Educators are life-long learners. Conferences and tradeshows are a popular way for teachers and administrators to learn new skills, meet with colleagues and build their professional knowledge. In fact, when it comes to learning about new teaching methodologies, 71% of educators rely on conferences.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular and influential conferences held in the education market each year.  Many of these offer exhibit and sponsorship opportunities to help you connect with the educators who attend. Whether you have an exhibit booth or not, conferences and tradeshows are a wonderful opportunity to meet customers and prospects in person and in an environment where they are focused on gathering information and exploring new solutions. 

To maximize your attendance at conferences and tradeshows, take a look at these articles by education sales and marketing experts about what works for them. 

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Conferences for Education Leaders

AACTE Annual Meeting (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education): March 1 – 3, 2018 in Baltimore, MD

ASCD Empower Annual Conference (Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development): March 16 – 18, 2019 in Chicago, IL

NAESP Pre-K – 8 Principals Conference (National Association of Elementary School Principals): July 9 – 11, 2018 in Orlando, FL

NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo (NAFSA: Association of International Educators): May 27 – June 1, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA

National Charter Schools Conference (National Alliance for Public Charter Schools): June 17 – 20, 2018 in Austin, TX

National Conference of Education (American Association of School Administrators): February 14 – 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA

National Principals Conference (National Association of Secondary School Principals): July 11 – 13, 2018 in Chicago, IL

NCEA Convention & Expo (National Catholic Educational Association): April 3 – 5, 2018 in Cincinnati, OH

NSBA Annual Conference (National School Boards Association): April 7 – 9, 2018 in San Antonio, TX

NSVF Summit (NewSchools Venture Fund): May 8 – 9, 2018 in Burlingame, CA

SETDA Leadership Summit & Education Forum: November 4 – 7, 2018 in Arlington, VA

SXSWedu: March 5 – 8, 2018 in Austin, TX

Professional Development Conferences for Teachers

ACTE Best Practices & Innovations Conference (Association for Career & Technical Education): September 26 – 28, 2018 in Louisville, KY

ACTE National Policy Seminar (Association for Career & Technical Education): March 25 – 27, 2019 in Arlington, VA

AMLE Annual Conference for Middle Level Education (Association for Middle Level Education): October 25 – 27, 2018 in Orlando, FL

ATE Annual Meeting (Association of Teacher Educators): February 15 – 19, 2019 in Atlanta, GA

ATE Summer Conference (Association of Teacher Educators): August 3 – 7, 2018 in Albuquerque, NM

CEC Convention & Expo (Council for Exceptional Children): January 29 – February 2, 2019 in Indianapolis, IN

Deeper Learning (William + Flora Hewlett Foundation): March 28 – 30, 2018 in San Diego, CA

iNACOL Blended & Online Learning Symposium: October 21 – 24, 2018 in Nashville, TN

NAEYC Annual Conference (National Association for the Education of Young Children): November 14 – 17, 2018 in Washington, DC

National Charter Schools Conference (National Alliance for Public Charter Schools): June 17 – 20, 2018 in Austin, TX

NCEA Convention & Expo (National Catholic Educational Association): April 3 – 5, 2018 in Cincinnati, OH

NEA Expo (National Education Association): June 30 – July 1, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN

PBL World (Buck Institute for Education): June 19 – 21, 2018 in Napa Valley, CA

SXSWedu: March 5 – 8, 2018 in Austin, TX

USDLA National Conference (United States Distance Learning Association): April 28 – May 2, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN

EdTech Conferences

BbWORLD: July 16 – 19, 2018 in Orlando, FL

Bett Europe: January 23 – 26, 2019 in London, England

BrainStorm Conference: May 6 – 8, 2018 in Sandusky, OH

Close It Summit: October 15 – 18, 2018 in Brooklyn, NY

CONNECT: Canada’s Learning & Technology Conference: April 24 – 27, 2018 in Niagara Falls, Ontario

