Top 5 Education Conferences in 2014

Christina Balotescu

December 19, 2013

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As an education professional, if you didn’t quite meet your advancement goals for 2013, never fear. Along with a chill in the air, 2014 is bringing conferences from some of the great names in education to kickstart your successful mentality. These conferences will offer outstanding networking opportunities, training in the latest technological advancements, and the motivational support you’ll need to change your ideas into reality.

Here at 360Alumni, we’re as passionate about education as you are. We’ve compiled our list of the top 5 conferences to attend in 2014, and chosen from the best in the nation. If you’re realizing there’s not much in the budget this year, many conferences offer discounted early-bird pricing, and some even offer scholarships to attend. Make this year’s resolution to innovate while you educate a rousing success!

1. CASE-NAIS 2014, Jan 12-14. This conference is sponsored by The Council for the Support and Advancement of Education. It boasts 9 discipline specific tracks to help you make the most of your time. Sessions are also ranked based on years of experience, so no matter how new you are to your position, the information will be extremely relevant. The conference is located in Orlando, Florida, so if you’re looking for some sun in the middle of winter, this is for you.

PS, if January is a bit too soon for you, CASE does sponsor local conferences across the United States throughout the year. Look for one near you!

2. SxSW Edu Conference and Festival, March 3-6. South By South West has a long standing name in the conference industry, and their education conference is no different. The 4 day program includes sessions, socials, and events. The goal of SxSW is to support change agents in the education industry, and showcase new advancements in the field. Opportunities to network with others in the industry will be plentiful, allowing you to build relationships that will bolster your 2014 goals. The conference will be held in Austin, Texas.

3. ASCD Annual Conference, March 15-17. With over 350 sessions, hundreds of exhibitors, and free live streaming, The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s annual conference is sure to be a winner. Scheduling will be more flexible this year, allowing you to attend more sessions and achieve your networking goals. The conference will be in Los Angeles, California.

4. ISTE 2014, June 28-July 1.  The International Society for Technology in Education has long been regarded as one of the best references for innovative educators. The conference attracts 18,000+ attendees every year, and has hundreds of sessions to choose from. It has been deemed “Part idea incubator, and part collaborative workspace.” Admission to the conference also includes a free one year membership to ISTE. The conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia.

5. Educause Annual Conference, September 29 – October 2. Educause focuses on the role information technology can play in higher education. If your role emphasizes IT, this could be the conference for you. Still in the early stages, the conference will be located in Orlando, Florida. Virtual conference passes will also be available, if your budget prohibits you from traveling.

Resolve to make this your most successful yet. Start by attending a conference that will evoke ideas, bolster connections, and re-energize your classroom. In the meantime, if you’re looking for ways to increase alumni support so your budget allows for conference attendance, give us a call at (203) 253-5860 or schedule a demo to learn what 360Alumni can do for you.

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