To help you stay up-to-date on education events around the country, the MSAP Center offers this list of conferences. To learn more, click on the link at the end of a description to go to the sponsoring organization’s website.

Best Practices for Better Schools: National Conference and Expo of the Year

Organization: National Association of Elementary School Principals
Date: July 6-8, 2016
Location: National Harbor, MD
Description: Get what you need to be a top-performing principal, engage with the best and brightest minds in education and holding meaningful discussions on a wide variety of topics that enrich your leadership, knowledge and skills. With more than 100 education sessions, you reap the benefits of best practices, success stories, and practical solutions you can apply school-wide—from curriculum to classroom, blackboard to school board. Learn more

2016 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence

Organization: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Date: July 8-10, 2016
Location: New Orleans, LA
Description: Your top opportunity all year to explore the best new teaching practices is this year's ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence. In just two and a half days, you'll get a whole career's worth of new strategies and solutions to use in any grade level or subject. Learn what's working in classrooms and school wide.

You know that trying new ideas and experimenting with your craft is the heart and soul of teacher growth and professional development. But you don't have to "reinvent the wheel" every time you want to add to your skill set. Other teachers and teacher leaders have their secrets to share with you at this two-and-a-half day meeting. Registration opens January 2016. Learn more

ASCD Leader to Leader Conference 2016

Organization: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Date: July 21-23, 2016
Location: Arlington, VA
Description: The Leader to Leader (L2L) Conference is a unique event that connects ASCD leaders to each other and to ASCD through networking, skill-building, and content sharing. Attendees will have access to new ideas, helpful resources, and best practices from a variety of ASCD leaders, ASCD staff, and presenters. Learn more

5th Annual STEM Forum & Expo

Organization: National Science Teachers Association
Date: July 27-29, 2016
Location: Denver, CO
Description: The focal point of the forum will be the teacher sessions and our panel presentations that are designed to provide you with information and lessons to enable you to explore, begin, or tweak a STEM initiative within your school or district. You will have the opportunity to attend interactive sessions on how STEM can be implemented, applied, and sustained in your schools, hear from keynote speakers, and listen to panel discussions with experts in our field while networking with STEM educators throughout the United States and from around the world. Learn more

Annual Conference for Middle Level Education

Organization: Association for Middle Level Education
Date: October 9-12, 2016
Location: Austin, TX
Description: The most valuable and comprehensive professional development opportunity in the world for any person working with students ages 10–15. Top Reasons to Attend: Go home with activities to use in your school or classroom the very next day.; Discover new ways to engage your students and increase achievement.; Learn intervention strategies that help struggling learners catch up.; Receive practical solutions from leading presenters in middle level education.; Attend more than 500 sessions in 60 topic areas. There really is something for everyone! Get personal attention from the experts in the 20-minute Speed Learning Sessions. Learn more

AECT International Convention

Organization: Association for Educational Communications and Technology
Date: October 17-21, 2016
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Description: The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) is a professional association of thousands of educators and others whose activities are directed toward improving instruction through technology.  AECT members may be found in colleges and universities; in the Armed Forces and industry; in museums, libraries, and hospitals; in the many places where educational change is underway.  AECT members carry out a wide range of responsibilities in the study, planning, application, and production of communications media for instruction. Learn more

NAME 26th Annual Conference

Organization: National Association for Multicultural Education
Date: November 9-13, 2016
Location: Cleveland, OH
Description: Through NAME 2016 we continue to improve our problem-solving abilities related to the existing “isms” that damage our society. This year’s conference aims at sharing practices that enhance the human condition for our global society to effectively face the inequities of, that include but not limited to, forms of violence, inequitable distribution of resources, institutional systems that oppress (consciously or unconsciously), those who are disadvantaged and marginalized. By sharing our work and experiences, we are extending our hands in solidarity with ALL who face these forms of injustices. As pioneers of a world striving for equity for ALL, the conference seeks to embrace every individual as a human being with dignity and respect. Learn more

Faces of Advocacy: NCTE Annual Convention

Organization: National Council of Teachers of English
Date: November 17-20, 2016
Location: Atlanta, GA

When we hear the word "advocacy" in connection to our profession, every one of us—teachers, instructors, professors, researchers, writers—has a different definition of what that means. There are people who might think that this only has to do with talking to senators and representatives in government about affecting changes on a state or national level. While this is certainly a part of advocacy, it is not the only piece of advocacy that this Convention wishes to explore.

There are many faces of advocacy to think about and explore. Teachers as advocates for/as: Themselves and other teachers; Our profession; Our own well-being and health; Our students; Literacy and learning; Social change; Researchers and writers; Parents, grandparents, or guardians. Learn more

Innovative Leadership: Navigating Changes in Literacy Education

Organization: National Council of Teachers of English
Date: November 20-22, 2016
Location: Atlanta, GA
Description: We all know that change is inevitable. Changes in education, however, can be extremely demanding on teachers, administrators, students and parents alike. How can today’s literacy leaders not only bring about necessary changes but navigate changes imposed upon us? Educational policy, standards, high-stakes  testing, college readiness — these constantly evolving and controversial issues create tension, chaos and concern for the future of education. How can innovators — the fools, the madmen — navigate the rough seas of change? How can we steer literacy education in the right direction? How can we fight against injustice and focus on promoting literacy? How can literacy leaders bring about change, build communities and prepare teachers for the road ahead? In what ways can innovative leaders expand literacy capacities on the local, state and national levels? Learn more

Leaders to Learn From

Organization: Education Week
Date: March 31, 2017
Location: Washington, DC
Description: Join more than 200 of America’s most influential leaders from every area of K-12 education. Discover how the next class of Leaders To Learn From honorees have discovered and implemented effective solutions to the challenges facing today’s districts. Meet the most innovative leaders in K-12 education. Learn the keys to their success. Learn more