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Live Event on March 4–5, 2021
On-Demand through May 2, 2021

The 2021 Conference will be a virtual event featuring 100 sessions and more than 70 speakers. Participants will have access to every session recording for 60 days after the event.

All conference live session times will be U.S. central standard time (U.S. CST)Details >

Energize Your Classroom

Get inspired and reinvigorate your Pre-K and Kindergarten learning environment by hearing from influential educators.

Gain Essential Knowledge

Choose from more than 100 interactive breakout sessions that will give you strategies you can implement immediately.

Certificate Course Program

An optional certificate course program is available to accompany this virtual event.

Attention Illinois Educators!

Illinois licensed teachers may earn 12 PD hours for attending the live or on-demand conference.
To receive credit: 
1. Complete the digital ISBE evaluation found on the Illinois ASCD website.
2. The evaluation will ask what sessions you attended each hour.
3. You will receive your evidence of completion upon submitting the form for each day.
4. Enter your earned hours into your ELIS account.

Featured Speakers

Browse the full lineup of speakers and sessions in the conference program.

  • Gerry Brooks

    Early Childhood Expert and Motivational Speaker

    Gerry Brooks

    Gerry Brooks has been an educator for 25 years, starting his career as a 3rd grade teacher in Palm Bay, Florida. He has served as an elementary principal for 15 years. After initially using humorous videos to encourage the staff at his school in Lexington, Kentucky, Brooks has become a national encourager for teachers through social media and speaking events. He is a voice for teachers, but his passion is leading others to be responsible for their own personal climate and culture in the workplace. His book, Go See the Principal, outlines strategies for taking on this responsibility.

  • Tommy Mabry

    Advocate for Education and Student Success

    Tommie Mabry

    After a rough start in life, Tommie Mabry became the first person in his family to graduate from high school in 2007. He would go on to earn his B.A. in Education from Tougaloo College, his M.A. in Child Development, and, this year, a Doctorate from Jackson State University. After his undergraduate studies, he was hired as a teacher by the same Jackson Public School District that had suspended and expelled him many times during elementary and secondary education. Today, Mabry is the author of three books and the Director of Enrollment at his alma mater, Tougaloo College.

Program Guide

Browse sessions in the online program guide. To expand the view to full screen, click the brackets ([  ]) in the center of the screen.



Certificate Course Program

An optional certificate course program will be available for this conference. The program will include readings from ASCD archives and the March issue of Educational Leadership magazine, and recorded sessions presented during the ASCD Pre-K and Kindergarten Conference presented in partnership with Illinois ASCD.

Participants complete reading and viewing assignments, each followed by an assessment, equivalent to five (5) additional contact hours.

Upon successful completion, participants will receive a certificate: ASCD Foundations of Supporting Students in the Early Grades.

Check back for more details about this program.
To enroll in this program, select the option for Certificate: ASCD Foundations of Supporting Students in the Early Grades when you register for the conference.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities will be available for this event. Please visit the Sponsors & Exhibitors page for more information.

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