16 noteworthy education and EdTech conferences

Educational conferences are great places to connect with like-minded people and hone your professional skills as a teacher or administrator. There are many great U.S.-based conferences scheduled for the upcoming school year — ranging from grade-level–focused events to EdTech.

1. 2022 Aurora Institute Symposium

October 24–26, 2022 (online)
Formerly iNACOL, this event brings together thousands of educators, policymakers, practitioners, and researchers to collaborate on the future of education. The annual event includes more than 65 sessions, workshops, and keynote addresses on the advancement of teaching and learning in the K–12 setting.

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2. #AMLE22

November 3–5, 2022; Orlando, Florida (in person)

The annual conference for the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) connects educators and school professionals who work with youth in grades 5–9. The AMLE supports more than 35,000 members including principals, teachers, counselors, central office personnel, professors, community leaders, and college students.

This conference is a great way to connect with other educators in the middle school realm, expand educational leadership skills and opportunities, and develop practical tips and intervention strategies.

3. Learning & the Brain

The Science of Teaching: February 18–20, 2022; San Francisco (in person and online)

The Science of Knowledge: April 1–3, 2022; New York City (in person and online)

Education conference organizer Learning & the Brain is celebrating its 20th year exploring the science of effective teaching. This year, it’s hosting two major conferences on the applications of brain science in educational environments: The Science of Teaching and The Science of Knowledge.

In the former, attendees will explore topics related to teaching through COVID and working overall to improve teaching, schools, and learning spaces. In the latter, the conference will dive into subjects including building student expertise, reasoning, reflection, and critical thinking.

4. ICLE: Model Schools Conference 2022

June 26–29, 2022; Orlando, Florida (in person and online)

The 30th annual conference hosted by the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) focuses on building and refining the organizational structures of institutions for better student outcomes. With a promise of “making waves in a new era of learning,” the conference uses keynotes, how-tos, and specialized “model school” sessions to provide attendees with tools and knowledge they can apply in their own classrooms and schools.

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5. SXSW EDU 

March 7–10, 2022; Austin, Texas (in person and online)

The SXSW EDU conference and festival is an annual event that celebrates innovations in learning. Registration for the 2022 conference is now open.

Educators connect with one another to explore topics such as accessibility and inclusion, arts, K–12 learning, adult learning, SEL, equity, and emerging tech through a wide range of sessions, films, and competitions.

Originally a regional event, this gathering now attracts participants from more than 40 countries. It’s an exciting place to collaborate and brainstorm about the future of education.

6. ASCD 2022 Annual Conference Recharge & Reconnect

March 18–21, 2022; Chicago (in person)

April 20–22, 2022 (online)

The annual ASCD Recharge & Reconnect conference is designed for all educators to come together to reflect on the past year and get reinvigorated for the next. Members of the educational space from across the country come together to inspire one another in creating inclusive, engaging, and challenging learning environments.

Previous sessions have focused on culturally responsive teaching, youth and social justice, bullying prevention, and how to make teaching fun again. Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance and may be eligible for graduate academic credits.

7. Deeper Learning 2022

March 29–31, 2022; San Diego (in person and online)

DL 2022 will be the 10th annual conference where educators come together to explore deeper learning, strive for equity in education, and learn how to improve teaching practices. This gathering will explore how school administrators can facilitate deeper learning on campus as well as how teachers can bring it to the classroom, including lifting up student voices in the pursuit of deeper learning.

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8. Learning Solutions Conference & Expo

April 20–22, 2022; Orlando, Florida

The annual Learning Solutions Conference & Expo brings together learning professionals from around the world to share knowledge about learning and development.

The conference features more than 120 sessions presented by industry experts and an expo of suppliers offering learning technologies, tools, and products.

9. OLC Innovate 2022

March 28–April 1, 2022 (online)

April 11–14, 2022; Dallas (in person)

OLCInnovate, presented by the Online Learning Consortium, is for those passionate about innovation in online higher education. This conference covers new technology, intelligent learning management systems, and how to design blended classrooms with the most progressive pedagogy.

If you want to explore disruptions in online learning with like-minded researchers and professionals, this is your place. Sessions are designed to be hands-on and organic; participants share their own ideas and experiences to impact digital learning environments

10. Ignited: ATLIS 2022

May 1–4, 2022; Orlando, Florida

Hosted by the Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS), the Ignited 2022 conference is the organization’s latest EdTech meet-up designed to discuss and inspire a technological approach to the return to in-person learning. With a crowdsourced-driven curriculum, the end goal is to provide attendees with concrete EdTech plans to implement in their schools right away.

11. ISTELive 22

June 26–29, 2022; New Orleans (in person and online)

The International Society for Technology in Education’s yearly ISTELive conference is an interactive, media-rich, and vibrant professional development learning experience emphasizing EdTech. The event encompasses more than 550 companies, 1,000 sessions, and 16,000 educators for plenty of learning, networking, and growth opportunities.

12. CoSN22: Amplifying for the Power of One

April 11–13, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee (in person and online)

Hosted by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), CoSN22 returns to an in-person hybrid event after a virtual conference last year to provide the latest leadership resources, best practices, and advocacy tools for digital transformation in education. This event is essential for school system technology leaders looking for inspiration and to make connections.

13. Carnegie Foundation 2022 Summit

March 27–29, 2022; San Diego (in person and online)

Since 2014, the Summit on Improvement in Education presented by the Carnegie Foundation has focused on addressing complex problems and issues of inequity in education. This year, organizers are focusing on takeaways from pandemic learning, building engaging curricula, and measuring student performance and improvement opportunities.

14. IDEAcon 2022

February 14–17, 2022; Schaumburg, Illinois (in person and online)
One of the largest EdTech conferences and resources in the Midwest, IDEAcon’s annual event draws more than 200 vendors, speakers, and resources for hands-on EdTech learning and networking opportunities. This year focuses on diversity and inclusion, digital literacy in educators and students, and the range of technical applications you can bring to your classrooms or learning environments.

15. Teach Tech 2022

July 7–8, 2022; Memphis, Tennessee (in person and online)

Teach Tech 2022 is a professional development conference that focuses on practical technology and learning resources in the classroom. Workshops are led by educators who actively use the tools and strategies they talk about. 

Sessions cover a broad range of topics: AR/VR in the classroom, developing a student media program, podcasting, using visual media to teach inference and analysis, the outdoor classroom, and many more. Group seminars and conferences are capped at low numbers to encourage closer collaboration and educator-to-educator connections.

16. Edcamps

Various dates and locations

Edcamps are designed for those who aren’t interested in attending a large conference but still want to connect with other teachers in meaningful ways. Founded on an “un-conference” model, Edcamps are free professional development opportunities led by participants.

Unlike the large annual conferences that include many big-name speakers, Edcamp takes a more organic approach. These gatherings are led by experienced teachers and are designed for teachers who want to improve their teaching in practical ways.

Edcamps take place throughout the year and in different locations across the country. They are great for teachers who want to stay local and within a budget.

Whatever conferences you choose to attend, make sure you’re using the best and latest digital tools to make education easier and more accessible than ever before. Jotform’s education form templates provide educators with user-friendly online school data-collection forms for easy sharing, grading, and student performance tracking. 

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This article is originally published on Jun 21, 2019, and updated on Apr 28, 2022.

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