Schedules for the 2017 professional conferences have been released. The timing is great, since this is usually when budget requests are due to schools and districts. This is the time of year when the administrators will be working on their 2017-2018 budgets. Many schools offer teachers and therapists money toward financing trips to these conferences if they submit specific forms ahead of time. Check with your district to see what the protocol is so you do not miss out if it is an option. If they are not available, your school might have a grant writer who could help and find grants for this type of professional development trip.
The National Association of School Psychologists’ website has a professional development area. Their annual convention is in San Antonio, Texas during February 21-24 this year. In addition to this, they have a summer conference July 10-12 in Cincinnati, Ohio and another one July 24-26 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The National Association of School Nurses has not published a new 2017 conference date. However, their upcoming events page does have information about state specific school nurse gatherings. Many of these are in March, and a few are already scheduled in April, May, June, and July.
Sign Language Interpreter
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. has one conference listed for 2017. The RID 2017 LEAD Together Conference is in Salt Lake City, Utah July 20-24.
Upcoming events are listed on The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. website. This year, the 2017 Conference and Centennial Celebration is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from March 30-April 2.
The American Speech-Language Hearing Association has a list of events on their website. This includes online conferences, courses, and more. The 2017 ASHA Convention information is not updated at this point, but is typically scheduled for mid-to-late November each year. Their events are for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, along with speech, language, and hearing scientists.
The American Physical Therapy Association has a page of events for physical therapists including courses, regional gatherings, and international events. Their CSM for 2017 is in San Antonio, Texas on February 15-18.
In addition to conferences, be sure to look for other professional resources that may have continuing education opportunities. Many organizations have online courses and local universities may coordinate programs in your immediate area. Use the websites above as a starting point for your search, but check for more specific areas that interest you and would be beneficial within your current job.