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March 21-23, 2015
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"The ASCD Annual Conference changed my practice and my life!"

—Hayward Jean, Principal
Mellichamp Elementary School
Orangeburg, S.C.

Earning Credit

Conference attendees will receive an attendance certificate. See details about colleges and universities currently offering graduate credit.

Welcome to the 70th ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show

Join educators from all over the globe and of all levels to learn, share, and grow in your practice. 

With over 300 companies filling the ASCD Exhibit Show with displays of the latest education products and services, the ASCD Annual Conference is a must if you want to see the latest tools for making your job easier and more rewarding.

See Who's Presenting at This Year's Conference

Browse more than 350 concurrent session descriptions and presenters; locate session rooms; access an interactive map of the Exhibit Hall, session presentation materials; and more with Map Your Show.

General sessions details.

View all session descriptions.

See who's exhibiting.

Register for Annual Conference.


Book Your Hotel Stay Today

Housing is open September 10, 2014–February 27, 2015. Book early to make sure you get a room in the reserved block.

Why Should I Attend Annual Conference?

At the ASCD Annual Conference, you'll discover new ideas and practical strategies that deliver real results for your students.

Classroom teachers from any grade level spend three days exploring new teaching strategies, lesson planning ideas, and classroom management techniques.

Principals and assistant principals learn new ways to lead and inspire the entire school community.

District and state administrators get the latest ideas and information on how schools succeed and the best ways to support staff development.


Free ASCD Membership with Registration

Nonmember conference registration includes a free ASCD membership to help you carry on your professional development after the conference ends.

Enjoy a full year of the premier education magazine Educational Leadership®; discounts on ASCD books, DVDs, and events; access to exclusive online content; and more. 

Register today!

What to Expect at the ASCD Annual Conference

  • Access to more than 350 educational sessions. Use the online conference planner Map Your Show to browse sessions by subject, time, or speaker to plan your unique conference experience.
  • The opportunity to network with approximately 10,000 education leaders. Special luncheons, evening events, the international lounge, and new attendee sessions are among several smaller venues where you'll find like-minded educators.
  • Entry to an exhibit hall featuring 300 education companies. Check out the Exhibit Hall map to locate your favorites (Hint: The ASCD Center is booth 484) or search for new ones with the Exhibitor Search feature in Map Your Show.



Opening General Session

The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery

Author, curator, and historian Sarah Lewis offers a new understanding of the factors that enable creative endeavors and discusses the true drivers of iconic, transformational change—from Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, to new inventions, to works of art, to societal advancement.

Second General Session

The Future of Education

The founder of One Laptop per Child, Nicholas Negroponte, draws insight and inspiration from personal experiences to explain how and why we can make the innovation process exciting and rewarding, regardless of the outcome.

Third General Session

Free Concert by Peter Yarrow

Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul, and Mary and founder of Operation Respect, will perform and engage you with songs that inspire your mission as an educator.





Lead Sponsors

  • Discovery Education
  • Safari Montage


Presenting Platinum Sponsor

  • Edmodo

Presenting Silver Sponsor

  • Solution Tree

Featured Sponsor

  • Education Elements


  • ObserverTab
  • Second Step