Poster Sessions

Imagine walking into a large room (the Poster Pavilion). This room is filled with many colorful tables and bulletin board displays set up by educators. There are attendees everywhere, talking, laughing, discovering, exploring, and connecting. You walk from display table to display table hearing educators talk about projects and activities they’ve been doing in their school or district. They show you student work, demonstrate activities they’ve successfully implemented, and answer any questions they have about the challenges and successes they’ve had. You gather information and multiple resources so you can take it all back with you. But you also make tons of contacts you can reach out to in the future if you decide to implement any of the activities or projects you learned about. 

This is the Poster Session attendee experience. And it’s amazing and fun and energizing.

What are Poster Sessions?

Have you completed a special project at your school? Have you used tools or strategies that have really worked? Do you have activities that you just know other educators would want to hear about and use? A Poster Session might be the perfect session for you! 

Poster session presenters are set up in a large room (the Poster Pavilion) with other simultaneous poster sessions. Each presenter has a table and a large bulletin board display. Think science fair for educators! 

Presenters are encouraged to bring manipulatives, displays for their table and bulletin board, demonstration materials, resources to give out, and student work to show attendees. Attendees casually walk through the room, exploring each table, interacting with presenters, and eagerly looking for things they can try in their own school setting. Poster sessions are scheduled for two-hour time frames. And each time frame is based on a certain theme– like STEAM or Library. During poster sessions, attendees interact directly with the presenters to ask questions and see demonstrations in a casual atmosphere, so no need for a formal presentation. 

Benefits of poster sessions

Casual and Conversational: Poster sessions are a great way for first-time presenters to “get their feet wet” by presenting in a more casual and interactive setting. 

Personalized: Poster sessions range from introductory level to advanced. And presenters are able to easily customize their information based on attendees’ experiences and needs. In other words, attendees can get exactly what they need.  

Packed with Information: In a short time frame, it’s possible to gather multiple strategies, resources, and ideas and make a lot of connections in just two hours. And poster sessions are definitely an attendee favorite for these reasons.

Professional Learning Network: Posters give you an opportunity to meet a lot of people, increasing your professional learning network quickly. Educators bond through sharing their experiences and learning from each other in a very conversational atmosphere. It’s great. Really.

What to include in your poster session?

Each poster session is provided with a six-foot table, 24-inch monitor with HDMI cable, barstool, and a large floor standing bulletin board. Presenters should bring digital peripherals and their own devices to connect to the 24-inch display.

Presenters are encouraged to bring other manipulatives to place on the table and bulletin board. You may bring posters, cutouts, student work, and more to attach to the bulletin boards provided. The opportunity for creativity with your bulletin board is endless. In addition, examples, handouts, business cards, candy, and swag are some of the many items poster presenters have displayed on the tables provided.

Benefits of poster sessions

Casual and Conversational: Poster sessions are a great way for first-time presenters to “get their feet wet” by presenting in a more casual and interactive setting. 

Personalized: Poster sessions range from introductory level to advanced. And presenters are able to easily customize their information based on attendees’ experiences and needs. In other words, attendees can get exactly what they need.  

Packed with Information: In a short time frame, it’s possible to gather multiple strategies, resources, and ideas and make a lot of connections in just two hours. And poster sessions are definitely an attendee favorite for these reasons.

Professional Learning Network: Posters give you an opportunity to meet a lot of people, increasing your professional learning network quickly. Educators bond through sharing their experiences and learning from each other in a very conversational atmosphere. It’s great. Really.

What to include in your poster session?

Each poster session is provided with a six-foot table, 24-inch monitor with HDMI cable, barstool, and a large floor standing bulletin board. Presenters should bring digital peripherals and their own devices to connect to the 24-inch display.

Presenters are encouraged to bring other manipulatives to place on the table and bulletin board. You may bring posters, cutouts, student work, and more to attach to the bulletin boards provided. The opportunity for creativity with your bulletin board is endless. In addition, examples, handouts, business cards, candy, and swag are some of the many items poster presenters have displayed on the tables provided.

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