Conferences give us new ideas and strategies plus opportunities to network (and fun swag!). How do you decide what conference is for you? First, consider your goals. Then, think about your students’ needs. Finally, what excites you? We know you don’t have a ton of time to research, so in chronological order, here are 20 education conferences you won’t want to miss in 2022.

The Black Creator Series

A free virtual series? Yes, please! The Teachers College of Columbia and Candlewood Press are hosting this event to highlight Black authors and illustrators’ works. You’ll learn about each author’s work and how to use it in your classroom.

  • Date(s): January 11, 2022 (Zion Clark), February 15, 2022 (Maxine Beneba Clarke), March 15, 2022 (De Nichols), April 19, 2022 (Charles R. Smith, Jr.)
  • Virtual or in person: Virtual
  • Cost: Free

Teacher Self Care Conference

Are you looking to refill your tank? If so, this is one of our favorite education conferences. This year they are focused on binding teachers together around the hope that the collective is stronger than the individual.

  • Date(s): January 15-16, 2021
  • Virtual or in person: Virtual
  • Cost: Free

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 2022 Convention & Expo

Each year at the CEC Convention & Expo, thousands of special education professionals from around the world come together to learn, share, grow, and connect. With hundreds of sessions on just about every topic in the field, you’ll find research, tips, and strategies you can actually apply to supporting students with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

  • Date(s): January 16-19, 2022 and February 1-4, 2022
  • Virtual or in person: In person (Orlando) and virtual
  • Cost: Varies

Reaching High Expectations: Success for All

Want to learn about how to focus on “every student, everyday”? This conference is for you!

  • Date(s): January 24-25, 2022
  • Virtual or in person: In person (Wisconsin Dells, WI)
  • Cost: $240 before December 31, 2021. Discounted tickets available for full-time students and parents of a student with a disability
  • Proposal due date: November 5, 2021

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Regional Conferences

NCTM’s regional conferences give math teachers a chance to work together. Guided by the program theme “Refocus, Rejoice, and Reunite,” they plan to bring the math community together to network, exchange ideas and connect with professionals from across the country.

  • Date(s): February 2-4, 2022 (New Orleans), March 16-18, 2022 (Indianapolis)
  • Virtual or in person: In person
  • Cost: Not listed

Digital Learning Annual Conference

DLAC celebrates K-12 digital learning practitioners, researchers, and policymakers; learn from each other; and share best (and worst!) practices in this new and innovative conference.

  • Date(s): February 7-9, 2022
  • Virtual or in person: In person (Atlanta)
  • Cost: $499+

Transition 2022: Communities of Practice

Join hundreds of teachers, administrators, parents, students, support staff, community agencies and other stakeholders across the state and region for the Wisconsin Transition Conference for youth and young adults with disabilities.

  • Date(s): February 17-18, 2022
  • Virtual or in person: In person (Wisconsin Dells, WI)
  • Cost: $240 before December 31, 2021. Discounted tickets available for full-time students and parents of a student with a disability
  • Proposal due date: November 12, 2021

Learning and the Brain: The Science of Teaching

This conference will combine COVID lessons learned with the Science of Learning to create a new “Science of Teaching” to improve education. You will explore ways learning sciences, portable EEG devices, and researcher-teacher partnerships are changing teaching, as well as how design science is reshaping school schedules, start times, and learning environments.

  • Date(s): February 18-20, 2022
  • Virtual or in person: In person (San Francisco) and virtual
  • Cost: $299+

HGSE: Developing Strategies for Online Teaching and Learning

This four-week online workshop supports us to plan strategies for online teaching and learning.

  • Date(s): February 23-March 22, 2022
  • Virtual or in person: Virtual 4-week online workshop
  • Cost: $295

ASCD Annual Conference

Come together with this community of passionate thinkers to reinvigorate, reconnect, and grow as a life-changing educator. Featured speakers include Weston Kieschnick, Daniel Lerner, Liz Dozier, and more!

