“I have been to a ton of conferences, but we return to SLATE each year because it has had the greatest impact on changing teacher strategies towards more engaged learning experiences for students.”
Many falsely believe that since they can now access industry information via the Internet that the days of live meetings are gone. The truth is, meetings are more important than ever. The value in meetings comes from the human-to-human connections that occur. Often people cite the serendipitous “hallway conversations” that they have with other attendees as the most valuable parts of attending an event. While these are not on the agenda, or mentioned in the breakout sessions learning objectives, when two or more people begin to discuss topics on a deeper and personal level, the success of the event to those involved becomes irreplaceable. It is the people that bring the ROI to your time at a conference.
At SLATE we believe that the cost of attending this event, should not be a barrier to enhancing your skill sets and widening your learning opportunities - so we continue to strive to make the registration fee affordable, even if you are paying this out-of-pocket your own pocket. It is still important for you to continue to develop your skills, stay on top of teaching and technology trends, and most importantly, continue to network with others that may be in the same situation as you are.