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Event leadership | 19 July 2021

2021 Education Conferences: The #1 Education Events Guide

Bizzabo Blog Staff

One of the best ways to network and learn about the latest trends in education is to attend an educational conference. Here’s a look at some of the top 2021 education events.

This conference directory features dozens of must-attend education events taking place in 2021 and covering a wide range of fields, including higher education, education administration, education management, and education tech.

To better navigate this list, let’s quickly review the different event types you’ll come across.

  • Conferences – Conferences are large events that bring together education professionals in the field. Activities at these events include speakers, workshops, and networking sessions. 
  • Summits – Summits are often meetings with high-level professionals to discuss the newest findings in a field. However, some summits function just like conferencesli>
  • Symposium – Symposiums are events where experts in the field give presentations to an audience.

The pandemic forced many events to shift their strategies and apply coronavirus best practices for events. Education conferences in 2021 will take a new approach with these major shifts in mind. Most of the gatherings featured in this directory will now take place in the form of virtual events.

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JANUARY EDUCATION CONFERENCES

NameStart Date /
Location
Description

2021 Joint Mathematics Meetings

1/6/21
Online

This meeting is a must-attend for anyone interested in learning about innovative mathematical research, advancing mathematical achievement, providing the communication and tools to progress in the field, encouraging mathematical research, and connecting with the mathematical community.

MLA Annual Convention

1/7/21
Online

MLA 2021 online will allow new modes of participation and encourage even more members to get involved. The convention reflects the best intellectual energies of many MLA members.

32nd Ann Ferren Conference

1/8/21
Online

The conference will include 29 sessions; a morning plenary at which Executive Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact, Caty Borum Chattoo will host a session titled “The Creative Power of “Yes, And” in a World of “No, But”: Comedy for Empowering Community and Social Justice”; and a luncheon plenary titled “Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Tenure, Promotion, and Reappointment” led by Interim Deputy Provost, Monica Jackson. The conference concludes with a virtual end-of-conference social.

Bett

1/20/21
Online

Bett is the first industry show of the year in the education technology landscape, bringing together 850 leading companies, 103 exciting new ed-tech startups, and over 34,700 attendees (131 countries represented) from the global education community.

Comprehensive Literacy and Reading Recovery Conference

1/20/21
Online

The conference is designed to provide superb professional development and networking opportunities for K-8 classroom teachers, intervention (Reading Recovery, Special Education, ESL) teachers, instructional coaches, program specialists, and administrators.

Shaping the Future of Higher Education: An Invitation to Lead

1/20/21
Online

The 2021 annual meeting will bring together campus leaders at all levels and from institutions of all types to explore the most pressing questions now facing higher education, to share effective educational practices and explore new financial models, and to work out together what undergraduate education will look like in a post-pandemic future.

Everyone Reading Conference

1/23/21 &
2/6/21

Online

Learn new strategies from noted experts in the field of dyslexia and related learning disabilities, and experience the latest in teaching resources, technologies, schools, and programs.

Southern Conference on Children

1/23/21
Online

The Southern Conference on Children continues to serve childcare providers, directors, teachers, and families by providing relevant, high-quality training on important issues.

Future of Education Technology Conference

1/26/21
Online

FETC 2021 will be a fully interactive — FREE — virtual multi-day conference experience using state-of-the-art technology — not just a series of canned webinars. You’ll hear from blockbuster keynoters, learn from top experts and innovators in education technologies, experience AI-based networking to build your PLN, and explore the cutting-edge FETC Virtual Expo where solution providers will demonstrate all the latest apps, hardware, software, and tech tools to help your school or district emerge stronger in this new era.

2021 Leadership Summit on Educator Mental Health and Wellness

1/27/21
Online

Many teachers feel stressed and overwhelmed, especially as schools have made the big transition to virtual school or hybrid models. School and district leaders are tasked with supporting students through a difficult time.

Heads Conference

1/28/21
Online

The conference is one of the best sources of professional learning to be found in the state for Middle-Level Educators.

UMLA 2021: Survive – Strive – Thrive

1/30/21
Online

The conference is one of the best sources of professional learning to be found in the state for Middle-Level Educators.

Common Ground 2021

1/30/21
Online

Together, 18 non-profit educational organizations are focused on creating an unforgettable learning experience rich in innovative ideas, best practices, and sharing what works.

National Reading Recovery & K-6 Literacy Conference

1/30/21
Online

LitCon: National K-8 Literacy & Reading Recovery Conference is the largest and best K-8 literacy conference in North America. This year’s lineup features Cornelius Minor, Gerry Brooks, Pernille Ripp, Mary Fried, Anthony Muhammad, Sharroky Hollie, & many more.

