There are tons of teacher conferences to choose from, so we picked some of the best for you to add to your calendar this year.
The season for 2017 teacher conferences is in full swing. As STEM Jobs outlined last year, ITEEA and NSTA took place in March, but many other upcoming events can prepare educators for a fresh approach to teaching. Add these events to your calendar for a complete schedule of teacher conferences.
May 10-12, 2017
San Francisco, California
In its third year, The Personalized Learning Summit hosts workshops that will facilitate implementation of a more student-centered teaching style. As alternative methods of teaching continue to rise in popularity, approaches that incorporate personalized learning provide greater opportunities for students to build confidence and cultivate skills that lead to greater self-sufficiency. The shifting pedagogy toward greater student ownership requires teachers, administrators, and parents to become familiar with best practices for a changing class structure. The Personalized Learning Summit prepares adults to support children through grading and assessment, communication, and innovation.
June 25 – 28, 2017
San Antonio, Texas
As the authority on standards for education technology, ISTE’s annual event remains at the top of many teachers’ lists for must-attend events. By introducing educators to innovations that can refresh lesson plans, ISTE serves as an indispensable resource in teacher conferences. In addition to networking opportunities and keynote addresses, attendees can look forward to “Maker and Computational Thinking/Computer Science” and “Mobile Learning, Creativity and Early Learning Network” interactive playgrounds, along with discussions regarding “STEAM and Digital Storytelling,” “Introduction to Virtual Reality in the Classroom,” “Problem-based Interdisciplinary STEM Learning,” and “Creating Learning Environments for Sustainability, Equity and Access.”
If you make it to this teacher conference, be sure to visit STEM Jobs in booth 3528 to get some free resources!
July 12 – 14, 2017
While the National Science Teachers Association’s 2017 National Conference comprehensive event is finished until next year’s conference in Atlanta, NSTA also hosts its STEM Forum & Expo each year. The sixth-annual event provides opportunities for teachers to explore innovations in teaching tools, new methods of pedagogy, and steps toward personal progress. The forum will offer more than 400 strand-specific sessions, seminars, and panels – such as “Shift Makers: How Informal Educators Are Making a Shift to Better Support STEM and Learner-Centered Science” and “Driving Statewide Improvements in STEM: A Discussion with STEMx Networks” – for the more than 2,000 educators who are in attendance.
STEM Jobs will be at this conference as well, so come see us at booth 614 to chat and receive free magazines, posters, and lesson plans!
July 25 – 28, 2017
St. Louis, Missouri
In an attempt to break away from traditional teaching habits, Big Picture Learning’s Big Bang conference leads educators and administrators to embrace the new teacher conferences that promote student-focused educational methods. While many events focus on teachers and how they can reach students, Big Bang includes pupils in the discussion of what they need from educators. In addition to keynote addresses and networking opportunities, this event also leads participants off campus for Leaving to Learn sessions. Breaking out of the mold for teacher conferences Big Bang breaks away from traditional pedagogy, yet moves toward methodologies that promote a system developed through “…diversity, organic development, and creativity,” according to 2016 keynote speaker Sir Ken Robinson.
October 27 – 29, 2017
While educators often feel like they’re on their own while trying to figure out best steps to teach students, teachers and administrators must work together to achieve progress. During its Conference on Educational Leadership, ASCD will offer networking opportunities, a Keynote Luncheon with Pete Hall, and learning sessions. This event will provide valuable learning opportunities through discussions such as “Teaching Kids to Think and Act Ethically,” “Leveraging the Principal’s Influence,” “Restorative Practices: Better than Sticks and Carrots,” “Twelve Minutes to Cultural Competency,” and “Life, Literacy, and the Pursuit of Content: Autism Spectrum Disorders Today.”
While attending teacher conferences during the year, educators must keep in mind that the focus must remain on innovations, advancements, and progress that cultivate student growth and challenge young minds. By using the tools acquired during teacher conferences and requesting student feedback regarding the most helpful new approaches, educators can implement the best methods learned during these events.