August

Aug. 6-8, Arlington, Va. New Technologies in Education and Training 2003
From the Society for Applied Learning Technology (SALT), this conference will focus on the use of interactive technologies in the classroom. It will include workshops on effective methodologies for technology implementation and integration, demonstrations of some of the latest applications available, and opportunities to network and share ideas through interactive discussions. Contact: (540) 347-0055 http://www.salt.org

Aug. 8, Snowmass, Colo. Creating Value from Technology
This day-long session invites school and university decision makers to learn what steps they should take to leverage the value of their institution’s technology resources. Consultants will discuss several topics with participants, including managing growing technology needs in the face of limited resources, fostering support for your technology vision, managing successful technology implementations, supporting professional development, achieving the best return on investment, and creating an adequate support structure. Contact: (720) 488-6800 http://www.academicimpressions.com/conferences/creating_value.htm

Aug. 13-15, Madison, Wis. 19th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning
Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this event will cover strategies and support for distance-education programs and initiatives. More than 25 workshops and 88 information sessions will address such topics as creating instruction to engage learners, conducting classes by way of videoconferencing, and using web-based instruction in the distance classroom. Contact: (608) 265-4159 http://www.uwex.edu/disted/conference

September

Sept. 19-20, Nashville. Education Leaders Council Eighth Annual Conference: “Lead, Follow, or Make Way!”
For education reformers at the national, state, and local levels, this conference will address leadership qualities in the era of the No Child Left Behind Act. Speakers will include U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, and best-selling author and journalist David Brooks. Attendees also will have the chance to take part in interactive roundtable discussions about how to achieve better student performance in schools. Contact: (202) 261-2639 http://www.educationleaders.org

Sept. 22-24, Los Angeles. Online Learning Conference & Exposition
For stakeholders in charge of developing and implementing eLearning programs, this event will provide hands-on learning labs, breakout sessions, and case studies examining new ways to create, deliver, and manage online learning initiatives in schools and other organizations. Conference themes will include performance-support systems, knowledge management, online presentations and collaboration, and simulations. Contact: (800) 328-4329 http://www.vnulearning.com

Sept. 25, Washington, D.C. Strengthening America’s Future 2003 Gala: Legislative Conference and Awards Banquet
Sponsored by the Committee for Education Funding, this event will invite members of Congress, Bush administration officials, and education experts to discuss the outlook for education funding and the importance of developing strategic allies to advance the federal investment in education. Activities will include panel discussions about current fiscal scenarios and future projections. Following the conference portion, attendees will have an opportunity to network with fellow education leaders. An awards ceremony honoring the recent achievements of several education stakeholders will attract more than 700 guests. Contact: (202) 383-0083 http://www.cef.org/events/index.asp

Sept. 29-Oct. 1, Biloxi, Miss. 10th Annual PLATO Learning Education and Technology Conference: “Exploring New Directions in Student Achievement.”
This vendor conference from PLATO Learning will focus on best practices for implementing technology to drive student performance. The conference will include presentations on state accountability systems, grants and funding, assessment and test preparation, achievement models for at-risk students, and curriculum reform, among other topics. Contact: (800) 447-5286 http://www.plato.com/edtech2003.asp

October

Oct. 15-17, Atlanta. Co-necting to Kids 2003: Co-nect’s 9th Annual National Conference.
K-12 educators from across the country are invited to this conference to discuss project-based learning (PBL) and work to achieve prescribed teaching and learning goals. The event will include more than 70 breakout sessions addressing PBL and best practices in classroom instruction. Special topics include assessment and accountability, continuous school improvement, literacy and math, parent and community involvement, and technology integration. Register by Sept. 15 to save $50. Contact: (617) 995-3222 http://www.co-nectingtokids.net

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