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FEBRUARY EDUCATION CONFERENCES

NameStart Date /
Location
Description

TCEA Convention & Exposition

2/1/21
Online

Since 1980, TCEA has worked to connect educators with the latest pedagogical ideas, teaching techniques, and tech tools — and with each other. Their annual Convention & Exposition showcases the most influential thinkers and leaders in education, along with the biggest names in the ed-tech business, all sharing a wealth of knowledge with our attendees.

Special Education Leaders Network by West40

2/2/21
Online

West40 is pleased to offer this networking opportunity for those who support social-emotional learning in our area. The network will explore the world of social-emotional learning in education. Members will discuss best practices, share ideas, and identify professional learning needs for themselves and their school staff.

Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy

2/3/21
Online

The conference showcases the best pedagogical practice and research in higher education today. Sessions address disciplinary and interdisciplinary instructional strategies, outcomes, and research. Each year we welcome over 500 faculty and instructors in Higher Education dedicated to teaching excellence.

C W Austin Learning Disabilities Conference

2/8/21
Online

This conference honors Christopher Austin who was a successful college student with dyslexia. He was a talented musician, writer, and visual artist tragically killed by a drunk driver at age 20. We celebrate his gifts and hope to give parents and professionals the tools they need to lift up the LD students in their lives through this conference.

National Convening on Personalized Learning

2/8/21
Online

The Institute’s annual convening is an opportunity for educators to come together to discuss emerging best practices, lessons learned, and introduce new topics or aspects of personalized learning.

National ESEA Conference

2/8/21
Online

With the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, tomorrow is today, the future is now. Never before has the need for technology, innovation, and creativity been greater than it is in the current hour. This year, they gather the nation’s top leaders in education to explore the theme “Educating for Tomorrow”.

WISE Conference

2/10/21
Online

WISE is the pioneering conference for faculty leaders, program coordinators, and administrators to develop the knowledge and skills needed to help students advance their intercultural skills and awareness during their abroad experiences.

National Cross-Cultural Counseling and Education Conference for Research, Action, and Change

2/11/21
Online

The National Cross-Cultural Counseling and Education Conference for Research, Action, and Change serves as a professional diversity platform. Each year, clinicians, educators, higher education professionals, change agents, and students gather for two days of critical interactions and community around topics of oppression, identity, society, and social action.

AIEA Annual Conference

2/15/21
Online

The AIEA Annual Conference is the only conference specifically for those leading international education at higher education institutions.

European Learning & Teaching Forum

2/18/21
Online

The European Learning & Teaching Forum is an EUA event that provides an opportunity for participants to meet and discuss developments in learning and teaching at European universities. The Forum builds on EUA’s work with its member universities on this topic. Alongside the bottom-up approach, the Forum makes use of EUA’s extensive policy work in European higher education.

NCSEA Policy Forum

2/23/21 & 3/2/21
Online

NCSEA’s Policy Forum is dedicated to the policies and issues influencing the child support program at the national, state, and local levels.

LEAD Winter

2/26/21
Online

LEAD Winter will bring together and inspire NHS, NJHS, and NatStuCo member students and advisers from all over the world to make a difference in their schools and communities.

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MARCH EDUCATION CONFERENCES

NameStart Date /
Location
Description

Innovations Conference

3/1/21
Online

The Innovations Conference, now in its 23rd year, is the foremost convening for professionals dedicated to improving and enhancing teaching and learning, leadership and management, and the community college experience.

Crisis Leadership in High Education

3/7/21
Online

Drawing on the combined expertise of the Harvard Kennedy School in crisis management and the Harvard Graduate School of Education in higher education, this program prepares college administrators to respond to crises effectively, develop protocols and practices that minimize the potential for future occurrences, and inspire confidence in the long-term safety, security, and success of their institutions.

National Youth-At-Risk Conference

3/6/21
Online

The National Youth-At-Risk Conference is designed to provide quality, relevant training for all people interested in the well-being of youth.

The Forum’s Annual Conference

3/21/21
Chicago, IL & Online

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Forum’s founding, reflect on what has been learned over the past two decades, and how recent events charge people to change in the twenty years to come. Join the event for dynamic dialogue on the evolution of work and the revolution needed to thrive in the uncertain times ahead. This call for proposals is a call to action and a call to innovate, collaborate, and share. Now is the time to think big, present bold ideas, and offer innovative solutions.