CoSN Annual Conference: March 12 – 15, 2018 in Washington, DC

CUE National Conference: March 14 – 17, 2018 in Palm Springs, CA

DevCon: July 16 – 19, 2018 in Orlando, FL

EdSurge Fusion: October 2 – 4, 2018 in San Francisco, CA

FETC (Future of Education Technology Conference): January 27 – 30, 2019 in Orlando, FL

ISTE: June 24 – 27, 2018 in Chicago, IL

LearnLaunch Across Boundaries: January 31 – February 1, 2019 in Boston, MA

Reimagine Education Conference & Awards: November 29 – 30, 2018 in San Francisco, CA

TCEA: February 4 – 8, 2019 in San Antonio, TX

Subject-specific Conferences 

ACTFL Annual Convention & World Languages Expo (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages): November 16 – 18, 2018 in New Orleans, LA

AHA Annual Meeting (American Historical Association): January 3 – 6, 2019 in Chicago, IL

ILA Annual Conference (International Literacy Association): July 20 – 23, 2018 in Austin, TX

MLA Annual Convention (Modern Language Association): January 3 – 6, 2019 in Chicago, IL

National Forum on Character (Character.org): October 4 – 7, 2018 in Washington, DC

NCHE Convention & Expo (National Council for History Education): April 19 – 21, 2018 in San Antonio, TX

NCSS Annual Conference (National Council for the Social Studies): November 30 – December 2, 2018 in Chicago, IL

NCTE Annual Convention (National Council of Teachers of English): November 15 – 18, 2018 in Houston, TX

NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics): April 25 – 28, 2018 in Washington, DC

NSTA National Conference (National Science Teachers Association): April 11 – 14, 2019 in St. Louis, MO

NSTA Regional Conference (National Science Teachers Association): October 11 – 13, 2018 in Reno, NV

NSTA Regional Conference (National Science Teachers Association): November 15 – 17, 2018 in National Harbor, MD

NSTA Regional Conference (National Science Teachers Association): November 29 – December 1, 2018 in Charlotte, NC

NSTA STEM Forum & Expo (National Science Teachers Association): July 11 – 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA

TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo: March 12 – 15, 2019 in Atlanta, GA

Library Conferences

AASL National Conference (American Association of School Librarians): November 9 – 11, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ

ALA Annual Conference (American Library Association): June 21 – 26, 2018 in New Orleans, LA

PLA Conference (Public Library Association): March 20 – 24, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA

Industry Conferences for Education Companies

ASU + GSV Summit: April 16 – 18, 2018 in San Diego, CA

SIIA Annual Conference & CODiE Awards (SIIA’s ETIN & SSD Divisions): June 11 – 13, 2018 in San Francisco, CA

Higher Ed Conferences

AACC Annual Convention (American Association of Community Colleges): April 28 – May 1, 2018 in Dallas, TX

CampusInsight (Campus Management): April 18 – 20, 2018 in Orlando, FL

EDUCAUSE Annual Conference: October 30 – November 2, 2018 in Denver, CO

International Conference on Teaching & Leadership Excellence (National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development): May 26 – 29, 2018 in Austin, TX

Society for College & University Planners National Conference: July 14, 2018 in Nashville, TN

USDLA National Conference (United States Distance Learning Association): April 28 – May 2, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN

Miscellaneous Conferences

AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo (American Alliance of Museums): May 6 – 9, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ

AERA Annual Meeting (American Educational Research Association): April 13 – 17, 2018 in New York, NY

AFRDS Conference & Expo (Association of Fund-Raising Distributors & Suppliers): January 4 – 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV

EDspaces: The Future of Educational Facilities (Education Market Association): November 7 – 9, 2018 in Tampa, FL

National PTA Convention & Expo (National PTA): June 21 – 24, 2018 in New Orleans, LA

NTA Biennial Professional Development Conference (National Tutoring Association): April 12 – 18, 2018 in Palm Harbor, FL

School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference (School Nutrition Association): July 9 – 12, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV

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