Advisors are critical to the success of any high performing Best Buddies chapter. This year, we are excited to offer two tracks for chapter advisors.
The general Advisors track offers training opportunities specific to the roles advisors play in the Best Buddies chapter. Speakers, collaborative educational experiences, and panel discussions are specifically cultivated to provide teachers with the strategies and resources needed to effectively manage and empower the student leaders of the Best Buddies movement. ($350 registration fee)
The Advanced Advisors track offers all of the above, as well as exclusive conference sessions and the additional benefit of continuing education certificates for attending advisors. Certificates will be provided for 10 hours of professional development in the areas of leadership, postsecondary transition programming, social and emotional learning, activity planning, mission advancement and program management. ($650 registration fee)
Advisor Training Learning Outcomes
Trainings are appropriate for advisors of elementary school, middle school, high school, and college chapters, as well as host site coordinators. Training sessions are offered in small group breakouts, presenter forums, speaker panels, and workshops. The weekend’s opportunities strive to offer advisors the information they need to be successful in guiding mission success on their campus while offering networking opportunities and peer to peer best practice sharing.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What does the Advisor track entail?
The Advisor track is comprised of leadership development sessions ranging from lecture style, to panel discussions, large group presentations, and Lunch & Learns. The diverse training styles offer advisors the opportunity to customize their conference experience and select trainings that will directly benefit their role in the Best Buddies movement and their leadership position in their school chapter.
The Advance Advisor track offers professional education programs, activities, and learning experiences toward continuing education for advisors who wish to receive contact hours toward their state’s professional education requirements. The trainings will meet the requirements of interpersonal skills in a school environment, access to post-secondary education options for students with disabilities, and activities in the area of inclusive classrooms.
What learning experiences are offered for continuing education?
The Advisor track will provide trainings concentrating on social and emotional learning, job transition planning for students with IDD, developing student leadership among all learners, and advocacy and allyship, specifically inclusion and anti-bullying strategies.
These trainings will be offered in small group learning forums, in addition to conference-wide presentations from innovative keynote speakers, panel discussions with champions of the disability rights community, and luncheons with Best Buddies leaders.
How many contact hours can be claimed and under what topics?
Best Buddies anticipates ten hours available to claim in continuing professional education programs, activities or learning experiences throughout the conference. The following breakdown outlines the hours assigned to each topic:
- Social and Emotional Learning: 2 hours
- Person-Centered Planning & Leadership Development: 2 hours
- Pre-Employment Training Concepts: 2 hours
- Leadership & Empowerment: 2 hours
- Best Buddies Mission Advancement: 2 hours
Lesson objectives and learning outcomes will be available from each facilitator this spring for advisors to present to their district’s credentialing office in advance of registering for the conference.
How can I claim these hours?
Professional development hours are offered to advisors who have registered for the Advanced Advisors track at the 30th Annual Best Buddies Leadership Conference. To do this, please select GENERAL REGISTRATION at www.bestbuddiesonline.org/bblc; from this page, you will be prompted to select your conference track. Please choose ADVISORS, then check the box to opt into the ADVANCED ADVISORS track.
Those who have registered for the Advanced Advisors track to receive professional development hours must submit the conference registration fee of $650; this price includes professional development hours, housing in the advisor living-learning community, and all meals. Payment information is listed below.
What if I want to attend the Leadership Conference Advisor track, but do not wish to seek professional development hours for my participation?
Advisors seeking to participate in the Best Buddies Leadership Conference without claiming professional development hours may still attend advisor sessions through the general ADVISORS track; however, they will not be presented with credential certification following each training.
Advisors seeking to attend sessions without claiming the professional development hours should register for the ADVISORS track, NOT the ADVANCED ADVISORS track.
How much does participation in the BBLC Advisor track cost?
For ADVANCED ADVISORS attendees who will claim ten hours toward continuing education, the weekend training will cost $650. In addition to the professional development hours received, advisors will be housed in a special living and learning community separate from student attendees on the Indiana University campus. This will include private rooms, an advisor dining area, and access to upgraded amenities.
For advisors not seeking professional development credits, the conference will cost $350 which includes housing, meals, and access to advisor sessions.
Payment for participation in the advisor tracks should be made here: https://www.bestbuddies.org/bblc/pay/. Payment invoices are also available on the Best Buddies Leadership Conference site.
I need to attend BBLC as a chaperone to my students by district requirements; am I able to stay in their dorm and provide direct support throughout conference?
Advisors seeking to attend conference as a direct support to students may register as a CHAPERONE for their chapter. In the chaperone role, advisors will stay in a private dorm room on the same floor as their students and provide support in transitioning to morning activities, to all sessions, at mealtimes, and during evening events. Advisors who participate in this role are encouraged to serve as Ambassador Speech Coaches during the day; speech coaches work with individuals with IDD seeking to develop their public speaking and self-advocacy skills. Speech coaches support the writing of speeches and presentation skills of ambassadors throughout conference, which results in a final speech at the close of conference.
How can I register for BBLC?
All advisors should register for Leadership Conference by visiting www.bestbuddiesonline.org/bblc; on this site you may select:
- ADVANCED ADVISORS to attend advisor sessions and receive professional development hours
- ADVISORS to attend advisor sessions
- CHAPERONE to provide direct support to your chapter and state delegation
All advisors must be registered by June 15, 2019.