Diversity, Equity, and Student Success

3/24/21
Online

This event will examine what it means to work toward a campus environment where inclusivity thrives through constant reflection, analysis, and accountability.

Utah Early Childhood Conference

3/26/21
Online

This annual conference engages and inspires participants through excellent training presented by local and national early childhood experts, networking opportunities, and experiences with early childhood exhibitors.

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APRIL EDUCATION CONFERENCES

NameStart Date /
Location
Description

Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference

4/5/21
Online

The annual conference will focus on how institutions of higher learning can work with students to create roadmaps for student success.

NCEA 2021

4/6/21
Online

The 2021 virtual ICAM has more than 40 hours of engaging sessions, peer networking, regional and topical meetings, and social discussions. Your conference registration also provides access to the Exchange, where you can interact with your peers.

NSBA 2021 Annual Conference

4/8/21
Online

NSBA 2021 brings together education leaders to learn about best governance practices, gain insight into child development, and learn about new programs and technology that can help enrich student learning.

CIES 2021

4/25/21
Online

CIES 2021 will provide a full conference program that responds to the conference theme, Social Responsibility within Changing Contexts, and expands knowledge production and educational practice within the field of comparative and international education.

NPEA National Conference

4/27/21
Online

NPEA’s annual conference will focus on the importance of coming together as a field to best support underserved students on their paths towards college and career success.

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MAY EDUCATION CONFERENCES

NameStart Date /
Location
Description

ELI Annual Meeting

5/18/21
Online

The ELI Annual Meeting is the premier gathering of higher education teaching and learning professionals. This is the one event that explores solutions to our learning community’s key issues, engages innovative technology and service providers, and unites expertise across our institutions.

Native American Conference on Special Education

5/24/21
Online

The conference is designed to provide resources to families of children with disabilities, developmental delays, and special healthcare needs.

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JUNE EDUCATION CONFERENCES

NameStart Date /
Location
Description

EDxEDNYC

6/3/21
Online

EDxED is an annual education conference for educators by educators from Hudson High School of Learning Technologies in New York City.

Southeast Conference on Positive Behavior Interventions and Support

6/6/21
Savannah, GA

The Southeast Conference on Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) is a two and a half-day annual conference that provides training for schools and districts for developing school-wide behavioral intervention plans.

NCORE

6/7/21
Online

Since its inception, NCORE has evolved into a vital national resource for higher education institutions, providing an annual multicultural forum that attracts all people of color in higher education institutions across the United States.

STEAM and Space Education 2021

6/7/21
Online

The STEAM & Space Education Conference 2021 is a two-day virtual event for educators to share best practices in STEAM pedagogy to inspire students.

Collegiate Information and Visitor Services Association Annual Conference

6/15/21
Online

This annual conference is packed with learning opportunities, including 10 blocks of educational concurrent sessions, 3 plenary sessions, and informal programming and events designed to help you develop new ideas, share experiences, discover best practices, and network with information and visitor services professionals.

Going Global 2021

6/15/21
Online

Going Global is a conference for leaders in international education to debate the future of further and higher education.

The Annual Model Schools Conference

6/22/21
Online

6/27/21
Nashville, TN

Model Schools Conference 2021, a newly designed hybrid professional learning experience for all K-12 leaders and teachers. Together, attendees will unite around their common cause of rigor and equitable student learning, and ignite the passion for giving all students the education they deserve in your care.

National Charter Schools Conference

6/20/21
Online

The National Charter Schools Conference is the best learning and networking event for charter school educators, leaders, and advocates.

PBL World

6/21/21
Online

PBL World is the premier conference for Project-Based Learning. Each year, they bring together dedicated K-12 teachers, instructional coaches, and school and district leaders who want to connect with each other and learn more about PBL.

Canada International Conference on Education (CICE)

6/22/21
Online

The CICE is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education.

World Congress on Education

6/22/21
Online

The aim of the World Congress on Education is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote research esteem and the evolution of pedagogy. The WCE-2021 invites research papers that encompass conceptual analysis, design implementation, and performance evaluation.

10th Annual Building Expertise Educators Conference

6/23/21
Online

Wondering what your online attendance gets you beyond innovative strategies to engage and motivate K-12 students in any setting? As part of our 10-year celebration of partnering with educators across the nation, LSI is offering a unique white glove, VIP lineup of “10 extras” that you won’t find at “MEGA” conferences. Featuring ALISON LEVINE: The first American Women’s Everest Expedition Team Captain and New York Times bestselling author of On the Edge.

