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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Be the change you want to see...

   This is going to be a lot of fun. Participants in this year's Leadership Development Conference will be offering their input about what they'd like to see their state professional organization offer. Through a creative, interactive process of rotating through brainstorming stations, we'll emerge energized  from the morning's activities with 6 presentations to offer the MEMO Board about what is important to media professionals in the state regarding advocacy; professional development; networking & communication with peers/community; technology integration; collaboration & communication within the educational setting; standards/curriculum/lessons/scope and sequence; and technology integration.The Board will set their annual priorities in Board meetings the following day based, in large part, on the input from these impassioned morning sessions.
   After lunch, we'll launch into breakout sessions built around these topics and visit vendor displays. We'll wrap it up with a motivational culminating activity. Keynote speaker Shannon McClintock Miller will open up the event with an exhilarating presentation entitled "Be the Change You Want to See in the World," the inspiration for the conference title, from Mohandas Gandhi's famous quote.
  This is your opportunity to "Be the Change" that you would like to see in your profession. Join the conversation now, and continue at the conference on July 6. You'll be glad you did.


  1. At MEMO's sold-out Portable U event today, several stellar volunteers stepped forward to facilitate thematic stations at the Be the Change conference: Doug Johnson at the Professional Development station; Ann Walker Smalley and Michael Scott at the Advocacy station; and Gina Light at the station for Curriculum, lessons, scope & sequence, & assessment. I can see that this is really going to be a great event because people concerned about these areas are already committing to being the change they want to see!

    1. More station facilitators have stepped forward: Jim Glazer at the Tech Integration station; and Laurie Conzemius at Professional Networking. Only "Resources" and "Internal Collaboration" still seek confirmed facilitators. Watch this space for provocative questions from the facilitators about what you want to see for improvement in those areas.