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Save the Date for #ELNC20!

The 2020 EL Education National Conference will take place in Denver, Colorado, from November 5-8th. Stay tuned for more details!

The 2019 EL Education National Conference is a wrap!

The sun has set on the largest EL Education National Conference ever, but the impact is just beginning. Relive the highlights from the event below, where 1,400 participants came together for professional development and community building, striving together to expand the definition of student achievement and ensure that every student has the opportunity to become a powerful contributor to a better world at school.

Put your learning into action with resources from our digital library, and don't forget to save the date for ELNC20: November 5-8 in Denver, Colorado!

#ELNC19 Highlights

ELNC19 Plenaries: Dr. John B. King, Jr.

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Watch the ELNC19 plenary speech of Dr. John B. King, CEO and President, The Education Trust and the former Secretary of Education under President Obama.

William Haithcock - Silverberg Award presented by Laina Cox

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EL Education is proud to announce that William Haithcock, Principal of Harborside Academy in Kenosha, WI, has received the Silverberg Leadership Award.

Sara Boeck Batista - Klingenstein Award Presented by Annie Holyfield

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Sara Boeck Batista is the winner of the 2019 Klingenstein Teacher Award. This award is presented annually to an exemplary EL Education teacher who is judged by his or her peers to have most successfully transmitted to students the essence of EL Education culture.

ELNC19 Plenaries: Dr. Lucas Clamp

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Dr. Lucas Clamp, 2019's National Principal of the Year, delivers a speech about leadership and innovation in education at the closing plenary of the 2019 EL Education National Conference.

ELNC19 Plenaries: Jauhnell and Yana

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Jauhnell and Yana, 6th grade students from Burns Elementary Middle School in Detroit, Michigan, describe their work on the Better World Day project in which they joined together with 8 schools in Detroit Public Schools Community District to support literacy as a civil right.

ELNC19 Plenaries: Alejandro and Karely

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Alejandro and Karely, 6th grade students from Silverton Elementary in Silverton, CO, describe their work as "history heroes" on a year-long expedition and culminating Better World project.

Highlights from the Community

Follow #ELNC19 here and across social media to see best practices, hear impactful stories from students, and connect with educators near and far. Share your favorite #ELNC19 moments to be featured here.

Voices of #ELNC19

Distinguished guest experts, inspiring contributors, and outstanding students shared their perspectives at #ELNC19. They joined a community of teachers and leaders from across our network who led 100 master classes on topics ranging from restorative justice to social-emotional learning.

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Dr. Rebecca Blum-Martinez, Facilitator: Intensive
English language learner expert, University of New Mexico. Hear from Dr. Blum-Martinez on our blog.

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Jenaiah Callaham, MC
Senior, River Bluff High School, EL Education Network School. Learn more about how Jenaiah is leading the way to a better world on our blog.

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Emerson Fite, MC
Senior, River Bluff High School, EL Education Network School. Hear how Emerson is contributing to a better world on our blog.

Sydney Chaffee

Sydney Chaffee, Panelist
2017 National Teacher of the Year, EL Education Teacher, Codman Academy. See Sydney's keynote address from our 2017 Conference.


Giselle Isbell, Facilitator: Intensive
Regional Math Specialist, Boise State University

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Merrit Jones, Panelist
Executive Director, Student Voice
EL Education Alumna

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Sophia Arredondo, Facilitator: Master Class
Education Director, GLSEN

Story Corps

Story Corps, Facilitators: Pre-Conference Day Session

Professional Development for Teachers

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#ELNC19 is "by educators for educators." The heart of the conference are teachers and leaders who share their wisdom in master classes on practical topics like student-engaged assessment and restorative justice.

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Mari Lim Jones, Regina Kruglyak, Britt Shirk, Katie Wright, and Kelly Wilson, Facilitators: Master Classes
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Marci Cornell-Feist, Facilitator: Master Class
Founder & Executive Director, Board on Track

EL Education celebrates diversity of thought and perspectives. We are delighted to welcome these guest experts who will facilitate master classes or serve on panels. As is the case with all NC facilitators who are not EL staff, these guest experts are sharing their own unique genius, and are not representing EL's formal organizational stance on the topic of their session.

Highlights from #ELNC19

Our Keynote Speaker

We were thrilled to host John B. King Jr. as our keynote speaker at ELNC19! Currently President and CEO of The Education Trust, John previously served as Secretary of Education under President Obama.

2019 Reception

Each year, educators and school leaders come together for a private conference reception. This year, we met at the esteemed National Center for Civil and Human Rights in the heart of Atlanta.

Get Inspired

October arrived before we knew it! Join us on social media by searching for our hashtag #ELNC19 to see highlights from our National Conference.

Looking Back at #ELNC19

Thank you for joining us last fall for #ELNC19! Revisit the highlights from the 2019 National Conference.