Title IV - PD Opportunities

Professional Development Opportunities, Conferences, Seminars, and EdCamps that can benefit teachers in the Heartland Region.


Gilder Lehrman Institute

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History offers many seminars throughout the summer both within the US and internationally. They give a stipend to approved applicants for travel and sometimes provide lodging (depending on the site).

Applications are due by February 18, 2019.

The Future of Education Technology Conference is held in Orlando, Florida and prices vary depending on the type of registration. Sometimes counties will get a limited amount of "expo" passes to send people to see the edtech vendors for free but do not include access to the sessions. This year, Khan Academy founder, Sal Khan will be the opening Keynote speaker. Adam Bellow, Hall Davidson, Leslie Fisher, and Kathy Schrock will be there again for TechShare Live to give the audience a first look at the latest, most exciting gadgets, apps, hardware, and software through the eyes of educational technology’s leading experts.


EdCamps have been sweeping the nation the past few years. All EdCamps follow these tenets:

  • FREE and open to educators of ALL levels

  • Participant-driven by allowing participants to collaboratively determine session topics the day of the event

  • Value experience by encouraging participants to facilitate sessions by sharing experiences and holding conversations, not planned presentations

  • Rule of Two Feet: If a session you are in is not meeting your needs, use your two feet and go to another session to maximize your learning!

My favorite EdCamp that I have attended so far is EdCamp Magic @ Windermere Prep near Orlando. Adam Bellow of BreakoutEDU has been there the past 2 years running sessions where attendees get to participate in a full BreakoutEDU game and debrief with him.

ISTE hosts industry-leading events to support educators as they rethink the status quo and use technology to drive good practice.

  • Four full days brimming with interactive, inspirational and highly relevant professional learning opportunities.

  • Three powerful general sessions with a multitude of keynote speakers on big ideas from the field of education and beyond.

  • Your choice of hundreds of sessions in a variety of formats, including lectures, BYODs and hands-on learning environments.

  • Access to a massive Expo Hall featuring the latest edtech products and services from more than 500 companies and 1,400 industry reps.

  • Unlimited networking opportunities with nearly 23,000 educators, education leaders and corporate representatives from around the world.