First of all, it is big. There were more than 6,000 people in attendance. The sessions were so numerous, there is no way I could go to everything that sounded interesting. It took me three separate visits to the Expo Hall to cover all the booths.
Then there was the venue, the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center.....WOW! (sorry, I couldn't help myself). It has more than 4,000 rooms, many restaurants, shops, a river running through it, tropical plants, waterfalls, and a conservatory. The venue was a bit tough on us directionally challenged folks, but I spent much of the time happily lost in the beautiful spaces.
I had too many conversations to tell you about all of them. I learned about others' jobs, what a variety the special education field has to offer. I learned we are all in this together, learning, laughing, struggling, celebrating the world of children with exceptionalities. WOW!