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13 Conference picks for innovative educators in the upcoming school year

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June 8, 2014 By: Lisa Nielsen

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The Innovative Educator at NYSCATE 13

As the 13/14 school year comes to a close, it's time to think about what events and conferences to attend for the next year.  While I certainly won't be attending all these conferences below are my top picks listed in chronological order. They  include a link to the conference, brief description, approximate dates (if they are not yet scheduled) based on previous years and non-member, full costs (some are estimates based on previous years) which include pre-conference fees. 

Take a look.  See what you think and share which conferences you are attending and why you made that choice.

Event Name Description City Start date End date Event cost
The Bammy Awards The Bammy Awards is a national celebration of the value of education, educators and life-long learning. The honors are presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International, which includes an eclectic cadre of leading educators, education leaders, education professors, journalists, editors, researchers, commentators, advocates, activists, visionaries and pioneers. Washington DC 9/27/2014 9/28/2014 $0.00
Tech Forum Tech Forum represents "Tech & Learning in action." Now in its twelfth season, this high-powered, one-day event provides K-12 decision makers with thought-provoking content on the hottest topics of the day in education technology. An engaging and intimate setting, expert presentations, and plenty of networking opportunities ensure that participants leave with practical tools and key contacts for continued rich communities of practice. Westchester, New York 10/17/2014 10/17/2014 $315.00
ASCD CONFERENCE ON EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP ASCD is where leadership expertise in education finds its knowledge center and heart. Whether your leadership imperatives are in a classroom, a school, or systemwide, this ASCD event will address your needs with immediate and practical solutions. Orlando, Fl 10/30/2014 11/2/2014 $762.00
iNacol The iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium  annual conference is the industry’s leading event for K-12 online, blended and competency-based learning and gathers experts, leading practitioners and educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators from throughout the field. Palm Springs, CA 11/4/2014 11/7/2014 $874.00
NYSCATE NYSCATE is an organization of dedicated technology using educators, committed to transforming teaching and learning, in order to provide our children with an education that prepares them to live satisfying and productive lives.   Rochester, NY 11/23/2014 11/25/2014 $225.00
Communicating with Power and Presence For professionals who make presentations, speak in public, lead team meetings and groups, and want to sharpen their communication skills. Whether you are interacting one-on-one, presenting to a small client group, or delivering a keynote address to thousands, Communicating with Power and Presence will enhance your effectiveness dramatically. Includes online modules as well. New York City 12/3/2014 12/4/2014 $2,500.00
EduCon EduCon is both a conversation and a conference. It is an innovation conference where we can come together, both in person and virtually, to discuss the future of schools. Every session will be an opportunity to discuss and debate ideas — from the very practical to the big dreams. Philadelphia, PA 1/23/2015 1/25/2015 $200.00
South by Southwest Edu SXSWedu seeks to drive meaningful conversation and collaboration around promising practices to improve teaching and learning. Programming is designed for SXSWedu’s diverse audience of education stakeholders, all of whom are committed to creating a brighter tomorrow. SXSWedu highlights thought-provoking Featured and Keynote Speakers in special sessions that bring to light today's leading topics and trends in education. Austin, TX 3/9/2015 3/12/2015 $395.00
CoSN CoSN Annual Conference is designed for education leaders to better understand their changing roles in creating the new face of learning. Continuously Connected…in our hyper-connected world, people are always on, collaborating, communicating, and creating. Educators are tasked with harnessing that energy and connection to develop the next generation of critical, thoughtful thinkers.
Constantly Learning…explores how school systems can create digital learning ecosystems to challenge and inspire their students, encourage innovation, and deepen learning.
Atlanta, GA 3/16/2015 3/18/2015 $750.00
AERO Conference This is the time for the education revolution, to empower all students, to make learner-centered education possible everywhere.Conference keynotes and presentations are connected to AERO's mission "to help create an education revolution to make learner-centered education available to everyone." Long Island University, CW Post Campus 6/25/2015 6/28/2015 $275.00
ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence New Common Core shifts in teaching practices and heightened emphasis on teacher effectiveness challenge schools everywhere to reexamine their instructional approaches and get up-to-date on successful new strategies. The ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence lets you and your colleagues do all this and more. Spend two-and-a-half days getting what your school needs to be successful all year long. Grapevine, TX 6/25/2015 6/28/2015 $493.00
ISTE Annual Conference and Expo Part idea incubator and part collaborative workspace, ISTE’s conference and expo brings educators of all types and grade levels together to share discoveries and develop solutions for their greatest challenges—all while connecting to a global network of education resources. Philadelphia, PA 6/28/2015 7/1/2015 $448.00
Building Learning Communities Join colleagues from around the world who care deeply about bringing the best innovative and practical learning resources to our students. Our 15th BLC education conference will provide you with inspiration, practical skills and expand your professional network with educators from around the world. Boston, MA 7/12/2015 7/17/2015 $700.00

Lisa Nielsen writes for and speaks to audiences across the globe about learning innovatively and is frequently covered by local and national media for her views on “Passion (not data) Driven Learning,” "Thinking Outside the Ban" to harness the power of technology for learning, and using the power of social media to provide a voice to educators and students. Ms. Nielsen has worked for more than a decade in various capacities to support learning in real and innovative ways that will prepare students for success. In addition to her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator, Ms. Nielsen’s writing is featured in places such as Huffington Post, Tech & Learning, ISTE Connects, ASCD Wholechild, MindShift, Leading & Learning, The Unplugged Mom, and is the author the book Teaching Generation Text.

Disclaimer: The information shared here is strictly that of the author and does not reflect the opinions or endorsement of her employer.

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