ASCD Annual Conference

6/23/21
Online

Join speakers and sessions that will accelerate your summer learning plans and help get you prepared for the school year.

ISTE – International Society for Technology in Education LIVE 21

6/26/21
Online

Immerse yourself in powerful ideas and inspirational speakers, while connecting with innovative educators who share your passion for transformative learning.

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JULY EDUCATION CONFERENCES

NameStart Date /
Location
Description

Connected Learning Summit

7/3/21
Online

Join a gathering of innovators harnessing emerging technology to expand access to participatory, playful, and creative learning.

At-Risk & Struggling Students Conference

7/5/21
Las Vegas, NV

This conference focuses on evidence-based programs and strategies that educators can use to prevent dropouts and to help students experience success in school.

Innovative Schools Summit Las Vegas

7/5/21
Las Vegas, NV

The Innovative School Summit Las Vegas will feature a great lineup of award-winning and nationally recognized speakers. This expert lineup of presenters draws upon their years of experience and research to provide proven strategies that work.

Games for Change

7/12/21
Online

This event inspires youth to explore civic issues and learn 21st-century and STEM skills through our Student Challenge and we train educators to run game design classes on impact games.

SCUP Conference

7/12/21
Online

SCUP’s Annual Conference is where higher education leaders share their stories — stories of boundary spanning, cross-functional teams, and resource alignment. These stories motivate, connect, and ignite new ideas that help higher education prepare for whatever is next.

Get Your Teach On Orlando 2021

7/19/21
Orlando, FL

Join thousands of educators from around the world as they come together to be inspired, supported, and immersed in a community that is striving to create classrooms where students truly choose to want to learn each and every day.

SUNY Learning with Innovative Technology Conference

7/23/21
Online

The conference is designed for educators of all types, including K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, and students interested in the use of technologies in education.

DLA 2021

7/25/21
Jekyll Island, Georgia

The Distance Learning Administration Conference focuses on the administration and management of distance learning. The conference specifically addresses the needs of those who plan, manage, and support distance education activities.

62nd London International Youth Science Forum 2021

7/28/21
London, UK & Virtual

The annual London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) is a two-week residential course hosted at the renowned research university Imperial College London. Our aim is to unite outstanding talent from all nations and provide a deeper insight into science and its applications for the benefit of all mankind. The forum attracts 500 of the globe’s leading young scientists, aged from 16-21 and visiting from over 65 countries. Along with an active social calendar and a focus on cultural education and forming lasting friendships, the program includes lectures, demonstrations from leading scientists and visits to industrial sites, research centers, scientific institutions, world-class laboratories and universities.

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AUGUST EDUCATION CONFERENCES

NameStart Date /
Location
Description

Distance Teaching & Learning Conference

8/2/21
Online

DT&L isn’t just a conference, it’s a community of educators with ideas and experiences to share. You’ll laugh, you’ll be moved, and you’ll come away with new ways to approach your work and put research into practice.

EDuTech

8/17/21
Melbourne, Australia

EduTECH is Australia’s largest annual education event, featuring thousands of participants across multiple conferences, masterclasses and networking functions, plus a massive interactive trade show.

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SEPTEMBER EDUCATION CONFERENCES

NameStart Date /
Location
Description

South East Coastal Conference on Language & Literatures

9/23/21
Online

SECCLL is oriented toward the participation of scholars from both public and private institutions of higher education. It is a collegiate, informational, and respectful environment marked by a rigorous productive exchange among academics.

Conference on Meaningful Living and Learning in a Digital World 2021

TBD
Savannah, GA

You are invited to engage in the fifth-annual meeting which explores one of the most important issues of our era – how to live and learn with technology in ways that add authentic value to our lives and to the world. As we embrace the conveniences of emerging technologies in the classroom and beyond, you will explore ways to employ them with a people-centered approach that includes balance, compassion, healthy living, mindfulness and relationships.

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OCTOBER EDUCATION CONFERENCES

NameStart Date /
Location
Description

2021 Future of Education Conference

10/2/21
Online

Future of Education Conference is a premium event focus on senior decision makers in education. We have designed a unique and innovative experience focused on connecting you with other like minded senior decision makers. In addition, you will have access to highly relevant content across the year so we can all learn, adapt and shape the future together in our schools, colleges, universities and communities.

HighEdWeb 2021

10/4/21
Online

A conference created by and for higher education professionals across all departments and divisions. Together we explore and find solutions for the unique issues facing digital teams at colleges and universities. In 2020, the Conference will be held completely online, offering multiple tracks of streamed presentations, live Q&A sessions, and networking events.

