Can’t Miss Education Conferences in 2022

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Like many of these conferences, this list hasn’t been the same for the last few years. Rampant cancellations, breakneck pivots and restricted gatherings have forced conferences and events to reinvent themselves in order to continue bringing people and ideas together. It seems that we are looking towards a brighter future, perhaps one that is even better than before, giving voice and access to hundreds of thousands of new educators and edleaders.

Historically our team has spent a lot of time traveling to conferences around the country to learn with and from experts, facilitate sessions and cover various conference happenings. Throughout our travels, we continue to curate and update a list of our favorites that we think everyone should attend.

Here is the latest list of can’t-miss education conferences for your 2022 planning:


January 19-21, 2022; London
In-Person and Online

With almost 35,000 attendees from 130 countries, representing 850 leading companies and 103 edtech start-ups, and thousands of exhibitors demonstrating the latest in EdTech, BETT is the world’s largest EdTech conference. Taking place in London, BETT believes in creating a better future by transforming education. This conference is premium, inclusive and game-changing. At every level of education, the themes for BETT  are based on the real needs of the education community, from the tech nervous newbie to the cool geeky early adopter. BETT themes at the heart of education.


January 25-28, 2022; Orlando, FL
In-Person and Online

FETC is the largest national independent EdTech conference discussing tech trends, strategies and best practices for student and school success. 2019 marks the 39th annual event focusing on the Future of Education Technology and gathering a group of dynamic and creative education professionals from around the world for an intensive and highly collaborative event exploring new technologies, best practices and pressing issues.

Digital Learning Annual Conference

February 7-9, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia
In-Person and Online

DLAC aims to bring together practitioners working on real change and is designed for a wide range of attendees, including: educators, companies, non-profit organizations, researchers and state education agencies.


February 7-10, 2022; Dallas, TX
In-Person and Online

Spanning five days with over 8,000 attendees, 1,000 sessions and workshops, and 450 exhibiting companies, TCEA is the largest state convention and exposition in the US. This year’s 39th annual event will feature nationally-recognized experts with topics catering to every educator.

AASA National Conference on Education

February 17-19, 2022; Dallas, TX
In-Person and Online

This years AAASA conference is focused on Leading for Student-Centered, Equity-Focused Education. At this conference, researchers, educators and practitioners will come together for intensive debate and discussion on Leading for Student-Centered, Equity-Focused Education, and what that means for your leadership role, community collaboration, district outcomes and student success.


March 7-10, 2022; Austin, TX
In-Person and Online

The internationally recognized SXSW EDU will include four days of sessions, workshops, learning experiences, mentorship, film screenings, policy discussions and so much more all aimed at impacting the future of teaching and learning. The event hosts over 16,000 attendees, 1,200 speakers, 500 sessions and 200 expos and continues to stand out as a true thought leadership summit. Check out our podcast from SXSW EDU 2018.

We are excited to be a media partner at this event, as well as the co-presenters on a number of sessions!

CUE Conference

March 17-19, 2022; Palm Springs, CA
In-Person and Online

CUE is the largest and oldest EdTech conference in California and is targeted towards educators and EdLeaders looking to advance student achievement by using technology in the classroom. The conference has been a go-to event for educational innovation for almost 40 years and provides a best-value, three-day experience for over 6,000 educators.

Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education

March 27-29, 2022; San Diego, CA
In-Person and Online

Since 2014, the Summit on Improvement in Education has developed a vibrant learning community by engaging diverse groups of educational professionals—such as school and district leaders, staff from charter management organizations, leaders in state departments of education and professional organizations, entrepreneurs, faculty from higher education organizations, students, parents, and community leaders—in service of addressing complex problems and issues of inequity in educational outcomes.

Deeper Learning Conference

March 29-31, 2022; San Diego, CA
In-Person and Online

DL2019 is the 7th annual gathering of educators and leaders focused on creating more opportunities for students to learn deeply. Attend this conference to experience deeper learning hands-on through interactive workshops, maker spaces and deep dives. Here’s a recap from our time at the DL2018.

