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National Conference 2020

Join PDK and Educator’s Rising for the 2020 National Conference in Washington, D.C.!

The Educators Rising National Conference 2020 will take place June 17–21, 2020, in Washington, DC. Everyone is invited to participate in this action-packed event filled with networking, learning, competing, and celebrating; please note, students must be paid, Active-level members of Educators Rising in order to participate. 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.

This year's conference theme: Growing and Connecting Educators

The conference will be held at the Marriott Marquis in Washington DC. Please note that in an effort to go green this year, we will not be providing a printed program book. We will instead be providing a conference app and a pdf version of the program book. If you need a printed version, be sure to print a copy before you arrive. Download the tentative schedule.

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Currently, there are no plans to cancel the Educators Rising conference in June. We will continue to monitor the situation in collaboration with the hotel and local health officials and will notify all registrants and members immediately if there are any changes. Please refer to our cancellation policy to address any questions regarding refund policies and procedures.


Housing

Official Conference Hotel: 

Marriott Marquis Washington DC 901 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

Educators Rising has selected the Marriott Marquis Washington DC to be the official conference hotel. All conference activities will take place at the hotel. The Educators Rising room rate for June 17–21 is $209+ tax/night. Discounted conference registration is available to anyone who is staying at the Marriott Marquis. Be sure to book your room prior to starting your conference registration.

Book your room now. (This link will take you to the Marriott Marquis Washington DC 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 1-855-821-4281. The group code is PDK2020.

For those attendees who have booked their stay at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC use the code [DCMarriott2020] to receive the discounted conference registration fee. Do not use this code until you have booked your stay with the Marriott Marquis Washington DC. 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 Educators Rising National Conference 2020 will not be permitted until the correct registration fee has been paid in full. 

Parking
Valet parking fees: (Fees exclude tax.)
0-2 Hours $29
2-8 Hours $39
8+  Hours $49
Overnight $51 
Oversized Vehicle + $8 per applicable duration price. 


Registration

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

Attendees who have booked their stay at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC should use the code [DCMarriott2020] to receive the discounted conference registration fee. Do not use this code until you have booked your stay with the Marriott Marquis Washington DC. 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 Educators Rising National Conference 2020 will not be permitted until the correct registration fee has been paid in full. 

Educators Rising Member Rates:

For attendees staying at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC

  • Early Rate (before April 20, 2020) 
    • Student Member Rate  $290 (Active-level Middle and High School Students and Collegiate Undergraduate Students) 
    • Adult Member Rate $290 (Teacher Leaders, District-approved Chaperones, Administrators, State/Regional Coordinators, and Collegiate Advisors)
  • Regular Rate (after April 20, 2020)
    • Student Member Rate  $370 (Active-level Middle and High School Students and Collegiate Undergraduate Students)
    • Adult Member Rate $390 (Teacher Leaders, District-approved Chaperones, Administrators, State/Regional Coordinators, and Collegiate Advisors)

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

For attendees NOT staying at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC

  • Early Rate (before April 20, 2020) 
    • Student Member Rate  $390 (Active-level Middle and High School Students and Collegiate Undergraduate Students)
    • Adult Member Rate $390 (Teacher Leaders, District-approved Chaperones, Administrators, State/Regional Coordinators, and Collegiate Advisors)
  • Regular Rate (after April 20, 2020)
    • Student Member Rate  $470 (Active-level Students, Teacher Leaders, Administrators,State/Regional Coordinators, and District-approved Chaperones) 
    • Adult Member Rate $490 (Teacher Leaders, District-approved Chaperones, Administrators, State/Regional Coordinators, and Collegiate Advisors)

Non-Member Rates:

  • Early Rate $440.00 (before April 20, 2020) 
  • Regular Rate $520.00 (after April 20, 2020)

All registrations include:

  • Two complimentary meals ($80 value)
    • Lunch on Saturday, June 20
    • Lunch on Sunday, June 21
  • Access to breakout workshops designed to help students develop teaching skills
  • Opportunities to compete in 19 Middle/High School competitive events or 2 Collegiate 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
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Airport

The closes airport to the conference is the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Cancellation Policy

Requests for cancellations and refunds must be submitted in writing to memberservices@pdkintl.org or by fax to 812-339-0018. Cancellations received on or before April 20, 2020, will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be granted after April 20, 2020. However, substitutions are permitted at no additional charge. To make a substitution, please call 800-766-1156.


