FAQs

CMK 2023 Institute Frequently Asked Questions

Daily schedule

July 11-14, 2023

8:45 AM – 5 PM July 11, Tuesday + 7:30 PM Institute Dinner
9:00 AM – 5 PM July 12, Wednesday
9:00 AM – 5 PM July 13, Thursday + 7PM-midnight Project Pajama Party
9:00 AM – 4 PM July 14, Friday

Detailed information for CMK 2023 participants will be posted here and emailed in June.


Institute pricing and registration

Registration includes four days of the Institute, institute dinner, and Project Pajama Party. Hotel costs are not included.

Registration can be made with credit card or check using our registration site. Credit card is preferred. Checks and POs are accepted – let us know what your plan is! There is a check option on the registration site, so use that for checks or POs. Please make a note on the registration form that explains what you plan to do. Your help in getting the PO through your system is appreciated! Email Sylvia Martinez with any paperwork or questions.

If you need anything out of the ordinary for your school to complete the payment process, just let us know. We will do everything in our power to make it work!

An email confirmation and receipt will be sent to the email address you use to register. Additional information will also be sent to this email address so please use an address you check regularly. If you register and do not get a confirmation email immediately, email Sylvia Martinez.

Cancellation fees apply. Since space is limited, there is a non-refundable deposit of $350 for cancellations prior to June 1st and a $600 charge for cancellations after June 1st. Registrations are transferable.

Should we send a team?

Teams attending CMK have a shared experience that informs and energizes the participants, resulting in expanded opportunities for change school-wide. Read how school administrators make the case for bringing a team to CMK. Team discounts are available for teams of six or more, with additional discounts for teams over 12. See the registration page for full details. If you are registering a smaller team, use the regular registration link and after you register one person, it will ask you if you want to register more without filling in all the same information again.

What if I’m by myself?

Many educators come to CMK on their own. CMK is structured for collegiality and collaboration, but without coercion. There will be many opportunities to meet and break bread with like-minded educators and have hard fun. Manchester is a small town with many restaurants and shops within walking distance of the CMK venue. Of course use common sense and caution when venturing out in a new city.

Do I need to be an expert maker or coder to benefit from CMK?

CMK welcomes educators of all levels of experience with technology. CMK is a unique model of professional development that honors the learner as the center of the learning experience. You will find new colleagues of all experience levels willing to share and collaborate. Our expert faculty will help guide you towards a fantastic experience that you will be able to take back to your school or organization.

Pre-conference workshops

There are two optional day-long workshops available for CMK attendees. These events run concurrently, so even though they are both great, you will have to choose only one! They will both be held at the same venue as CMK. Learn more about these amazing opportunities. You will be able to one of these workshops during the CMK registration process.

You must be registered for CMK to participate in these workshops.

International participants

If you need wire transfer information or an invitation letter for a visa, please email Sylvia with the request.

Additional guests for social events

During registration, guests can be added to the Institute dinner and the Project Pajama Party. The Institute dinner will be Tuesday, July 11th and is an all-you-can-eat Brazilian churrascaria with a huge salad bar, $45 per guest. The Project Pajama Party will be at the CMK venue, $10 per guest. This includes snacks and a soft drink. You will be able to add guests after you register as well.

CMK 2023 venue

CMK 2023 will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire, USA.

Parking – if you drive to CMK, parking is available at the hotel. Guests who stay at the hotel will have a discounted parking rate applied to their bill. If you are driving in daily, CMK will validate daily parking tickets for a discount.

Please visit the Venue page for more information, and other close by hotel options.

What should I bring?

Bring a laptop and a charger. A tablet will not be sufficient by itself, but you have one, bring both! Tablets can be useful as a secondary device to look things up as you work with your primary computer. Please make sure that you have administrative access to your laptop, so that you can download and install software. Also make sure your USB drive is functional and not restricted or disabled.

What should I wear?

CMK is a casual, but professional environment. We will be engaged in intensive project work so dress in comfortable clothes and shoes. The Institute dinner is business casual. Manchester New Hampshire is a typical New England town, meaning summers tend to be hot with occasional rain showers. The venue is air-conditioned, so a light jacket or sweater is always nice to have.

Where will I get lunch, and more importantly coffee?

The Doubletree has a cafe and bar for coffee, light snacks, and sandwiches. There is also a small snack bar located in the office tower connected to the hotel that has coffee and sandwiches. However, most CMK participants enjoy walking to the many restaurants that line the main street of Manchester, right outside the hotel entrance. There are many options to choose from.

Other questions?

Feel free to ask! Email Sylvia Martinez.