At ASCD, we know that professional learning needs to be connected to practice, involve content-related learning opportunities, and have a lasting impact that is sustained throughout the entire school year. That’s why we’ve reimagined our annual conference, and you’re invited. Join us at ASCD Empower17: The Conference for Every Educator in Anaheim, California, March 25–27, 2017. Whatever your role—teacher, principal, instructional coach, central office staff, or superintendent—you’ll be energized, informed, and empowered! Here are eight reasons why you’ll want to join us at Empower17.
1. Empower17 is an innovative education conference
Empower17 is a conference redesigned by, for, and about educators, and it will provide the expertise and formats you need to develop sustainable and implementable plans of action to solve problems of practice. From learning sessions to interactive panel discussions, you’ll discover opportunities suited to your individual style and content supporting the whole child.
2. Gain out-of-the-box insights to help solve real-world problems
Today’s challenges require innovative ideas. Hear General Session speakers who will empower a paradigm shift with out-of-the-box thinking and breakthrough solutions, and learn what’s new in education from our all-star line-up of special session speakers. You’ll hear from leaders in education—innovators and disrupters with important messages to share.
3. Learn and collaborate with education’s top thought leaders
Learn from today’s top thought leaders in education who will help you develop sustainable solutions that you can implement in your schools. You’ll have a better understanding of your challenges—the first step to developing an actionable plan and solutions.
4. Design your own learning path
Go beyond traditional professional learning. At Empower17, you’ll direct your own learning and design the program that meets your needs. Explore innovative and forward-focused content delivered in exciting new ways. In addition to our popular general sessions and traditional conference sessions, we’re introducing several new learning formats:
- Student and Practitioner Panels
- Great Debates
- Reflection Pools
5. Discover Anaheim
Ideally located between Los Angeles and San Diego in the heart of Orange County, California, the City of Anaheim is home to year-round sports, restaurants, historic landmarks, lively art districts, and a world-famous magical attraction (Disneyland!). With warm sunshine, swaying palm trees, and breathtaking ocean views, you’ll find plenty of things to see and do. Experience World of Color, a free ASCD-only event at Disney California Adventure Park, and discounted Disneyland Resort Theme Park tickets as an added bonus to the conference weekend.
6. Earn academic and professional development credit
Upon completion of any ASCD professional development institute or conference, you will receive either a certificate of attendance or a certificate with a specified number of clock hours from ASCD. Check out the list, sorted by state, of colleges and universities currently offering course credit for ASCD professional development opportunities.
7. Connect and share your ideas with people from across the world
Take advantage of the opportunity to meet with attendees, presenters, and exhibitors to learn promising practices and engage with people who share your expertise and passions. You can also connect with everyone at the conference using @ASCDEmpower and using #Empower17.
8. Bring your team and save
Bring your team and start working together on-site. You’ll return ready to implement new strategies and initiatives. Register every fifth person from the same school or organization absolutely free.