Illinois State is proud to call more than one in seven teachers in Illinois Redbirds. The College of Education strives to provide this community with as many opportunities as possible to reconnect with the University and advance in their profession. The following four events are open to education alumni during the summer and fall of 2016.


The New Teacher Conference #NTConISU

The New Teacher Conference is a dynamic professional development opportunity for all Illinois State alumni completing their first or second year of teaching. Attendees will reconnect with past professors, gain practical advice, and return to their classrooms with new ideas. Professional development hours will be offered. Alumni will also receive a free classroom supplies kit. Attendance is just $20.

Friday, June 17 | 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
State Farm Hall of Business, Illinois State University
Register by June 6.

The Education Showcase #RedbirdFamily

The Education Showcase is designed for alumni and current students to speak directly with representatives from the College of Education’s undergraduate and graduate-level programs. The event takes place during Illinois State’s Family Weekend celebration.

Saturday, September 17 | 8:30–10 a.m.
Circus Room, Bone Student Center, Illinois State University
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t21conlogoTeaching in the 21st Century Conference #T21CON

Return to your alma mater this fall for a day of learning that’s on the cutting edge! T21CON is a free professional development opportunity delivering skills and knowledge from experts on the use of technology to enhance classroom instruction. Professional development hours will be offered to practicing educators.

Friday, September 23 | 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Bone Student Center, Illinois State University
Register by September 12.

College of Education Homecoming Tailgate Tent

Help the College of Education #BackTheBirds against the Youngstown State Penguins at the Homecoming Tailgate Tent. Enjoy some free grub, giveaways, and reconnect with fellow alumni and education faculty and staff.

Saturday, October 8 | 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Redbird Tent Zone (University High School Practice Fields)
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