The best way to be a great educator is to keep learning, and what better way to do that than specialized educator professional development?

There are a number of professional development opportunities this spring, including workshops on personalized learning and behavioral interventions.

And while summer may mean empty classrooms, it doesn’t mean teachers and administrators aren’t working. Many use the break to attend educator professional development at conferences across the nation.

Read more: How to deliver PD that really works

We’ve gathered a handful of educator professional development opportunities below, and we hope these help you plan your next professional learning experience.

1. Personalized Learning Summit, May 14-16, Atlanta, GA
Join a community of 750 district and school leaders, personalized learning practitioners, and national experts for two+ days of educator professional development via connections, collaboration, and learning as you focus on building networks and transforming education.

2. Southeast Conference on Positive Behavior Intervention and Support, June 3-5, Savannah, GA
The Southeast Conference on Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) is a two-and-a-half day annual conference that provides training for schools and districts for developing school-wide behavioral intervention plans. During this year’s conference, participants will have the option of choosing from five strands for PBIS implementation. Sessions will emphasize preventing school-wide challenging behaviors, teaching desired school-wide behaviors and routines and ensuring consistency among staff.

3. PBL World, June 18-20, Napa Valley, CA
PBL World is a one-of-a-kind, multi-day event for Project Based Learning. This event bring together K-12 teachers, instructional coaches, and school and district leaders who want to begin and advance their Project Based Learning practice, and connect with a community of their peers.

4. ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence, June 25-27, Orlando, FL
The ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence immerses professional educators in the best and latest instructional approaches. Join educators from around the world to hear from experts who’ve overcome trauma, adversity, and equity issues to create foundations for resilient lives.

5. School Climate and Culture Forum, July 8-12, Las Vegas, NV
Scholars struggle to consistently define and distinguish the terms, but educators agree on the need to transform both “climate” and “culture” to improve academic outcomes. This educator professional development event features practical, real-world initiatives that are successfully transforming the quality, character and personality of schools. It showcases programs, assessments and tools proven to improve school culture and climate. Evidence-based and research-based interventions will be introduced, while the forum also highlights high-potential efforts currently being implemented in the laboratory of everyday school life.

6. Making Schools Work, July 8-13, Baltimore, MD
Join us at SREB’s Making Schools Work Conference, a powerful professional learning event for K-12 teachers, counselors, principals, technology center directors and state and district education agency personnel. This event – formerly known as the High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference – annually attracts thousands of educators.

7. Building Learning Communities, July 17-19, Boston, MA
This conference brings together educators from around the world who care deeply about bringing the best innovative and practical learning resources to students. The 20th BLC 2019 education conference will offer inspiration, practical skills, and the opportunity to expand professional networks with educators from around the world.

8. Distance Teaching & Learning Conference, August 6-8, Madison, WI
DT&L isn’t just a conference, it’s a community of educators with ideas and experiences to share. Educators will come away with new ways to approach your work and put research into practice. They’ll also meet people who can help their careers thrive.

About the Author:

Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura


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