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!