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The Horizon: Upcoming Events in the Education Sector

FutureEd is partnering with Fritzwire to share upcoming events in the education policy world.  If you would like to add listings, contact FutureEd at info@future-ed.org or Fritzwire at fritz@publicprivateaction.com


WEBINAR: Testing for Real-World Performance Summit: This will be a deep dive into student assessments in your schools. This Online Summit provides you a unique opportunity to directly interact with reporters and assessment experts and practitioners; to watch a livestreamed series of interviews with the reporters after they've "broken it down" with you; and finally, to enjoy a live webinar presentation led by an Education Week reporter on the very latest in student assessments derived directly from our latest special report on the topic.
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET


WEBINAR: Keeping it Legal: Maximizing Your Power Without Crossing the Lobbying Line: As you fight for equitable changes within your community, learn how to strategically lift up student and family voice without lobbying.
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET


PANEL DISCUSSION: Reaching for Equity and Excellence: California's Educational Progress and the Path Ahead: California's transition to a new governor and state superintendent of public instruction provides an opportunity to take stock of the state's landmark education reforms and investments. On February 21, join the Learning Policy Institute and EdSource for an in-depth look into California's progress towards education equity and excellence. The event will feature the release of a new Learning Policy Institute report, The California Way: The Golden State's Quest to Build an Equitable and Excellent Education System, and will include a series of panels with leading researchers, policymakers, advocates, organizers, and practitioners. The event is designed to highlight education exemplars in California and spur dialogue among stakeholders about progress, challenges, and next steps for California.
9 AM to 1 PM PT
Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA


CONFERENCE: Politico's 9th Annual State Solutions Conference: POLITICO's Ninth Annual State Solutions Conference, on the sidelines of the National Governors Association Winter Meeting. The program features a series of conversations with governors from across the country, focusing on innovative approaches their states have taken to address complex problems.
8:30 a.m. ET 
Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center
901 K Street, NW, 11th floor
Washington, DC


PANEL DISCUSSION: The Talent Pipeline: Aligning Higher Education and Employer Needs for Students: Join Jan Yoshiwara, Executive Director, Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, Scot McLemore, Manager of Talent Acquisition, Honda North America, Inc., and Sydney Mantell, LEDA Scholar, for a policy briefing moderated by Goldie Blumenstyk, senior writer at the Chronicle of Higher Education, on the ways higher education and employers can work together for increased student success and to hear what leaders in the field are doing to bridge this gap.
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
Capitol Visitors Center, SVC 215
Washington, DC


PANEL DISCUSSION: Navigating the evolving opioid crisis: A conversation with House Committee on Energy and Commerce Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR): Join AEI for a discussion with House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) on Congress' ongoing efforts to combat opioid abuse. Following his remarks, a panel of experts will discuss major challenges to recovery, focusing in particular on how recent federal efforts are interacting with existing state and local initiatives to curb opioid misuse and promote stronger, healthier communities.
 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. ET
AEI, Auditorium
1789 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

PANEL DISCUSSION: Starting Strong: How Social and Emotional Learning Can Improve Teacher Education: Please join the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and Committee for Children for a Congressional briefing, "Starting Strong: How Social and Emotional Learning Can Improve Teacher Education."
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET
Capitol Visitors Center - CVC 217
Washington, DC


FORUM: Bridging the Divide: School Integration Designs: This forum will feature experts who will share lessons learned from efforts to fulfill Brown’s promise, examining where we stand today with regard to realizing educational equity. Experts will also analyze approaches being taken to ensure that school system design helps to prepare students to be effective participants in our diverse democracy. The forum will feature the release of a new Learning Policy Institute report, Understanding the Federal Role in Protecting Student Civil Rights: A Focus on School Diversity. The report highlights the significance and history of the federal role in promoting diversity in k-12 public schools.
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET
Carnegie Endowment Conference Center, Root Room
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

WEBINAR: How School and District Leaders Can Create the Conditions for Innovation and Change: In 2014, Digital Learning Day (DLDay) featured Talladega County Schools in Alabama for its systemic vision, the way the teachers leveraged technology, and the culture change it underwent to make it happen. Now, five years later, it continues to create dynamic student learning experiences through the addition of STEM opportunities, even though funding remains difficult. Since 2014, Talladega has recognized that many of its students lacked the needed internet access at home and created innovative solutions and partnerships to close this gap. Dr. Suzanne Lacey will share the district's progress over the past five years, how they continue to overcome obstacles, and how rich digital opportunities are leading to deeper learning experiences for students and higher achievement results as a district.
10:30 a.m. ET


