Can’t Miss Education Conferences in 2023

Key Points

  • 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 2023 planning.

Audience clapping at professional learning education conferences in 2017 presentation from FETC

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 2023 planning:


January 23-26, 2023; New Orleans, LA
In-Person and Online

FETC is the largest national independent EdTech conference discussing tech trends, strategies and best practices for student and school success. 2023 will mark the 43th 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.


January 30-Feb. 2, 2023; San Antonio, TX
In-Person and Online

Spanning five days with over 700 sessions and workshops, TCEA is the largest state convention and exposition in the US. TCEA’s Convention & Exposition is the place to meet industry peers, collaborate with other educators, and build a tight-knit, professional learning community.

Digital Learning Annual Conference

February 13-15, 2023; Austin, TX
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.

AASA National Conference on Education

February 16-18, 2023; San Antonio, TX
In-Person and Online

This year’s AAASA conference theme is Live Well and Lead Well. At this conference, researchers, educators and practitioners will experience personal growth, enjoy time for connections and find joy in the discovery of new research and strategies.


March 6-9, 2023; 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 will host 185 sessions and hundreds of speakers and continues to stand out as a true thought leadership summit. Check out our podcast from SXSW EDU 2022.

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 16-18, 2023; 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 thousands of educators.


March 20-23, 2023; Austin, TX

CoSN is the conference to attend if you’re a district tech director or leader to reimagine, redesign and renew. Attendees should be prepared to renew their commitment to advancing digital learning and let the Three “R’s” serve as a collective Call to Action.

Education Leaders of Color National Convening

March 22-24, 2023; Las Vegas, NV

This is a three-day event dedicated to advancing EdLoC’s mission and values. Our theme for the 2023 National Convening is “Leading the Charge.” EdLoC members and invited guests will gather for three days of substantive and actionable discussions focused on re-envisioning solutions that further academic, career, and wealth-building opportunities for youth and communities of color.

Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education

March 23-25, 2023; 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 28-30, 2023; San Diego, CA
In-Person and Online

820 deeper learners from around the world gathered in 2022 for a beautiful reminder of why educators do this work, and of the limitless potential of schools to be places of hope, healing, and inspiration. DLC hosts its 10th annual DL conference in 2023! Here’s a recap from our time at the DL2018.


March 29-31, 2023; London
In-Person and Online

With almost 30,000+ attendees from 123+ countries, representing 600+ leading companies and where 5,000+ people connect, 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.

School Climate and Culture Forum

March 30-April 2, 2023; Orlando, FL
June 21-24, 2023; Atlanta, GA
In-Person and Online

The Summit offers 4 or more topic-specific conferences so you can learn from experts and colleagues throughout North America. These multi-day events provide an opportunity for administrators, teachers, counselors and other educators to learn about new insights and strategies for reaching and teaching students.

NSBA Annual Conference and Exposition 

April 1-3, 2023; Orlando, FL

The NSBA 2023 Annual Conference and Exposition is the one national event that brings together education leaders to learn about best governance practices, gain insight into child development and learn about new programs and technology that can help enrich student learning. This event is one of the few—if not the only—places where school board members from around the country can receive the training necessary to address the instructional needs of students and how to improve the efficiency of district operations.

ASU+GSV Summit

April 17-19, 2023; 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 will host world-class speakers in business, entrepreneurship, higher ed and education innovation. Here is our recap of the 2021 summit.

JFF Horizons

June 14-15, 2023; New Orleans, LA

Expect to envision new ideas and capture insights through our workshops, panels, and interactive discussions at this event where more than 1,000 leaders, funders, innovators, workers, learners, and more will share their expertise. Leading thinkers and innovators transforming the education and workforce systems will join forces at this annual summit.


June 25-28, 2023; Philadelphia, PA
In-Person and Online

As the “epicenter of edtech,” ISTE Is where educators and school leaders go to learn about new tools and strategies. This event boasts endless learning opportunities perfect for industry reps, teachers, tech coordinators/directors, administrators, library media specialists and policymakers.

PBL World

June 26-29, 2023; Napa Valley, CA

This 13th annual event will offer the essential skills needed to coach staff through the PBL process, to reflect upon systems and to continue to grow PBL culture with an equity focus. Hear stories that are changing the narrative through gold standard PBL.

ASCA Annual Conference

July 15 – 18, 2023; Atlanta, GA

More information to come…

Big Picture Learning Big Bang

July 2023; Kansas City

In-Person and Online

More information to come…

National Alliance of Black School Educators

Date coming soon…..

The National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) is the nation’s premier non-profit organization devoted to furthering the academic success for the nation’s children – particularly children of African descent and hosts an annual event with over 50 years of leadership and learning.

Aurora Symposium

October 15 – October 17, 2023; Palm Springs, CA

Aurora Institute’s annual conference is the leading event for K-12 competency-based learning. With hundreds of sessions, it brings together experts, edleaders and educators to explore next-gen learning for K-12 students. Check out our recap from 2019.

National Rural Education Association Conference

Dates coming soon…

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.

WPS Summit

Dates coming soon and more info coming soon…

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


Dates coming soon and more info coming soon…

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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