Beginning Teacher Conference

The Illinois New Teacher Collaborative invites beginning teachers (all grade levels and content areas) who have just completed their first year of teaching in Illinois to the INTC Beginning Teacher Conference.

Who: Illinois teachers (all grade levels and content areas) completing their first year of full-time teaching

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

When: July 17th and 18th, 2017 

Monday, July 17th
10:30 Conference Check-in
12:00 Lunch
12:45  - 4:30 Conference Sessions
5:00 - 6:00 Reception

Tuesday, July 18th
8:00 Conference Check-in and Breakfast
9:00 - 12:15 Conference Sessions
12:15 - 1:30 Lunch & Keynote
1:30 - Extended Learning Opportunity [more information coming soon]

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

Why: This conference gives new teachers an opportunity to:

  • Reflect on and share the past year’s teaching experience
  • Network with other new teachers from around the state
  • Gain valuable teaching tools and ideas to use in their classroom next year
  • Hear the motivational speaker
  • Volunteer to share their own practice in the innovative Un-Conference: U-Teach session
Additional Notes:

The I Hotel 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.

Professional Development Hours will be available.

Extended Learning Opportunity
“How do I learn about and leverage local resources in my classroom?”

INTC is seeking to provide a space and framework for thinking about the above question in the 2017 BTC / Illini EDge Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 18. The 2017 ELO is an opt-in, post-conference session intended to give give BTC and EDge participants an opportunity to learn from experts on school-community engagement from the Champaign-Urbana and Chicagoland areas. These experts will share their experiences working with local communities, families, and students. They represent perspectives from in and outside of the classroom.

BTC / EDge participants who participate in the ELO will be grouped in a cohort of approximately 10-20 other like-minded teachers. The community engagement experts will work with this cohort, sharing examples and giving advice on bridging the classroom and community. Then, the group will take time to process and apply lessons learned and establish goals. While establishing relationships with a school’s community takes time and will look quite different in our varied contexts, we hope that this experience will provide participants with a few ideas and plans for the upcoming school year.

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The registration fee is $75. The conference includes:

  • one night's stay at the I Hotel or another nearby facility should the room block fill up (a $130 value),
  • meals: one breakfast and two lunches
  • a networking reception
  • 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 ($75) - April 5 - July 6

Late Registration ($75, no hotel) - July 7 - July 12 

Last Minute Registration ($100, no hotel) July 13 - July 14

Registration closes July 14, 5pm  

Presentations & Breakout Sessions

We have three Critical Issues Strands, selected from the National Board's 5 Core Propositions, which provide the architecture for our conference sessions:

  • Teachers are committed to students and their learning
  • Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students
  • Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning

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

Looking for a list of the breakout sessions for the conference? Prepare by looking at our sessions from 2016.

Classroom Grants

At the conference: The Meemic Foundation will offer the opportunity to apply for five $200 classroom grants!

Cancellation Policy

In the event that you need to cancel your participation at the Beginning Teacher Conference, contact Annie at To receive a 100% refund, notification must be received by 5pm on June 9, 2017. Refunds will not be honored after that date.

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INTC would like to thank the State Farm Companies Foundation, the Meemic Foundation, and the Network to Transform Teaching for this year’s support of the Beginning Teacher Conference.

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