Top Teacher Conferences to Attend This Summer
Teaching is not easy. Sometimes, keeping passion high as a teacher is a challenge, but networking and listening to inspiring speakers with like-minded individuals can help. Teacher conferences offer that opportunity. They allow teachers to gain new ideas, focus on wellness, and sometimes, take a trip out of town.
Here, we’ve compiled a diverse list of teacher conferences to attend over the summer, including some big names and hidden gems. These conferences are sure to include many lessons you can bring back to your classroom and community.
May Teacher Conferences
Here are a few great teacher conferences to attend this May.
NAFSA – Washington, D.C.
The NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo unites educators from around the globe. Boasting an attendance of almost 10,000 each year from more than 3,500 organizations and more than 100 countries, the conference offers incredible engagement opportunities. This conference is packed with professional development opportunities, as well.
National Conference on Diversity – Columbus, Ohio
Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Ohio State University’s National Conference on Diversity, Race, and Learning will feature keynote speaker Frank H. Wu, Esq. in 2019. Wu is currently the Prosser Distinguished Professor at University of California Hastings College of Law and has made a career promoting engagement and diversity. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is devoted to creating welcoming environments to students of all backgrounds.
June Teacher Conferences
Check out these conferences to attend in June.
Games for Change Festival – New York City, N.Y.
The Games for Change Festival is an annual event meant to bridge the gap between STEM skills and civic engagement. Educators are trained to empower innovators to have an impact in the world through game development. The 2019 Games for Change Festival will address how digital games and technologies impact education and civic issues.
Conference on Teaching Excellence – Orlando, Fla.
The focus of this year’s ASCD’s Conference on Teaching Excellence is building resilient schools. Educators from around the world will gather at the end of June to develop strategies for helping students deal with trauma, adversity, and equity issues. Multiple speakers will share their experiences as children and how teachers helped them build resilience.
National Charter Schools Conference – Las Vegas, Nev.
The National Charter Schools Conference challenges educators to reimagine education. The conference encourages teachers to advocate in their communities, educate in the classroom, govern as a board member or in another capacity, lead through all the issues facing education, and operate facilities with fiscal responsibility and sustainability This year’s featured speaker is Sal Khan. Khan founded the Khan Academy, a nonprofit organization with the goal of providing no cost, exemplary education to anyone anywhere.
July Teacher Conferences
Look into these July teacher conferences.
Building Learning Communities – Boston, Mass.
Building Learning Communities 2019 is expected to draw educators from around the world together to discuss innovative yet practical learning resources. This is the twentieth Building Learning Communities conference. Some featured speakers include Dr. Karen Brennan of Harvard University and host Alan November, the founder of November Learning.
BbWorld – Austin, Texas
BbWorld 2019will feature three days of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and workshops that focus on industry insights, best practices, and a clear future vision for education. There will also be opportunities to meet with fellow teachers and industry experts.
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August Teacher Conferences
Here are a few of the top teacher conferences to attend this August.
Play Make Learn – Madison, Wis.
Hosted at the University of Wisconsin Madison, the Play Make Learn conference provides learning opportunities for people in all areas of education. The conference features hands-on workshops and keynote speakers with experience in arts and interest-driven learning, as well as equipping girls and students of color with experiences to seek STEM opportunities.
HelloLitCon – Princeton, N.J.
Through HelloLitCon, Jen Jones, K-12 reading specialist, author, and blogger, presents important reading standards as well as student-centered ownership strategies for reading engagement and achievement. Jones plans to explain instructional strategies that a free to implement but yield great results for young readers in terms of comprehension, writing, and research.
Expand Your Teaching Knowledge
Teacher conferences are a fantastic way to expand your teaching knowledge and meet fellow educators. They also help you maintain your passion throughout your career and develop you as a leader in your community and industry.
To learn more about how to expand your horizons, consider the following courses from Advancement Courses:
- Beyond Survival Mode: Maintaining Your Passion Throughout Your Teaching Career: You will explore your past and your inner motivations to help you reawaken the passion that will sustain you throughout your career. Whether you are seasoned or brand new to teaching, you’ll find ways to tackle your fears and hold on to your dreams.
- Teachers as Leaders: This class explores the various roles teacher leaders can take in your school and district. Learn the value of distributed leadership in the school community and how you can stand out as a teacher leader.
Advancement Courses offers K-12 educators more than 200 online, self-paced professional development courses covering both foundational topics and emerging trends.