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Good Teaching Conference

Preliminary Agenda

Friday, March 3

6:30 p.m. ET         Registration 
7 – 8 p.m. ET        Networking | Heavy appetizers and refreshments
8 – 9 p.m. ET        Awards | National Board Certification recognition ceremony

Saturday, March 4

8 – 9 a.m. ET         Registration | Breakfast | Vendors
10 – 3 p.m. ET       Conference programming

A detailed agenda will be available closer to the conference. 

Dave Burgess will present a high-energy, inspirational keynote based on his New York Times best-selling book, "Teach Like a PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator". 

Earn Professional Growth Plan (PGP) points for both Friday evening and Saturday sessions.

Conference materials and presentations will be available after the conference on the edCommunities group, ISTA Good Teaching Conference. If you haven’t yet signed up for edCommunities, follow the instructions in the link above to access an online, national community of educators and professional groups.


The Good Teaching Conference is free for ISTA members to attend. Non-members may attend at a cost of $100. 


Registration closes Feb. 17. 

ISTA ReSupply

Educators within the first five years of their career can shop at ISTA ReSupply during the Good Teaching Conference!

ISTA ReSupply accepts gently used and new classroom supplies from retiring educators and community members. New educators are invited to shop ReSupply for items they need for the school year at no cost. 


Good Teaching Conference attendees are responsible for their travel and accommodations. ISTA has secured a discounted block of rooms at the following hotel located near the conference venue:

Fairfield Noblesville, 17960 Foundation Dr., Noblesville

Additional hotels near the venue include:

*Drury Inn & Suites Indianapolis Northeast, 8180 Shadeland Ave., Indianapolis

*Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing, 8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis 

Baymont Inn & Suites, 16025 Prosperity Dr., Noblesville 

Holiday Inn Express, 13625 Tegler Dr., Noblesville 

Hampton Inn, 11575 Commercial Dr., Fishers 

Baymont Inn & Suites, 9790 N by NE Blvd., Fishers 

Hilton Garden Inn, 9785 N by NE Blvd, Fishers 

Holiday Inn Express, 9791 N by NE Blvd., Fishers 

SpringHill Suites, 9698 Hague Rd., Indianapolis 

*Discounted rates available for these hotels using ISTA member benefits. Visit to view and book hotels with ISTA rate.

Please be aware that a large men’s basketball tourney will be hosted in Westfield on the same weekend. Hotel rooms may be limited. If you plan to stay overnight, book your hotel early. 

Interested Presenters

The ISTA Professional Resource Center is seeking breakout session presenters for the conference. Teachers, education support professionals, retired educators and higher education professionals are encouraged to apply to present. Proposals can focus on teaching and learning, career goal setting, work-life balance and more, but the practice of teaching is the focus of this conference. 

The deadline to submit proposals is now closed. 

Cancellation Policy

Should you be unable to attend any portion of the Good Teaching Conference, please send your cancellation within seven days of the conference to Melanie Harris at