In one month, the 31st annual Midwest Education Technology Conference kicks off. Preconference workshops make up Monday’s schedule, with general conference sessions- including Keynote Presenters, Featured Speakers, and Midwest Spotlight Educators- taking place Tuesday and Wednesday. Also on Tuesday and Wednesday, the conference has two special luncheons planned, focusing on leadership and library/media, respectively. Additional registration is required for both luncheons.


Speakers Shannon and Michael Smith, and Tiffany Whitehead

Leadership Lunch Keynote – Common Sense Leadership on the Cheap
with Michael Smith, Superintendent and Shannon Smith, Technology Coordinator of Tuscola CUSD in Illinois on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 12:00-2:00 pm.

Schools and districts are broke, yet they are expected to do more with less every single day. Find out how Tuscola CUSD in Tuscola, Illinois has been able to utilize all its technology and leadership resources to enrich classroom instruction and improve administrative practices in this practical, down-to-earth presentation led by Superintendent Michael Smith and Technology Coordinator Shannon Smith. Yes, they are married.

Library & Media Literacy Lunch Keynote – Examining the Sacred Cows of School Librarianship with Tiffany Whitehead, Library Media Specialist, Central Middle School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 12:00-2:00 pm.

Library programs can sometimes stay in the same rut, follow the same routines, keep the same policies because, well, that’s just the way it’s done in libraries! It’s time to rethink some of our sacred cows to make our libraries more relevant, vibrant, and student friendly. From ditching Dewey to gaming in the library, librarians all over the country are making big and small changes in their practice in order to improve their services.

Registration is open for the conference and these two events. Visit to register. METC is a program of EducationPlus.