MAGNET-RELATED Conferences

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.

Project Lead the Way Summit 2019-2020

Organization: Project Lead the Way
Date: January 31 - February 2, 2020
Location: Anaheim, CA
Description: PLTW Summit includes in-depth training sessions, demonstrations of the latest technologies, resources for the hands-on workshops. At PLTW Summit, you will have the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units, which can be used for license or certification renewal. PLTW Summit also provides networking opportunities with peers and others committed to empowering students to thrive in a evolving world. This is an opportunity to gain first-hand insights on classroom solutions/relevant, engaging, hands-on learning/name subject areas or specific products interested in breakout sessions, keynotes, and vendors and sponsors. PLTW Summit presents a professional development opportunity to enhance your skills while strengthening contacts in your field. Learn more

National Science Teaching Association Area Conference on Science Education

Organization: National Science Teaching Association
Date: December 12-14, 2019
Location: Seattle, WA
Description: The theme of the conference is Fostering a Culture for Science, and it will feature the following supporting strands Providing STEM Pathways for the Future - Featured Speaker: Bob Schwartz;  Building Partnerships for Effective Science Education - Featured Speaker: Chris Reykdal; and Finding Joy in Experiencing Science – Featured Speaker: Jonathan Plucker.

His highly specialized professional development event will equip teachers with skills and knowledge in the NGSS context of “All Standards for All Students” to support STEM education. This NSTA Area Conference offers unique opportunities to network with teachers and administrators who have already successfully integrated 3-dimensional learning in their districts. Attendees will learn how to work within and among districts and with other educational, community and business partners to effectively integrate culturally relevant, proven instructional approaches to provide a STEM literate society.

In addition to the Featured Speakers above, there will be workshops that enhance on-going development of teachers and school leaders to improve their content knowledge in the context of All Standards for All Students and 3-dimensional learning; networking opportunities to develop direct partnerships within a nationwide professional community of science educators in a lead NGSS state; and focused sessions on a number of educational strategies that promote STEM literate, science-loving students, not only for STEM careers but for a scientifically literate society. Learn more

The 7th Annual ED GAMES EXPO A Showcase of Government Supported Educational Learning Games and Technologies

Organization: Institute of Education Sciences
Date: January 9, 2020 - January 9, 2020
Location: Washington, DC
Description: The ED Games Expo is the Department of Education's annual public showcase and celebration of educational learning games as well as innovative forms of learning technologies for children and students in education and special education.

At the Expo, attendees walk around the Terrace Level Galleries at the Kennedy Center to discover and demo more than 140 learning games and technologies, while meeting face-to-face with the developers. The games and technologies cover a range of topics, such as early learning, science, engineering, making, math, reading, social studies, English learning, social skills and to support students with or at risk for disabilities. The Expo features an array of cutting-edge technologies for individual students—such as virtual reality, augmented reality, maker tools, and automated tutors—and role-playing and simulations for groups to participate at the same time. Learn more

National ESEA Conference

Organization: ESEA Network
Date: February 4-7, 2020
Location: Atlanta, GA
Description: Programs funded by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) are designed for equity and it takes collaboration to make this goal a reality. The 2020 National ESEA Conference will focus on how combined efforts will lead us to this goal of equity - to ensure that all students have access to and receive the education and resources they need and deserve. Learn more

Policy Training Conference

Organization: Magnet Schools of America
Date: February 5-7, 2020
Location: Washington, DC
Description: Held every February in the nation’s capital during National Magnet School Month, the Policy Training Conference assists magnet school professionals in understanding the complex federal, state and local policy issues that influence magnet school programs. Political leaders and policy experts provide guidance and analysis on matters related to: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA); Common Core Standards; federal education funding; legal and civil rights issues; and emerging educational research. Attendees visit Capitol Hill and meet with their congressional representatives to raise awareness on the need for and value of magnet schools. Learn more

Project Lead the Way Summit 2019-2020

Organization: Project Lead the Way
Date: February 8-10, 2020
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Description: PLTW Summit includes in-depth training sessions, demonstrations of the latest technologies, resources for the hands-on workshops. At PLTW Summit, you will have the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units, which can be used for license or certification renewal. PLTW Summit also provides networking opportunities with peers and others committed to empowering students to thrive in a evolving world. This is an opportunity to gain first-hand insights on classroom solutions/relevant, engaging, hands-on learning/name subject areas or specific products interested in breakout sessions, keynotes, and vendors and sponsors. PLTW Summit presents a professional development opportunity to enhance your skills while strengthening contacts in your field. Learn more

Assessment for Learning Conference

Organization: The Assessment for Learning Project
Date: February 11-13, 2020
Location: San Diego, CA
Description: During the conference, participants will “walk the talk” of assessment for learning. You will build on existing expertise and set personal goals, reflect regularly, and share learning with peers traveling a similar path. There will be workshops created by the ALP Learning Community in four practice-based strands curated by national leaders in assessment for learning formative Aassessment (Formative Insights @ WestEd); performance Aassessment (The Center for Collaborative Education); exhibitions & defense of learning (Envision Learning Partners); and  graduate portraits (Batelle for Kids).

These workshop sessions are designed by educators and will blend practical tools and Shared Learnings from ALP.

The goal of all this learning will be to reframe thinking about assessment while grounding learning in proven practice. A focus on how policy, culture, and leadership can help create enabling conditions to support assessment for learning will also be covered because without them making a lasting change is impossible. Learn more