Kilgore, TX (ESC Region 7) — Region 7 Education Service Center’s (ESC) Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (CIA) Department is in search of teachers, administrators and other school leaders to present at its third annual curriculum conference being held June 11-12, 2014.
“This conference provides educators with the opportunity to share their story,” said Betty Steele, Region 7’s curriculum coordinator. “Region 7 values the partnership with our East Texas school districts, and we want to recognize the many qualified educators for their expertise in curriculum, instruction, assessment and leadership.”
The conference was first held in 2012, hosting fewer than 100 participants and 20 presenters, but it grew in its second year to over 200 participants and 30 presenters. Steele said she hopes the 2014 conference is even bigger and better.
“Each year we’ve held the conference, we’ve had new presentations, presenters and participants, and it shows that our teachers and administrators are benefitting from the opportunity to share with and learn from one another,” said Steele. “We are excited to have even more presenters and participants in June.”
Teachers, administrators and other school leaders interested in presenting at the 2014 conference are encouraged to fill out the online presentation proposal form, which is linked from the Region 7 website homepage at www.esc7.net  under the “Featured Events” section. The deadline for proposal submissions is Sunday, Dec. 15.
Proposals will be selected based on several criteria including appeal to audience, a clearly defined overview, an engaging idea for presentation, relevance to the challenges and needs of teaching and learning communities, and thought-provoking topics, experiences and/or strategies.
“We are looking for innovative and engaging topics that will promote student-centered learning,” Steele said.
Although educators have many opportunities to present at the campus and district levels, Steele said this conference affords them the opportunity to reach a much wider and diverse audience.
“We have so many educators right here in East Texas who excel at their profession, and this is a wonderful opportunity for them to share their passion for teaching and learning, as well as celebrate their successes,” she said.
Additionally, Steele said the opportunity for educators to learn from and share with each other at conferences such as this one is crucial to ensure a successful future for students.
“The 21st Century learner is faced with constant change,” said Steele. “It’s critical that we share in the journey for making East Texas the best we can for our students as they enter into the workforce, careers and post-secondary education.”
For more information about the proposal submission process or the 2014 Region 7 Curriculum Conference, call Pam Garr at 903-988-6788, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org  or visit http://www.esc7.net/default.aspx?name=CIA.2014conferenceinfo .