ASCD Empower18 Things to Know and Do as Conference Gets Underway


As we kick off ASCD Empower18, the Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, we want to share some key information with you. No matter your role—educator, principal, instructional coach, central office staff, or superintendent—ASCD Empower18 will provide you with the tools you need to return to your school or district energized, informed, and empowered.

Retrieve Your Badge from Registration

Pick up your badge and program information from the registration desk at the convention center starting Friday, March 23. Your badge is needed to access conference sessions, shuttle buses, and special events. We encourage you to follow the name badge procedure to cut down on wait time in the registration area.

Customize Your Learning Path with Diversified Session Types

You have the power to tailor your learning path to fit your needs while exploring content delivered in interactive formats offered within the six ASCD areas of focus.

In addition to our popular general sessions and concurrent learning session formats, Empower18 offers exciting learning formats with unprecedented access to ASCD presenters and authors. Session types include

  • Poster Presentation Gallery. Join fellow educators as they showcase their education projects, research, and lessons learned.
  • Learning Labs. Work through facilitated discussions and interactive exercises to resolve a classroom challenge.
  • Student and Practitioner Panels. In a lively discussion, learn how students and educators view today’s crucial issues.
  • Reflection Pool. This special team meeting area is designed to facilitate group collaboration and innovative thinking to transform your school or classroom.
  • EdCamp. Participate in a team-driven mock event designed to harness your ideas and best thinking in a focused, participant-driven learning experience.
  • Successful Schools Showcase. Be inspired by IGNITE presentations from teachers, leaders, and students from highly innovative schools and programs.

View and Search Conference Program

Use the app to browse more than 300 sessions to see what Empower18 has to offer. Search or browse sessions by date, area of focus, topic, or speaker to plan your unique conference experience. The app will be continuously updated throughout the conference to reflect session changes and cancellations.

Take Advantage of Author Talks and Book Signings

Gather in the ASCD Center to hear from well-respected authors and thought leaders in an intimate setting. This is your chance to ask more questions after a session and dive deeply into our high-quality products, programs, and services. Selected presenters will be available to sign copies of their books, available for discounted purchase in the ASCD Center Bookstore.

Empower18 Author Talks and Book Signings

Empower18 Conference FAQ

What is the best way to stay up to date on conference changes? 

Check the general information page and Empower18 app for updates. The ASCD Empower18 app will track your sessions and important program changes and features maps and exhibit hall details as well. We also encourage you to follow @ASCDConf on Twitter.

I left my badge in my hotel room. Can I still attend my registered sessions?

For security reasons, ASCD requires attendees to always wear their conference name badge during official conference hours. Badges must be worn to gain admission to sessions, the Exhibit Hall, and the shuttle buses.

What happens if the session I want to attend is full? 

Popular sessions fill up quickly so plan on arriving early to secure your seat. For safety reasons, session attendees must be seated; standing is prohibited. We suggest choosing an alternative session in advance in case your first choice is full.

Where can I find presentation materials? 

You can download materials from our website or through the conference app, where any available materials for a session will be available through that session’s description under the Documents section. ASCD encourages all presenters to provide presentation materials for attendees to download before arriving at ASCD Empower18. Session handouts will be available for one month after the conference.

How can I get a certificate of attendance? 

We will e-mail a Certificate of Attendance to all conference participants one week after the event. Only Pre-Conference Institute participants will receive 5.5 clock hours on their certificate. As an ASCD professional development program participant, you may qualify for academic credit.

Still have questions? Contact ASCD at 1-800-933-ASCD (2723), Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. eastern time, e-mail us at, or tweet us at @ASCDConf.


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