Things to do in Washington, DC

The Educators Rising conference schedule allows some free time on Saturday afternoon to explore Washington, DC. Check out the links below to find exciting things to do, get bus tour tickets, and find nearby places to eat.



Optional Professional Development Sessions

Pre-conference symposium: Growing the Teaching Profession: Recruiting, Retaining, and Developing the Next Generation of Educators

Date: June 18, 2020   Join us on Thursday June 18th for PDK International’s full day symposium to explore best practices for districts and states to mitigate the educator shortage by recruiting from your own school community.

  • Receive PDK’s blueprint for building successful grow your own programs
  • Learn best practices for scalable implementation, ranging from local to state levels
  • Examine the latest research and discover how grow your own programs uniquely address the issue
  • Delve into the work and strategies specific to your needs during the afternoon breakout sessions
  • Network with colleagues from across the nation

Registration Fee: $175.00 (session is for adults only)

Conquering Public Speaking 101

When surveyed about their top concerns, the greatest common fear has been cited as public speaking – even over death. As teachers, educators, and public servants we are asked to speak in public all the time, but we don’t often train to speak to groups other than a classroom. In this session we will begin the discussion of how to become a better speaker by learning some mechanics around creating a dynamic presentation, understanding fear and its place in successful presentations, and learning about where confidence comes from as you present. Participants will have a chance to practice in safe small groups, offer and be offered critique and encouragement, and learn what next steps are necessary to become a better presenter. Albert Chen, PDK’s current COO has trained thousands of speakers at all levels to be the best they can be in front of an audience, join us and begin your own path as a successful public speaker (2 hours).

Session Date and Time Sunday, June 21  -  10:00 am - 12:00 pm   

Registration Fee: $59.95 (Limited space available!)


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 $75 (MSRP $122.65) includes:

  • Conference T-shirt 
  • Sweatshirt
  • Raglan T 
  • Hat
  • Tote Bag
  • Magnet 
  • Pin
  • Stickers



Impact Bundle $50 (MSRP $87.70) includes:

  • Conference T-shirt 
  • Raglan T 
  • Hat
  • Tote Bag
  • Magnet 
  • Pin
  • Stickers



Engaged Bundle $25 (MSRP $46.85) includes:

  • Conference T-shirt 
  • Hat 
  • Pin



Keynote Speakers

Lunch Keynote
Saturday, June 20 
            
Nancy Gutierrez

President and CEO
NYC Leadership Academy

  



  

Sponsorship, Exhibition, and Advertising Opportunities

Nonprofit, for-profit, and public sector organizations are invited to sponsor, exhibit, and advertise during this one-of-a-kind event. Participating in the Educators Rising National Conference is a high-impact way to connect with high school students and their leaders to gain exposure for your school, program, or product.

Don't miss your opportunity to exhibit, advertise, or sponsor this special event. Deadline to register is May 8th. Register online today. Contact Boosaba Tan, Director, Development & Engagement at btan@pdkintl.org or 571-814-5417 to learn more and register today. 


2019 Conference Sponsors & Supporters

LEADERSHIP LEVEL SPONSOR

Educate Texas

Competition Sponsor:

Urban Teachers     


Conference Production Sponsor:

     Stagetime Productions

Photo Booth Sponsor:

Towson University

Session Sponsors:

ETS

Kaplan

Social Media Wall Sponsor:

Actuate Development

Sunglasses Sponsor:

Whataburger

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
VisitDallas


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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