We are very pleased with the results of our second Beyond the Classroom Conference (last year’s was held in Calgary in June 2009).
Over 55 enthusiastic people attended, from a variety of backgrounds and from across Alberta (rural and urban), BC and Newfoundland. About 40% of the registrants were from sites that currently run a site-school, while approximately 60% were clearly interested in discovering more and possibly piloting a program. The types of sites and organisations represented were diverse; we had people from government (Alberta Culture and Community Spirit; Alberta Tourism, Parks & Recreation; Canada Parks), museums (small rural to large urban), science centres, professional associations, school boards and FNMI groups.
Much valuable learning happened, both during official conference sessions as well as during breaks when delegates networked and shared. The success of the conference was rooted in the speakers who volunteered their time and energy to share their knowledge and expertise, and the participants whose energy and interest was infectious and inspiring. Thank you to all of you!
In the coming weeks, the Conference Planning Committee will be sending an email to all delegates with follow up information and resource links, as well as a survey that will help us identify our strengths and weaknesses in order to improve this conference, which we hope to host again in 2012.
In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts on the conference by posting a comment below!