2019 Educators Rising National Conference

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The 2019 Educators Rising National Conference will take place June 22–25, 2019, in Dallas, Texas. 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 20 competitive events designed to allow students to develop and showcase their teaching skills; and
  • Be inspired by keynote presentations from national education leaders.

This year's conference theme: 

There's power in student voice. Today our students find themselves at the center of many of the biggest flashpoints in education. Rising educators have valuable insights to share about the state of education, but many don’t know how to get involved. At this year’s Educators Rising National Conference, we will focus on allowing students the time and space to make their voices heard on the important issues facing them both as current students and future teachers! #UseYourVoice #EdRising19

The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. Conference registration will open on February 1, and early bird registration discounts end on April 22, 2019. View the tentative schedule to learn more about the conference, and be sure to check the EdRising Virtual Campus frequently for more details.

Call for Session Proposals

Submit a Session Proposal


We are seeking proposals for 2019 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. 

The theme of the 2019 conference is "There's power in student voice," and we have organized the sessions proposals into the following four strands. 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.


STRANDS

ELEVATING STUDENT VOICE
Audience: Students and Professional Educators

We believe students should be placed at the center of their own learning, and therefore deserve to be an integral part of decisions that impact their lives, including the design of teaching and learning activities. Sessions in this strand will explore examples of practices that promote student voice and student leadership as effective levers for change, decision-making, and more effective teaching and learning. 

Below are some guiding questions for consideration.

  • What does it mean to elevate student voice? Where are there helpful models of best practice? What responsibilities do different stakeholders hold for creating a space that promotes student voice?
  • How is the student voice connected to student-centered teaching and learning?
  • What roles do student voice and leadership play in the movement to strengthen the teaching profession?


PROMOTING EQUITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE
Audience: Students and Professional Educators

Young people and practicing educators have a responsibility to understand the root causes of inequities that exist in public education, and to acquire the skills and tools to engage in work that disrupts the status quo and promote equity and social justice. This strand is designed for participants to critically engage in various aspects of equity and social justice work, including anti-bias and anti-racist practice, culturally responsive teaching and learning, diversity in the teaching and leadership force in education, restorative justice, strategies to best meet the needs of populations of students who are vulnerable or have been underserved, such as students in special education, speakers of other languages, LGBTQ, and more. 

Below are some guiding questions for consideration.

  • What are the implications of culturally responsive teaching and learning practices?
  • How does teaching students about equity and social justice build their capacity to learn, succeed, and thrive in a diverse world?
  • What models of best practice exist in the field on how to best meet the needs of students who are vulnerable, have been marginalized, or are underserved (i.e.: special education, speakers of other languages, LGBTQ, students of color, under-resourced/financially poor communities, etc.)?
  • How do we create culturally responsive environments that allow students and adults (staff and families) to engage in productive work and relationships?
  • How do we dismantle systems of oppression that get in the way of effective teaching, learning, and leadership? 


ORGANIZING FOR IMPACT
Audience: Student Leaders, Teacher Leaders, and System-Level Leaders

We know that the work of cultivating and strengthening the teacher preparation and teacher pathway pipeline requires that educators work in partnership with each other and other influential stakeholders to maximize impact. This strand is geared towards (1) student leaders and teacher leaders who are interested in exploring ways to strengthen and grow their Educators Rising programs; (2) educators who want to engage at large in exploring topics and strategies that influence teacher education, teacher preparation pipelines; and (3) leaders who want to think about aspects of their systems so that they are better able to bridge gaps and establish influential partnerships (i.e.: research, policy, practice, schools, families, communities).

Below are some guiding questions for consideration.

  • How have you designed and implemented your Educators Rising program to best meet the needs of your student populations? What are your lessons learned from the journey?
  • What are the most critical topics that we must engage in as advocates for public education and the teaching profession? What tactics and tools have you used to organize to grow a movement and maximize impact?
  • What great examples of system change have you seen or engaged in to support the strengthening of the teaching profession?
  • What does effective partnership look like to cultivate conditions for success?
  • What data is most useful for measuring impact or success?


ESTABLISHING A STRONG FOUNDATION
Audience: Students and Beginning Educators

A robust base of knowledge about content and pedagogy is essential to setting up for success as an educator. In this strand, aspiring and new educators will explore best and promising practices, and research aimed at positioning them on a path to becoming highly effective and accomplished educators. Proposals should include topics that promote excellence and results through reflective data-driven practices, as well as advice and strategies to best navigate career and teacher preparation pathways, options, and requirements (i.e.: certification, testing, alternative routes).

Below are some guiding questions for consideration.

