In January 2020, Amy Seeley and Mike Bergin built on the community around the Tests and the Rest podcast to host the Tests and the Rest Winter Conference 2020 in Boca Raton. Test prep professionals came together from coast to coast for a two-day learning, linking, and laughing extravaganza. We all enjoyed the experience so much that we committed there and then to conferences at least twice a year.
Then COVID-19 happened.
Since Mike and Amy couldn’t hold their summer conference as planned, they followed the test prep pandemic playbook and pivoted to an online program. Thus was born the first Tests and the Rest Online Summit! After that first weeklong event in July 2020, the summits delivered powerful, interactive pedagogical, operational, and intellectual professional development on the last Tuesday of every month until December 2021.
A new year marked a new beginning, as Mike and Amy transferred the Online Summits to the National Test Prep Association in January 2022. The NTPA mission and membership makes this organization the ideal home for top-level test prep training and networking. Now, these NTPA Online Summits take their natural place among valued resources like NTPA Tutor Roundtables, Test Deconstructions, and Lunch and Learns.
Learn the full history and future of the Tests and The Rest Summits, as discussed by Amy, Mike, and Dan Ascher circa January 2022.
WHAT IS A SUMMIT?
Why do we call this event a Summit? Conferences that last all day and revolve around lots of lectures have their place, particularly when colleagues can concentrate in one location. Since we’re all online now, we’ve re-imagined the standard conference as a focused summit rich with opportunities for interaction and collaboration:
WHEN: The last Tuesday of every month from 11am-1:30pm EST
WHO: Test prep professionals
HOW: Over Zoom, naturally 😉
HOW MUCH: FREE for NTPA members. Just $30 for either live attendance or video access for non-members. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Each day of an NTPA Online Summit focuses on a primary topic and follows the same standard model:
PRESENTATION (60 min): One presentation by a relevant expert followed by moderated Q&A and discussion.
PANEL (30 min): Three or more experts answering a series of topical questions with moderated Q&A
BREAKOUT (60 min): Everyone is broken into smaller work groups to answer certain questions and contribute to shared expertise and best practices.
NTPA members can follow the links for video recordings of each session.
April 2022: COMMUNICATIONS (April 26)
November 2021: CLIENT COMMUNICATION
Client Communication: Mapping Touchpoints and Maximizing Impact // Implementing Systems for Client Communication
August 2021: STUDENT WORK
Leveraging Self Analysis to Promote Student Learning // Innovative Strategies for Student Assignments
July 2021: SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY
Influencer Priorities vs. Educator Instincts // Different Strategies for Different Social Platforms
November 2020: TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS
What Educators Should Know About Getting Testing Accommodations // Test Prep and Learning Differences
June 2020: Tests and the Rest Summer Summit 2020
— Career Tutors: Hiring, Training, and Retention
— The Digital Brand: Building your Visual Identity Online
**Interested in the training sessions you’ve already missed? Become an NTPA Member to access past presentations and panel discussions!**