The road to learning

In the past week I have experienced two kinds of professional development (PD).

  1. Presented and Paid to attend a conference put on by a well-known education organization focusing on dyslexia, Conference A
  2. Presented and attended a free conference organized by educators in one school district, Conference B


It is astounding the difference between these two events!

Conference A:


The conference began with a wonderful keynote, and there appeared to be strong attendance, although found out later that attendance on day one was a little over half of whom had registered.   The sessions that followed were sorely disappointing.  None of the sessions I attended were conducted by K-12 educators, but rather professionals in related fields and college professors, none directly in the field of dyslexia.  Two sessions I attended covered that exact same material, and was to me and others I was with, presented as new content, but for us was…

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About Sharon LePage Plante

Sharon Plante, an educator with 20 years teaching experience in special education, has been an educator at Eagle Hill-Southport for over eleven years, as well as currently serving as Director of Technology. She utilizes her educational training and love of technology to engage students with learning disabilities in building their skills and finding success. Sharon is the co-author of Using Technology to Engage Students with Learning Disabilities. She was awarded the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from George Mason University College of Education and Human Development. She has presented at Everyone Reading, EdRev, Edscape, ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association), and New York Chapter of ALTA (Academic Language Trainers Association), as well as at several EdCamps, on using technology to empower the dyslexic learner. Sharon is the 2015-2017 chair of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools Commission on Technology. Additionally, she hosts a podcast for Bam Radio Network on Learning Differently bringing together the voices of those working in the many aspects of special education. Sharon is a co-founder of #edtechchat, and co-organizer of EdCampSWCT.
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  1. iplantes says:

    CAIS provides such key “Conference B” type of PD. “Tool Many Tools, Too Little Time” , “Teachers Helping Teachers” and the Academic Technology Retreat are favorite parts of my PD!

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