Illini EDge

The Illinois New Teacher Collaborative is proud to announce Illini EDge, a conference for recent University of Illinois graduates.

Would you like to have a head start your first year of teaching? Would you like to start your first year with specific and real-world plans for building relationships with students, establishing and maintaining behavioral expectations, and implementing classroom procedures and routines? Would you like to work together and network with others who will be entering their first year of teaching? 

The Illinois New Teacher Collaborative invites you to the INTC Illini EDge. This event is for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign teacher education graduates only (all grade levels and content areas) who will begin their first year of teaching in Illinois in the fall of 2017.

July 17 & 18, 2017

Who: Teacher education graduates (all grade levels and content areas) who will begin their first year of teaching in Illinois in the fall of 2017. This event is for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign teacher education graduates only.

What: A two-day conference with speakers, breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and more


Monday, July 17th
11:30 Check-in and lunch
1:00 - 5:00 
Conference Sessions
5:00 - 6:00 Reception

Tuesday, July 18th 
8:15 Check-in and Breakfast
9:00 - 1:30 Conference Sessions, Lunch, and Raffle
1:30 - Extended Learning Opportunity [more information coming soon!]

Where: I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 South First Street, Champaign, IL 61820

Why: You've just finished your licensure program and are ready in many ways to start teaching. With that said, beginning teachers face tough challenges in their first year. This event is an opportunity for recent Illini grads to:

  • Bridge the gap between preservice courses and what you need to know and do to start teaching successfully
  • Learn by collaborating with others starting their teaching careers
  • Network with participants in the Beginning Teacher Conference 
  • Exit with practical and workable plans for the fall
  • Hear a motivational speaker

You are encouraged to register even if you do not yet have a teaching position. This conference is a great way to network and build relationships, both locally and state-wide.

Registration: Opens April 5, 2017 at this link. Registration fee is $25. Only credit cards are accepted. The conference includes one night’s stay at the I Hotel (a $130 value), one breakfast, two lunches, a reception, and a chance at winning several door prizes, including an iPad mini.  You must pay your registration fee at the time you submit your information for the conference. Incomplete entries without payment will be deleted. 

Regular Registration ($25) - April 5 - July 6

Late Registration ($25, no hotel) - July 7 - July 12 

Last Minute Registration ($40, no hotel) July 13 - July 14

Registration closes July 14, 5pm  

The IHotel is equipped with free wireless internet for participants. Please bring your device of choice. 

Attendees are responsible for the cost of their own transportation and any additional personal expenses incurred.

This is a low-cost event thanks to the generous sponsorship of the State Farm Companies Foundation, the College of Education at Illinois, the Meemic Foundation, and the Network to Transform Teaching. Professional Development Hours credit available. Space is limited.


Are you interested in presenting at the Illini EDge / Beginning Teacher Conference? Click here for our Call for Proposals

Powerpoints and any handouts provided by presenters will be available as they are collected.

Classroom Grants

The Meemic Foundation will offer opportunities to win five $200 classroom grants. Details forthcoming.

Cancellation Policy

In the event that you need to cancel your participation in Illini EDge, contact Annie at before July 6th, 2017. 

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