THERE are lots of "aha moments" when educators get together to discuss the best practices and the newest technologies for the classroom.
Quincy High School will host an estimated 1,600 teachers and other educational professionals for Quincy Conference on Thursday and Friday. Five nationally-known speakers and more than 250 breakout sessions will be offered.
"It's kind of a shot in the arm for professional development, a chance to slow down ... and focus on what can make us better educators for our students," said Emily Pool, a third-grade teacher at Lincoln-Douglas Elementary School.
Quincy Conference has a proud, 30-year tradition that was interrupted when it went on hiatus in 2002. This will be the third conference since it came back by popular demand.
Blueprint for Success is the theme this year as participants learn classroom-tested techniques to engage students.
"We hope in the two days teachers will be able to engage, network and learn and be able to take that new learning back to apply to their classrooms to enhance student growth and learning and engagement for our students in this region and beyond," said Michaela Fray, who co-directs the conference with Shelley Arns.
Demands in the workplace are changing rapidly, making it important for students to get training that will prepare them for career challenges.
Teachers who find new tools to reach and teach students play vital roles in preparing new generations of workers. Quincy Conference has a proven track record for equipping those educators.