This is the second summer in a row that I've taken advantage of the FREE Virtual Math Summit #BuildMathMinds18. It is really awesome. Over the course of 3 days, participants can listen to any number of experts in the field of math education. MANY of my math heroes present webinars. It is like attending the KISS108 or Iheartmusic concert packed with front liners. You can participate live or you can watch the webinars at your own convenience.
I'm sure there is some financial incentive for presenters (memberships can be purchased so that you can have access to the webinars for a year.) but I can't imagine that any of them walk away with money equal to the hours and hours they must put into preparing their webinars. I've heard many of these presenters before and so far, I can honestly say, what is being presented is new stuff.
What I love most is that the first offering (7 days of access) is made absolutely free to teachers. FREE. These math educators could be making A LOT more money if they charged each participant a small fee...even 20 bucks. We'd all happily pay. But it is FREE. These math educators truly care about student math learning, teacher math learning, and their own math learning.
I feel really blessed to be teaching during a time when educators, despite their country or state, are banning together to provide professional learning experiences for one another. The high expectations placed on the shoulders of today's teachers are unreasonable and overwhelming but the resources made available to educators are like never before in the history of education. This support inspires me. Graham Fletcher @gfletchy must be quoted again: "All of us are smarter than one of us." I'm so grateful I've wandered into this math ed village.
You should check out the #Buildmathminds18 site. You will be blown away by the caliber of the presenters. Mark your calendar for the first week of August next year!