Educational Conference Speakers

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Educational conference speakers tend to be a highly specialized lot. Their topics and themes are generally less universal than those of keynote speakers and celebrities, since their audiences are more homogenous. Even if there are umpteen different schools of thought on how children learn and which pedagogical approaches are best suited to them, teachers tend to be united by a handful of common questions.

Paramount among these is what ways are available for getting through to students and making learning its own reward? Educational conference speakers often attempt to answer this question philosophically by presenting ages-old theories on cognitive reasoning and reward systems. Other teachers prefer hands-on solutions such as specific math or English exercises that keep children engaged and eager to learn more.

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A lot of educational conference speakers come straight from the highest rungs of academia. Regents, university presidents, tenured professors, and provosts are all involved in the day-to-day business of educating tomorrow's leaders and thus take a vested interest not only in their arenas, but those of their peers as well. Many a college president has run an engineering or physics department, just as plenty of school board members have taught classes in Shakespeare or trigonometry.

The best educational conference speakers are sometimes those that have spent time as classroom teachers and as theoreticians. These folks are frequently able to navigate the territory between concepts and applications and know which principles are in vogue and which have fallen out of popular favor. It also bears mentioning that, from time to time, it's an outside speaker--that is, someone outside of education--who's best able to connect with large groups of teachers, provided the speaker has at least some type of overlapping experience.

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