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2020 marks the offering of the first annual online conference, titled IDEA-CON, hosted by the Reich College of Education at Appalachian.  Sessions will be offered for educators of all levels, from beginning teachers to teacher educators and will combine brief resource sharing, 30-minute idea discussions, panel conversations, and plenary speakers in both live and pre-recorded formats.  And best of all, this conference is FREE!  

Registration can be completed by going to this link. Click to register and complete the provided form.  You will receive an agenda, information for managing the online platform, and information related to renewal credits as we near the conference dates. 

IDEA-CON is cohosted by the Mathematics and Science Education Center, the Office of Field Experiences, and the Public School Partnership.  Sessions will begin to be available on July 30-31 but will remain open to participants for at least three months.  You can participate in professional development at your own pace and interact with others in a closed Facebook group for more ideas and sharing.  Faculty from Appalachian will be providing sessions on a variety of topics, but a call for proposals appears below for teachers 

Call for Proposals: Have great ideas to share? Proposed sessions will be pre-recorded and should share information and ideas that teachers will find relevant today.Visit for proposal information. Proposals should be submitted by June 10. Notifications will be sent June 24. and final videos will be submitted by July 10.  Topics in the following areas are particularly sought, but any great IDEAS are welcome! 

  • STEM - Ideas for the classroom
  • STEM - Engagement
  • Classroom management
  • Lesson planning
  • Effective collaborations with others
  • Using assessment data effectively
  • Remote learning strategies that engage students
  • Communicating with parents
  • Effective instructional strategies
  • Trauma sensitive classroom strategies, social-emotional learning


Volunteer Information: Online conferences still take planning & work.Interested in volunteering?Visit for more information.