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Convention 101. Getting the Most from Your Convention Experience Jeff Jacobs Methacton School District PSAHPERD Convention, 2011. Convention Attendance costs $$. With the economy the way it is, many school districts are cutting back on budgets for professional development.

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convention 101
Convention 101

Getting the Most from Your Convention Experience

Jeff Jacobs

Methacton School District

PSAHPERD Convention, 2011

convention attendance costs
Convention Attendance costs $$
  • With the economy the way it is, many school districts are cutting back on budgets for professional development.
  • However, no matter who is paying for you to attend, it is important to get the most for your dollars spent.
  • Many Districts have Title II funds for professional development purposes.
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I’d like to share some ideas and tips

that have helped me in the past.

  • Some I’ve learned from experience
  • Others I’ve learned from friends and

colleagues

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The Convention can be a very

intense and stressful time!

  • There’s so much going on at one

time!

plan and organize
Plan and Organize

It’s well worth the time to do some planning and get yourself organized as to how best approach the convention.

convention program
Convention Program
  • At your earliest convenience,

take the time to look through

the convention booklet.

______________________

  • This is usually posted on

the PSAHPERD website

www.PSAHPERD.org prior

to the convention.

questions to ask yourself
Questions to ask yourself

Are there topics I would like

to learn about?

Is there information that I

would like to gather?

Are there certain presenters or colleagues with

whom I would like to meet or speak?

choose and highlight
Choose and Highlight
  • Read through the titles

and descriptions of the

workshops.

  • Highlight those which

interest you most.

  • These are the ones you

should read in more

detail.

prioritize
Prioritize
  • If there is more than one workshop that

interests you listed within a specific time

frame, prioritize them.

  • One may be full and you’ll

need a backup.

  • You may show up and realize it’s not what you

want so, again, you have a backup.

resolve the conflict
Resolve the Conflict

If there are two or more workshops you really

want to attend during a specific time frame:

- See if any of them are also offered at another

time

- If attending with colleague(s), you can each

attend a different one and share the information

- Ask presenter(s) for notes and handouts

look at other events besides workshops
Look at other events besides workshops
  • Awards
  • Banquet
  • General session
  • Exhibit Hall

- vendors

- demonstrations

  • Silent auction
  • Dance Gala

These are highlighted in gray.

ask questions
Ask Questions!

“Asking questions is

a sign of intelligent

behavior.”~anonymous

notes
Notes
  • As you participate in workshops, try to make note of ideas or activities that you can use immediately.
  • Perhaps circle them so you can fill in

the details before you forget.

  • Sometimes there’s follow-up. Make

note of it and do it as soon as possible.

  • Set aside time to revise your notes or to write the most important points in detail.
gather information
Gather Information
  • Gather handouts, pickup business cards, collect e-mail and website addresses.
  • Many presenters like to post

their presentations and

handouts on their website.

  • Others will e-mail it to you upon request.
suggestions
Suggestions

As you try to follow your plan

be flexible.

Mix it up. Try to alternate between active and passive workshops so you’re not always sitting.

Set some time aside to rest

and relax.

Keep your receipts in one place.

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Allow yourself time to meet and talk with other convention goers. Building relationships and networking is well worth it!
benefits of professional membership
Benefits of Professional Membership
  • Professional Journal
  • Keystone Newsletter
  • Access to website
  • Convention Access
  • Networking opportunities
  • Local association participation
  • Eligibility for awards
  • Membership fees pay for advocacy

As a member of PSAHPERD, please consider getting more involved.

For additional membership benefits consider joining AAHPERD

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Convention 101

By taking the time to organize

and plan you will hopefully get

the most out of your

convention experience!

Woooo Hoooo! What a great convention!