Making the Case to Your Supervisor
Many school districts’ travel and professional development budgets have been considerably reduced. Regardless of the merits of Confratute, you may need to justify the experience to your supervisor. Here are some things you may want to consider:
- Focus on what you will specifically bring back to your school, school district, or organization.
- Offer to prepare and deliver a short presentation and Q&A to your supervisor and colleagues to share what you learned and the resources you have discovered. That way, others will get the benefits of your attendance too.
- If you need Continuing Education Units, remind your supervisor that Confratute is a great way to earn the CE hours (for strands, special topic sessions, keynotes, and evening forums) at no additional cost.
- Offer to share a hotel room and/or airport shuttle or taxi to reduce expenses.
- Be sure to check out the Registration page in the brochure to see if you qualify for any discounts.
- Complete the justification letter and worksheet and share it with your supervisor.
Justify Your Attendance at Confratute
As you consider attending Confratute, you may find these tools and resources helpful when communicating with your principal or supervisor.
- Suggested Letter to Principal/Supervisor: Customize a letter to your principal/supervisor to help explain the value of attending Confratute.
- Benefits Worksheet: Download this worksheet to help you focus on the education, training, and networking benefits of attending Confratute.
- Download additional tips to help justify your attendance at Confratute.
- Post-Confratute Worksheet: Download this template that allows you to easily create a postconference report highlighting key takaways, new professional contacts, and solutions that may be appropriate for your organization now or in the future. Once completed, submit the template to your principal/supervisor and coworkers as a comprehensive report on your experience.
- Press Release: Download the press release and enter your information to submit to a local newspaper or online newsletter.
Don’t forget to include a Thank You note to your principal or supervisor after the conference.