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Colegio Internacional Puerto La Cruz’s EVAC Conference 2015


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Every year in eastern Venezuela, the Eastern Venezuela Activities Conference (EVAC) holds a regional educators’ conference. This year the two-day, home-grown conference was hosted by Colegio Internacional Puerto La Cruz (CIPLC) with the theme of Looking for Learning to coincide with the AASSA educators’ conference to be held in Lima. The conference, held on September 18 and 19 at CIPLC, featured two days of workshops and breakout sessions aimed at improving teachers’ skills in assessment and identification of learning outcomes. Thanks to a generous grant by AASSA, the conference also featured Amaris Obregon, the keynote speaker and workshop host who is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the Graded School in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The conference played host to 114 educators from all around the region who not only participated, but contributed their wealth of talent and knowledge to allow all participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in this important professional development opportunity.


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Following the theme of the upcoming Educator’s Conference in Lima, teachers at the EVAC Educators’ Conference used the Looking for Learning framework to ask these essential questions: What is learning? Who gets to define it? How is it measured? and, Who does the measuring?

Every year in eastern Venezuela, the Eastern Venezuela Activities Conference (EVAC) holds a regional educators’ conference. This year the two-day, home-grown conference was hosted by Colegio Internacional Puerto La Cruz (CIPLC) with the theme of Looking for Learning to coincide with the AASSA educators’ conference to be held in Lima. The conference, held on September 18 and 19 at CIPLC, featured two days of workshops and breakout sessions aimed at improving teachers’ skills in assessment and identification of learning outcomes. Thanks to a generous grant by AASSA, the conference also featured Amaris Obregon, the keynote speaker and workshop host who is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the Graded School in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The conference played host to 114 educators from all around the region who not only participated, but contributed their wealth of talent and knowledge to allow all participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in this important professional development opportunity.

Following the theme of the upcoming Educator’s Conference in Lima, teachers at the EVAC Educators’ Conference used the Looking for Learning framework to ask these essential questions: What is learning? Who gets to define it? How is it measured? and, Who does the measuring?

During the second day, EVAC15 featured an EdCamp or “unconference” format that allowed teachers to summarize, synthesize, apply, and create understanding, as well as to share in a less formal way their questions, doubts, and any relevant information they had after the previous day’s session.


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With twenty EdCamp presentations taking place, there was plenty of sharing and exploring going on.

Throughout the weekend, #EVAC15 trended and many valuable insights were shared on social media. You can search the hashtag to catch up on the conference happenings. We also set up a speakers corner with an iPad station to hear from delegates who reflected on their EVAC conference experience Looking for Learning.


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Our NHS students volunteered during the conference, welcoming delegates and guiding them around our campus. And during breaks delegates had the opportunity to support local artisans at our artisan fair, a shopping experience enjoyed by all!


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EVAC15 was a very successful PD opportunity for the region. Numerous teachers from different international and local schools from the area had their time and space to share ideas and concerns about current practices, projects, and teaching experiences with their colleagues.

The organizing committee was proud of their efforts as the conference wrapped up. Next year EVAC16 will be hosted by the International School of Monagas (ISM).


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Contributing to this article the Organizing Committee:

Mariale Alvarado

Sandy Corey

Erin Hatch (missing from photo)

Christine Hodges

Chris “Coach” Irvin

Lisa Mancuso

Steve Mancuso

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