I’m going to Texas! I love Texas. Everything is bigger in Texas (as you
may have heard). I lived in Dallas for five years when I was growing up and
part of me will always call Texas home (especially the part that enjoyed the
backyard swimming pool). I have visited San Antonio before, so when I found out
the CEC Convention and Expo was heading to San Antonio, I was ecstatic.
Combine the location with the fact that the timing of the Convention
falls on my school’s spring break and things couldn’t have been more perfect.
My wife and I are off to San Antonio for an action-packed week that promises to
be an exciting time.
Here’s my preview of what I plan to do for the week:
Tuesday: Arrive in San Antonio.
Hopefully we can get some Pappasito’s in on Tuesday. Pappasito’s is the best
Tex-Mex restaurant ever. I also plan to get an early start checking out the
Riverwalk downtown. I highly recommend a riverboat ride to anyone going to the
Wednesday: Wednesday is our main
We are deciding between going to the San Antonio Zoo or SeaWorld. Wednesday is
also the kickoff for the convention with keynote speaker Amy Brenneman. Later
that night we will be enjoying a San Antonio Spurs game with a former professor
and fellow Bob Jones University alumni who have all gone on to successful
careers in special education. I am excited about cheering on the Spurs,
catching up with old friends and making new ones.
Thursday: Sessions, sessions,
and more sessions.
The session scheduler for the convention has been very helpful for planning out
my week ahead of time. If you are going to the convention, check
it out. I am especially excited about a session that focuses on curriculum-based
measures for secondary Algebra students. I helped in the testing stage of these
measures while in graduate school and I’m excited about seeing the finished
product. Hopefully, it will be something I can use in my classroom to support
my students struggling in their algebra class.
Friday: Friday is a big day for
the Yes, I Can! Subcommittee.
I have a committee meeting, dress rehearsal and awards ceremony with more
sessions splattered in between.
Saturday: Saturday I will be attending an extensive
session on teacher evaluations.
You may know I feel strongly about these evaluations. I’m excited about this in-depth
session that I have heard will explain how teachers can use CEC’s position
paper on teacher evaluations when talking to decision makers in our state. If you haven’t already, be sure to join the
conversation on teacher
evaluation in the CECommunity.
For more information about the convention you can check out CEC’s convention blog. You can also
follow the CEC convention Twitter account: @CECconvention. For all things
happening in San Antonio inside and outside of the convention hall, you can
follow me (@JohnRomig). I’ll keep
you updated on the restaurants (I’ve heard there is a 3.5 pound cinnamon
roll!!), activities, site seeing and of course the sessions. Also, check back
next Monday for my recap of the week and highlights of the convention.
For me the convention is a great chance to rest, relax and rejuvenate
through the professional development opportunities offered. This will be my
first national convention, and I’m very excited about it.
If you are going to this year’s convention, what are you most excited
about? If you have been in the past, what tips do you have for us rookies? If
you happen to recognize me from the picture on my blogs, stop me and say “hi!”
I would love to meet some of the Reality 101 readers.