Oct. 18 - 19, 2019 | Noblesville Parks & Recreation Annex and Ivy Tech Hamilton Campus, 300 N. 17th St., Noblesville

In the 2019 - 20 school year, the Rising Educator Conference will transition to the INspiring Educator Conference. 

This conference supports the classroom preparedness and professional development needs of college students planning to enter the education field and new and early career educators within the first five years of their career.

Aspiring Educators 
Extend your learning to real-world examples with proven methods from classroom teachers. Explore tools to guide you during your student teaching. Connect with new educators to learn what to expect in your first year.

New & Early Career Educators 
Get the boost of support you need from veteran educators. Network with other new and early career educators. Find resources that remind you why you entered the profession. 

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Friday, Oct. 18 

5:30 p.m. | Registration and ReSupply opens
6:30 - 7:15 p.m. | Light reception | Gymnasium 
7:30 - 8:15 p.m. | Welcome from ISTA President Keith Gambill & Keynote Address, State Superintendent Dr. Jennifer McCormick | Auditorium
8:15 - 9 p.m. | ED Camps | Gymnasium 
9 - 10:30 p.m. | Wellness & relaxation activities 

Saturday, Oct. 19 

8 - 8:30 a.m. | Registration opens & continental breakfast served | Gymnasium 
8 - 8:30 a.m. | Breakfast meeting with ISEA campus advisors | Gymnasium 
8:45 - 9:45 a.m. | Welcome from ISTA Vice President Jennifer Smith-Margraf & Keynote Address, Lisa Colleen 
10 - 11 a.m. | Breakout sessions 
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Breakout sessions
12:20 - 1: 20 p.m. | Lunch | Gymnasium 
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. | Breakout sessions 
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. | Breakout sessions 
3:50 - 4:20 p.m. | Veteran educator panel | Auditorium 
4:20 - 4:30 p.m. | Closing & door prizes | Auditorium 

Full Conference Agenda   Breakout Session Agenda   Session Descriptions 

Keynote Speakers


Dr. Jennifer McCormick is Indiana’s 44th Superintendent of Public Instruction. A nationally-recognized educator and innovator, Dr. McCormick has served at every level of the K - 12 education system. She has been a secondary special education and language arts teacher, elementary principal, assistant superintendent and served as superintendent for seven and a half years.

As Indiana’s education system leader, Dr. McCormick is an energetic and tireless advocate for children, dedicated to improving educational outcomes. A sought after speaker, Dr. McCormick serves as a devoted ambassador for ensuring all stakeholders are working together for student success in Indiana.


Lisa Colleen’s passion is to help empower people to reconnect with their voice, be comfortable in their skin and move to their own rhythm - find their groove! A former physical education and health teacher, she loves acknowledging and celebrating choices that enable fellow educators to shift from surviving in the classroom to living, laughing and thriving in the classroom and in life.

Colleen's life experience as a mom, personal growth facilitator, teacher, women’s ministry director, program development/director, life coach and drum circle facilitator has given her a depth of understanding in working with individuals of all ages, personalities and abilities. She creates a safe environment for people to speak their mind and process their emotions. Lisa introduces creative tools and coping strategies so that people may begin to take steps toward personal growth and leadership.


The INspiring Educator Conference registration is open to ISTA and ISEA members. There is no cost for ISTA or ISEA members to attend. 

Attention new and early career educators! Think you can’t afford to attend the conference? Think again! ISTA is offering a hotel reimbursement of $75 for overnights on Oct. 18 to defray your costs. Up to 100 ISTA members attending the conference can submit a reimbursement request with hotel receipt to receive. If you have questions, contact Becky Koerner at


Registration for the INspiring Educator Conference will be extended until Oct. 10 to accommodate all new members to ISTA and ISEA. This will ensure that those who have not yet been issued a member ID can still register. If you have any questions about registration, please contact the ISTA Member Resource Center at 844-ASK-ISTA.

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INspiring Educator Conference attendees are responsible for their travel and accommodations. Here are hotels near the conference venue:

*Drury Inn & Suites Indianapolis Northeast, 8180 Shadeland Ave., Indianapolis
800-325-0720, refer to group number 2308239.

*Drury Inn Indianapolis Northwest, 9320 North Michigan Road, Indianapolis
800-325-0720 Refer to group number 2308236.

*Embassy Suites by Hilton Noblesville Indianapolis Conference Center, 13700 Conference Center Drive South, Noblesville

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

Baymont Inn & Suites, 16025 Prosperity Dr., Noblesville

Courtyard Indianapolis Noblesville, 17863 Foundation Drive, Noblesville

Fairfield Noblesville, 17960 Foundation 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

Spring Hill Suites, 9698 Hague Rd., Indianapolis

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

Cancellation Policy

Should you be unable to attend any portion of the INspiring Educator Conference, please send your cancellation within seven days of the conference to Becky Koerner at

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