Fall 2014 NEFDC Conference

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Challenges and Opportunities for Educators of the Future

Friday November 21, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Donna QualtersWhat will the future hold for higher education professors?  Students are changing, government oversight and accountability is increasing, parents are demanding value added, technology is growing exponentially, business and industry are calling for more soft skills training and the economy is in slow recovery.  We are in the perfect storm of educational change.  As that storm blows over higher education, what can faculty do to be proactive to take advantage of the opportunities inherent in these challenges? Looking at ten future factors of education in 2020, our keynote speaker, Dr. Donna Qualters,  will explore how we can work together to plan for the future.   

Donna Qualters is Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching (CELT) at Tufts University and Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor of Education.   She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Lesley University, where she adapted an innovative technique called Dialogue to facilitate change in faculty teaching practice.

Donna has published in the area of assessment, teacher identity, creating faculty community, active learning, reflective practice, and ethical inquiry.  Her books: Jonas Chalk: Advice from a Legendary Teacher, and Experiential Education:  Making the Most of Learning Outside the Classroom, are written by teachers for teachers.

Pre-Conference Workshops on Experiential Education

We are pleased to announce our collaboration with the National Society for Experiential Education to offer two of their Experiential Education Academy workshops on Thursday, November 20, 2014: “Fundamentals of Experiential Education” and “NSEE Principles of Ethical & Effective Practice for Experiential Educators”!  Click here for more information.   Payment and registration must be completed by October 21st.

If you plan to attend the NEFDC conference as well, please register for your NSEE workshop first. Your receipt will contain an access code for the NEFDC conference for a discounted rate, good until October 21st!

Submit a proposal

Submit proposals by September 5 to the proposal chair, Eric Matte, at ematte@landmark.edu, with the subject line “NEFDC Fall 2014 Proposal.”

Proposals will be blind reviewed by a committee consisting of NEFDC Board members.

Conference Information

Click here for general conference schedule. The final conference schedule and program will be posted in October 2014.

Guidelines for Presenters

Conference Location
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610

From Southbridge Street, turn up the hill onto College Street.  After you pass Linden Lane and academic buildings, turn left near the fieldhouse.  Hogan Center will be on your left and parking (free) is on your right.

Directions to campus: http://www.holycross.edu/directions/index.html

Directions to major sites on Holy Cross campus: http://www.holycross.edu/directions/sites.html

Conference Rates

NEFDC conferences are one-day events held in the New England area.  A continental breakfast, hot buffet lunch, and wine and cheese poster session are included as part of the conference fee.  Click here for the 2014-15 conference rates.

Payment is made through PayPal or check using the online conference registration link. All payments must be submitted prior to the date of the conference. Members receive significant discounts at NEFDC conferences! Click here for more information about membership.

Register for the Conference

Registration is now open.  If you wish to take advantage of the NEFDC Members rate, click here for more information about membership.

Hotel Information

A block of rooms will be reserved at a discounted rate $129 for conference attendees who wish to stay overnight on Thursday, 11/20/14.  Reservations must be received by 10/21/14.  Mention “NEFDC Conference” to receive this group rate.

Hilton Garden Inn
35 Major Taylor Blvd.
Worcester, MA  01608
Tel: 508-753-5700

Hilton Garden Inn:  http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/massachusetts/hilton-garden-inn-worcester-BEDWOGI/index.html