It was a joy and privilege to speak and exhibit for What I Wish I Knew at 18 at the NAEA Conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida in March. Doug and I represented LifeSmart Publishing there and were thrilled to meet the 600+ educators and administrators of alternative high schools from states that included New York, Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, and more.
I was especially inspired by keynote speaker Tara Brown’s talk (“The Connection Coach”) during the Saturday morning session of the conference. She emphasized the importance of social/emotional learning, particularly with students who have been impacted by adverse childhood experiences. If you’ve seen our What I Wish I Knew at 18 Leadership and Life Skills curriculum, you know this is EXACTLY our approach to building the leadership, life skills, and workplace readiness skills young adults need to thrive!
I taught a workshop on Thursday afternoon entitled “Equip Them to Thrive, Not Just Thrive” and was pleased to have a full house of enthusiastic participants. Each received a free copy of the book and curriculum.
We met a lot of terrific people at this conference, which was our first foray into the alternative education realm, and have been rewarded with some substantial curriculum orders just in the couple of weeks since we’ve been back. We’re looking forward to a bright and fruitful partnership in this dynamic, impactful demographic of educators!
P.S. The nearby beach was a nice extra bonus! 😉