Two Not-to-Miss Professional Development Events this Summer

I ran across both of these in the last 24 hours, both from education leaders I respect a great deal.  First is Dr. Gary Stager’s Constructing Modern Knowledge.  I have threatened to attend one of these, both in jest and out of genuine interest.  Gary’s background and his spirit lend to some interesting and spot-on approaches to teaching and learning.

Constructing Modern Knowledge is a minds-on institute for educators committed to creativity, collaboration and computing. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in intensive computer-rich project development with peers and a world-class faculty. Inspirational guest speakers and social events round out the fantastic event.

Also entering my radar range was a professional development event, being organized for school administrators by Will Richardson and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach.  The Web 2.0 Bootcamp will take place at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia.  Here’s a quote from the site:

If you are a superintendent or principal, you know that your students are or will be using the Web, cell phones and other technologies to connect and create social networks. But do you also know the profoundly transformative opportunities for learning these technologies offer? Do you understand fully how schools and classrooms are being challenged by these new technologies and what the implications are for your teachers and students?

Stagers event will take place in in Manchester, NH, July 13-16, and the leadership Bootcamp will be from July 15 to 17.

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9 thoughts on “Two Not-to-Miss Professional Development Events this Summer”

  1. David,

    Thank you so much for spreading the word about Constructing Modern Knowledge! This highly-affordable, immersive, minds-on institute is my attempt to create a space in which educators can explore a wide range of ways in which computers may be used to make the learning environment richer and more creative. My goal is not for participants to leave able to say, “I heard Macarthur Genius and small schools pioneer Deborah Meier,” but rather, “I spent time with Deborah Meier.”

    We don’t predict the future, but explore the ways in which we may use computers and creativity software today to dramatically increase learning opportunities.

    Last year’s participants worked on personally meaningful projects involving robotics, music composition, animation, digital imaging, computer programming, video editing, simulation building, kinetic sculpture, scientific modeling and much more. Best of all, they had plenty of time, resources and support for bringing projects to life.

    This year’s amazing guest speakers include:

    • Deborah Meier – Veteran educational innovator, author, small schools pioneer, blogger and first K-12 educator named a Macarthur Genius
    • Herbert Kohl – A giant of progressive education and author of more than 40 acclaimed books about teaching and learning
    • Lesa Snider King – Expert in digital imaging and photography, author of Photoshop CS4, the Missing Manual
    • Brian Silverman – If you’ve used Logo, LogoWriter, MicroWorlds, programmable LEGO or Scratch, Brian had a hand in creating those
    • Peter Reynolds – Award-winning illustrator, illustrator, animator, software developer and children’s book author

    Our faculty includes myself, Dr. Cynthia Solomon (one of Logo’s 3 creators), Sylvia Martinez of Generation YES and John Stetson who IMHO is the world’s best teacher.

    There will be a special reception held at the legendary FableVision Studios to kickoff the Big Night in the Big City (Boston)

    Registrants will also receive free creativity software from Tech4Learning, LCSI, Inspiration and FableVision!

    Manchester is easy to reach, affordable and there are discounts for teams of three or more registrants.

    Check out for more information.

    Constructing Modern Knowledge is sponsored by the Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation ( and The Constructivist Consortium. CEUs are available.

  2. Thanks for sharing this David. Not sure I will be in the States in July, but if I am, I will consider going!

    On the subject of summer plans, some of your teacher friends and colleagues may be interested in the 2009 Curriki Summer of Content initiative where select applicants will receive a stipend for sharing multi-media curricula units on Curriki’s open source K-12 lesson sharing platform.

    To learn more, click here:

    The deadline for applications is April 15, 2009.

    On a separate note, welcome to the Middle East. I am an ed tech consultant based out of Dubai. I work with a number of organizations in the region and outside (including Curriki) on projects at the intersection of education, technology and social media. If you make a stop in Dubai, please say hello!



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