Make plans to attend Illinois State University’s New Teacher Conference on June 19, 2020. This year’s conference will take place from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. in the State Farm Hall of Business and McCormick Hall.

This conference is designed for Illinois State teacher education graduates who have completed one to four years of teaching and will host sessions on a variety of subjects to provide a wealth of resources for newer teachers.

The $20 registration fee includes free lunch, free parking, and a substantial kit of supplies to take back to your classroom. Professional development hours are also available for an additional fee. Be sure to register by June 5 to secure your spot.

This year’s keynote is Ian Tatum, a restorative practices facilitator functioning in various collaborative roles in the Urbana School District. With over 20 years of experience, he has served as assistant principal, special education teacher, mentor to teachers and administrators from elementary to middle-level contexts, and teacher leader in family and community engagement.

As an educational consultant, Tatum has designed professional development for businesses and schools in the areas of culturally responsive teaching, equitable practices within education, and restorative practices. This work stems from a deep belief that student success is created through meaningful relationships in which all have an opportunity to learn, grow, and strengthen community bonds. He is passionate about racial equity, social justice, and effective teacher practice. Tatum holds a B.S. in Special Education from Eastern Illinois University, and M.A. in Educational Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The 2020 schedule will be available later in the spring, but review the 2019 schedule for typical session topics and be sure to check the New Teacher Conference website regularly to find out more information as it becomes available.