Upcoming Educational Conferences

Ongoing Opportunities for Lifelong Learning, Networking

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, many professional development conferences are being postponed, canceled, rescheduled or reconfigured as virtual events. Please check with the individual conference hosting organization for more detailed information by using the link provided in each event listing.

From coast to coast and north to south, from summits to symposiums — opportunities to stay current on the latest trends in education are never in short supply. In addition to inspiring keynotes and informative breakout sessions, most educational conferences are also a great opportunity to do some networking with fellow educators.

That’s why we’ve compiled this directory listing some of the top education conferences you may wish to consider attending. Perhaps there’s one near you; or perhaps the time is right for an educational road trip!

*Our goal is to provide helpful information on each of the top education-focused conferences, but if you’re aware of a worthy event that’s not listed here, don’t hesitate to let us know.

Event Name
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NCSS
Washington, District of Columbia
Date: 12-04-2020 - 12-06-2020
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National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) invites you to attend our 100th Anniversary! The Annual Conference is the largest gathering of K-12 social studies classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, district and state social studies supervisors, international educators, and social studies discipline leaders. We will also be joined by the National Council for Geographic Education and the American Bar Association’s Division for Public Education all under one roof!
Network with 3,500 colleagues
Attend over 600 sessions to increase your professional learning
Get the latest in social studies and geography education
Gain valuable CEUs and college credit
Learn about the revised social studies Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
Visit more than 175 exhibitors highlighting the latest social studies products and services

NCSS

NCTE 2020
Denver, Colorado
Date: 11-19-2020 - 11-22-2020
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Each November thousands of literacy educators from across the country make the journey to a Convention that inspires their practice and rejuvenates their profession. They leave with strong strategies and best practices for teaching literacy, language, and composition. They learn new ideas for delivering instruction that engages students and addresses the most pressing needs within the school and district. Join us to find new teaching allies, new connections with luminaries and authors, and enough new books to fill entire shelves in classroom libraries.

NCTE 2020

PETE&C
Hershey, Pennsylvania
Date: 02-07-2021 - 02-10-2021
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The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) is a statewide event that provides quality programs focused on technology in the educational field. Each year, hundreds of exhibitors showcase their latest technology products and services to the vast audience of teachers, administrators, technology directors, school board members and more. Monday and Tuesday mornings kick off with keynote speakers that will both educate and inspire you. Throughout the three days, you can attend concurrent sessions and student showcases. There is something for everyone at PETE&C!

PETE&C

National Student Success Conference
St. Petersburg
Date: 02-24-2021 - 02-26-2021
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The fourth annual National Student Success Conference: Innovators & Innovations in Higher Education, hosted by the University of South Florida in warm sunny St. Petersburg, Florida, will bring together higher education innovators, thought leaders and practitioners from across the nation to discuss innovations in student success, trends, challenges and best practices related to: Admissions Financial aid Advising Student affairs Health and wellness Housing and residential education Undergraduate education Institutional research Career readiness Predictive analytics Information technology and more!

National Student Success Conference

Transforming STEM Higher Education
Arlington, Virginia
Date: 11-05-2020 - 11-07-2020
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The “Transforming STEM Higher Education” conference will question and examine the entire range of contemporary challenges to—and opportunities for—STEM higher education reform, including exploring contemporary approaches to teaching, broadening participation, interrogating research studies, and verifying assessment tools for determining effectiveness. In keeping with our commitment to STEM faculty, we will also explore novel approaches to professional and leadership development. Conference attendees will be invited to unveil and abate disciplinary biases, confront fixations on “fix the student” reform models, and question theories about what can and cannot count as evidence of effectiveness.

Transforming STEM Higher Education

Original Lilly Conference on College Teaching
Oxford, Ohio
Date: 11-19-2020 - 11-21-2020
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The Original Lilly Conference on College Teaching is one of the nation’s most renowned conferences presenting the scholarship of teaching and learning. For 39 years, teacher-scholars from across the U.S. and internationally have gathered annually the weekend before Thanksgiving to share innovative pedagogies and discuss questions, challenges, and insights about teaching and learning. The Lilly Conference welcomes all participants who share an interest in improving college teaching through evidence-based practices, including faculty and administrators at universities, four-year colleges, and two-year colleges who wish to increase student learning through effective teaching, promote interest in and enthusiasm for the profession of teaching, and facilitate communication among faculty about their classroom and online experiences. The Conference provides a scholarly forum for discussion about all areas affecting teaching and learning, and gives participants the opportunity to share proven, innovative pedagogies and thoughtful, inspirational insights about teaching. We will again be in the Armstrong Student Center on the beautiful campus of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio! Announcements We are pleased to announce our 2020 Plenary speakers! James Lang, Center for Teaching Excellence; English, Assumption College; author, Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons From the Science of Learning, Cheating Lessons: Learning From Academic Dishonesty, and Teacching Distracted Minds (forthcoming) Harriet Schwartz, Psychology and Counseling, Carlow University; author, Connected Teaching: Relationship, Power, and Mattering in Higher Education Elizabeth Wardle, Director, Roger & Joyce Howe Center for Writing Excellence; Roger & Joyce Howe Distinguished Professor of Written Communication, English, Miami University

Original Lilly Conference on College Teaching

Conference on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Date: 11-09-2020
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The Conference on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education aims to foster discourse on student-centered teaching and learning techniques, strategies and approaches. This Conference is an opportunity to share and learn about new approaches for teaching, but it is not restricted to classroom educators.

