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The International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) 

Organization: Education Northwest
Date: January 3-6, 2015
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Description: You're invited to be part of a unique gathering that brings together international researchers, educators, and policy-makers to share how we can improve children's lives through the best educational practices.

Presenters from as many as 50 countries will provide an international perspective on this year's theme.   Join colleagues from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa to learn and share research about effective schools and educational programs worldwide.  ICSEI 2015 builds on its previous 27 international conferences, most recently in Chile and Indonesia offering an opportunity for researchers, policy makers and practitioners to gather in centrally located Cincinnati to address today’s pressing educational challenges.

ICSEI 2015 themes draw on the best of research and professional wisdom to explore the history and future of school reform; teacher effects from 1970s to the present; school- and system-level improvements; and the global and local implications of the 2013 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) scores.
As the conference comes to a close, take the opportunity to visit the exemplary schools of the Cincinnati region to better understand how policy can be put into practice. Learn more

Good Options and Choices for All Families

Organization: Center on Reinventing Public Education
Date: January 12-14, 2015
Location: Memphis, TN
Description: The theme of the January 2015 meeting is Good Options and Choices in portfolio cities. We recommended sending a city education leaders, such as a superintendent, charter school leader or portfolio officer, who is familiar with the portfolio work, along with those leading the school choice work in the city. Learn more

Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy (LILA)

Organization: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Date: January 25–27, 2015
Location: Washington, DC
Description: ASCD's Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy (LILA) is the premier forum for educators in a variety of roles—including teachers, principals, superintendents, district personnel, and university professors—from across the country to learn about federal and state education issues and advocate for policies that support successful learning and teaching. Learn more

National Title I Conference: Leading With Wonder

Organization: National Title I Association
Date: February 5-8, 2015
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Description: Inspiration for the 2015 National Title I Conference theme - Leading with Wonder - comes from President Johnson’s comments at the signing of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, creating Title I:

“Remember the magic time when the world of learning began to open before our eyes.”

Conference activities will celebrate the 50th anniversary of this landmark legislation and sessions will highlight current, successful Title I programs that ensure every child achieves at high levels. Learn more

National Association of Secondary School Principals Conference

Organization: National Association of Secondary School Principals
Date: February 19-21, 2015
Location: San Diego, CA
Description: For middle level and high school principals and assistant principals who know the critical necessity of staying current, connected, and equipped for leadership, one national conference is the clear “must-attend” choice.

Ignite ’15 is the only professional development event devoted exclusively to your needs—bringing together a national network of expertise, resources, and inspiration to help you meet the many unique challenges you face, and more effectively guide your schools to greatness.

When knowledge meets know-how at the most important principals’ conference in North America, you will kindle your passion and enhance your capacity to lead. Learn more

AASA National Conference: Celebrating Public Education in America

Organization: American Association of School Administrators
Date: February 26-28, 2015
Location: San Diego, CA
Description: AASA has been bringing together education leaders for generations, and the 2015 National Conference on Education will be the pinnacle of knowledge sharing and networking. Hear from speakers who are galvanizing our nation’s school systems, and take home ideas and approaches to invigorate your own district. Connect with like-minded leaders and share strategies on improving student outcomes, district performance, and so much more.

Now more than ever, superintendents are the voice for all children in their communities. And it’s a tough but rewarding job to make sure that voice carries far and wide. Keep our education values strong and your knowledge and networks fresh. 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

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

Education as a Human Right

Organization: National Association for Multicultural Education
Date: January 15, 2015
Location: San Diego, CA
Description: The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has a right to education. The philosophy underpinning such a declaration is that all members of the human family are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Given our history of educating immigrants, students of color, the poor, and minority groups, educators in California have the responsibility to support and interrogate what it means to identify education as a human right. What does it mean to be a member of the human family and how do schools reflect or deny our human rights? We must ask who is denied education in our state, how, and why? Equally important is to question what counts as an education that respects the dignity of each individual and group? What are the micro and macro strategies utilized to deny or activate equitable educational opportunities? What are the pedagogical and curricular orientations that reflect an ethos of human rights? How do students, teachers, researchers, policymakers, parents and community members value identity(ies), languages, cultures, sexualities etc. inside and outside of educational settings? How are we engaging in work that supports education as a human right?
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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