Benefits of attending an educational conference

The first conference I attended was the California Association for Bilingual Education (#CABE) this past year. I was able to hear Dolores Huerta speak and it ignited the passion to help our ELL students. The collaboration and message sent at the conference remind you why you become an educator. I would have loved to been able to attend one of the many conferences offered in the U.S. sooner, such as the Florida Educational Technology Conference (#FETC), the National Association for Bilingual Education (#NABE), South by South West Edu (#SXSW Edu), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (#NAEYC), etc. I am looking forward to attending additional conferences in 2019 sharing ideas and continuing to learn from my peers.


Professional Development

There is a conference for every teacher’s needs. If you are looking for Bilingual content and resources, the conferences you should try to attend are NABE and CABE. CABE in 2019 will be held at Long Beach Convention Center from March 20-23. Topics you can hear and grow from are “AN OVERVIEW FOR NEW TWO-WAY BILINGUAL/DUAL IMMERSION PROGRAMS, K-12 and TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES FOR MASTERING INTEGRATED ELD INSTRUCTION, K-12”. Plus you will be able to enjoy the great weather in Southern California.

For literacy and reading, you can attend the Comprehensive Literacy and Reading Recovery Conference in Chicago. Comprehensive Literacy and Reading Recovery Conference is designed to provide superb professional development and networking opportunities for classroom teachers, intervention teachers, instructional coaches, program specialists, and administrators. Reading Recovery is an evidence-based professional development model designed to ensure that the children who struggle the most with early literacy learning gain the skills they need to access a literate and productive future.

And one of the largest conferences in the country that has a little bit of everything is SXSW Edu. This year it will be held in Austin from March 4-7. There are a plethora of sessions available to learn from targeted for different tracks and formats. The different tracks offered at this conference are K-12 education, emerging tech, leadership, etc. The formats they offer are talk, panel, workshop, case study, etc. This conference is also a great opportunity to network!


You can find more information and conferences here.

Finding the Funds

There are a wide variety of resources available for funding professional development and educational initiatives. Grants, fellowships and scholarships are available for teachers to grow as educators. Teachers can find monetary assistance from the federal government, private companies, and nonprofits. Educators can find what they need by searching for grants on sites like The NEA Foundation,, and GrantWatch.Com. Invest your time searching for funds and you will be rewarded for years to come from the experiences and knowledge gained at an educational conference.


Jehu Somarriba

Educator looking to motivate and ignite the genius in every child through use of technology.

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