2009 Nevada Department of Education Mega Conference the e Sav te! da With Opening Speaker 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year & Founder of the Ron Clark Academy Ron Clark April 24 – 26, 2009 Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada About the Conference The 2009 Mega Conference, Thinking About Learning and Learning About Thinking: Practical Applications for Student Success, will once again bring best practices for realizing student achievement to parents, administrators and educators in Nevada. This year will feature a number of quality educators sharing strategies for student success, including Ron Clark, who has been featured twice on the Oprah Show and named Ms.Winfrey’s first “Phenomenal Man”. Mr. Clark will kick off the weekend of learning with his inspirational story of raising student achievement by using unique and innovative methods incorporating his 55 classroom rules. These rules form the basis of his book, “The Essential 55: An Award-Winning Educator’s Rules for Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child.” In addition to 3 great keynote presentations, breakout sessions will be offered that will focus on using research about brain-based learning to guide instructional practices and motivate students to succeed. Presenters will include administrators and teachers from nationally recognized model schools as determined by the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE), as well as professionals from highlighted Nevada schools. “How-To” sessions will also be offered, and will focus on adolescent literacy, instructional practices for students with disabilities, 21st century learning, and brain research. Registration cost: $150/individual; pre-conference additional $50. Share Fair The Share Fair features non-profit organizations that provide resources for educators. The Share Fair will be held on Friday following the Highlighting Nevada Schools Presentation. Interested programs should contact Ida Roberts at iroberts@unr. edu to discuss participating in this opportunity to connect with Nevada’s educators, parents, and policymakers. Hotel Information The 2009 Mega Conference will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Las Vegas (http://www.renaissancelasvegas.com/). A block of rooms has been set aside at the special rate of $129.00 per night (plus tax) for single/double occupancy. You may book your room anytime by calling 800-750-0980 before March 23, 2009. Please identify yourself as a Mega Conference participant. Sponsored by: Center for Excellence in Disabilities Look for registration information in the mail and online soon! http://www.doe.nv.gov/schoolimprovement/mega.html University of Nevada, Reno Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities College of Education Mail Stop 285 Reno, Nevada 89557-2285 E! E DAT 009 TH SAVE – 26, 2 a 4 ad p r i l 2 g a s, Ne v A e L as V 2009 Nevada Department of Education Thinking about Learning and Learning about Thinking: Practical Applications for Student Success Mega Conference Pre-Conference Friday, April 24 Pre-Conference Registration Opens 9:00 a.m. Pre-Conference (lunch included) 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Agenda-At- A-Glance Mega Conference Saturday, April 25 Full Breakfast Buffet 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Keynote Address 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions 9:45 – 11:15 a.m. Lunch Break (box lunch provided) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. 2:15 – 3:45 p.m. Refreshment break from 3:45 – 4:15 p.m. 4:15 – 5:45 p.m. Mega Conference Sunday, April 26 Continental Breakfast 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Closing Keynote 9:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Mega Conference Friday, April 24 Mega Conference Registration Opens 3:00 p.m. Opening Keynote 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Highlighting Nevada’s Schools Session/ Share Fair Poster Presentation 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Vendors We will have great vendors on site. Be sure to stop by and check out their materials in between sessions. Interested vendors are encouraged to contact Melissa Westphal at (775) 682-9053 or firstname.lastname@example.org.