I generally benefit from the workshop presentations but the greatest benefit to me is being able to talk with administrators statewide about issues concerning education and student learning. In spite of the cuts we all face I feel two areas we cannot short ourselves on is staff development and technology. We certainly are not going to learn about other programs schools are doing to enhance student learning by sitting our offices. Just as the classroom teacher will never improve on teaching, which will translate to better student learning, by staying cooped up in their classrooms and never embracing being a life long learner themselves.
It has always been my goal if I get one thought or idea to improve education or my job performance the convention has been well worth it.