The conference continues to gather momentum, speakers and supporters. In the last week we have confirmed the support and participation of three major players: the Department of Education, the Times Educational Supplement and Sage Publications, all of whom are providing assistance in various ways. Partnering with the TES in particular enables researchED 2013to enjoy significant media exposure and promotional assistance, and we’re proud to work with them. No body associated with the conference expects any kind of editorial or political influence, which is exactly how we intend to stay- as close to a grass roots organisation as possible.
More and more speakers have joined us, from the teaching, research and teacher leader communities: Katie Ashford, Teach First Ambassador and talented writer/ blogger; Carol Evans, Associate Professor of the University of Exeter; Chris Waugh, teacher and founder of Edutronic, who will be presenting to the conference a unique piece of educational research carried out by the online teaching community ; Peter Yeomans, of the University of Plymouth; Ruth Kennedy, ex-senior civil servant and public service innovator; Joe Kirby, also Teach First ambassador; Helen Drury, Director at Mathematics Mastery, Ark Schools; Ollie Orange, Mathematician.
The Institute of Effective Education, York University, will be delivering a set of sessions for teachers and school leaders on a variety of topics, such as How to Read Research, Perceptions of Evidence, and The Right Research for the Right Question. They’ll also be providing a stand and support on the day.
More speakers are signing up every day, and the mailing list is now running into several hundred. The Twitter account is now running at 1100. Join us at @researchED2013 for daily updates and join in the conversation. I’m investigating ways that we can ensure that the event sizzles with wireless so that everyone can keep up to date, and so we can stream the event live online. Videos of speakers will also be available on the website. Tickets should go on sale shortly.
The researchED 2013 website is almost ready to launch; currently you can get updates on www.researched2013.wordpress.com but soon we’ll be transferring to a website that’s more flexible and set up for videos etc.
One final thing from last week: I’ve been looking into ways to make the website more interactive. The conference is fantastic but there should be something live and ongoing that reflects the interest and passion that people obviously have for evidence-based-education. Watch this space for details about ways you can get involved in research, and how we can turn all of our conversations into action….
See you in September, and thanks for being involved.
Director, researchED 2013