I am very proud to be invited to be the keynote speaker at the VTAM/TEAM SAGE Conference (Vocational Teachers Association of Manitoba and Technology Educators Association of Manitoba).
This is quite an honour and a bit like coming home. I recall as a new teacher how I looked forward each year to to attending this conference and never in my wildest imagination did I ever think I would one day be a keynote speaker.
The conference is going to be at Winnipeg Technical College (now Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology). I have a special affinity to MITT as it was the last place where I taught as part of the public school system. I am posing some questions that I want the audience to think about because they were the same ones I was grappling with when I was a vocational teacher.
I do hope that non-vocational instructors attend too as do administrators who work in vocational schools but may not themselves have a vocational background. I am also facilitating a workshop on how a professional growth plan really helps teachers focus on their professional development. I like that a number of the workshops will focus on teaching and learning in addition to subject matter content.
If you are a Manitoba teacher or know one who may be interested, pass the information along.