As I look out the window and see the Japanese beetles eating some of my favorite perennials to shreds, I remind myself that I have many things on my summer to do list still to be crossed off. While I have accomplished much so far, there still is much to be done. I sincerely hope you are enjoying the summer and all that comes with it for you and your family.
One of the things you can get done this summer is to join or renew your membership with WEBIT. Just click on the Join WEBIT tab on our webpage for more information. Another thing you can check off your list is to register for our annual conference. This year’s conference is the 70th conference for WEBIT, formerly known as WBEA, and will be sure to get those creative juices flowing. There will be new activities and resources to take back to the classroom or to ponder for your district. Everything you need to know for the conference can, of course, be found on our webpage under the PD Registration tab. Some of you have set aside Carl Perkins funds to offset WEBIT costs while others use budget monies to join and attend. Both of these are great ways to get to the conference and get involved in your state organization. If you are interested in presenting at our conference, we would love to hear from you! Please contact me so I can get the information out to you: email@example.com
Lastly, your WEBIT board has been working hard to look at our bylaws and update anything that seems to be out of date. At the conference in October, we will have our annual meeting to vote on changes that will make us better and stronger moving into the future. Soon we will need to fill open seats or seats that will be opening on the board. Consider this important leadership role and join a great team to move Business and Information Technology forward for the State of Wisconsin.
Continue to enjoy the warm weather and your time away from the normal routine. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding WEBIT, don’t be afraid to contact me at the email address stated up above.
Fondly ~ Stacey Ryan, President
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WEBIT & WMEA 2018 Annual Convention
October 3-5, 2018
Lunda Center, Western Technical Campus
La Crosse, WI
Where the three rivers meet, La Crosse serves as the location for the annual WEBIT & WMEA convention. Located at the Lunda Center on Western Technical Campus, attendees will gather for a fast-paced two-day event.
In addition to over 40 educational sessions, you will find information on special skills, ways to innovate your courses, promote your programs and so much more. Keynote speakers, exhibitor booths and sessions, and networking opportunities will give you the ability to explore new ideas, re-energize old courses, and navigate ways to engage your students.
Registration is available on the WEBIT website at https://webit.wildapricot.org. The early registration deadline is Monday, September 17 (registration must be marked by this date). Registrations received after September 17 will be processed at the full registration amount. Registrations MUST be paid prior to the start of the convention. $25 processing fee will be charged for registrations cancelled on or before September 17; after that date, no refunds will be made. All requests for refunds from cancellations must be submitted in writing to WEBIT by September 17. There will be NO exceptions to the cancellation policy.
Registration will be open on Thursday, October 4, from 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:30-4:00 p.m.; Friday, October 5, from 7:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m. Registration packets will be available during registration hours.
Room rates are $119 single and $129 double occupancy. Rates are subject to additional fees and taxes. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and are subject to availability. Hotel block at the Radisson Inn will be let go on Monday, September 24 after that time regular rates will apply.
Join your peers for an evening social held in the Radisson Inn hotel lobby (Wednesday, October 3, from 7-9 p.m.), breakfast buffet (Thursday, October 4, from 7:45-9:15), Paddle Boat cruise (Thursday, October 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.), and the WEBIT/WMEA Awards
Breakfast (Friday, October 5, from 7:30-9:30 a.m.), where we pay tribute to our outstanding colleagues.
General Session Speaker Thursday, October 4
He is the author of Innovation Step-by-Step: How to Create & Develop Ideas for your Challenge and Root Down & Branch Out: Best Practices for Leadership Development Programs. Darin's leadership programs have reached over 1 million students.
He is a global innovation training facilitator and the founder of InnovationLearning.org. Darin’s passion involves helping people to become themselves, find and live their strengths, and become more creative, innovative, and successful leaders.
General Session Speaker Friday, October 5
Andrea Gribble is passionate about helping your school broadcast your story to the world. Celebrating students and staff is the best “job” in the world! After working with her daughter’s school district, she learned that many schools lack the time and expertise to feel comfortable with social media. #SocialSchool4EDU was born from Andrea’s desire to help other schools do the same.
Andrea and her team manage social media for more than 50 districts across the country and has trained over 1,000 schools. Andrea holds a MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and is a frequent speaker at educational conferences on the topic of social media.
Michelle Gibson Herman, Convention Coordinator
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