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La Porte County Educators Invited to “Tech Like a Pirate” Summer Teacher Technology Conference

LA PORTE COUNTY, IN — La Porte County educators are encouraged to attend this year’s virtual Summer
Teacher Technology Conference on June 9, 2021. To register, visit by May 28.

“Through the work of Conference Chair Linda Wiltfong and the planning committee, local educators are heading
back to school with new knowledge and additional excitement to implement the Indiana Department of
Education’s computer science standards. We are proud to be part of the community lifting up teachers and
showing appreciation for their important work,” said Maggi Spartz, President of Unity Foundation.

The free conference will feature Matt Miller, author of Ditch that Textbook and Tech Like a Pirate. Matt’s
passion is to equip educators to thrive in this new era of education and think differently about the craft of
teaching. He spent more than a decade in the classroom, creating unique learning experiences for his students
through technology and creative teaching. He provides practical, “use it in class tomorrow” solutions to
teachers’ classroom needs.

Every educator in La Porte County is eligible to attend. The first 100 teachers to register will receive a free copy
of Tech Like a Pirate. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions during the conference. They will also
receive access to the recordings of the presentations so they can review and revisit it as they plan their lessons
for the coming school year.

“Participating educators will learn how to integrate the latest technology tools and resources into their
curriculum to create a fun, engaging and relevant learning experience for students,” said Linda Wiltfong,
Conference Chair and Unity Professional Volunteer.

The conference is sponsored in part by Shell Catalysts & Technology, Unity Foundation of La Porte County, La
Porte County Public Library, La Porte Community School Corporation, Michigan City Area Schools, MSD of New
Durham Township, New Prairie United School Corporation, South Central Community School Corporation, and
Tri-Township Consolidated School Corporation.

Since 1992, Unity Foundation of La Porte County has served donors, nonprofits and local communities. As La
Porte County’s community foundation, it manages nearly $40 million in assets, administers more than 325
charitable funds, and has distributed more than $21 million through direct grants and scholarships. The Council
on Foundations has deemed Unity Foundation in compliance with all Indiana and national ethical and operating
standards for community foundations. Unity Foundation’s mission is to strengthen La Porte County now and
forever by building permanent endowments; providing leadership; offering philanthropic vehicles for everyone;
and, being a catalyst for social and economic vitality. For more information, please visit or call 219-

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