January 3-6, 2013. MLA is the Modern Language Association, and their Annual Convention featured around 350 sessions, plus a full program of keynote and other speakers and cultural events echoing the show’s location in the historic city of Boston. English is certainly a “modern language”, and presentations covered topics as diverse as the poet Emily Dickinson, The City in Literature after 9/11, Early American Romanticism, Early Black Feminist Ideology and the Development of a New Paradigm, “Encounter Tradition, Make It New”: Approaches for Teaching the Harlem Renaissance, The Hegemony of Standard American English: Race and Writing, Native American Christian Narratives and Social Identity 1800-1920, and (er, this is about language?) New Approaches to The Jazz Age. Delegates were repeatedly enjoined to, well, ‘mind their language’…..
January 3-6, 2013. AHA stands for the American Historical Association. Its nearly 14,000 members include academics at universities, two- and four-year colleges, museums, historical organizations, libraries and archives, plus independent historians, students, K–12 teachers, government and business professionals, and countless people who, whatever their profession, have an abiding interest in history. AHA publications have always played an important role in the teaching of history, the dissemination of historical scholarship, and the support of historians’ career development. The list of these publications has grown to include the American Historical Review, which claims to be the world’s most widely read and cited history journal, and a newsmagazine titled Perspectives on History. Publishing-wise, this association has, well, quite a history…
Nov. 11-14, 2012. The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) has been “serving Ohio public schools since 1955″, we heard. Informational seminars examined creative solutions and proactive approaches to a broad spectrum of public educational challenges. Show highlights included the Student Achievement Fair, with 100 booths displaying innovative student programs, as well as top student entertainment groups from each of OSBA’s five regions; and the Trade Show itself, offering more than 700 exhibits of the latest in education-related goods and services; and numerous opportunities to share ideas with school leaders from across Ohio. Oh, you say the show’s over now? Ok, all together: “Hello world, goodbye Columbus…”
Nov. 29-30, 2012. CSBA is the California School Boards Association. The aim of the conference was delivering practical solutions to help governance teams from districts and county offices of education, in their efforts to improve student learning and achievement. Whether a veteran board member, a superintendent, a board support professional or a first-time attendee, delegates came away from the conference with practical ideas and a renewed commitment to help their board accomplish the critical tasks ahead. Issues could be related to budget and finance, student achievement, governance, community engagement, communication or collaboration. This event focused on key areas to guide governance teams through tough fiscal times. Kind of like “getting an education” on education…
Nov. 11-14, 2012. The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) has been “serving Ohio public schools since 1955″, we heard. Informational seminars examined creative solutions and proactive approaches to a broad spectrum of public educational challenges. Show highlights included the Student Achievement Fair, with 100 booths displaying innovative student programs, as well as top student entertainment groups from each of OSBA’s five regions; and the Trade Show itself, offering more than 700 exhibits of the latest in education-related goods and services; and numerous opportunities to share ideas with school leaders from across Ohio. Oh, you say the show’s over now? Ok, all together: ”Hello world, goodbye Columbus…”
Oct. 23-25, 2012. The NJBSA is New Jersey’s School Boards Association, a federation of boards of education that provides training, advocacy and support to advance public education, and promote the achievement of New Jersey students through effective governance. The Association provides in-service training and technical assistance to its members, all of whom serve without compensation. In addition, the Association advocates the education, health and safety interests of New Jersey’s public school students and school districts. The state suffered as much as any when Hurricane Sandy hit. Some schools served as emergency shelters for displaced residents, but others are situated in communities devastated by tidal surges, floods and damaging winds. The NJBSA says it will be working with school administrators for cost estimates of physical damage and information on how education programs have been affected. At times like these, a helping hand is welcome.
Sept. 20-23, 2012. SDMS is the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and their expo and convention goes by the name of Scanning Seattle. Scanning Seattle for what, exactly? Well, all kinds of things, including healthcare providers involved in the practice of sonography, sonography education or clinical management; businesses who manufacture or sell ultrasound equipment or accessories; continuing education providers; recruiters, and institutions providing sonography-related education and training. Delegates would typically be a sonographer, educator, or commercial representative. Sonographers have to stay healthy themselves, of course. Need information about preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders? SDMS provides its members with resources needed to protect themselves from work-related injuries. Ultrasound has to be ultrasafe…