WORKSHOP: The Association for Learning Environments Meeting on School Safety and Security: This School Safety and Security Workshop Event will take a deeper dive into the issues related to school safety and security as well as the short/ long term solutions that are being developed by numerous entities impacting the education sector.
Dallas, TX


CONFERENCE: SXSW EDU: The ninth annual, internationally recognized SXSW EDU will include four days of sessions, workshops, learning experiences, mentorship, film screenings, policy discussions and so much more all aimed at impacting the future of teaching and learning. The event hosts over 16,000 attendees, 1,200 speakers, 500 sessions and 200 expos and continues to stand out as a true thought leadership summit.
Austin, TX


PANEL DISCUSSION: Socioeconomic Integration from an Equity Perspective - a Community of Practice: The Center for Education Equity (CEE) is pleased to invite you to the second meeting of the Socioeconomic Integration Community of Practice (SES-CoP). The purpose of the SES-CoP is to bring together some of the nation's leading educators to explore how we can create high-quality, diverse, and democratic public school systems for all students. Each participant will develop a work-related project that is tailored to her or his interests. The group has scheduled a total of four virtual meetings which will include guest-speakers, readings, and opportunities for members to share their work with others.
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
5272 River Road, Suite 340
Bethesda, MD
Register at this email by February 22

MARCH 12-14

CONFERENCE: PTA Takes Action for Kids: PTA's 2019 Legislative Conference is a chance to network with fellow PTA advocates, meet with policymakers, hear PTA advocacy success stories and learn how to shape public policy on Capitol Hill and at home.
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, VA


PANEL DISCUSSION: Civics Education: Is There Common Ground?:  Featuring speakers:
-- Leo Casey, Executive Director, Albert Shanker Institute
-- Peter Levine, Research Professor in Philosophy, Tisch College Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs, and Research Professor in the Tufts Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute at Tufts University;
-- Jessica Marshall, co-author, "Let's Go There: Making A Case for Race, Ethnicity and a Lived Civics Approach to Civic Education;" doctoral candidate, Northwestern University; former Director of Social Science and Civic Engagement for the Chicago Public Schools
-- Robert Pondiscio, Senior Fellow and Vice President for External Affairs, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
-- Joe Rogers, Director of Public Engagement and Senior Researcher, Center for Educational Equity, Teachers College, Columbia University.
12 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET
AFT, 555 New Jersey Ave, NW
Washington, DC

MARCH 13-15

CONFERENCE: Mid-Atlantic Conference on Personalized Learning 2019: With a theme of "Personalizing Learning for Career Readiness" this conference is for thought leaders, researchers, and educators whether you are personalizing, customizing, blending or hybridizing learning. Join MACPL to learn or share on key topics in K-12 education including accelerating Achievement through Competency-based Education, incorporating Student Voice and Choice in Today's Classrooms, creating Open and Inviting Learning Spaces, developing New Models of Professional Development, leading Change and Innovation in Education.
Atlantic City, NJ


SUMMIT: Global Leadership Summit: The annual Global Leadership Summit, cohosted by ASCD and GlobalEd Events, will convene classroom teachers, school and district administrators, and thought leaders in a full-day interactive, engaging program that empowers educators to lead classroom, school, districts, states, and policy arenas in supporting students as change agents in their own communities and around the world.
Marriot Marquis Chicago
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. MT
Register with Code PD19PC025

MARCH 16-19

CONFERENCE: ASCD Empower 19: The conference will feature more than 400 concurrent sessions and three dynamic General Session speakers: Ron Clark, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Ashton Kutcher. ASCD Empower19 empowers educators-teachers, teacher leaders, principals, central office staff, and superintendents-to create their own personalized professional learning experience. With more than 400 sessions, poster galleries, and practitioner panels, educators can roll up their sleeves and work together to solve the challenges they face in their district, school, or classroom.
Chicago, IL

