April 11-14, 2013. NSTA is the National Science Teachers Association, and they have been bringing science educators together for more than 50 years. People came to discover methods and strategies for improving science learning and teaching, facilitate professional discussions,
and gather the latest information regarding science education. This year’s theme was “Next Generation Science: learning, literacy and living”. Different conference strands focused on Next Generation Assessments: Effectively Measuring Student Learning; Next Generation Elementary Science: Building the Foundation; Next Generation Special Populations: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners; Next Generation Technology: Putting the “T” in STEM. The conference committee worked to develop a series of sessions and presentations geared to stimulating professional growth, motivate a sense of inquiry, and promote lifelong learning. Sounds like science is actually something of an art…
January 22-25, 2013. The NBAA is the National Business Aviation Association, and this is the conference where the aviation industry’s schedulers and dispatchers put their heads together and think. NBAA is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient and productive. The Association represents more than 9,000 companies, which, we heard, have one thing in common: the need for fast, flexible, safe, secure and cost-effective access to destinations across the country and around the world. Business aircraft enable trips involving stops at several locations, then a return to headquarters the same day, so big bucks can be saved on hotel rooms, rental cars, meals and other expenses. You can tighten your belt, not just your seat-belt..
Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2012. IFMA is the International Facility Management Association, and their World Workplace Conference & Expo is the largest and most longstanding annual conference and exposition for facility management and related professions. The impact and influence of strategic facility management on business success is escalating, we heard. Smart Facility Management (FM) is apparently about more than just managing the facility; it’s about sustaining today’s workplace and steering FM strategies to support tomorrow’s work. Oh, and golf. At last year’s event tournament golfers and event sponsors made it possible for the Utilities Council of IFMA to fund three $5,000 scholarships and cover workplace travel and attendance expenses for the scholarship recipients. So a day on the links once again made it possible for three students to receive a $5,000 scholarship again this year. Hey, who’s managing the facilities at the 19th hole…?
Oct. 21-24, 2012. MGMA-ACMPE tells us it is the premier membership association for professional administrators and leaders of medical group practices. Why such a long, complicated acronym? The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), and its standard-setting body, the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) merged to form a new association, MGMA-ACMPE. The Association has been in the business of delivering professional education, resources and political advocacy for medical practice management. The Association started as a small network of clinic managers, called the National Association of Clinic Managers. The stated aim is elevating the performance of medical practice leaders and their organizations, by connecting members, building partnerships, setting the standards for certification, advocating for physician practice and providing innovative solutions. Membership comprises administrators, CEOs, physicians in management, board members, office managers and other management professionals. What they all need is “practice”…
May 15-17, 2012. The GSA training opportunity and exposition event was specially designed to benefit federal, state and local government employees and military personnel who make or influence procurement decisions. The training program for the GSA Training and Expo 2012 included a comprehensive list of training classes to meet the needs of acquisition professionals and program managers from all levels of government service. All instructors involved with the training program were federal program experts. Topics included professional acquisition, business support, and solutions on green, technology, travel, property and building issues. There was a Native Nations Gathering which provided training to Tribal and Native Nations attendees. Procurement of the people, for the people, by the people….
Jan. 17-19, 2012. INTIX is the International Ticketing Association, and the INTIX annual conference is designed for anyone directly or indirectly involved in ticketing the arts, professional sports, college athletics, arenas, fairs and festivals, ticket distribution, and entertainment management. The show attracts vice presidents, directors, managers and other senior level executives representing the broadest range of those working in ticket sales and operations, marketing, technology, finance, revenue management, and customer service. Understanding, selecting and implementing the latest technology to streamline processes and facilitate communication with customers is a priority. This includes learning how to convert and clean data, train staff on technology, use a database to its fullest extent, and execute paperless and mobile ticketing. Just the ticket, in fact…