In January 2020, Amy Seeley and Mike Bergin hosted the first 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 enjoyed the experience so much that we committed there and then to host conferences at least twice a year.
Then COVID-19 happened.
Since Mike and Amy couldn’t hold their scheduled summer conference in Cleveland as planned, they followed the test prep 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.
Each day of a Tests and the Rest 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.
February 2022 on: Check the NTPA Online Summits page.