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Colby CC to host Sept. 26 KSPA Fall Conference

Because of a scheduling conflict in Hays, the Sept. 26, 2012 Fall Conference has been moved to Colby Community College. KSPA is offering FREE registration for ALL Areas 4 and 5 KSPA members attending ANY  (including Manhattan and Lawrence) conference this year. This should offset some of the increase in transportation costs. Here’s a link to the online registration form. Schools who aren’t KSPA members need to become KSPA members in order take advantage of the free registration deal. The KSPA membership form can be submitted with a check for $40 at the conference. The Fall Conference is scheduled to return to Hays and FHSU in 2013. Here are the features of the conference/workshop (you can keep up with all the presenters and the schedule on the Colby Fall Conference web page):

  • A Keynote Speech by JEA Pioneer Award winner Sheila Jones (keynote information and bio below), who will inspire students to find the creativity inside them and let it inspire their work on student publications.
  • Hands‐on immersion sessions in photography, theme and design, and writing (These are two‐and‐a‐half‐hour sessions for a limited number of experienced students)
  • Instruction sessions in photography, theme and design, and writing (These are 65‐minute sessions for a limited number of beginning students)
  • Critique sessions in photography, theme and design, and writing (These are 30‐minute mini‐sessions for experienced students to get feedback)
  • Traditional instructional sessions on a variety of topics (These are 30‐ to 60-minute sessions presented by professionals, college educators and high school advisers)
  • A Swap Shop where newspaper and yearbook editors from various school can share their publications and discuss the challenges they face as editors

Parking is available on campus near the Student Union at Colby CC. Here is a map of Colby CC. We will begin registration that day by 8 a.m. and finish the conference by 1:30 p.m. Registration will be in the lobby of the Cultural Affairs Center, and the keynote and closing general session will take place in the CAC auditorium.

Breakouts will be in the Student Union, the CAC and the Library. Students and advisers are responsible for eating lunch on their own at the Student Union cafeteria, which is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $5.30 per person.

Sheila Jones Keynote Speech:

“Creativity:  Controlled Chaos” “Science. Technology. Engineering. Math.  These are the foundation for education today, right? Not entirely. While important, so much more is needed to create a world class 21st century classroom.  When I first stepped into the Pirateer journalism lab 23 years ago, I had found my way into a 21st century classroom, years before the 21st century began. Yet even as we reach for this high goal, some critical concepts are overlooked, especially one, though it does make the list of 21st century skills, and that is CREATIVITY. Luckily there is one place in every school where creativity runs rampant, and that is where 21st century learning has always existed: in the journalism classroom.  There, creativity reigns…when we all know how to tap its spark and control the chaos.”

Sheila Jones spent 23 years as the adviser to the award-winning Englewood High School Pirateer newspaper program as it grew from one Apple Macintosh computer and one ancient printer that spit out three sheets a minute, to a complex of classrooms, with print and broadcast journalism labs that feature state of the art hardware and software, to become Colorado’s first state-approved CTE Convergent Media program. Jones was active with the Colorado High School Press Association [CHSPA] for 20 years and served as president of the association from 1999-2002. Now retired, Jones serves Colorado’s Front Range as a JEA mentor where she continues to support students and teachers in journalism, the best class a school can offer. Journalism honors and awards include: JEA Lifetime Achievement Award 2012, CHSPA Medal of Merit 2009, CHSPA Teacher/Adviser of the Year 2001, Don Ridgway Freedom of Speech Award 2000, and the National Federation of Press Women Fellowship 1996.

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