1. New Tech Network Conference
NTAC 2017 was themed Making It Relevant—Connecting School, Opportunity and Equity, with the guiding belief that through the creative use of technology, collaborative project designs and empowering student voice, students can achieve academic and social development success. NTAC gives principals, teachers, and staff the opportunity to sharpen skills, share best practices and network with like-minded professionals from around the country.
July 12-16, 2018; St. Louis, MO
Next year’s theme for the 73nd annual professional learning experience is “Empower18.” Jill Biden, Colin Powell, and Manny Scott (freedom writer) will be amongst the session speakers. This conference is “for every educator,” aiming to gather the best minds in educational leadership including teachers, principals, superintendents, instructional coaches, university professors and central office staffers and delivering a revolution in education.
March 24-26, 2018; Boston, MA
3. Learning Solutions Conference & Expo
Learn about technologies that are changing the world of training and development and enhancing learning experiences. In 2018, the conference is expanding to focus on instructional design, delivering a world-wide view, and bringing real industry perspectives with more than 100 engaging sessions for training and learning professionals to connect with peers, develop practical skills, and gain knowledge to create effective learning experiences.
March 27-29, 2018; Orlando, FL
4. Deeper Learning Conference
DL2018 is the 6th annual gathering of powerful educators focused on creating more opportunities for students to learn deeply. Attend this conference to experience deeper learning hands-on through interactive workshops, makerspace and deep dives. You can listen in to our podcast coverage from 2016’s amazing Deeper Learning conference here and a series of videos from the conference with a focus on equity and deeper learning.
March 28-30, 2018; San Diego, CA
5. Blended and Personalized Learning Conference
Educators, leaders and innovators can enjoy this three day conference because it gives them an opportunity to discuss blended and personalized learning as it exists today in their schools and classrooms. At the 2018 conference, the Highlander Institute, the Christensen Institute and the Learning Accelerator will be showcasing the best classroom, school and district implementers from across the country.
April 5-7, 2018; Providence, RI
6. ASU+GSV Summit
This annual conference is the “only conference during the year where you’ll have access to the smartest and most influential Learning & Talent Tech minds from around the world.” The three-day event hosts over 300 of the best and brightest in business, entrepreneurship, higher education and education innovation Check out what it meant for educators and 20 high impact EdTech enterprises, which we saw in our time at ASU+GSV in 2015.
April 16-18, 2018; San Diego, CA
7. Personalized Learning Summit
In its 4th annual summit, Education Elements is bringing together 750 innovative district leaders. In 2018, Education Elements is reevaluating what workshops at a conference can look like. Participants can expect engaging and dynamic sessions, professional development and networking opportunities, and even tours of some of the most innovative companies in the Bay Area. Here’s a look back at the 2017 summit.
May 2-4, 2018; San Francisco, CA
8. NewSchools Summit
Next year’s event will be the 19th year for this annual, invitation-only gathering hosted by New Schools Venture Fund which brings together more than 1,000 entrepreneurs, educators, community leaders, funders and policymakers to share ideas on reimagining schools to prepare all students, from every background, for the future. We’re eager to see what next year has to bring.
May 8-9, 2018; Burlingame, CA
9. National Charter Schools Conference
NCSC is the best learning and networking event for school educators, leaders and advocates. At the 2017 event, attendees had an opportunity to connect with over 4,700 others in over 100 breakout sessions, 17 meet-ups, eight charter talks and five networking lounges. Participants walk away with an incredible learning experience and opportunity to share ideas and strategies for growing and improving charter schools. See the 2017 highlights to learn more. Registration opens on November 8th!
June 17-20, 2018; Austin, TX
10. PBL World
PBL World is the premier project-based learning conference, bringing together dedicated teachers, instructional coaches and school and district leaders who want to connect and learn more about PBL. Rather than a conference with short sessions by various presenters, this event is an institute where participants go through a continuous multi-day experience. The conference, hosted by Buck Institute for Education’s (BIE), stands by the belief that PBL transforms students and PBL World transforms educators. Check out our reflections from this year’s PBL World.
Date: June 19-21; Napa Valley, CA
As the “epicenter of edtech,” ISTE Is where educators and school leaders go to learn about new tools and strategies. With over 550 companies, 1,000 sessions and 16,000 educators attending, this event boasts endless learning opportunities perfect for industry reps, teachers, tech coordinators/directors, administrators, library media specialists and policy makers. Check out our recap of some of the new and innovative edtech products announced at ISTE 2017.
June 24-27, 2018; Chicago, IL
12. Serious Play
This will be the 8th year for Serious Play, a leadership conference that embraces the idea that games can revolutionize learning. Speakers from around the world share tips on how to move game-based education forward and their experience creating or using game-based learning. Attendees actively listen, share and participate in critical conversations about game design requirements.
July 10-12, 2018; Manassas, VA
2000+ thought leaders, educators and other great minds from around the world join to “exchange ideas, share best practices and address today’s toughest educational challenges.” Next year’s Orlando event will host over 200 valuable sessions, 50 technology partners and access to Blackboard resources, offering participants a chance to walk away with tools to foster success at their institutions.
July 16-19, 2018; Orlando, FL
14. Distance Teaching & Learning Conference
This conference attracts a broad range of professionals in distance education and online learning. In over 30 years, the conference has grown to over 800 participants and 130 sessions. Attendees can expect to connect with online learning leaders from across the nation and around the world and discover innovative ways to teach and support online learners, as well as best strategies, practices and solutions. We are staying tuned for more information on next year’s event.
August 7-9, 2018; Madison, WI
15. iNACOL Blended & Online Learning Symposium
iNACOL’s annual conference is a leading event for K-12 competency-based, blended and online learning. With over 200 sessions, it brings together over 3,500 experts, EdLeaders and educators to explore next-gen learning for K-12 students. Check out our Storify capturing the 2016 theme of Innovation for Equity. Check out our podcast of some EdLeader voices from this year’s event.
October 21-24, 2018; Nashville, TN
16. Annual Conference for Middle Level Education
A valuable and comprehensive PD conference for educators and administrators working with middle school students. AMLE features over 300 sessions in 60 topic areas with hands-on and meet-and-greet opportunities. Because AMLE knows everybody learns differently, the conference caters to the needs of every educator with a multifaceted approach—various session types and styles, opportunities for one-on-one discussions with the leaders, explanations and explorations of technology, and networking—for a most valuable and comprehensive professional development event.
October 25-27 2018; Orlando, FL
17. SETDA Leadership Summit & Education Forum
With the 2017 event wrapped up, SETDA looks ahead to its 17th year. As one of the most important convenings for state EdTech officials, SETDA brings together leaders from over 40 state departments of education to join leaders in EdTech, assessment, instructional materials and professional development to collaborate and engage in in-depth dialogue. Take a look back at the event archives.
November 4-7, 2018; Arlington, VA
18. Advancing Improvement in Education (AIE)
This two day conference intends to inspire growth and reignite passion for increasing student outcomes. The mission: to connect leaders and inspire accountability, innovation and possibility for school improvement through partnerships and research-based best practices.
November 13-14, 2018; San Antonio, TX
19. ExcelinEd National Summit on Education Reform
This year Governor Jeb Bush and the Foundation for Excellence in Education will host the 10th annual conference. The best and brightest policymakers, education leaders and advocates from around the nation will meet for the premier gather of education reformers to share information on evolving laws, new trends, successful policies and the latest innovations transforming education in the 21st century. Last year’s event was attended by over 1,000 education leaders from 47 states. Here’s a video archive from last year’s summit.
December 5-7, 2018; Washington, DC