January 19, 2018 by

8 Reasons Why You Can’t Miss Empower18

No matter your role—teacher, principal, instructional coach, central office staff, or superintendent—Empower18 will provide you with the tools and strategies you need  to come back to your school or district energized, informed, and empowered! Here are eight reasons why you can’t miss Empower18.

1.   It’s Time for an Education Revolution

The stakes are high. Education needs to work for every student. As educators, we’re preparing students for careers and life in a world that we can only imagine. Our students deal with unfamiliar challenges and opportunities constantly, and educators must learn how to support their struggles. Come to Boston to help build a new day in education. Look into new points of view. Examine innovative, proven practices. Challenge yourself to explore different perspectives. Make key connections and build lasting relationships. Most of all, we’ll support you with the same fierce determination that you give your students.

2.   75 Years of Experience

This year, we are celebrating 75 years of ASCD. As an association by, for, and about educators, ASCD’s focus is always on the students. Advocating for crucial education issues, advancing equity and democratic values, and supporting the whole child have long been among our core values. At ASCD Empower18, you’ll experience activities, events, and displays spotlighting what you have accomplished. But more importantly, we’ll be looking forward to what’s next.

3.   A World-Class Exhibit Hall

Make plans to visit the Exhibit Hall. Tour a world of education-specific products and services in one convenient location. Don’t miss this opportunity to see, compare, and shop dozens of vendors.

4.   High-Profile Author Talks

Join us in the ASCD Center to hear from well-respected thought leaders who publish with ASCD. Learn more about their work in an intimate and informal setting. This is your chance to ask more questions after a session and deep dive deeply into our high-quality products, programs, and services.

5.   Build a Professional Learning Network

With over 6,000 attendees from across the world, Empower18 offers you the unique opportunity to grow your professional learning network. You’ll get a chance to meet and mingle with hundreds of educators who are passionate about their work—and how to share it. You can also connect with your new network via social media by using the hashtag #Empower18.

6.   Hands-On Experience

Take a deep dive into important education topics and turn learning into action during highly collaborative learning labs! Working with a facilitator and colleagues throughout interactive exercises and discussions, you’ll explore and aim to solve a classroom or schoolwide challenge around each of the whole child areas of focus.

7.   Customize Your Learning Journey

ASCD is fully committed to your professional success, and our broad and in-depth programs consistently feature a vast variety of topics designed for that advancement. Following a customized learning path will help you organize your conference schedule in a meaningful way. This year, ASCD will offer sessions centered on six areas of focus for educators, as well as a variety of new session types. You can further tailor your learning path based on your role in education and level of experience.

8.   In-Depth Learning with PreCons

Arrive early for an intensive conference learning experience. Powered by world-renowned experts and authors, the Pre-Conference Institutes offer a deep dive on topics of interest to educators now. More than 20 institutes will provide intensive and immersive learning experiences in sessions about curriculum, instruction, assessment, and more.

Click here to learn how you can join us for Empower18, March 24–26, in Boston, Massachusetts. 

MacKenzie Masten is the Social Media Strategist for ASCD and Managing Editor for Inservice. She is the voice behind ASCD's social media presence and her writing can be found on Inservice and ThinkFun Education. You can connect with her @kenziemasten.