Picture Yourself in the Spotlight

About the opportunity.

The Extra Yard for Teachers Summit is full of speakers from across the country: but we are always looking for cool and compelling stories from the local community. So, we open up auditions to give you, the Atlanta home team, a chance to share your story. Feel like you have something to add to the mix, either on the main stage or in the Extra Yard for Teachers Lounge (relaxation and activation area)? We want you to submit a description and/or 90 second video telling us what you want to share. Your stories can be funny, sweet, heartwarming, learning moments, teachable moments…whatever story you have that you want to share with the audience from the Summit stage or lesson/activation you want to build in the Lounge. 

What happens next?

The curatorial committee will review ALL the submissions and ideas and let you know if we can accommodate your idea. There are always more ideas than there is space in the day, which makes the committee's job tricky. But we definitely look at each and every submission and try to build a robust day with lots of different ideas. So send us yours! 

What's the difference between the Summit and Lounge?

The Summit is a main stage session for 1,000 teachers from the Atlanta community. The talks are short (6-12 minute) TED-style talks. Want to learn more? Check out this page for the archive of past talks. Be sure to look at Lamar Mills, Lori Bradner, and Garret Maier as examples of past audition winners! 

The Lounge is an activation area that is open all day on January 6 for teachers. We'll have some fun pampering activities (think chair massages), give aways, relaxation areas, and a host of conversations and activations from local community partners and other educators as a means of giving the Atlanta educators community a chance to connect. Some examples of Lounge audition submissions in the past have been round table discussions about building self-esteem in students, and a giant floor map activity that one teachers uses to inspire creativity and delight in learning in her classroom. We're open to anything you want to suggest!