One of my favorite Education Conferences is the IETC- The Illinois Education and Technology Conference. It is a warm, friendly, and connected event that makes me feel close to the attendees and other presenters. I Love this conference because it reminds me what ISTE used to be like before it got so big and impersonal. IETC is like ISTE, but with its soul intact.
This year I was honored to be a featured speaker along with a great group of inspiring teachers.
I really appreciated the mini keynotes on day two that allowed several voices to be heard as well s the many chance to connect with people at social events. Not to mention that I also ran into a former student who is now a teacher.
Often I feel like larger conferences can make it hard to truly connect with people because of their size and the pace of events. This year at IETC I was able to truly connect with some teachers and hear their struggles and successes. I had a great conversation about mental health in education with another teacher who acknowledged that it isn’t always easy to keep up with the emotional challenges that educators face daily. Perhaps best of all was the opportunity to meet and get to know some new people whose energy and work I admire.
Thanks to Kim Darche, Lindsay Zilly and the rest of the organizers for giving your time and talent to create such a great event.