  • What should aspiring and new educators know and be able to do to set themselves up for success, as they embark on their journey to becoming educators?
  • What should aspiring and new educators know and be able to do in order to best explore and make strategic decisions about career and teacher pathway options and requirements—given the myriad of choices available?
  • Why is it important to use multiple forms of data to strengthen one’s practice as an educator? What are some good models of reflective data-driven practices to lead to better student experiences and outcomes?

SESSION GUIDELINES

We are particularly interested in sessions that engage attendees in unique ways that reach beyond the standard presenter/PowerPoint model. Session formats may include, but are not limited to:

  • Facilitated Discussions: present an issue or trend as a conversation among experts followed by Q&A.
  • Case Studies: describe a program or project in-depth, focusing on innovative solutions to clearly defined challenges and their implications for the field.
  • Skill-Building and Hands-On Learning Experiences: encourage participants to use skills to explore a scenario and to teach and learn new tactics.
  • Experiential: introduce participants to a topic or issue through a musical or creative presentation followed by reflection, discussion, and questions.

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 2019 Sponsorship, Exhibition, and Advertising Brochure to discover a variety of ways to capture our audience's attention.

Sessions will be held at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. A small number of sessions will be offered on Sunday, June 23 and Monday, June 24. The majority of our sessions will be offered on Tuesday, June 25. Session times will be assigned randomly by Educators Rising. Each session will last 45 minutes and may be led by anyone involved in education, including Educators Rising students. 

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 14, 2019. 

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

Housing

Official Conference Hotel: 

Hyatt Regency Dallas
300 Reunion Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75207

Educators Rising has selected the Hyatt Regency Dallas to be the official conference hotel. All conference activities will take place at the hotel. The Educators Rising room rate for June 22–25 is $189 + tax/night. Discounted conference registration is available to anyone who is staying at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. Be sure to book your room prior to starting your conference registration.

Book your room now. (This link will take you to the Hyatt Regency Dallas website. You will reserve and pay for your hotel accommodations separately from your conference registration.) If you need to reserve more than two rooms or would rather make your reservation by phone, you can do so by calling 1-800-233-1234. The group code is G-EDUC.

For those attendees who have booked their stay at the Hyatt Regency Dallas use the code [EDRHyatt19] to receive the discounted conference registration fee. Do not use this code until you have booked your stay with the Hyatt Regency Dallas. If any registrant uses the promotional code without booking a room at the official conference hotel, they will be invoiced for the $100 difference in registration fee. Attendance at the 2019 Educators Rising National Conference will not be permitted until the correct registration fee has been paid in full. 

Registration

For those attendees who have booked their stay at the Hyatt Regency Dallas use the code [EDRHyatt19] to receive the discounted conference registration fee. Do not use this code until you have booked your stay with the Hyatt Regency Dallas. If any registrant uses the promotional code without booking a room at the official conference hotel, they will be invoiced for the $100 difference in registration fee. Attendance at the 2019 Educators Rising National Conference will not be permitted until the correct registration fee has been paid in full. 

All students attending the conference will need to be Active-level paid members and will need to submit a signed Personal Conduct Form and a Parent/Guardian Consent and Release from Liability form.

Conference Registration Fee

Staying at the Hyatt Regency Dallas

  • Early bird rate (before April 22, 2019)          $265.00 per person*
  • Regular rate (after April 22, 2019)                $365.00 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 Hyatt Regency Dallas

  • Early bird rate (before April 22, 2019)         $345.00 per person
  • Regular rate (after April 22, 2019)               $445.00 per person

All registrations include:

  • Two complimentary meals ($75 value)
    • Lunch on Sunday, June 23
    • Lunch on Tuesday, June 25
  • Access to breakout workshops designed to help students develop teaching skills
  • Opportunities to compete in more than 20 competitive events designed for students to showcase their teaching and leadership skills
  • Entry into two keynote presentations from national education leaders
  • Admission to College and Innovation Exhibit Fair

Optional Swag Add-Ons

Want to get discounts on merchandise being sold at the national conference? Add on one of the swag bundles below to your registration now and then pick the items up at the conference.

Power Bundle $50 (MSRP $101.70)
includes:

  • Conference T-shirt 
  • Sweatshirt 
  • Water Bottle 
  • Pin 
  • Magnet 
  • Mini Eddy Bear

Impact Bundle $40 (MSRP $71.80)
includes:

  • Conference T-shirt 
  • Sweatshirt
  • Water Bottle 
  • Pin 

Engaged Bundle $20 (MSRP $36.85)
includes:

  • Conference T-shirt 
  • Water Bottle 
  • Pin

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