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.

Social Justice Teaching 101: A Teaching Tolerance Workshop

Organization: Teaching Tolerance
Date: February 28, 2020
Location: Coral Springs, FL
Description: This interactive workshop helps teachers learn how to effectively implement anti-bias instruction in their classrooms. Participants will explore practical strategies for accomplishing academic and social-emotional goals side by side. They will discuss learning conditions that honor all identities and reflect diversity, equity and justice. After exploring ready-to-use materials, applying rigorous standards and planning ways to incorporate research-based teaching practices, participants will leave the workshop with ideas and tools for transforming their classrooms and schools. Learn more

Facilitating Critical Conversations: A Teaching Tolerance Workshop

Organization: Teaching Tolerance
Date: February 29, 2020
Location: Coral Springs, FL
Description: This interactive workshop will help teachers explore strategies for facilitating critical conversations with students and colleagues. Participants will engage in personal reflection and examine some common beliefs and biases that can affect their ability to engage in productive conversations. They will learn strategies for creating supportive learning environments that encourage risk-taking during critical conversations. Finally, they’ll investigate methods of teaching about implicit bias, race and other critical topics. Learn more 

Practical Significance and Meaningful Effects: Learning and Communicating What Matters

Organization: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
Date: March 11-14, 2020
Location: Arlington, VA
Description: The Spring 2020 Conference of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE), will be held March 11-14, 2020 in Crystal City, Virginia.

For the second consecutive year, there are two co-chairs for the annual spring conference in order to bring forward both the practitioner perspective (Norma Ming, Supervisor of Research and Evaluation for the San Francisco Unified School District) and researcher perspective (Jessaca Spybrook, Professor of Evaluation, Measurement, and Research at Western Michigan University). Participants are encourage to integrate both perspectives (for example, by co-authoring or co-presenting papers), as they prepare conference submissions.

The theme for this year’s conference is Practical Significance and Meaningful Effects: Learning and Communicating What Matters. This theme to highlight the importance of moving beyond statistical significance to questions of practical significance, such as under what conditions will this intervention work, and for whom; how much impact will it yield; how does this intervention compare to alternatives?; what resources are needed to implement, sustain, and scale the intervention; and how do I access the information I need to determine if this is the right program for my situation. In order to evaluate practical significance, opening up the lines of communication on both the research and practitioner side is critical. Learn more

ASCD Empower 2020: The Conference for Learning, Teaching, and Leading Together

Organization: ASCD
Date: March 13-16, 2020
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Description: ASCD Empower20: The Conference for Learning, Teaching, and Leading Together will be held March 13–16, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. Empower20 is an annual education conference recognized for the breadth of educational learning topics delivered by presenters and researchers of exceptional caliber. The conference will offer more than 300 professional development sessions that help educators find current information and solutions to the most pressing problems they face in their schools or classrooms. The Empower20 program will allow attendees to build a custom learning plan based on the areas of professional development that they need most.

By attending this conference, participants will be able to experience the innovative work of educators occurring in states, districts, and schools across the country that I can adapt to our own practices; participate in essential learning institutes and sessions guided by national experts and thought leaders from universities, schools, and educational development centers around the country, many of whom have authored instructional materials we use in our school system; and develop a comprehensive equity action plan for a problem of practice focused on key challenges such as STEM, trauma-invested teaching, differentiation, school safety, and managing classroom behavior. Learn more

National Conference on School Integration

Organization: National Coalition on School Diversity
Date: March 26-27, 2020
Location: Washington, DC
Description: NCSD's national conference provides a space for parents, students, educators, researchers, advocates, activists, policymakers (from federal, state and local levels), and other supporters to coalesce around a shared commitment to integrated education. Attendees exchange best practices; discuss and generate tools and ideas aimed to introduce, enhance, or protect school diversity initiatives in their communities across the country; and build supportive relationships. It is the largest cross-sector school integration convening in the nation. Learn more