Oct. 19 - 20, 2018 | Noblesville Parks & Recreation Annex/Ivy Tech Noblesville, 300 N. 17th St., Noblesville

This conference supports the classroom preparedness and professional development needs of college students planning to enter the education field and new 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. 

Friday, Oct. 19 (All times ET.)

5:30 – 7:15 p.m. Registration/Exhibitors

Aspiring Educators Track                     
5:30 – 7:15 p.m. | Reception
7:30 – 8:05 p.m. | Welcome & Keynote Address   
8:15 – 9:30 p.m. | ISEA ED Camps    

New & Early Career Educators Track
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. | New & Early Career Reception

9:30 – 10:30 p.m. | Social & Networking

Saturday, Oct. 20

8 – 8:30 a.m. | Registration/Continental Breakfast/Exhibitors
8:45 – 9:45 a.m. | Conference Opening & Keynote Address, Jen Alexander, MA, NCC, SB-RPT
10 – 11 a.m. | Breakout Sessions*
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Breakout Sessions*

Aspiring Educators Track
12:30 – 1 p.m. | Lunch with ISEA Regions

New & Early Career Educators Track
12:30 – 1 p.m. | Lunch

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. | Breakout Sessions* 
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Breakout Sessions*
3:45 – 4 p.m. | Conference Closing & Door Prizes 

Agenda     Breakout Session Descriptions

*Breakout session tracks are denoted by icon. If no icon included, then session is applicable to all conference attendees. 

Keynote Speaker 


Jen Alexander, MA, NCC, SB-RPT, believes that we can make a positive difference with kids – one relationship at a time, which is why she is a passionate leader in the movement to build trauma-sensitive schools. Alexander loves helping others help kids and has done so in schools, as a volunteer for the Attachment & Trauma Network, and when facilitating her own training for educators. 

With more than 15 years of experience helping students as a former special education teacher and current school counselor, she holds degrees in psychology and special education teaching as well as a master’s degree in professional school counseling from the University of Northern Iowa. Alexander is a nationally certified counselor and registered school-based play therapist. 


The Rising Educator Conference is open only to ISTA and Indiana Student Education Association (ISEA) members. The conference is free with membership.  


Register by Oct. 5. 

Cancellation Policy 

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


Rising Educator Conference attendees are responsible for their travel and accommodations. Discounted rates available for hotels designated with an asterisk using ISTA member benefits – travel. Visit to view and book hotels with ISTA rate. 

Hotels nearby: 

*Drury Inn & Suites Indianapolis Northeast, 8180 Shadeland Ave., Indianapolis 800-378-7946800-378-7946

*Drury Inn Indianapolis Northwest, 9320 North Michigan Road, Indianapolis 800-378-7946800-378-7946

*Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing, 8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis 317-846-2700317-846-2700

Baymont Inn & Suites, 16025 Prosperity Dr., Noblesville 317-770-6772317-770-6772

Courtyard Indianapolis Noblesville, 17863 Foundation Drive, Noblesville  317-770-7800317-770-7800

Fairfield Noblesville, 17960 Foundation Dr., Noblesville 317-776-9900317-776-9900

Holiday Inn Express, 13625 Tegler Dr., Noblesville 317-316-0606317-316-0606

Cambria Hotel & Suites Noblesville, 14500 Tegler Dr., Noblesville 317-773-4970317-773-4970

Embassy Suites Noblesville, 13700 Conference Center Dr. South, Noblesville 317-674-1900317-674-1900

Hampton Inn, 11575 Commercial Dr., Fishers 317-913-0300317-913-0300

Baymont Inn & Suites, 9790 N by NE Blvd., Fishers 317-578-2000317-578-2000

Hilton Garden Inn, 9785 N by NE Blvd, Fishers 317-577-5900317-577-5900

Holiday Inn Express, 9791 N by NE Blvd., Fishers 317-558-4100317-558-4100

Spring Hill Suites, 9698 Hague Rd., Indianapolis 317-841-0416317-841-0416

ISTA ReSupply


Experienced educators know it took years to build their classroom supplies from bulletin board materials to the basics. Early career educators start from scratch. 

ISTA ReSupply accepts donated classroom supplies from retiring educators or community members wishing to give a boost to new educators. Those newest to the profession then get to shop at various ISTA conferences and events for classroom supplies they need. 


Thank you to our Rising Educator Conference sponsors.

NEA Member Benefits

Horace Mann

Security Benefit

American Fidelity


Rising Educator Conference Materials 

Conference materials and presentations from the Rising Educator Conference can be found on the edCommunities group, ISTA Rising Educator 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.