Post: July 31, 2018
As we wrap up another busy summer of state and international conferences, we wanted to reflect on a few things we have observed.
First, educators are some of the most selfless, dedicated people in this world. They work 10 hour days 5 days a week teaching hundreds of other people's children. Then, during their much needed summer break, they pack their bags and travel to a conference with their colleagues. Educators don't get paid extra for this, and many times the fee comes out of their own pocket. (Those fees aren't cheap, either.) Depending on the conference, teachers spend one to five days learning new techniques or gathering information to bring back to their classrooms for the upcoming school year.
Let's take a moment to recognize those amazing and dedicated educators.
Second, each state conference is completely unique, just like the state it is hosted in. We attended the Georgia and Florida ACTE conferences the third week in July and the Kentucky ACTE conference the next week. Same parent organization, completely different conferences - from attendees to setup to organization. This isn't a criticism, just an observation. Each conference (like everything in life) has its pros and cons.
PassAssured attends a minimum of six state conferences each summer, with a few national and state conferences scattered through the rest of the year. Did you see us at your state or organization's conference or did we miss you?
So far in 2018, we have attended:
- Georgia HSTEA in Warner Robbins, Georgia
- Winter TCEC Conference in Galveston, Texas
- Educating for Careers Conference in Sacramento, California
- South Carolina Education Summit in Columbia, South Carolina
- HOSA International Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas
- Florida ACTE Conference in Orlando, Florida
- Georgia ACTE Conference in Athens, Georgia
- North Carolina ACTE in Greensboro, North Carolina
- Kentucky ACTE in Louisville, Kentucky
- Texas Health Occupations Association (THOA) Conference in College Station, Texas
Why do we go to so many of these? The answer is simple - to interact with our existing and potential customers one-on-one. There are educators that we talk with on the phone or email regularly that we don't meet for years. We love getting to put a face to a name!