Conference on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

POD Network
Seattle, Washington
Date: 11-11-2020 - 11-15-2020
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The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education is devoted to improving teaching and learning in higher education. Founded in 1976, POD provides its members with personal and academic relationships that are essential for professional growth.

POD Network

ASHE Annual Conference
New Orleans, Louisiana
Date: 11-19-2020 - 11-21-2020
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The 2020 ASHE Annual Conference will include:
More than 500+ research and scholarly paper presentations, 40 poster presentations, and over 100 roundtable papers presentations highlighting innovative empirical insights in the study of higher education.
Pre-conference forums focusing on the intersections of higher education with public policy, international higher education, race and ethnicity, academic programs, and athletics.
Graduate student events including the CEP Mentoring-Protege Program, CIHE Mentoring Network, and Graduate Student Policy Seminar.
Distinguished keynote speakers (2019 featured Mildred García and Dolores Delgado Bernal; 2020 keynotes will be announced in late Summer 2020) .
The annual ASHE Presidential Address by current ASHE President KerryAnn O’Meara.
Formal and informal networking through university and organizational receptions and group meet-ups.
Recognition and celebration of ASHE Award recipients.
The 11th Annual ASHE Dash 5k Run and Walk
And more!

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OLC Accelerate
Orlando, Florida
Date: 11-17-2020 - 11-20-2020
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The OLC Accelerate conference emphasizes the most innovative and impactful research and effective practices in the field of online, digital and blended learning. Supporting administrators, designers, and educators alike, Accelerate offers a comprehensive list of sessions and activities tailored to addressing the challenges and goals of our entire community. Our curation of conference tracks and exhibits promises a cross-section of the prime topics in our field, offering exciting programming formats, myriad formal and informal networking opportunities, and a wealth of resources aligned to supporting quality online, digital and blended learning.

OLC Accelerate

ISSOTL 2020
Perth
Date: 10-27-2020 - 10-30-2020
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The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) fosters collaborative, interdisciplinary, and innovative scholarship in the area of higher education teaching and learning around the world. The University of Western Australia (UWA) is proud to be hosting ISSOTL 2020 in Perth, Australia. Established in 1911 and situated on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk Noongar people, UWA is one of Australia’s leading universities and is recognised for excellence in teaching, learning and research. At ISSOTL 2020, we seek to bring together scholars of teaching and learning from around the globe to explore the role SoTL can play in ensuring that the practices and cultures we value at our universities, and beyond, are sustained into the future. The city of Perth, the capital of Western Australia, sits where the Swan River (Derbal Yaragan) meets the Southwest coast. The iconic riverside Kings Park (Garra-Katta), incorporating the Botanic Gardens, provides spectacular views of the city and is only a short distance from the UWA campus. For the Whadjuk Noongar people, this beautiful part of Perth has been of special significance as a place of culture and learning for many thousands of years. Contemporary Perth is renowned for its clean, sandy beaches, natural environment, bright, sunny weather and glorious sunsets over the Indian Ocean. Perth is a vibrant, multicultural city with a great café culture, a thriving independent arts scene, and a warm and welcoming heart. Located less than 30 minutes from the city centre is the Swan Valley, a renowned wine and gourmet food region. Further afield, Western Australia offers a diverse range of amazing places to visit. UWA is a World Top 100 university and is a part of the Group of Eight – a coalition of the top research universities in the Australia. Our beautiful Perth campus sits adjacent to the Swan River and is among the most picturesque in the nation. It offers a range of cafes, bookshops, and a vibrant cultural precinct with art galleries, theatres and an outdoor cinema. The campus is just 10 minutes from the city centre. Along with UWA, Perth has four other world class universities, each offering a distinctive Learning and Teaching experience. Our five universities regularly collaborate to conduct learning and teaching activities which foster cooperative engagement in local, national and international scholarly activities. This is a feature of the academic culture in Perth of which we are particularly proud. Perth also has a wide range of other higher education institutes including technical and vocational education institutes and private providers. Together, we build on the unbroken tradition of teaching and learning practiced by the First Nations People of our region for over 40 millennia.