MARCH 25-29

CONFERENCE: Public Schools Week: The members of the Learning First Alliance will host Public Schools Week to show the great things happening every day in public schools-and show the potential for greater things. This second annual event encourages school leaders to invite community members, lawmakers, parents and others to visit and see the wide array of programs and high-quality opportunities offered, honor students' accomplishments and see the joys and challenges of teaching and learning in public schools. Public Schools Week also celebrates the wide range of educators and school professionals who help every student meet their highest potential, both directly and indirectly, including teachers, principals, school counselors, school nurses, school board members, coaches, bus drivers, administrators and other workers.
More information

MARCH 27-29

CONFERENCE: Deeper Learning Conference: DL2019 is the 7th annual gathering of educators and leaders focused on creating more opportunities for students to learn deeply. Attend this conference to experience deeper learning hands-on through interactive workshops, maker spaces and deep dives.
San Diego, CA


CONFERENCE: Envision 2030 Leadership for Learning: CoSN is the conference to attend if you’re a district tech director or leader. The 2019 event will be themed around envisioning 2030: leadership for learning, exploring how we can provide the class of 2030 with the skills they will need for success. Sessions will cover three focus areas of ubiquity and access, vision and leadership and pioneering innovation. There are plenty of opportunities to network, share ideas and maximize professional development at breakout sessions, workshops and pre- and post-conference events.
Portland, OR


CONFERENCE: OLC Innovate: Hosted by the Online Learning Consortium and Merlot, OLC Innovate’s theme for 2019 is “moving mountains in digital, blended and online learning.” Attendees will challenge their teaching and learning paradigms, reimagine learner experience and ideate on how disruptions in education today, can shape the innovative classroom of tomorrow.
Denver, CO


CONFERENCE: 2019 Yale School of Management Education Leadership Conference: This year's theme is Never Standing Still: Leading Through Uncertainty. We will take a look at the challenges and opportunities that have arisen in today's context and consider the impact of reform efforts. Join us at the Omni Hotel in New, Haven, Connecticut.
New Haven, CT


CONFERENCE: Blended and Personalized Learning Conference: Educators, leaders and innovators can enjoy this three-day conference because it gives them an opportunity to discuss blended and personalized learning as it exists today in their schools and classrooms. At the 2019 conference, the Highlander Institute and The Learning Accelerator will be showcasing the best classroom, school and district implementers from across the country.
Providence, RI


CONFERENCE: NASBE's 2019 Legislative Conference: Focused on national and state education policy, NASBE's Legislative Conference engages national experts and education leaders on topics that are front and center for state boards. Learn how to prepare students for tomorrow's economy and seize the opportunity to align Perkins, WIOA, and, ESSA; support great teachers in every classroom; ensure equity and access in rural areas; implement policy recommendations from the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, and more!
The Madison Hotel
Washington, DC

APRIL 8-10

CONFERENCE: ASU+GSV Summit: This annual conference is the “only conference during the year where you’ll have access to the smartest and most influential Learning & Talent Tech minds from around the world.” The three-day event hosts over 1000 of the best and brightest in business, entrepreneurship, higher ed and education innovation
San Diego, CA

APRIL 16-19

CONFERENCE: 2019 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement in Teaching Summit on Improvement in Education: Registration is now open for the sixth annual Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education! Last year's Summit was a sold-out event, and it is expected more than 1,600 education leaders from across the country and globe to will be in San Francisco this year.
San Francisco, CA


SPEAKER SERIES: The Future of Gen Ed: General education is one of the most debated topics in higher education -- and getting gen ed right is important for every kind of college, even if doing so may look very different at colleges with different missions. Overhauling gen ed can bring a college together ... or leave a college divided. This event will explore some issues that cross sector boundaries: Do students understand gen ed requirements? Does it matter if they don't? How can colleges best evaluate their gen ed requirements? Are gen ed requirements too extensive or lacking in rigor?
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET
Gallup World Headquarters
901 F Street, NW (Enter on 9th Street)
Washington, DC 20004

MAY 4-6

CONFERENCE: Personalized Learning Summit: In its 5th annual summit, Education Elements is bringing together 750 innovative district leaders. Participants can expect engaging and dynamic sessions, professional development and networking opportunities, and even tours of some of the most innovative companies in the Bay Area.
Atlanta, GA