The American Associated for Teaching and Curriculum Conference

10/7/21
Albuquerque, NM

AATC is dedicated to developing dialogue around teaching, curriculum, and related issues.

On Course National Conference

10/8/21
Online

Exchange and celebrate best practices in student success from immediately usable instructional and counseling strategies to campus-wide programs that increase retention and student academic success. Learn great new strategies from educators who are changing the lives of their students and transforming their colleges into learner-centered institutions.

Get Your Teach On Atlanta 2021

10/11/21
Atlanta, GA

Research-based workshops that will guide you in creating rigorous and engaging lessons all year long. Training-specific for your grade level from some of today’s top educators who are experts at their craft in the classroom with strategies that can be implemented the very next day! Plus, it’s all aligned to CCS!

ITEC Conference

10/11/21
Des Moines, IA

ITEC promotes the use of technology in education by demonstrating to its members, other educators and the public, developments in educational technology and how its appropriate use supports teaching and learning.

Tertiary Education Management Conference

10/11/21
Online

The only conference in the tertiary sector which covers the full range of functions in institutions, and is designed to allow participants to build strong global networks.

AASHE Conference & Expo

10/12/21
Online

AASHE’s annual conference is the largest stage to share effective models, policies, research, collaborations and transformative actions which advance sustainability in higher education and surrounding communities.

EducationExperts USA

10/12/21
Online

Education Experts is a unique set of events bringing together the latest trends and knowledge in education across a global platform. Leaders across the Education Sector will come together to share their expertise and give the opportunity for fellow educators to take away vital ideas and information that will ultimately lead to school improvement and raising standards.

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NOVEMBER EDUCATION CONFERENCES

NameStart Date /
Location
Description

Wired Differently Conference

11/4/21
Orlando, FL

Now in its eighth year, the Wired Differently: Trauma-Informed Schools Conference will offer a wide array of critical insights and best practices for reaching and teaching students with a variety of emotional and behavioral challenges – especially trauma, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), PTSD, and related issues. Principals, other administrators, general ed teachers, special needs teachers, resource teachers, and paraprofessionals attending the Wired Differently Conference will benefit from tools, recommendations, and strategies for working with this often high-potential portion of the student population.

Trauma-Informed Schools Institute

11/4/21
Online

The Trauma-Informed Schools Institute is a two-day conference designed to build the capacity of educators to implement and sustain system-wide, trauma-informed support for all students.

OCALICONLINE 2021

11/16/21
Online

OCALICONLINE is the nation’s premier autism and disabilities conference where thousands of people from around the nation come together to learn, network, and share research, best practices, and resources to support the life-long needs of individuals with disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder and sensory and low-incidence disabilities. From state and national leaders, to educators, service providers, policy makers, families, and self-advocates, the event has something to offer everyone.

2021 Annual Bright Start International Conference

11/18/21
Online

The Annual Bright Start International Conference marks an important milestone towards equipping participants with practical strategies and tools to enhance their knowledge and skills in order that all children have a Bright Start in Life. The conference aims to engage participants in quality improvement in Early Years settings, facilitate deep reflective practice & enhance individual professional learning and development.

2021 NCTE Annual Convention

11/18/21
Louisville, KY

Each November thousands of literacy educators from across the country make the journey to a Convention that inspires their practice and rejuvenates their profession. They leave with strong strategies and best practices for teaching literacy, language, and composition. They learn new ideas for delivering instruction that engages students and addresses the most pressing needs within the school and district.

Post-Pandemic Brains

11/19/21
Boston, MA

This conference will provide new research on the impact of the past pandemic school year on brains, mental health, and learning and science-based strategies for helping heal and deal with anxiety and trauma in children and teens.

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DECEMBER EDUCATION CONFERENCES

NameStart Date /
Location
Description

Innovative Schools Summit Atlanta

12/9/21
Atlanta, GA

The Innovative Schools Summit Atlanta will host 5 conferences in one location focused on empowering, improving, and helping students nationwide.

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Wrapping Up: Finding the Right Ed Conference For You

After reading this comprehensive list of top education conferences, you’re ready to take your professional development to the next level in 2021!

Whether you work in higher education, education administration, education management, ed-tech, or some other educational field, these hybrid and virtual conferences will give you new insights and skills to bring back to your schools. Be sure to check back on the list often as we’ll be updating it throughout the year.

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If you feel like we’re missing an event or you’d like your own event featured, click on the button below and apply to have your event featured on our list. 

Editor’s Note:This post was originally published on November 19, 2019 and has since been updated for relevancy. 

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