Midwestern Teachers’ Conferences in 2018

  • Midwest Association of Teacher Educators 2018 Conference
  • The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference
  • Individual State Conferences
  • The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2018 Conference & Expo
  • Midwestern Regional Forum

Conferences for teachers provide access to networking opportunities, pedagogy updates, and cutting-edge instructional materials. With a teacher’s salary, though, it can be hard to afford plane tickets, rental cars, and expensive hotels. These five 2018 conferences in the Midwest are close to home and won’t break the bank.

1. Midwest Association of Teacher Educators 2018 Conference

Midwestern teachers of foreign languages are encouraged to attend the 50th annual CSCTFL in Milwaukee, WI from March 8-10. The conference features continuing education credits, opportunities for practicing foreign languages and ideas for motivating students. Professor Ethan Zuckerman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Civic Media will be the keynote speaker. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the teaching conference, organizers are planning a party on the first day.

2. The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference

On December 19-22, 2018, thousands of music teachers, directors and performers will gather in Chicago, Illinois. This teacher’s conference offers more than 50 concerts, 90 clinics, and over 350 exhibitors. Private music teachers, public school orchestra conductors and students from all levels are encouraged to attend. The 72nd Annual Midwest Clinic offers discounted rates for early registrants, first-time attendees, and college students.

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3. Individual State Conferences

State-led teacher’s conferences are affordable, convenient and relevant. They’re smaller and less fancy than national conferences, but they offer content specific for local testing and licensure requirements, opportunities to meet mentors and peers from the nearby area and often have lower registration fees than big conferences. Midwest teachers can attend the Indiana State Teacher’s Association Good Teaching Conference on March 2-3, 2018, the Illinois Education Association’s One Conference in October 2018 or look for their state association’s local conference.

4. Midwestern Regional Forum

The College Board is gathering Midwestern teachers who are passionate about student success. This is the perfect conference for teachers who help students apply for colleges, fill out FAFSAs and study for the ACT and SAT. The conference will take place February 18-20 in Chicago, Illinois. The College Board hosts regional conferences throughout the country, so they’re able to offer big-event conveniences like a scheduling app without charging big-event prices.

5. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2018 Conference & Expo

More than 16,000 educators attend the ISTE’s annual conferences. With over 1,000 educational sessions, presentations of cutting-edge pedagogy techniques and more than 500 companies, it’s easy to see why this conference is so popular. 2018 is the perfect year for Midwestern teachers to attend before the conference moves to the coast for 2019 and 2020. This year’s ISTE will be held in Chicago, Illinois, on June 24-27. It’s one of the few teacher’s conferences held over summer break, making it conveniently timed for K-12 educators who want to incorporate more technology into the classroom.

Conferences offer new technology, better classroom management ideas and networking opportunities for teachers. In 2018, conferences for teachers in the Midwest include subject-specific events, state-led meetings, and technique-focused opportunities.