2014 Education Conferences

Professional development for teachers is important in order to grow and improve as an educator. Conferences with focuses such as STEM or higher education are great opportunities for teachers to learn about the latest trends, network with other professionals and improve their craft. The following are 10 incredible development opportunities taking place all across the country. Whether you teach preschoolers or undergraduates, there is something being offered for you.

11th Annual Young Child Expo & Conference

New York, New York
Conference Date: April 23-25

Over 1,000 educators of young children (preschool through age 8) will gather in New York City to attend some of the 80-plus conference offerings, view the exhibits and watch short films at the Sprout Film Festival. This conference is for anyone who works with young children. Conference topics include ADHD, literacy, social skills, autism, technology and behavior management. More information can be found on their website.

Higher Education in Transition: Looking Ahead to 2036


Edinboro, Pennsylvania
Conference Date: April 25-26

The American Association of University Administrators (AAUA) is hosting this two-day seminar to focus on the future of higher education. Participation is limited to 50 university administrators and some of the sessions will focus on flipped learning and fostering “academic integrity.” More information can be found on their site.

YAI: 2014 International Conference on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

New York, New York
Conference Date: April 28-May 1

Referred to as a “global gathering to help design the future of our field,” this conference is ideal for Special Education teachers, advocates, health care workers, parents and anyone else who works with children and adults with disabilities. Keynote speakers will include Rick Guidotti, a fashion photographer and founder of Positive Exposures, and there are breakout sessions on autism spectrum disorder, teaching sexual education to people with disabilities, building social capitol, person centered planning, strategies for preschool and high school teachers and many more. For more information, visit YAI’s website.

NSTA 2014 STEM Forum: Integration for Innovation

New Orleans, Louisiana
Conference Date: May 14-17
The National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) is hosting this conference for any K-12 teachers interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. In addition to attending sessions on building and improving STEM programs, educators can visit STEM exhibits. More information can be found on their website.

The Annual Chicago International Conference on Education

Chicago, Illinois
Conference Date: May 22-23

This is the second year of Chicago’s International Conference, which will take place at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. Geared towards K-12 educators, this year’s conference has breakout sessions on experiential learning, traits of effective educators, fostering parent-teacher relationships, using technology to build community involvement and several other topics with trainers from Pakistan, Ghana, Canada, Israel, Egypt and other parts of the world. For more information, visit their website.

NAEYC’s 2014 National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Conference Date: June 8-11

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is hosting this conference for early childhood educators (preschool through age 8) and administrators. Some of the sessions will focus on meeting standards, developing curriculum, improving daily practices and ongoing professional development. More information can be found on their site.

AACTE Washington Week

Washington, D.C.
Conference Date: June 9-13

Calling all deans and education professors! The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s (AACTE) Washington Week gives faculty a firsthand look at how federal education policies are created and implemented. If you’re interested in networking directly with Congress, visit the website.

2014 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence

Dallas, Texas
Conference Date: June 27-29

This conference focuses on “teaching excellence.” In addition to attending sessions on creating better assessments using the Common Core standards and incorporating online learning, K-12 teachers can get a VIP tour of Cowboys Stadium and tour the Grapevine Wine Trail. More information can be found on their website.

EDUCAUSE 2014 Annual Conference

Orlando, Florida and Online
Conference Date: September 29-October 2

This conference is for IT professionals in higher education. Participants will be able to visit over 250 exhibitions, network with their peers and attend sessions on key issues and tools either in person or virtually. More information can be found on their site.

NCTE 2014 Annual Convention: “Story as the Landscape of Knowing”

Washington, D.C.
Conference Date: November 20-23

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) will be hosting this international conference for K-12 Language Arts teachers. There will be speakers, exhibits and workshops focusing on using stories to enrich curriculum. More information can be found on their website.

U.S. News Stern Solutions: The National Leadership Conference

Washington, D.C.
Conference Date: April 23-25

This April, U.S. News STEM Solutions will host its national leadership conference, which focuses on advancing and increasing productivity, research and career opportunities in the STEM fields in the United States. This conference brings educators and STEM experts together to discuss today’s issues and possible solutions. For more information visit the conference website.

Education Innovation Summit

Scottsdale, Arizona
Conference Date: April 21-23
Global Silicon Valley and Arizona State University are partnering once again to host the fifth annual Education Innovation Summit, which gives K-12 teachers and administrators the opportunity to learn about innovation in education. This conference features discussions led by education veterans, philanthropists and entrepreneurs. While this conference is now sold out, you can still stay up to date and view conference highlights after the event at the EIS website.