Fall Conference Update
Dear ITEC Constituents,
At the heart of ITEC is a deep reverence and respect for educators engaged in the meaningful and lasting work being done in schools and classrooms across the state of Iowa. Teachers, administrators, and all members of the school community devote themselves not only to teaching, but to caring for students and building unbreakable and enduring relationships. This has always been challenging work, and that has never been more true than it is in this very moment.
We want educators across the state to know that we see you, we hear you, we appreciate you, and we recognize everything you are doing for your school communities.
While the challenges associated with teaching in 2020 have sparked ideas in many to reimagine what education can look like, it has also been the cause of many sleepless nights and rising levels of stress and anxiety.
The ITEC board wants nothing more than to create opportunities for educators from across the state and the region to learn together, connect with each other, and have access to some of the best speakers in the country. However, after many conversations and much deliberation, we have decided to postpone the Fall Conference which was set to be hosted in Des Moines in early October. This decision wasn’t made lightly – but considering the current reality around the safety of gathering in large groups, we have decided now is not the right time to hold our annual Fall Conference.
We are working on plans now to hold the conference in the spring of 2021, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to support educators right now. We also know that the current demands of leading learning in person, virtually, and in hybrid models have created an urgency to utilize many of the tools and strategies that are so prevalent at the Fall Conference. The ITEC board is brainstorming ideas for how we can support educators during these unprecedented times. We look forward to sharing more information and resources with you in the near future.
But right now, we simply want to reiterate our admiration and appreciation for everything you do.
Stay safe. Stay healthy.
ITEC Board of Directors
ITEC stands for the Iowa Technology & Education Connection. ITEC promotes the use of technology in education by demonstrating to its members, other educators and the public, developments in educational technology and how its appropriate use supports teaching and learning.
ITEC serves its members by:
- conducting an annual educational technology conference in the Fall
- conducting an annual technology infrastructure conference in the Spring
- providing a network of educators available to share their expertise
- making contact with legislative groups, department of education, user groups, and other professional organizations
- displaying information about the organization at statewide conferences
- providing leadership on how technology can impact teaching and learning
“Once again, ITEC conference did it! There were “mic drop” after “mic drop” moments with the keynotes, feature speakers, Iowa featured speakers, and the sessions! ITEC truly is a mini-ISTE! It is a non-negotiable, must attend conference for me every year!” – 2018 Fall conference Attendee
“It is a non-negotiable for me to attend ITEC conference every year! I love and believe it in so much that when the day comes that I would be forced to use a personal day or leave without pay, I would use either personal day or leave without pay in a heartbeat! It is no-brainer to attend this conference! It is a mini-ISTE and we are so fortunate to have this conference in the state of Iowa!” – 2017 Fall Conference Attendee