ISSOTL 2020

Lilly Conference Austin
Austin, Texas
Date: 01-07-2021 - 01-09-2021
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Lilly-Austin is part of the overall Lilly Conference Series. For nearly 40 years, Lilly Conferences have provided opportunities for the presentation of the scholarship of teaching and learning. Our participants represent educators at all stages in their academic careers in nearly every discipline found in higher education. We invite those who share an interest in improving student learning to join us at Lilly-Austin to exchange ideas and build a repertoire of skills that can be put to immediate use.

Lilly Conference Austin

The Institute for Personalized Learning Convention
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Date: 11-09-2020 - 11-10-2020
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The Institute’s annual convening is an opportunity for educators to come together to discuss emerging best practices, lessons learned, and introduce new topics or aspects of personalized learning. Don’t miss this premier event on personalized learning!

The Institute for Personalized Learning Convention

Closing the Gap
Prior Lake, Minnesota
Date: 10-28-2020 - 10-30-2020
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Join us at Closing The Gap and be part of a community of passionate and empowered teachers, therapists, clinicians, parents, end users and manufacturers – all emphatically working together to change lives with assistive technology. The Closing The Gap Conference is an opportunity to deepen your assistive technology (AT) knowledge and strengthen your implementation strategies. The conference week is designed to dig deeper into critical areas that have the power—when implemented strategically—to transform your classroom, your school, your district, your practice. When you start thinking differently about how to reach ALL students, how to infuse technology into learning, how to leverage AT strategies in all areas – then we begin to transform these areas and ultimately increase achievement and independence.

Closing the Gap

OEB Global
Berlin
Date: 12-12-2020 - 12-04-2020
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Get insights on opportunities and challenges that are changing the world of learning. Find out how to choose and use various technologies Discover proven practice, approaches, strategies from leading institutions and organizations Participate in pre-conference activities and 120+ break-out sessions with 300+ expert speakers from 70+ countries from across different disciplines, sharing their knowledge, skills and passion Follow case studies presenting critical success factors and discuss innovative approaches with peers Meet with 2,500+ learning professionals from the education, workplace learning and government sectors and forge essential international contacts and partnerships Explore the exhibition at the heart of the annual event, where leading international e-learning manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers give hands-on demonstrations of innovative products and tools Join us as we analyze new technologies and trends within ICT-enhanced learning and training

OEB Global

AMLE20
National Harbor, Maryland
Date: 11-12-2020 - 11-14-2020
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Please join us in National Harbor, MD for three days of innovation, creativity, and inspiration at the 47th AMLE Annual Conference. With more than 400 sessions addressing issues vital to middle school educators, #AMLE20 offers the best value in middle grades professional development!

AMLE20

TCEA Convention & Exposition
Dallas, Texas
Date: 02-01-2021 - 02-05-2021
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Discover resources and tools that engage students, enhance curriculum, and increase productivity. TCEA’s annual convention showcases more than 1,000 informative learning opportunities, access to the latest ed tech resources from hundreds of exhibitors, and countless opportunities for networking. You will discover innovative strategies and best practices for integrating technology into classrooms, campuses, and libraries for district-wide success.

TCEA Convention & Exposition

FETC
Orlando, Florida
Date: 01-26-2021 - 01-29-2021
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For 40 years, the Future of Education Technology® Conference has gathered the most dynamic and creative education professionals from around the world for an intensive, highly collaborative exploration of new technologies, best practices and pressing issues. Its impact has been felt by thousands of districts, schools, educators — and ultimately students.

FETC

National Summit on Education Reform
Washington, District of Columbia
Date: 11-17-2020 - 11-18-2020
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Organized by ExcelinEd, the annual National Summit on Education Reform is the nation’s premier gathering of education reformers. It provides state and local policymakers, education leaders and advocates with comprehensive information on evolving laws, new trends, successful policies and the latest innovations that are transforming education for the 21st century.

National Summit on Education Reform

Digital Learning Annual Conference
Austin, Texas
Date: 02-08-2021 - 02-10-2021
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DLAC is organized by the Evergreen Education Group. Evergreen has been studying the K-12 digital learning field for 18 years.

Digital Learning Annual Conference

ISTE20
Anaheim, California
Date: 11-28-2020 - 12-01-2020
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International Society for Technology in Education. Four full days brimming with interactive session and hands-on learning environments. Bold mainstage presenters who speak to the future of learning, the importance of creativity and the heart of resilience

ISTE20

BETT
London
Date: 01-20-2021 - 01-22-2021
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Bett is the first industry show of the year in the education technology landscape, bringing together 800+ leading companies, 103 exciting new edtech start ups and over 34,000 attendees from the global education community. They come together to celebrate, find inspiration and discuss the future of education, as well as the role technology and innovation plays in enabling all educators and learners to thrive.

BETT