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National Science Teachers Association Annual Conference

Organization: National Science Teachers Association
Date: March 12-15, 2015
Location: Chicago, IL
Description: To help you make the most of the professional development opportunities available at the Chicago conference, the Conference Committee has planned the conference around four strands that explore topics of current significance, enabling you to focus on a specific area of interest or need: Natural Resources, Natural Partnerships; Teaching Every Child by Embracing Diversity; The Science of Design: Structure and Function; and Student Learning—How Do We Know What They Know?. Learn more

Improving Writing Instruction: An Advanced Institute in 6+1 Trait Writing

Organization: Education Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory- REL Northwest
Date: March 17-19, 2015
Location: San Antonio, TX
Description: For those dedicated to improving writing instruction across schools and districts, we are offering a three-day institute that will guide you on how to implement our proven 6+1 Trait® Writing Model. If you are a teacher leader, literacy coach, curriculum coordinator, or administrator with the goal of improving writing instruction across the system, this hands-on professional development opportunity is not to be missed. In 6+1 Trait Writing, teachers and students analyze writing through characteristics, or “traits,” of written work such as ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation. This institute provides the support and resources that implementation leaders need to bring this model to scale. Learn more

Leaders to Learn From 2015

Organization: Education Week
Date: March 18, 2015
Location: Washington, DC
Description: Leaders to Learn From 2015 is your one chance to join more than 150 of the most powerful, influential education leaders from across America to gather in one room and celebrate real heroes in K-12 education:  the practical innovators who have found frontline, effective solutions to the challenges facing today’s districts. Learn more

Challenging Convention: Leading Disruptive Innovations

Organization: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Date: March 21-23, 2015
Location: Houston, TX
Description: The conference theme, Challenging Convention: Leading Disruptive Innovations, is a call to action for the global community of educators. We are from many places, but one world. In this time of uncertainty and the need for global connectivity, will you rise to the challenge to learn, teach, and lead? We have a civic responsibility to address the global challenges we face. Will you have the courage to act collectively to create disruptive innovations? Will you challenge the conventional? Will you break ineffective patterns? Will you break down boundaries that limit transformation and sustainability? Without disruptive innovation, there is no transformational change. Patterns of normalcy without evolution do not cause transformation. The status quo is not sustainable. It is incongruent with our complex learning ecosystem. We must question processes that are not working, and we must have patience with those things that are working so that we might see their effectiveness. There is urgency to our work. We must strive for global connections. We must innovate. We must ensure a celebration of diversity and promote social justice. We challenge educators to embrace changes in teaching and learning, to be leaders of change through professional development, and to eliminate achievement gaps. Learn more

AERA 2015 Annual Meeting: Toward Justice: Culture, Language, and Heritage in Education Research and Praxis

Organization: American Educational Research Association
Date: April 20, 2015
Location: Chicago, IL
Description: The 2015 AERA Annual Meeting theme is a call to examine the meaning of culture, language, and heritage in education research and praxis with the aim of advancing justice. We have the opportunity and the moral obligation to apply principles and evidence from social science research and theorizing to the problems of injustice. How do various communities conceptualize justice, including the many scholarly communities within our association? Learn more

AERA Annual Meeting: Toward Justice: Culture, Language, and Heritage in Education Research and Praxis

Organization: American Educational Research Association
Date: April 16-20, 2015
Location: Chicago, IL
Description: The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research. It is a showcase for ground-breaking, innovative studies in a diverse array of areas -- from early education through higher education, from digital learning to second language literacy. It is where to encounter ideas and data that will shape tomorrow's education practices and policies, and where to connect with leading thinkers from the U.S. and around the world.

The 2015 Annual Meeting theme is intended to focus our attention on justice—locally as well as globally—in a spirit of mutually respectful collaborative engagement with our disciplines and modes of inquiry in the context of the world around us. The aim is to make room for democratized knowledge and knowledge production in which the experiences of all people are shaped by principles and practices of justice. When we do so, our scholarly interests can align more closely with the interests of justice for those who have been and are educationally marginalized, dispossessed, and excluded. Learn more

33rd National Conference

Organization: Magnet Schools of America
Date: April 22-25, 2015
Location: Raleigh, NC
Description: The MSA National Conference is an integral component of our mission of providing leadership for high-quality, innovative, instructional programs that promote choice, diversity, equity, and academic excellence for all students.  Participants experience a wide spectrum of professional development opportunities that promote equity and diversity through outstanding keynote speakers, networking opportunities, and general and breakout sessions on topics including best practices, innovative instruction, technology, and theme integration in magnet education.  Participants also will visit magnet schools at all grade levels focused on various themes within the host district.  Learn more

2015 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence

Organization: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Date: June 26–28, 2015
Location: Nashville, TN
Description: The new, higher value placed on teachers and teaching makes it more important than ever before to invest in the power of great instruction and learn how to leverage it in classrooms and school districts. You have the opportunity to make that investment at the ASCD conference devoted entirely to the topic of teaching excellence. Whether you're a teacher or teacher leader, teacher mentor or coach, or principal or district supervisor, this event brings you up-to-date on recent revelations about best practices in the classroom, how to make them routine in every grade and subject, and how to scale them systemwide. The world's leading experts and thousands of your peers will be attending to share what's working in schools of all kinds. Learn more

Sharing Our Stories: Re-visioning Our Worlds Reading, Writing, and Taking Action

Organization: National Council of Teachers of English
Date: July 9-11, 2015
Location: Atlanta, GA
Description: The 26th Literacies for All Summer Institute celebrates the 25th anniversary of the first WLU conference in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1990.  The conference theme, Sharing Our Stories: Re-visioning Our Worlds, invites us to share stories of wonder and frustration as we explore language and literacy learning and teaching. We will reflect on whole language as a part of the historic tapestry of progressive education, democratic schools, and critical literacy.  Our work builds upon the foundation put into place by our mentors and leaders, but the creative work of teachers involves constantly re-visioning the potential of holistic learning communities, informed by the most current research and thinking on language education.  This conference invites educators to come together and explore issues through conversation and social action. Learn more

NAME’s 25th Annual International Conference

Organization: National Association for Multicultural Education
Date: October 1-4, 2015
Location: New Orleans, LA
Description: In 1990, NAME was founded by a group of individuals that came together united by passion and vision for multicultural education to create an organization that would celebrate diversity, as well as challenge the existing social inequities. It has been the legacy of NAME to be an advocate for social justice issues in education. NAME has been nationally recognized as one of the premier organizations focusing on social justice issues for all individuals and groups. NAME serves as a forum for scholars, practitioners, and students in both global and national origins to discuss their concerns regarding human relations. Additionally, NAME is a public voice and political advocate in many issues involving social inequalities. Learn more