All Illinois State teacher education alumni who are completing their first or second year in the field are encouraged to register for the second annual New Teacher Conference (#NTConISU) on Friday, June 26.

The free event is part of the College of Education’s ongoing efforts to support alumni as they begin their careers in education. This year’s NTConISU promises to be even bigger and better than the last one!

“We received overwhelmingly positive feedback from last year’s attendees. And we used this to customize the event even more,” said Kelli Appel, a conference organizer and assistant to the chair in the Department of Special Education.

“We opened the conference to secondary/K-12 teachers, and we are adding even more session options.”

About the conference

NTConISU session topics were selected based on input from beginning teachers:

  • Developing school/university partnerships
  • Managing classrooms
  • Engaging students in learning
  • Navigating the teacher evaluation process
  • Providing effective feedback
  • Communicating effectively with families, co-teachers, and paraprofessionals
  • Infusing Common Core standards in curriculum

Sessions will be led by practicing educators from school districts across Illinois as well as expert faculty from the University. During lunch, attendees will connect with instructors from the Illinois State teacher education program.

Each attendee will receive a supply package that includes materials that educators often have to reach into their own pockets to buy for their classrooms each year.


The New Teacher Conference will feature keynote speaker Michael Vetere, assistant professor in the School of Theatre and Dance at Illinois State University. Vetere is a nationally recognized  author and presenter in youth theater, puppetry, and creative dramatics. He currently serves as the director of the Saturday Creative Drama Program at Illinois State for grades K–6.

Whether you teach elementary or secondary or any age in-between, Vetere will inspire you to bring creativity and a contagious enthusiasm for learning to your classroom.

Event details

When: 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Friday, June 26
Where: State Farm Hall of Business, Illinois State University
Registration is free and open to all Illinois State University alumni who are completing their first or second year of teaching.