We are very excited to officially invite you to our 2017 Professional Development Conference! Typically, we have registration for our conferences open about four-to-five months in advance. We know many of you working in school districts have to submit budgets for the fall during your spring semester. So, this year, we worked extra hard to be able to allow registration to begin earlier than ever!

As you may already know, this year’s conference will take place in Orlando, Florida, and our host hotel will be the Embassy Suites Lake Buena Vista South. Our room block includes nightly accommodations for $149.00. Reservations for guest rooms can be made by calling directly to the hotel. For more information on our hotel choice, you can visit their website here.

For those of you familiar with our Professional Development Conferences, there are a few changes this year that we wanted to tell you about in advance.

Instead of our Thursday/Friday/Saturday routine, we have adjusted the schedule so that workshops will take place on Wednesday/Thursday/Friday. The dates for the conference will be October 25, 26, and 27, 2017. As always, our Exhibit Hall will be available the afternoon of the first day and the entire second day of the conference. If you are a vendor wanting to join us to exhibit, please stay tuned to this page for more details on how to register.

In the past, we have always made individualized binders with printed handouts for each attendee. Over the years we’ve noticed that more and more of you are bringing laptops, and space on the tables in workshops is being used by both laptops and large, heavy binders at the same time. To help save room in workshops, and to keep registration costs from rising, this year, the default option for receiving materials at the conference will be in PDF formatted files on a thumb drive. If you prefer the printed materials arranged in a binder, that option is still available when you register for an additional cost. As always, there are no additional costs for those wishing to receive their materials in braille. Just as with previous conferences, attendees will only be able to receive the materials for the workshops in which they are registered.

To join us in Orlando this October, you’ll want to register sooner than later to ensure a spot in your preferred workshop sessions. Visit our registration website for more information and to register your spot today!