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March 24–26, 2018
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Thank you for a great Empower18!
We'll see you at ASCD EMPOWER19
in Chicago, Illinois,
March 16–18, 2019.

Missed Empower18? Check out these other ASCD learning events.


At Empower18, you'll find speakers, learning sessions, and activities centered on six areas of focus that support the whole child and help advance student achievement. Browse the conference program to see what Empower18 has to offer you.

Pre-Conference Group


More than 25 one-, two-, and three-day pre-conference institutes are available to maximize your learning time in Boston, including

  • Creating a Culture of Reflective Practice
    with Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral
  • Moving Forward with Differentiation: A Differentiated Learning Experience
    with Carol Ann Tomlinson and Michael Murray

General Session Speakers 

  • Speaker Jill Biden

    Jill Biden

    Saturday General Session

    10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Speaker Manny Scott

    Manny Scott

    Sunday General Session

    3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Speaker General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.).

    General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.).

    Monday General Session

    10:00-11:30 a.m.

Rev·o·lu·tion n.  A collaborative and sustainable whole child-focused transformation of schools, developed, led, and implemented by dedicated and empowered educators. Are you in?

Empower18 is a conference designed by educators, for educators where you are empowered to create your own personalized learning experience.

The Conference for Every Educator

If you are a

  • Teacher
  • Principal
  • Superintendent
  • Instructional Coach
  • University Professor
  • Central Office Staffer

This is YOUR conference!

Empowered Teacher

Personalize your
experience with

  • Learning Sessions
  • Panels
  • EdCamps
  • Keynotes
  • Interactive Opportunities

Learn More About Session Types

  • [ASCD inspires me] by having conferences like this where educators can come and network and learn new strategies to make what we do better."
    —Chantrise Holliman, 10-year teacher
  • Each time I attend an ASCD conference, I realize how much I did not know! I can't say you can do anything better. Each time I come, it just gets better and better."
    —Hayward Jean, principal
  • The ASCD conferences are both inspiring and educational. They breathe life into me."
    —Joshua Garcia, school district deputy superintendent
  • By attending conferences...and connecting with others in the ASCD network, I am able to keep a finger on the pulse of the educational landscape."
    —Sarah Akhtar, school designer, consultant, and former teacher
  • Attend the ASCD 75th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, March 24, 2018.


    ASCD turns 75 in 2018! Join ASCD, colleagues from around the world, and The Romantics for a gala celebration on Saturday, March 24, that you won't want to miss.

  • Saturday Keynote Luncheon Speakers Todd Whitaker and Russ Quaglia.


    Explore what leaders can do to get all the teachers to be like the best teachers with Todd Whitaker in his keynote event on Saturday, March 24. Additional fees apply.

  • School Site Visits at Empower18 are available on Thursday, March 22, 2018.


    School visits on Thursday, March 22, offer you a unique look into innovative programs and dynamic facilities in the greater Boston region. Additional fees apply.

  • Sunday Keynote Luncheon speakers Andy Hargreaves, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Marie Hubley Alcock, and Robyn Jackson.


    Learn how to reignite your passion, find your mojo, and get your groove back with Robyn Jackson in her keynote event on Sunday, March 25. Additional fees apply.


Your Students

And Yourself

Thank you for attending Empower18. We will see you March 16–18, 2019 for Empower19.