Brave the Current - CACE Conference 2012
I was given the fantastic opportunity to speak to a room of communicators from all over Canada last Monday as part of the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education's (CACE) 2012 Conference in Niagara Falls. Elk Island Public School's Communications Specialist Karen Sand and I presented a breakout session titled "Keeping Staff in the Loop - Tactics for Internal Communication" where we delivered our take on the importance of staff as an audience for communications, as well as some of our favourite tools. Our resource list, information about StaffConnect, and our slide deck will be available to CACE members through the CACE website - or feel free to contact me for more information!
I also met some absolutely amazing people throughout the conference - such varied experience and lively conversation! If it weren't for the presence of one of the wonders of natural world outside the hotel I'm not sure I would have gone outside.
As a newcomer to the CACE Conference, there were a few things I feel compelled to share. For instance, communicators do just that - share. Both during the conference and after hours I found myself networking, interacting, and planning the night with some very passionate people.
School divisions across the country are tackling challenges every day - from the Bring and Brag table to the Bravo! Awards I saw examples of problem solving and new ideas all around me. The use of social media and getting the most value out of what's available to you were especially hot topics.
Thanks again to the conference organizers and everyone I met for a very memorable experience!