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.

Policy Training Conference

Organization: Magnet Schools of America
Date: February 10-12, 2016
Location: Washington, DC
Description: Held annually in the nation's capital during National Magnet School Month in February, the conference is designed to help magnet school leaders and educators understand the complex federal, state, and local policy issues that matter most to magnet schools. During conference sessions, political leaders and policy experts provide their guidance and analysis on matters related to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Common Core Standards, federal education funding, legal and civil rights issues, and new and emerging educational research. Attendees also visit Capitol Hill to meet with their congressional representatives. Learn more

Shaping Student Mindsets: Promoting Academic Attitudes, Persistence and Performance

Organization: Learning and the Brain
Date: February 11-13, 2016
Location: San Francisco, CA
Description: Psychological science has shown that changing student mindsets (beliefs and attitudes about themselves, their feelings about school and their sense of social belonging) can motivate them to work harder, be more persistent and achieve more. Research by Stanford’s Carol Dweck and others have found that students who were told their brains can change had a “growth mindset” (a belief that their success is based on effort and not talent or IQ) and were more likely to have successful outcomes than those who were not told. Discover how the “Psychology of Mindsets” can help boost academic motivation, persistence and performance and raise student achievement. Learn more

National Conference on Education

Organization: American Association of School Administrators
Date: February 11-13, 2016
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Description: The conference will focus on 7 major themes: Common Core Standards and Assessments, Superintendent/School Board Relationships, Personalizing Education, Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Innovative Technology, and Healthy School Environments. Learn more

LEAD Conference

Organization: National Association of Secondary School Principals
Date: February 12-14, 2016
Location: Chicago, IL
Description: Leadership Experience and Development (LEAD) Conferences offer experiential leadership skills development to students and advisers of the National Honor Society, the National Junior Honor Society, and the National Association of Student Councils. At LEAD, students and advisers sharpen their leadership skills to improve their school culture and community while networking with their peers from around the country. Training opportunities for both students and advisers will tackle a variety of topics, including leadership, student voice, civic engagement, service, and activities. Learn more

Ignite '16

Organization: National Association of Secondary School Principals
Date: February 25-27, 2016
Location: Orlando, FL
Description: Ignite ’16 is the only professional development event devoted exclusively to the unique needs of middle level and high school administrators.

In just three days, you will make valuable connections, learn proven leadership techniques, and take home practical solutions to carry you and your school to success.

You are leading learning for students every day. At Ignite ’16, step out of your office and get the insight you need to: Close the achievement gap, Build teacher and leadership capacity, and Enhance stakeholder engagement. Learn more

NSTA National Conference: Science: Empowering Performance

Organization: National Science Teachers Association
Date: March 31-April 3, 2016
Location: Nashville, TN
Description: To help you make the most of the professional development opportunities available at the Nashville 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. The strands are: Setting the Stage: Scientific Literacy, Building the Band: Involving Community Stakeholders, Harmonizing Concepts: Integrating Instruction, and Stringing It All Together: Three-Dimensional Learning. Learn more

ASCD Annual Conference

Organization: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Date: April 2-4, 2016
Location: Atlanta, GA
Description: From hands-on workshops to inspiring speeches, the 2016 ASCD Annual Conference has more than 200 sessions on an extensive range of topics. So whether you are a new teacher or a seasoned administrator, you can customize a program to meet your professional needs.

Comprising 125,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates from more than 138 countries—the ASCD community also includes 56 affiliate organizations. The nonprofit's diverse, nonpartisan membership is its greatest strength, projecting a powerful, unified voice to decision makers around the world.

The association provides expert and innovative solutions in professional development, capacity building, and educational leadership essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead. Learn more

Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies

Organization: American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Date: April 8-12, 2016
Location: Washington, DC
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. Learn more

USA Science and Engineering Festival

Organization: USA Science and Engineering Festival - Founding Sponsor Lockeed Martin
Date: April 16-17, 2016
Location: Washington, DC
Description: The USA Science & Engineering Festival is a national grassroots effort to advance STEM education and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.  Our exhibitors, performers, speakers, partners, sponsors and advisers are a who-is-who of science and engineering: from major academic centers and leading research institutes and government agencies to cutting-edge high tech companies, museums and community organizations. Learn more

National Conference on Magnet Schools

Organization: Magnet Schools of America
Date: May 3-7, 2016
Location: Miami, FL
Description: More than a thousand magnet school teachers, principals, and administrators from across the country participate in MSA's annual meeting. It features outstanding keynote speakers and sessions focusing on best practices in curriculum and instruction, technology integration, school leadership, and magnet school design. Participants have many professional development and networking opportunities and visit magnet schools by theme and grade level within the host district. Following the national conference, MSA also hosts a post-conference workshop that allows attendees to extend their learning beyond the conference and use this time for mindful planning. Learn more