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Top 20 Reasons Why You Should Submit a Proposal to Present at NCSLMA This Year!

The deadline to submit a proposal to present at the 2012 NCSLMA Annual Conference is fast approaching!  For some NC librarians, presenting at least one session at conference is a yearly tradition.  While others have never dreamt of taking the stage in Winston Salem.  That said, whether you're a veteren conference presenter or consider yourself a newbie, there are lots of reasons why you should submit a proposal to present at this year's conference! 

In fact, what started out as a "Top 10" list quickly grew to double that.  This crowd sourced list contains ideas and reflections from librarians from all around our state.  And, take it from them, presenting at conference is GREAT, not only for you, but for our profession and, most of all, our students!

20. You get a nifty “presenter” ribbon for your name badge! - Jennifer LaGarde

19. You will meet like-minded colleagues who share your passion for lifelong learning. - Joanna Gerakios

18. You will find the colleagues and peer participants give you positive feedback and become a part of your extended professional PLC. - Tammy Young

17. A conference is only as good as its sessions and you can help make ours stronger by sharing your ideas and successes! - Deb Christensen

16. You will hone your leadership skills and become better at delivering professional development in your school or district. - Joanna Gerakios

15. Sharing at conference helps you to meet the new SLMC standards - April Dawkins

14. Presenting at conference helps build confidence to perhaps someday present on a national level. - Deb Christensen

13.  It’s fun to present!  You feel great when you are finished!- Jackie Pierson

12.  If you present at conference, you receive free registration! - April Dawkins

11. Where else can you talk to a room full of adults who really understand what it is you do on a daily basis?  Sarah Justice

10.  Your principal and teachers in your learning community will begin to view you as an expert and leader in your field. --Tracy Bell

9. We need to do our best to make sure our position is defined and in a place of importance in our schools. Creating a dialogue with our administrators on the school level about our conference and our involvement can show one more facet of what we do. -Lisa England

8. You will help to inspire others to take what they learned and use it so they can be leaders in their own buildings. - Jennifer Northrup

7. You will be empowered while you inspire others within our profession. Everyone wins! -Tavia Clark

6.  You will learn a great deal about yourself as a teacher, presenter, media specialist, and leader AND you will get some amazing feedback from your colleagues.   - Jessica Moore

5. Shows you are taking leadership in the field. - Anne Akers

4. Impress your principal.  -Anne Akers

3. You'll be expanding, supporting, and extending your PLN sharing what you know and getting feedback and support. -Anne Akers

2. You are showing yourself as a leader in your profession not just for yourself but to your principal, fellow teachers and fellow media specialists. -Celesta Woodard

1.  Sharing Makes Us Better! By sharing what you do, you help strengthen our entire profession which is good for librarians, good for teachers and, most of all, good for kids!  - Jennifer LaGarde

So what are you waiting for??  Submit your proposal today!
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