Yesterday evening I got confirmation that I received a scholarship to go to the University of Connecticut’s Confratute. Better yet I found out that one of my colleagues also got a scholarship to go as well so I’ll have some company. I really can’t wait for this opportunity to network with people in the education field and to attend such a highly regarded professional learning event.
As I did the first time I heard the name, you might be thinking what is a ‘confratute?’ Taken straight from their website:
“Confratute is a combined CONFerence, and an instiTUTE with a lot of FRATernity in between. Confratute is geared toward providing educators with research-based practical strategies for engagement and enrichment learning for all students, as well as meeting the needs of gifted and talented students.”
Speaking from the perspective of a gifted and talented teacher, if this event can live up to what it claims it could be revolutionary to my growth as a teacher. I don’t doubt that any of these claims are true based on the people that I’ve talked to that have been and rave about this program. Oddly enough, I’m also really looking forward to the atmosphere of living on a college campus for a week and spending time getting to know others attending.
Speaking as an outsider looking in, there are some things about the confratute that I’m struggling to understand. I’m trying to understand the schedule for the week, but it’s not the most user friendly thing to look over. There are tons of classes, but there are also references to a strand that we’ll take so I’m not sure exactly what my schedule will look like for the week. I’m also relatively uneasy about driving through the Connecticut countryside, but with my trusty iPhone I’m sure everything will go fine.
I’m not worried in the least and I’m anticipating what valuable resources I can learn from such an event. Did I mention I’ve never been to the state of Connecticut? This is going to be an awesome experience!