Leslie Hayes is the Associate Director for Professional Learning at the New-York Historical Society, where she leads the development and delivery of N-YHS's vast array of teacher professional learning programs. Prior to joining N-YHS, Leslie held roles in school outreach, teacher training, and public programs at the Brooklyn Collection at Brooklyn Public Library and the South Street Seaport Museum. Leslie has an MPA from NYU, an MPhil in History from Cambridge University, and a BA in History and English from Penn State.
There are many ways to prepare for an enjoyable conference experience. One is to make sure you have an active NYCMER membership so that you're one of the first to be notified when our conference tickets go on sale, since registration is limited and often sells out. Another is to get to know your fellow NYCMER members before the conference by joining one of our many peer groups or attending the pre-conference. Many NYCMER members are also active on Twitter, and we encourage conference attendees to prepare and share with us @NYCMER and each other with a designated hashtag.
To get a sense of what it's like to attend a NYCMER Conference, check out this video documenting our conference at the American Museum of Natural History in 2013: