Marcia is an educational consultant who has presented at state, national, and international conferences. Previously, she was executive director of professional development for the DeKalb County School System in Decatur, GA. During her 30-year career with the district, Tate was a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development director. She is the author of Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain, 2ndEdition(Corwin Press, 2010), Preparing Children for Success in School and Life: 20 Ways to Increase Your Child’s Brain Power(Corwin Press, 2011), Science Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain(Corwin Press, 2010), and “Sit & Get” Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Professional Learning Strategies That Engage the Adult Brain(Corwin Press, 2004).
This conference was first class all the way. It helped me get a better understanding of many of the various aspects of professional learning and what it looks like across the country/world. I had heard nothing but positive comments about this conference and it did not disappoint. I appreciate all of the learning opportunities and the support of the staff.— 2018 Attendee
The level of intellectual stimulation and dialogue is unparalleled. There is always someone nearby or at your table who can help process new ideas or help you think about how what you’re hearing applies to your work. The balance of research and application is really nice. Getting to hear from top authors about their current projects helps me feel very informed so that I can feel abreast of current trends in the professional learning field. At the same time, the balance of topics that are “oldies but goodies” is nice because there are always new practitioners joining the conference.— 2018 Attendee