MAY 8-9

CONFERENCE: NewSchools Summit: Next year’s event will be the 20th year for this annual, invitation-only gathering hosted by New Schools Venture Fund which brings together more than 1,300 entrepreneurs, educators, community leaders, funders and policymakers to share ideas on reimagining schools to prepare all students, from every background, for the future. We’re eager to see what next year has to bring.
Oakland, CA

MAY 8-10

CONFERENCE: PESC's Spring 2019 Data Summit: State of Technology and Standards in Higher Education: The SPRING 2019 DATA SUMMIT represents PESC'S 20th Annual Convening in Washington, D.C. of Members and stakeholders in higher education technology & standards. PESC Technology, Services & Approved Standards serve colleges & universities; states & provinces; commercial organizations & government agencies; software vendors & technology providers; & non-profit organizations & associations - and all, along with the general public, are welcome & encouraged to register and attend the SPRING 2019 DATA SUMMIT.
Dupont Circle Hotel
Washington, DC

JUNE 18-20

CONFERENCE: PBL World: In its eighth year, PBL World is the premier project-based learning conference, bringing together dedicated teachers, instructional coaches and school and district leaders who want to connect and learn more about PBL. Rather than a conference with short sessions by various presenters, this event is an institute where participants go through a continuous multi-day experience. The conference, hosted by Buck Institute for Education’s (BIE), stands by the belief that PBL transforms students and PBL World transforms educators.
Napa Valley, CA

JUNE 30 – JULY 3

CONFERENCE: National Charter Schools Conference: NCSC is the best learning and networking event for school educators, leaders and advocates. At the 2018 event, attendees had an opportunity to connect with over 4,700 others in over 100 breakout sessions, 17 meet-ups, eight charter talks and five networking lounges. Participants walk away with an incredible learning experience and opportunity to share ideas and strategies for growing and improving charter schools.
Las Vegas, NV

JUNE 23-26

CONFERENCE: ISTE: As the “epicenter of edtech,” ISTE is where educators and school leaders go to learn about new tools and strategies. With over 550 companies, 1,000 sessions and 16,000 educators attending, this event boasts endless learning opportunities perfect for industry reps, teachers, tech coordinators/directors, administrators, library media specialists and policymakers.
Philadelphia, PA

JULY 22-25

CONFERENCE: Big Bang: Hosted by Big Picture Learning, this conference is for school leaders and educators looking to discover strategies and best practices for advancing student-centered learning, student voice, learning from the community, equity and activism. Big Bang has grown to over 600 attendees from around the world and perhaps our favorite part is that most of the panels are led or include students from the big picture network. This is one you will not want to miss in 2019!
Detroit, MI


CONFERENCE: Distance Teaching & Learning Conference: This conference attracts a broad range of professionals in distance education and online learning. In over 30 years, the conference has grown to over 800 participants and 130 sessions. Attendees can expect to connect with online learning leaders from across the nation and around the world and discover innovative ways to teach and support online learners, as well as best strategies, practices and solutions. We are staying tuned for more information on next year’s event.
Madison, WI


CONFERENCE: 2019 iNACOL Symposium: iNACOL’s annual conference is the leading event for K-12 competency-based, blended and online learning. With over 200 sessions, it brings together over 3,500 experts, EdLeaders and educators to explore next-gen learning for K-12 students.
Palm Springs, CA


CONFERENCE: SETDA Leadership Summit & Education Forum: With the 2018 event wrapped up, SETDA looks ahead to its 18th year. As one of the most important convenings for state EdTech officials, SETDA brings together leaders from over 40 state departments of education to join leaders in EdTech, assessment, instructional materials and professional development to collaborate and engage in in-depth dialogue.
Arlington, VA


CONFERENCE: Annual Conference for Middle Level Education: A valuable and comprehensive PD conference for educators and administrators working with middle school students. AMLE features over 300 sessions in 30 topic areas with hands-on and meet-and-greet opportunities. Because AMLE knows everybody learns differently, the conference caters to the needs of every educator with a multifaceted approach—various session types and styles, opportunities for one-on-one discussions with the leaders, explanations and explorations of technology, and networking—for a most valuable and comprehensive professional development event.
Nashville, TN