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The 2014 ABTA Convention will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada from July 15th to 18th.

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Provisional Program for the ABTA Convention Las Vegas July 2014

Tuesday July 15th
11:30-1:30 – New Attendees’ Luncheon
12:45-1:30 – Registration
1:30-1:45 – “Greetings” from ACBL CEO Robert Hartman
1:45-2:15 – Patty Tucker's “Helping Your Students Think!
2:15-2:45 – Bryan Delfs’ (ACBL Education Co-ordinator) “Ways to Improve ACBL-ABTA Partnerships and Updates with ACBL
2:45-3:30 – David Glandorf’s “Yes, No or Maybe: A Logical Alternative to Min/Med/Max Hand Categorization
3:30-4:15 – Corey Krantz’s “Opener’s Rebids
4:15-5:00 – Curtis Cheek’s “Teaching ‘Thinking Logic’ Instead of Conventions

Wednesday July 16th
8:00-9:00 – Breakfast sponsored by ACBL
8:30-9:30 – Annual Membership Meeting
9:30-12:00 – Audrey Grant’s “An Overview of a Versatile and a Complete Course
1:30-2:15 – Ray Lee’s “New Books at Master Point Press
2:15-3:00 –  Melissa Bernhardt's “There's an App for That: A New Approach to Digital Practice
3:00-3:30 – Stephen Smith’s “How Great Game Products Can Supplement Your Teaching
3:30-4:00 – Jeff Schuett’s “Running a 1-Day Seminar: Preparation and Conducting the Session

Thursday July 17th
8:00-9:00 – Breakfast sponsored by Baron Barclay
9:00-10:30 – Jerry Helm’s “Pass-Pass: To Open or Not to Open
10:30-11:15 – Linda Lee’s “What is New on the ABTA Website, etc.
11:15-12:00 – Jay Whipple’s “Leverage Your Reach
1:30-2:15 – Julian Laderman’s “Top 7 Bridge History Myths
2:15-3:00 – John Rayner’s “Some Teaching Ideas
3:00-4:30 – Teacher of the Year Awards

Friday July 18th
8:00-9:00 – Breakfast
9:00-9:45 – Val Covalciuc’s “Teaching 2/1: A New Perspective
9:45-10:00 – Chuck Hodel’s “Free quizzes for teachers to put up in a Vu-Graph format from Baron Barclay
10:00-10:30 – Brian Richardson’s “Keeping Students Involved when the Initial Lessons are Finished