  • Date(s): March 18-21, 2022 (In person) and April 20-22, 2022 (Virtual)
  • Virtual or in person: Both
  • Cost: ASCD Member: $699

TESOL 2022 Convention & English Language Expo

Find professional development opportunities to English language educators at all levels from around the world. In lively interactive sessions, educators develop a global perspective through the exchange of ideas and practices. Participants integrate knowledge of current trends in the field while developing a professional network.

  • Date(s): March 22-29, 2002
  • Virtual or in person: In person (Pittsburgh) and virtual

Edu Choice Awards

This premier awards ceremony honors individuals who dedicate their lives to educating, mentoring, and guiding children in grades Pre-K-12.

  • Date(s): March 26, 2022
  • Virtual or in person: In person (Nashville)

Innovative Schools Summit: Overcoming “Learning Loss” & Supporting Social-Emotional & Mental Health Needs

The Innovative School Summit New York features a great lineup of award-winning and nationally recognized speakers. This expert lineup of presenters draws upon their years of experience and research to provide proven strategies that work.

  • Date(s): March 30-April 2, 2022
  • Virtual or in person: In person (New York)
  • Cost: $495 for members

Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s National Arts-in-Education Conference

Brings together arts experts, teachers, artists and other arts organizations from around the country. Presented annually by Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) in partnership with a local YA affiliate, each conference explores a theme related to arts-in-education through keynote speeches, site visits, and workshop sessions.

  • Date(s): March 30-April 1
  • Virtual or in person: In person (New Orleans)

Wired Differently/Trauma-Informed Schools Conference

This conference offers a wide array of critical insights and best practices for reaching and teaching students with a variety of emotional and behavioral challenges—especially trauma, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and PTSD.

  • Date(s): March 30-April 2, 2022
  • Virtual or in person: In person (NYC)

NSTA (National Science Teaching Association)

Dive into hot topics like developing scientific literacy in the classroom, strategies for creating inclusive science classrooms, and more. Connect with your fellow science teachers!

  • Date(s): March 31-April 1, 2022
  • Virtual or in person: In person (Houston)

NSBA Annual Conference

The NSBA 2022 Annual Conference & Exposition is the one national event that brings together education leaders to learn about best governance practices, gain insight into child development and learn about new programs and technology that can help enrich student learning. School board members from around the country can receive the training necessary to address the instructional needs of students and to improve the efficiency of district operations.

  • Date(s): April 2-4, 2022
  • Virtual or in person: In person (San Diego) or virtual
  • Cost: $450+

NACTEI Annual Conference

The NACTEI annual conference provides professional development and training for recipients of the federal Carl D. Perkins program with emphasis on career and technical education information, finance and accountability systems.

  • Date(s): May 9-12, 2022
  • Virtual or in person: In person (Savannah)

ICLE: Model Schools Conference

To celebrate the 30th year of connecting educators, International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) presents Making Waves in a New Era of Learning. Be inspired by the featured speakers, dynamic sessions, and the Model Schools and Innovative Districts that are successfully transforming culture and student achievement. You’ll also get the chance to connect with fellow educators in a collaborative learning community and take away hands-on, actionable ideas for your school.

  • Date(s): June 26-29, 2022
  • Virtual or in person: In person (Orlando) and virtual

ISTELive 22

For more than four decades, the ISTE conference has been recognized as one of the world’s most influential education events. It’s where educators and education leaders gather to engage in hands-on learning, share best practices and hear from the brightest minds from the world of education and beyond.

  • Date(s): June 26-29, 2022
  • Virtual or in person: In person (New Orleans) and virtual

School Climate & Culture Forum

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 event highlights practical, real-world initiatives that are successfully transforming the quality, character and personality of schools.

  • Date(s): July 5-9, 2022
  • Virtual or in person: In person (Las Vegas)
  • Cost: $450-$595

NABSE 50th Annual Conference

NABSE is the nation’s premier non-profit organization devoted to furthering the academic success for the nation’s children – particularly children of African descent. Attend over 200 exhibits and network with other members and friends.

  • Date(s): November, 2022
  • Cost: To come

Stay tuned. we will keep updating this list as new conferences pop up!

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22 Education Conferences To Check Out in 2022