annual tradition for 30 years until it went on hiatus after 2002, co-directors Michaela Fray and Pat Heinicke say participants can expect even more in the 2.1 event but the same goal of helping educators re-energize, re-envision and reconnect."We really want the conference and school visits to provide the opportunity for all educators to continue their professional learning," Fray said. "It's just really exciting to know the focus of all this learning is to impact student growth and continuous student improvement."Keynote speakers and breakout sessions will provide professional development tailored to teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, nurses, social workers, speech pathologists, "just anybody that works with students in any of our school districts," Heinicke said. "We're delving into as many areas as we can as long as we find presenters."Featured speakers new for the 2.1 conference will include:º Ron Clark -- Known to many as "America's Educator," Clark is the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, a two-time New York Times bestselling author, subject of a television movie and founder of the Ron Clark Academy.º George Couros -- Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning for Parkland School Division, Couros is the creator of the Connected Principals blog site as well as the founder of Connected Canada. He focuses on helping organizations create optimal learning environments for innovation within schools.º Salome Thomas-El -- A teacher in the Philadelphia school district since 1987, he earned national acclaim as a teacher and chess coach at Vaux Middle School where his students have gone on to win world recognition as eight-time National Chess Champions.º Anne Weerda -- The founder of Kids At The Core, Weerda is a curriculum and assessment specialist focusing on the effective measurement and monitoring of student growth and learning in school districts.Presentation applications from area educators will be accepted through July 8, with the full slate of speakers announced prior to July 22 when conference registration opens.Heinicke said the conference setting provides professional development that area school districts couldn't offer on their own."Seeing educators from across the nation as some of our speakers will be quite the thing for a lot of people to see," Heinicke said. "With budgets being tight, that means staff has been cut and stresses are high. This can be a couple of days you rekindle that fire as to why you became an educator."PULLOUTMore information about Quincy Conference 2.1, including how to be a presenter or a sponsor, is available online at quincyconference.com.