2018 Educators Rising National Conference

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The 2018 Educators Rising National Conference will take place June 21–24, 2018, in Orlando. Everyone is invited to participate in this action-packed event filled with networking, learning, competing, and celebrating. It's an opportunity for students and their teacher leaders to:

  • Connect and learn from each other through breakout workshops;
  • Compete for national titles in 21 competitive events designed to allow students to develop and showcase their teaching skills; and
  • Be inspired by keynote presentations from national education leaders.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista. Conference registration will open on February 1, 2018, and early bird registration discounts end on April 23, 2018. View the tentative 2018 schedule to learn more about the conference, and be sure to check the EdRising Virtual Campus frequently for more details.

Call for Session Proposals

We are seeking proposals for 2018 Educators Rising National Conference breakout sessions that are relevant and engaging for two specific audiences: 1) high school and college students who are exploring careers in education and 2) professional educators who are mentoring aspiring teachers. 

All sessions will be held at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista. A small number of sessions will be offered on Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23. The majority of our sessions will be offered on Sunday, June 24. Each session will last 45 minutes and may be led by anyone involved in education, including students. 

We expect that approximately 1,000 rising educators from across the country will attend the conference. Please note that all breakout sessions are to be informative and educational and are not to be used to advertise or sell products or services. If you are interested in promoting your organization to attendees, view our 2018 Sponsorship, Exhibition, and Advertising Brochure to discover a variety of ways to capture our audience's attention.

The theme of the 2018 conference is "Aiming Higher," and the conference will feature four different breakout session strands. Feel free to get creative with your session! Session topics may include, but are not limited to, the ideas listed below. When considering the content of your presentation, you are strongly encouraged to use the content of the Educators Rising Standards to inform your topic. You will be asked to select which standards your session aligns to when you submit your proposal.

Audience: High school and college students

Our attendees are just beginning to learn how to teach and embark on their journey to become educators. The interactive, engaging sessions in this strand are designed to help them learn the basics as they take their first steps toward becoming accomplished teachers. Potential topics include career guidance, college planning and preparedness, how to build content knowledge, teaching tips, and more.

Audience: High school and college students

Teachers are always working to improve their craft, and sessions in this strand will showcase innovative teaching models and best practices in teaching. Sample session topics include responsive planning, reflective practice, classroom culture, classroom management, instructional practices, how to effectively use assessments and data, and more.

Audience: High school and college students

Educators Rising is a division of PDK International, and social justice is one of PDK’s core values. The important sessions in this strand will delve into topics like fairness and equity in education, teacher diversity, anti-bias instruction, cultural competence, and more.

Audience: Professional educators who are mentoring aspiring educators

This strand is designed specifically for teacher leaders who are looking for guidance on how to successfully run an Educators Rising program. Sessions can cover case studies, tips for projects and programs, information about teacher leadership, advice on teacher recruitment and preparation, or other relevant education issues.

To be considered as a presenter, your proposal must be completed in its entirety and received by Educators Rising by 5 p.m. ET on January 15, 2018. 

Note: All Educators Rising presenters and co-presenters will be required to register at their own expense for the Educators Rising National Conference if they are selected to present. 

Submit a session proposal!

Registration and Housing

Book your room now. (This link will take you to the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista website. You will reserve and pay for your hotel accommodations separately from your conference registration. Your email confirmation will contain your registration discount code.) If you would rather make your reservation by phone, you can do so by calling 1-800-782-4414. The group code is EDR.


Official Conference Hotel: Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista

Educators Rising has selected the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista to be the official conference hotel. All conference activities will take place at the hotel. The Educators Rising room rate for June 21–24 is $189 + tax/night.

Discounted conference registration is available to anyone who is staying at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista. Be sure to book your room prior to starting your conference registration.


Conference registration will open on February 1, 2018.

If you are staying at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, you will receive a $100 discount on your conference registration. In order to receive the discount, you will first need to reserve your hotel room. Once your reservation is confirmed, the hotel will send you a confirmation email that will include your code that you can use when registering for the conference.

Conference Registration Fee

Staying at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista

  • Early bird rate (before April 23, 2018)          $209.00 per person*
  • Regular rate (after April 23, 2018)                $289.00 per person*

*To receive the discounted rate, you will need both your hotel confirmation number and the Educators Rising discount code when registering.

NOT staying at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista

  • Early bird rate (before April 23, 2018)         $309.00 per person
  • Regular rate (after April 23, 2018)               $389.00 per person

All registrations include:

  • Three complimentary meals
    • Lunch on Friday, June 22
    • Lunch on Saturday, June 23
    • Lunch on Sunday, June 24
  • Access breakout workshops designed to help students develop teaching skills
  • Opportunities to compete in more than 21 competitive events designed for students to showcase their teaching and leadership skills
  • Entry into three keynote presentations from national education leaders
  • Admission to College and Innovation Exhibit Fair


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