Save the date for AEC: Dec. 5-7 in San Diego

Now’s the time to start making plans for CSBA’s Annual Education Conference and Trade Show, which runs from Dec. 5-7 in San Diego. Register and make your hotel reservations now to ensure your place at the convenient headquarters hotel, the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, or one of several other local hotels.

“There’s something for everybody here at this annual education conference. … It’s gonna be dynamite,” says Rowland USD board member Heidi Gallegos, a member of the conference planning committee, in a video on the conference site:, which has registration details.

As usual, the general session speakers have been chosen to inspire and motivate you. At the first general session on Thursday, Dec. 5, game designer and futurist Jane McGonigal makes the case for more game-playing. Rather than being a waste of time, she argues that online games produces truly useful habits in players–traits like optimism, a willingness to work hard, the ability to forge strong social bonds, and a feeling of meaning in life. See her classic TED talk, “Gaming can make a better world,” for a taste of what’s in store.

Yong Zhao, Friday’s the second general session speaker on Friday, will share his designs for schools that cultivate creativity and entrepreneurial thinking in students who are prepared for a global economy—in other words, how to make more Mark Zuckerbergs. Zhao, presidential chair and associate dean for global education at the University of Oregon, was named one of Tech & Learning magazine’s 10 most influential people in educational technology in 2012. He’ll sign his book, “World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students,” after the session.

Visit for details about the speakers and sessions, and look for your advance planning booklet in the mail soon.

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