Eduflack hits the road again this week, destination New Orleans. The Education Writers Association will be meeting down in the Big Easy this Thursday through Friday, celebrating its 64th Annual Seminar. This year’s theme? Recovery and Reform: Aiming for Excellence in Uncertain Times.
The agenda includes a relative who’s who in education. EdSec Arne Duncan will be there. So will AFT President Randi Weingarten and NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. EdTrust’s Kati Haycock, New Orleans’ Schools Paul Vallas, and Alliance for Excellent Education’s Bob Wise are also in the house. But the spotlight will really be on the reporters in attendance and on the program. Banchero, Toppo, Jaschik, Willen, Turner, Alpert, Otterman, and all the other names we read. We even have those pesky bloggers like Hess and Russo.
Amid all those moves, shakers, and bylines we hunger to see at such conferences, dear ol’ Eduflack is also on the program. This Thursday (1;15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. local time), I’ll be part of a panel discussing, “Using Social Media to Convey Your Message.” I’ll be joining the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Peter Panepento and Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, former EdWeek shining star and currently with the Hatcher Group, to talk about the Tweets, blogs, FB fans, dailies, and everything else in the SM universe.
So if you’re in NoLa (and if you’re at EWA) be sure to stop by the session. And if you aren’t in the neighborhood, be sure to check out all the action on Twitter. Just look for the #ewa2011 hashtag.