License to Lead: CADA 2011 Top 10 Prep List

License to Lead 2011

Are you ready to get your License to Lead?

As we near our state convention, I wanted to take some time to share with you some insider tips and information that will help make your experience amazing.  For new attendees this is priceless, for veterans, I might even hit on something you forgot from last year, and for old timers – you will most likely see me at your workshops.

1. Create a checklist, this will ensure you get everything you need for your lesson plans at school as well as in your bag for San Diego.

2. The CADA program is online now with most of the programs and workshops listed.  I wouldn’t print it out (it’s over 50 pages long), but this will give you an idea of the types of workshops you will want/need to see as well as the keynote speakers.

3. Bring a bag with some space. You will receive many items from the vendors: t-shirts, pencils, notepads, candy and possibly one of the many raffle prizes that the vendors will be awarding.  These make great items to give to your kids or staff members when you return.

4. If you don’t have business cards, bring something with your name on it, like labels.  This is much easier than filling out raffle tickets or information sheets over and over again.

5.  Check the weather, highs in the low 60’s and lows in the low 50’s.  While we are inside during the day, for some of the networking events and in between workshops you may be outside.

7. Bring a computer or netbook if you have one.  This year’s CADA conference is unique in that you will have access to the web 24/7.  We want you to interact with technology and create items at the workshops so you can go back to school and use them.

8. Create a twitter account. We will posting updates and holding conversations on Twitter throughout convention. Our hash-tag will be #cada2011 (if you don’t know what that means, check out the workshop on Twitter, if you do know what that means, start following!) That being said, check out our Facebook page for pictures and posts about the days events.

9. Create a Google account/email address.  We will be spending a lot of time using free Google software and planning lessons right in the workshops.  Having the account started and ready to access will be a huge step in the right direction for you.

10. Download the CADA iPhone app.  If you have an iPhone, this app is for you as it has our Twitter feed; and it will give you access to our podcasts, blog, YouTube channel, as well as a multitude of leadership and technology links online.

This list is only a start, though this should give you a great insight into what to expect a week from Wednesday.  If nothing else, bring an open mind and a courageous spirit as you are about to be surrounded by over 1200 of the most inspirational and energetic educators, administrators, and businesses in the United States.  If there is any proof that learning is fun, it’s the CADA state convention, see you in San Diego.


~ by cadaleaders on February 20, 2011.

7 Responses to “License to Lead: CADA 2011 Top 10 Prep List”

  1. I would add a couple of things to this list:
    11) Plan to sleep when you get home–there’s so much going on at this convention that you won’t want to miss, making sleep a low-priority item is a wise thing to do. Workshops in the morning–don’t miss them, networking and activities in the evening–gotta be there…
    12) Considering tip #11…bring a powerbar or two and some Visine. You can sleep a little longer if you skip breakfast and at least you’ll LOOK like you got more sleep!

    This is going to be a fantastic convention!!!!

  2. Don’t know if CADA will be providing tags for your bags or not, but just in case, bring an extra luggage tag. All those conference bags look alike, and if yours is lost, you’ll have a better shot at getting it back if your name and cell phone number are on the tag. Don’t want to lose all those great ideas, handouts, and goodies.

  3. 1. Come to convention with a list of your specific needs: new homecoming ideas, new fundraising ideas, ring vendor, etc. As you chat with people, listen to speakers, attend workshops and browse the exhibit hall look for ideas and products/services that can help you take these from needs to leads. Then cross them off and move to the next one. There is so much to see/hear in so little time it is important to be organized.

    2. Be curious and open to new ideas.

    (PS – stop by and meet some U.S. Presidents at booth #821. 🙂

    Rhett Laubach
    PLI, Inc.
    The newest, freshest leadership curriculum.

  4. With the state of our school’s budget I regret that I will again be missing the CADA Conference. I’ve been the Activity Director at Ferndale High School in Area A for the past 24 years. Good Luck, Make a Difference!

    • You will be missed. After convention there will be an abundance of resources online. Keep checking back as we continue to add to our member benefits and resources page. I’m also in Area A, so if I can ever provide any resources myself, please let me know.

  5. I agree with Cindy & Rhett’s additions and would add:
    15. Be willing to step outside your comfort zone. It’s tempting to hang out with all the people you already know and like, but strike up conversations with new people, too. You’ll expand your network and get lots of new ideas.

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