International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence

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Join NISOD in Austin, Texas

NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence is the definitive gathering of community and technical college educators passionate about teaching and learning. Over the years, NISOD’s annual conference has provided faculty, administrators, and staff with the resources, ideas, and solutions that drive excellence in all areas of community and technical college campuses. Come and be inspired by thought-provoking sessions and Preconference Seminars designed specifically for community and technical college educators committed to improving student achievement. With more than 300 sessions in a variety of focus areas and formats presented by your colleagues from across the world, you’ll walk away with dozens of ideas you can implement immediately.

Conference Features

  • NISOD is providing conference participants with two wonderful Saturday excursions, including trips to San Antonio, Texas and the LBJ Presidential Library here in Austin, Texas.
  • The Sunday Evening Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration during which NISOD honors and celebrates Excellence Award recipients, as well as those individuals closest to them who contributed to their success.
  • General sessions featuring inspiring and motivating national speakers.
  • Intensive, hands-on Preconference Seminar workshops facilitated by teaching and learning experts.
  • Special sessions facilitated by experts on the important issues facing today’s community and technical colleges.
  • Exemplary practices and programs explored during Breakout Sessions and Roundtable Discussions.
  • An exciting Exhibit Hall featuring NISOD exhibitors and sponsors demonstrating products and services.
  • Coffee breaks, refreshment breaks, receptions, and prize drawings that make the Exhibit Hall an exciting, information-rich, and fun-filled place to be.
  • The Administrator Series featuring upper-level administrators sharing real-world solutions to today’s demanding campus challenges.
  • Faculty members at NISOD member colleges who would like to attend our 2020 conference, but do not have the financial means to do so, can apply for a Suanne Davis Roueche Faculty Scholarship.

Conference Tracks

NISOD is excited to announce new conference tracks. The conference has always evolved in response to new challenges and opportunities facing community and technical colleges. The new tracks, related to the conference’s major theme of improving student achievement, set a new standard for providing research and solutions that shape the future of teaching and learning.

  • Career and Technical Education, Apprenticeships, and Internships
  • College Readiness, Remediation, ESL, and First-Generation Students
  • Competency-Based Education and Other Alternate Credentialing Strategies
  • Contemporary and Progressive Teaching, Counseling, and Advising Strategies
  • Emerging Issues and Trends at Community and Technical Colleges
  • Entrepreneurship, Strategic Alliances, and Collaborations
  • Evidence and Inquiry, Predictive Analytics, and Other Data Considerations
  • Faculty Hiring, Development, Support, and Governance
  • Guided Pathways and Other Completion and Transfer Efforts
  • Improving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Libraries, Makerspaces, Fablabs, and Other Active Learning Sites
  • Using Technology to Improve Student and Organizational Outcomes

What Others Are Saying

I thoroughly enjoyed my first experience with NISOD. I left even more energized about what I love to do, which is teaching and learning.
—Phyllis D. Adams, Professor, Speech and Theatre, Motlow State Community College

I’m still riding high after my first NISOD conference! From the highly applicable breakout sessions and energetic roundtable discussions to the phenomenal keynote speeches, this is my new “conference home!”, Sean J. Glassberg, Director, Faculty Development, Horry Georgetown Technical College

Excellence Award recipients who attend the conference gain energy and ideas for enhancing their teaching and support of our students, making them even better than they already were. When they bring these new ideas and enthusiasm back to the College, we all benefit.
—John J. “Ski” Sygielski, Ed.D., President, Harrisburg Area Community College

This was my first year presenting at NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence and I indeed had a wonderful experience! It was such an honor to have the opportunity to learn and network with such a vast range of education professionals from all over the country. I was able to bring back a wealth of insightful and transformative pedagogical ideas and strategies to my English classroom, which I’m confident will strengthen my teaching approach as I continue to evolve as an English professor in today’s modern classroom.
—Philip R. Jones, Assistant Professor, English, Texas Southern University

I had a great time with wonderful people and great sessions.
—Chery Cardoza, Truckee Meadows Community College

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