Chicago, Illinois
March 16–18, 2019
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Thank you for a great Empower19!

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in Los Angeles, California, March 14–16, 2020.

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Synthesizing Education

Explore New Perspectives in Education

This year, we invite you to join us in the Windy City and challenge you to explore new perspectives in education. Educators from around the world will embark on this transformational event. Get the pieces you need and SYNTHESIZE the learning in your classrooms, districts, and communities. Come equipped to learn, share knowledge, and gain tools to lead students into the future. Are you ready?
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Experience Learning That Will Empower You!

Go Beyond Traditional Professional Learning

Having different education models that appeal to every type of student is important. With new studies and discoveries on learning abilities surfacing, it's imperative for educators to have content to support working trends in their students' development. With this new generation of students, we know that educators are constantly looking for ways to overcome the education status quo. Let ASCD help you find those solutions.
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2019 General Session Speakers

  • 2019 Speaker Ron Clark

    Ron Clark

    Saturday General Session

    Award-Winning Educator & New York Times Bestselling Author
    10:00–11:30 a.m.
  • Speaker Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Sunday General Session

    Presidential Historian & Pulitzer
    Prize-Winning Author
    10:00–11:30 a.m.
  • Speaker Ashton Kutcher

    Ashton Kutcher

    Monday General Session

    Actor, Philanthropist,
    Entrepreneur, Investor
    11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon

2019 Keynote Speakers

Enhance Your Conference Experience by Attending Keynote Luncheons

Multiple keynote luncheons are available on both Saturday and Sunday. Speakers at Empower19 include James Carville, Mary Matalin, Carlton Ashby, Bertice Berry, Monique Morris, and Mark Anthony Garrett. Additional fees apply.
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2019 Pre-Conference Institutes

Pre-Conference Institutes Begin March 13

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

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Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors

  • GM Educator Discount
  • Great Minds
  • Microsoft
  • PowerSchool
  • Service Year Alliance
  • Amazon Business
  • SmartBrief
  • Shift Learning: Market Research for the Education Sector
  • Prodigy Math Game
  • BELL: Building Educated Leaders for Life
  • Marriott International
  • Scholastic
  • Concordia University
  • Breathe for Change
  • Follett Learning
  • First Inspires
  • Uncharted Learning
  • ACT, Inc.
  • Pure Edge, Inc.
  • Bedtime Math
  • Flocabulary
  • ClassLink
  • Dell K–12 Solutions
  • Whittle School & Studio
  • OverDrive, a Rakuten company
  • Corwin, A SAGE Publishing Company
  • Newsela
  • Project Lead The Way
  • Reading Horizons
  • Second Step
  • Growing Leaders
  • Heinemann
  • Istation
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Lindamood-Bell Learning
  • Pearson