Welcome to the eSchool News Conference Information Center, your source for full coverage of the 2005 American Association of School Administrators National Conference on Education, taking place in San Antonio from Feb. 17-20. Whether you’re at the conference, or just wish you were, here you can count on finding:

Live, Real-Time Coverage: Beginning Friday morning, log on for real-time news, information, and pictures–live from the show. Real-time highlights and reports from eSN Online Editor Dan David and eSN’s cadre of volunteer Conference Correspondents (fellow educators reporting on workshops and seminars).

Conference Archive: After each day of the conference, only eSN Online will have a complete web page dedicated just to that day. It’s a great way to catch up with speakers and workshops you might have missed.

Thousands of educators and top-level administrators will be in San Antonio for the one of the most important school-related gatherings, and eSN will be right there with them. In fact, AASA is the fourth major conference to be covered in the new eSN Conference Information Center during the 2004-05 school year. So far, we have already reported on the National School Boards Association’s T+L² Conference from Denver, the Florida Education Technology Conference from Orlando, and last week’s Texas Computer Education Association convention in Austin.

Still to come in 2004-05 will be coverage of the CoSN K-12 School Netowkring Conference in March, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) annual conference in April, the National Education Computing Conference (NECC) in June, and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) conference in October 2005.

But for now, it’s on to San Antonio, in what is shaping up to be a big year for this conference held by an organization that dates back to 1865. In addition to the exhibit-hall activities, the conference programs focus on three major areas in education: day-to-day running of the school district, transformation of the education paradigm, and the role of schools in a diverse world.

The conference’s four general sessions open with a speech on Thursday evening by Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, who delivers motivational messages to young people, particularly those in the Latino community.

On Friday morning, Peter Senge, a senior lecture at MIT and chairperson of the Society for Organizational Learning, will address the changing role of superintendents. On Saturday, Dawna Markova, the president of Professional Thinking Partners, will talk about creating systemic change from the inside.

Finally, in what is sure to be an AASA highlight, Emmy-winning actor Edward James Olmos, who also earned an Oscar nomination for his role in Stand and Deliver, will give the closing speech on Sunday

Whether you’re in San Antonio for the conference, or not, you’ll want to visit the eSN Conference Information Center each day, because we’ll have a complete roundup of the major events and offer a sense of what’s hot this year.

The AASA conference promises to offer a wealth of information for educators. The eSN Conference Information Center will report on as many presentations as possible, through a team of volunteer Conference Correspondents. In fact, three of these reporters will be eligible to win a free Neo by AlphaSmart computer companion.

So if you like ed-tech conferences, you’re once again come to the right place. We hope you’ll enjoy your time in our Conference Information Center over the next several days.

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