Inspiring Learning. 

Changing Lives.

Postoned until June of 2021

Participants will connect with peers, hear a keynote address from a nationally-recognized speaker, hear from content-area featured speakers and choose from dozens of breakout sessions in their content areas.

The conference will feature sessions on leadership (administration), technology, curriculum content (Literacy, Math, Science, Social Studies, Computer Science, Fine Arts, etc.), special education, ELL, social-emotional behavioral health, and teacher leadership.


I’m a dyslexic writer, speaker, and do-gooder who did not learn to read until I was 12 years old.  I faced a number of low expectations growing up—was told I would flip burgers, be a high school dropped out and end up in jail. Needless to say, their hopeful prophecies didn’t come to pass. Opposed to being a high school drop out, I became a college graduate from Brown University with an honors degree in English Lit. Instead of flipping burgers, I ended up writing books. Instead of becoming an inmate, I become an advocate, creating organizations and initiatives that help people who get the short end of the stick.

I’ve won many awards for all of this —The Harry S. Truman Fellowship for Public Services, Finalist for a Roads Scholarship, LA Achievement award from The Lab School of Washington where I shared the stage with Vice President Joe Biden—and have been featured in/on HBO, NPR, The New York Times, NBC, Fast company, and many other media outlets.  But what I’m most proud of is not that I proved some people who doubted me—but that I proved the many people—my mom, a teacher named Mr. R, and my wife Rebecca—right, not just about my potential but about the potential for all of us who live and learn differently.

Alex Kajitani

Alex Kajitani is the 2009 California Teacher of the Year and a Top-4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year. He is the author of two acclaimed books for educators, including Owning It: Proven Strategies for Success in ALL of Your Roles as a Teacher Today, named "Recommended Reading" by the U.S. Department of Education.

Alex is also known across the country as "The Rappin' Mathematician," and his CDs and workbooks are being used in classrooms and homes around the world. He has been honored at the White House, has a popular TED Talk, and has been featured in many media outlets, including the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.

A tireless and innovative advocate for our schools, Kajitani now speaks across the country to educators of ALL levels and subjects. He delivers powerful keynotes that are honest and real, and capture the essence of what it means to be a teacher today. Through heart-wrenching stories, thought-provoking ideas and immediately implementable strategies, Alex inspires us all to teach, not only for the world as it is, but for the world as it can be.

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the 1st Annual Northwest AEA's Learning Conference!
If you are chosen to present (as the lead presenter), your registration fees will be waived and your registration will be handled by the AEA staff. Your conference registration will include a light breakfast, lunch, and snacks for both days of the conference.

Please click here to fill out your session description.

Super Early Bird Pricing (Before April 1) - $75
Early Bird Pricing (After April 1) - $100
Regular Pricing (After May 1) - $125
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