“I have been to a ton of conferences, but we return to SLATE each year because it has had the greatest impact on changing teacher strategies towards more engaged learning experiences for students.”

Many falsely believe that since they can now access industry information via the Internet that the days of live meetings are gone. The truth is, meetings are more important than ever. The value in meetings comes from the human-to-human connections that occur. Often people cite the serendipitous “hallway conversations” that they have with other attendees as the most valuable parts of attending an event. While these are not on the agenda, or mentioned in the breakout sessions learning objectives, when two or more people begin to discuss topics on a deeper and personal level, the success of the event to those involved becomes irreplaceable. It is the people that bring the ROI to your time at a conference.

At SLATE we believe that the cost of attending this event, should not be a barrier to enhancing your skill sets and widening your learning opportunities. Recognizing that there is budget crisis for schools across the nation, and in particular the budget impasse in Illinois - we have reduced the standard registration for this year, in hopes of making it more affordable, even if you are paying this out-of-pocket. It is still important for you to continue to develop your skills, stay on top of teaching and technology trends, and most importantly, continue to network with others that may be in the same situation as you are. For additional information contact, Ken Sadowski, Executive Director.


We have reduced and simplified the registration fees for this year. The following registration fees will be in affect for the 2016 SLATE Conference

• Standard Registration - $149 ea. 
(open May 1 - October 15, 2016)

• Single-Day Registration - $99 ea. 
(choose one day only - Wednesday, Thursday or Friday)
(open May 1 - October 15, 2016)

• Late Registration - $249 ea.
(open October 16 - October 18, 2016)

• Walk-in Registration - $349 ea.
(open October 19 - October 21, 2016)
Cash, check or credit card ONLY

• Preconference Workshops - $50 ea.


CLICK HERE to register online with a credit card

CLICK HERE to register by check or Purchase Order 

Just print, complete, and send in your registration form with your check or purchase order to the address shown.


Payments should be made payable to: NIU

Send purchase orders, registrations and payments to:

SLATE Conference
C/O NIU Outreach Registration Office
Swen Parson 146
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115

All billing inquiries should be directed to the Northern Illinois University Outreach Registration Office at the following number: 815.753.7922

You can also fax your registration to: 815.753.6900