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National Conference 2020

Over the past several weeks we have been closely monitoring the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As the number of new cases continues to rise and the length of the shelter-in-place restrictions lengthens, PDK International has decided that the PDK2020 and Educators Rising National Conference will be cancelled for 2020. We are currently evaluating options for holding virtual competitions and will notify everyone of the status by the first week in May.

Anyone who has already paid the registration fee can receive a full refund. We will begin issuing refunds over the next two weeks. Credit card refunds will be credited to the card used in the initial payment. Payments made by check will be refunded to the primary registrant. Please contact rmintier@pdkintl.org by April 27, if you would like to donate all or a percentage of your refund to PDK International. Donations will be used to help sustain PDK’s programs that engage educators and strengthen schools, so that all students thrive. If we do not hear from you by April 27, you will automatically be refunded. If you have already made your hotel reservation, please contact the Marriott Marquis directly at 855-821-4281 to cancel. 

Please understand that this was a difficult decision and we are aware of the disappointment that this may cause. However, we feel that the health and safety of our participants and staff are of utmost importance. We hope that you will plan to join us next year. If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Joshua Starr
Chief Executive Officer
PDK International

Sponsorship, Exhibition, and Advertising Opportunities

While sponsorship, exhibition, and advertising opportunities for the Educators Rising National Conference are no longer being offered due to the cancellation of the event, we would be excited to work with you to promote your school, program, or product to our network of 20,000+ rising educators across the country through other channels. Contact Robyn Mintier at rmintier@pdkintl.org or 812-269-6626 to learn more about how we can help you.

2019 Conference Sponsors & Supporters


Educate Texas

Competition Sponsor:

Urban Teachers     

Conference Production Sponsor:

     Stagetime Productions

Photo Booth Sponsor:

Towson University

Session Sponsors:



Social Media Wall Sponsor:

Actuate Development

Sunglasses Sponsor:


Teacher Leader Luncheon Supporter:

The National Network of State Teachers of the Year

Conference Supporters & Advertisers:

American Eagle Outfitters
American Reading Company
Elon University
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Learning Policy Institute
Mellady Direct Marketing
Men’s Wearhouse
National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC)
Northwestern State University
Salisbury University
Six Flags Over Texas
Towson University

2019 College and Innovation Exhibit Fair Participants

Arkansas Academy for Educational Equity – Fayetteville, Arkansas
Austin College – Sherman, Texas
Baylor University – Waco, Texas
Barry University – Miami Shores, Florida
City Year – National
Dallas Baptist University – Dallas, Texas
ETS – National
Grand Canyon University – Phoenix, Arizona
Kaplan Test Prep – National
Medieval Times – Dinner & Tournament  – Dallas, Texas
Montana State University Billings – Billings, Montana
National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP) – Tempe, Arizona
Northeastern State University – Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Northwestern State University – Natchitoches, Louisiana
Orange County Schools – Hillsborough, North Carolina
Salisbury University – Salisbury, Maryland
St. Edward's University – Austin, Texas
Texas State University – San Marcos, Texas
The University of Texas at Austin – Austin, Texas
Towson University – Towson, Maryland
University of Louisville – Louisville, Kentucky
University of San Diego – San Diego, California
Urban Teachers – National

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