The 2008 ALSC Institute in Salt Lake City was the very first that I had ever attended. Though I felt sure it would be good, the Institute was even more valuable than I had imagined. Not only were the sessions quite motivational, but some of them included ideas that I could take home and use right away. We have been doing some ‘tween groups here that we modeled after the ones we saw presented in Salt Lake. Other sessions featured ideas that we adapted to our own needs, or that at the very least led us to other ideas. Institute staff was also very friendly, and though friendliness is not necessary to make a conference worthwhile, it is certainly a nice bonus.
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