OLC Innovate

Virtual: March 28 – April 1, 2022

Dallas, TX: April 11 – 14, 2022
In-Person and Online 

Attendees will challenge their teaching and learning paradigms, reimagine learner experience and ideate on how disruptions in education today, can shape the innovative classroom of tomorrow.

UnboundED: The Standards Institute

Las Vegas, NV: March 28 – April 1

Los Angeles, CA: June 13-17

Orlando, FL: July 25-29, 2022


This immersive 5-day experience will host conversations about race, examine bias and its role in instruction and learning, and commit to adaptive change within educators and edleaders as practitioners while learning practical strategies that can improve instructional practice and leadership in schools and systems. The Standards Institute is perfect for teachers, coaches, and leaders interested in learning how to incorporate equity-focused, anti-racist, culturally relevant, and responsive instruction into their classrooms. 

ASU+GSV Summit

April 4-6, 2022; San Diego, CA
In-Person and Online

This annual conference is the “only conference during the year where you’ll have access to the smartest and most influential Learning & Talent Tech minds from around the world.” The three-day event hosts over 1000 of the best and brightest in business, entrepreneurship, higher ed and education innovation. Here is our recap of the 2018 summit.


April 11-13, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee

CoSN is the conference to attend if you’re a district tech director or leader. We’re excited to be seeking at this one! More information to be announced…

JFF Horizons

June 7-8, 2022; New Orleans

The Horizons summit is JFF’s signature national event, where they reimagine the workforce and education landscape through conversation and innovation with thought leaders in our fields. SEE BEYOND the present and lead the way in equitable economic advancement for all.


June 26-29, 2022; New Orleans
In-Person and Online

As the “epicenter of edtech,” ISTE Is where educators and school leaders go to learn about new tools and strategies. With over 550 companies, 1,000 sessions and 16,000 educators attending, this event boasts endless learning opportunities perfect for industry reps, teachers, tech coordinators/directors, administrators, library media specialists and policymakers.

Big Picture Learning Big Bang

July 24-27, 2022; South Florida


Big Bang is Big Picture Learning’s annual conference on student-centered learning, an intergenerational collaboration where students, educators, leaders and partners come together as equals to learn from one another and from our host community. In a nutshell, it’s a celebration. And this year they’re celebrating coming back together in the most Big Picture way — by throwing out the rules of what a conference can and should be.

2022 Aurora Symposium

October 24 – October 27, 2022

Aurora Institute’s annual conference is the leading event for K-12 competency-based, blended and online learning. With hundreds of sessions, it brings together experts, EdLeaders and educators to explore next-gen learning for K-12 students. Here are 10 reasons to attend

National Rural Education Association Conference

October 20th & 21st, 2022 Green Bay, Wisconsin

Like always, the Rural Schools Conference has been designed to create an environment for collaboration and innovation with a diverse community that includes, national experts, K–12 and higher education practitioners, leading researchers, policymakers, and philanthropic leaders. The goal is to help communities innovate and leverage local assets to create meaningful learning experiences for rural students.

ASCD Virtual Symposiums

Ongoing through 2022
In-Person and Online

More information to come…

WPS Summit

Dates coming soon…

We loved attending the WPS Summit this year. Read our recap of the event here!

Getting Smart offers a variety of interactive conference services including strategic advising, podcasting, media coverage and social media amplification. To learn more, email [email protected] and place “conference media” in the subject line.

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Bobby Myers

Can we add NCCE 2022 to this list? February 2-4, 2022 in-person in Seattle at the Washington State Convention Center. Edtech for educators, IT directors, admins, and support staff from all over the Pacific Northwest.

Ben Sinclair

If you had to attend just one conference in the US in order to meet EdTech businesses / software developers, which one would you recommend?!

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