March 1 - 2, 2019 | Noblesville Parks & Recreation Annex, Ivy Tech Noblesville, 300 N. 17th St., Noblesville

The conference by teachers, for teachers. 
This conference aims to enhance educator skills and bring fresh, new ideas into the classroom or school to improve student learning.


All times ET. 

Friday, March 1 

6:30 - 10 p.m. | Registration & Exhibitors 
7 - 7:20 p.m. | Icebreaker 
7:25 - 8:30 p.m. | Welcome & Keynote Speaker, Dr. Lori Desautels, "Revelations in Education" 
8:30 - 10 p.m. | Dessert & Fruit Reception with Wellness Activities & Networking 

Saturday, March 2 

8 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. | Registration & Exhibitors
8 - 8:45 a.m. | Continental Breakfast 
8:50 - 9 a.m. | Welcome, Teresa Meredith, ISTA President & National Board Certification Recognition
9 - 10 a.m. | Keynote Speaker, Jody Urquhart 
10:15 - 11:15 a.m. | Breakout Sessions
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Breakout Sessions 
12:30 - 1:15 p.m. | Lunch 
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. | Breakout Sessions 
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. | Breakout Sessions 
3:45 p.m. | Closing 

Agenda   Breakout Sessions Agenda  Breakout Session Descriptions

Conference App

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Note: Selecting a session on the conference app does not guarantee attendance. The sessions are first-come, first-served as space allows. 

Keynote Speakers

Jody Urquhart

A highly sought-after, funny motivational speaker, Jody Urquhart is a former comedian whose motivational speeches deliver humor with a meaningful message. Urquhart is the author of All Work & No Say, a best-selling book that shattered assumptions that work can’t be rewarding and fun. A motivational speaker for over 16 years, she speaks at over 60 organizations and associations every year and is a top keynote speaker.

Lori Desautels, Ph.D. 

Dr. Lori Desautels is an undergraduate and graduate assistant professor at Butler University in Indianapolis. Desautels previously taught emotionally troubled upper elementary students, worked as a school and private counselor and served as a behavioral consultant for Methodist Hospital in the adolescent psychiatric unit. 

Desautels has published in several scholarly journals, along with two books. She graduated with a bachelor’s in special education from Butler University, a master’s in counseling from Indiana University and earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from Indiana University.


Good Teaching Conference registration is open to ISTA members. There is no cost for ISTA members to attend. 


The Good Teaching Conference is now accepting non-member educator registrations through close of registration. The cost for non-members is $250. Non-member educators will use the same registration link posted above. 

Registration closes Feb. 19. 


Good Teaching Conference attendees are responsible for their travel and accommodations. Here is a list of hotel accommodations near the venue.

Fairfield Noblesville, 17960 Foundation Dr., Noblesville 317-776-9900

Courtyard Noblesville, 17960 Foundation Dr., Noblesville  317-770-7800

*Drury Inn & Suites Indianapolis Northeast, 8180 Shadeland Ave., Indianapolis  317-849-8900

*Drury Inn Indianapolis Northwest, 9320 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis  317-876-9777

*Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing, 8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis   317-846-2700

Baymont Inn & Suites, 16025 Prosperity Dr., Noblesville   317-770-6772

Holiday Inn Express, 13625 Tegler Dr., Noblesville   317-316-0606

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

Embassy Suites by Hilton Noblesville Indianapolis Conference Center  317-849-8900

Holiday Inn Express, 13625 Tegler Dr., Noblesville  317-876-9777

Cambria Suites, 13500 Tegler Dr., Noblesville

Hampton Inn, 11575 Commercial Dr., Fishers   317-913-0300

Baymont Inn & Suites, 16025 Prosperity Dr., Noblesville  317-770-6777

Baymont Inn & Suites, 9790 N by NE Blvd., Fishers   317-578-2000

Hilton Garden Inn, 9785 N by NE Blvd., Fishers   317-577-5900

Holiday Inn Express, 9791 N by NE Blvd., Fishers   317-558-4100

SpringHill Suites, 9698 Hague Rd., Indianapolis   317-841-0416

Good Teaching Conference Materials 

Conference materials and presentations from previous Good Teaching Conferences can be found on the edCommunities group, ISTA Good Teaching Conference. If you haven’t yet signed up for edCommunities, visit to register. EdCommunities provides access to an online, national community of educators and professional groups to connect with your peers. 


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