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K12Online09: New Dates and Some New Faces

Things have been quiet for awhile here on the K-12 Online Conference blog, but today we’re pleased to make several announcements about the 2009 conference.

Because of other time commitments, several of the conveners of K12Online are stepping down this year. Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Darren Kuropatwa, and Dean Shareski each worked tirelessly to help co-convene the 2008 K-12 Online Conference. Sheryl and Darren have served as conveners of the conference since it began in 2006. Sheryl, Darren and Dean are stepping down from their leadership roles as conveners for K12Online09, but we look forward to their continued participation in and advocacy for K12Online in their professional endeavors.

Jose Rodriguez, Maria Knee, and Elizabeth Helfant are joining Wesley Fryer as co-conveners for the 2009 K-12 Online Conference. Jose, Maria, Elizabeth, and Wesley bring a diverse array of experiences and skills in using web 2.0 tools to support learning at a variety of levels and in different educational contexts. Jose is a 3rd grade and adult ESL teacher in Los Angeles, California. Maria is a kindergarten teacher in Deerfield, New Hampshire. Elizabeth is an instructional technology director for a K-12 school in Saint Louis, Missouri. Wesley serves as the director of the nonprofit “Storychasers” in Edmond, Oklahoma. Respectively, the 2009 K-12 Online Conference conveners are coordinatortwo, MariaK, ehelfant, and wfryer on Twitter.

In addition to announcing these changes in our co-convener team, we are also pleased to announce THE DATES of the 2009 K-12 Online Conference. For the past three years, K12Online has taken place in late October. This year, the conference will be held the second and third weeks of December, just prior to the holidays. Week one will be December 7 – 11, 2009, and week two will be December 14 – 18, 2009.

We will be releasing a call for proposals for K12Online09 soon, in advance of the NECC conference in Washington, D.C.

Please join us in saying a BIG THANK YOU to Sheryl, Darren, and Dean for their many hours of hard work and dedication in serving as past conveners for the K-12 Online Conference! Please also join us in welcoming Jose, Maria, and Elizabeth as new co-conveners for K12Online09!

Mark your calendars: K12Online09 is coming! As we have in the past, we’ll count on your participation to make the conference another wonderful opportunity for distributed, collaborative, and ongoing professional development throughout the year to come!

Remember that all content from K12Online06, K12Online07, and K12Online08 remains online and accessible.

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  1. Andy McKiel

    Interesting changes afoot in the K12Online Camp…

    Darren, Dean & Sheryl:
    Thank you so much for the vision that you’ve shared in bringing together such a broad talent base for the first three years of K12Online! Your tireless efforts have lead to the creation of a great deal of quality content that I find invaluable in the work I do with students, teachers and administrators, so… THANKS 😉

    Jose, Maria & Elizabeth:
    You’ve got big shoes to fill, but I’m confident that the vision you bring to K12Online will push this amazing online conference into many new and exciting directions. I’m already looking forward to K12Online2009 and I wish you all many successes with organizing this year’s event 🙂

  2. Kurt Paccio

    A HUGE thank you to Darren, Dean, and Sheryl! I’m sure that the time commitment to convene such a conference is enormous. All the best to each of you as you move forward with other endeavors.

    I am thankful for having had the opportunity to work directly with Sheryl as a presenter.

    Thank you, thank you!

  3. Ginny Franklin

    I’m so pleased that you’ve moved the dates for the conference. Your conference has much to offer folks who do not work just in K-12. I work in higher education and October is such an incredibly busy time of the year for me. I’m looking forward to giving this year’s conference much more attention than I was able to last year.

  4. Alice Barr

    Thank you so much to Dean, Darren, and Sheryl and Wes for all their incredible work on one of the best conferences I have ever had the pleasure of being a part of and attending. Congratulations to Jose, Maria, and Elizabeth for taking this on with Wes. I am sure the tradition of excellence will be continued in 2009! I think these dates will work well and give some really good ideas to focus on in the new year! Congrats and good luck one and all!

  5. Kim Caise

    Just wanted to say thank you for all the hard work and dedication to making k12online 2008 a great success Dean, Darren and Sheryl! Congrats to Jose, Marie, Elizabeth and Wes for taking on such an enormous but wonderfully rewarding ed tech task! Looking forward to another great online conference! Thanks to everyone who has helped make past conferences enriching for us as virtual participants!


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