Plans underway for the 2014 Divisional Professional Development Conference
The 2014 AEA Divisional Professional Development conference will be held at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) Friday evening, March 21 through Sunday morning, March 23, 2014. The conference will merge two outstanding AEA conferences: the annual Divisional Conference and AEA/ACT Professional Development Conference. All parts of the conference will conclude on Sunday, March 23, and all sessions are open to AEA members.
An exciting weekend filled with a variety of activities is being planned, with engaging and interactive professional development sessions in which all education professionals will learn something new that can be used in any school setting. Attendees will be challenged and trained to think creatively as they prepare to take ownership in their professional association. Members interested in learning about effective Association capacity building, messaging, job protection, benefits, salary increases, and enhancing skills to become an even more effective employee, should attend.
Special emphasis is being placed on first time attendees to the Divisional Conference who are 35 years of age or younger. Each local is strongly encouraged to send one member who meets this criteria and who is seen as a potential leader.
AEA’s social media campaign can be followed throughout the weekend with #weareaea at the conference.
Registration for the conference is $30 for each AEA member. The conference registration deadline is February 28, 2014. After this date, conference registration is $60 for each AEA member. On-site registration will be available for a fee of $60 for each AEA member. Registration forms and fees should be sent to AEA, Attn: Darryl Sinkfield, P. O. Box 4177, Montgomery, Alabama, 36103-4177.
Except for extenuating circumstances, no registration fee will be refunded after February 28, 2014. All requests for refunds should be submitted in writing to the attention of Darryl Sinkfield at AEA.
Housing reservations should be made directly with the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel by calling 205-324-5000 or 800-325-3535. Reservations can also be made online here.
The hotel reservation deadline is March 7, 2014, or until the room block is filled, whichever comes first. Following this date, rooms and rates will be provided on space availability only. Room rates are listed below. Tax and fees are subject to change without notice.
Single/Double rooms cost $129 plus 17.5% tax per night. Other room costs are as follows:
Triple: $139 plus 17.5% tax per night
Quad: $149 plus 17.5% tax per night
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