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Professional Events in Literacy


Iowa Council of Teachers of English - (Annual Fall Conference, October) A volunteer organization that facilitates deep connections and professional learning face-to-face and online for English/language arts teachers of all stages.

Iowa Writing Project Summer Institutes and Workshops - Iowa Writing Project designs institutes and workshops for K–College practicing teachers, any discipline.

Iowa World Language Association (IWLA) - The mission of the IWLA is to advance the worldwide mission of education and world languages, literature and culture.

UNI Education Summit - Join international, national and regional leaders in education to discuss current research, practices and policies relating to education in the 21st Century.

Media Now Drake - Four-day summer boot camp for high school journalism teachers and students that aims to take digital media skills to the next level for the upcoming school year and beyond.

The University of Iowa Summer Journalism Workshops - One of the nation’s premier opportunities for professional development and university credit for high school journalism teachers, advisers and those aspiring to teach.

Speech and Debate
Iowa High School Speech Association Coaches Convention - Come and key into the best tips the IHSSA has to offer; discover that we learn the most not in our arrival at our contests but in the journeys that we make along the way with our talented students!

Performing Arts
Des Moines Performing Arts - Professional development events show educators how to integrate the arts – drama, music, dance, and visual – with instruction in core subject areas.


Check with the local AEA for regional training that may be available.


Annual Conference on English Leadership - The Conference on English Leadership (CEL) offers a collaborative, dynamic, discussion-based forum for literacy leaders to explore current and emerging issues.

The Bard College Institute for Writing and Thinking - IWT’s “Writer as Reader” workshops model writing practices that also support Common Core standards in all subjects, and invite secondary and college teachers to consider “writing to read” as a central classroom practice, one that shows rather than tells students how writing clarifies the meaning of literary, historical, and nonfiction texts.

International Literacy Association - Combines practical, research-based sessions, engaging events, and renowned speakers at an annual conference that helps all attendees—from literacy leaders to educators—leave the conference feeling energized and empowered.

Learning Forward - Gain practical solutions to everyday challenges in the classroom, school, or district at Learning Forward’s annual conference.

LitCon: National K-8 Literacy and Reading Recovery Conference - Attendees will be among the first to know about current research findings, critical news, and leading practices in K-8 literacy education that go beyond theory to actual practice. Engage in LitCon to tap exclusive resources, build special bonds to move childhood literacy and Reading Recovery forward.

National Council of Teachers of English - Annual conference honors the voice, passion, agency and empowerment of ELA teachers to ensure students acquire a life mastery of the skills and practices they teach.

Plain Talk About Literacy and Learning - Heralded as the nation’s leading reading institute, learn the current research findings on literacy instruction, literacy difficulties and literacy intervention.

Standards Institute - Offers an immersive five-day professional development experience to build, improve and sustain equitable instructional excellence.

Teachers College - Reading and Writing Summer Institutes - Offers two five-day institutes on the teaching of reading and two five-day institutes on the teaching of writing. The institute offers the reading and writing sessions back to back for educators who are committing to turning their classrooms into richly literate reading and writing workshops.    

Journalism Education Association Advisers Institute - Brings journalism teachers from across the country together for four days of adviser-specific training and networking.

Speech and Debate
National Speech and Debate Association National education Conference - Open to all coaches and district leaders interested in speech and debate education.

Educational Theatre Association’s National Conference - Provides educators with the opportunity to meet and network with their peers during an event featuring a wide range of professional development content.