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The A+ Education Conference strives to inspire education professionals to transform systems and practice for the success of ALL students by making student assessment relevant and meaningful.

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The 2018 A+ Education Conference is focused on Transforming Learning. Learning is at the heart of education. Transforming learning requires students and educators to see themselves as learners and discover new ways to "learn to learn". The 2018 A+ Education Conference seeks to support this effort by offering content, dialogue and resources that will enhance learning across educational settings and functions, and lead to improvements in learning outcomes.

The Conference is an annual opportunity for practitioners, leaders and stakeholders within the state's education community to come together to advance learning and share best practices.

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The Choices We Make and Our Commitment to Learning

In this funny and extremely relevant keynote address, Garth Larson will ask participants to examine the choices they make daily. This includes our daily choices as members of society, but more importantly the choices we make that impact our students every day. Garth will ask participants to examine if they are consistently making choices that reflect their commitment to learning for ALL students and then provide five recommendations on choices we should consider as educators. Humorous life choices will be shared, along with relevant school related choices that educators have made leading to a positive impact on learning for the students they serve. Participants will leave this keynote excited about the profession they chose and focused on the choices they will make to better impact learning in the coming school year.

About Garth Larson

Garth Larson, is personally inviting you to attend the A+ Education Conference on August 9 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. Watch as Garth explains just what he has in store for you at the Conference.

Keynote Speaker Garth Larson, Ed.D





7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast & Exhibits Open

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Welcome & Information

8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Address

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Break (Exhibits Open)

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Break (Exhibits Open)

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.


12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

Affinity Group Discussions

1:20 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

2:50 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Dessert Break (Exhibits Open)

3:20 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Wrap Up/Live Polling/Prizes



2018 A+ Education Conference Pricing

Early Bird (registration open – May 31, 2018)
Regular (June 1 - August 2, 2018)
Onsite (August 9, 2018)
Student Rate


Registration Now Open!

Group discounts for parties of 5 or more that register at the same time will be available through the Early Bird period.

Hotel Information

For your convenience, blocks of rooms have been held at the following hotels across the Twin Cities for the night of August 8, 2018. There is limited space at each hotel, so reserve early to get the best rate!

Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge – St. Paul, MN
1.2 miles to Saint Paul RiverCentre
Rate: $129.99/night + tax
Complimentary Parking
To make reservations, call 651-227-8711 and ask for the room block for the A+ Education Conference.
Reservations must be made before July 9, 2018 to receive the discounted rate.
There will be a complimentary shuttle from the hotel to and from the Saint Paul RiverCentre. Please sign up at the front desk upon check-in.

Radisson Hotel Minneapolis/St. Paul North – Roseville, MN
10.3 miles to Saint Paul RiverCentre
Rate: $115.00/night + tax
Complimentary Parking
To make reservations, call the toll free number 800-333-3333 and ask for the room block for the A+ Education Conference.
Reservations must be made before July 27, 2018 to receive the discounted rate.

Holiday Inn Express St. Paul South – Inver Grove Heights, MN
7.2 miles to Saint Paul RiverCentre
Rate: $96.00/night + tax
Complimentary Parking
To make reservations, call 1-651-450-1100 and ask for the A+ Education Conference. If booking online, reserve using the group bookings link.
Reservations must be made before July 20, 2018 to receive the discounted rate.

Parking Information
Due to an incident this past May, the RiverCentre parking ramp will be partially closed during the A+ Education Conference. Additionally, construction is scheduled to take place on Westbound Kellogg Blvd. during the conference. We at GTS Educational Events are aware of the challenge this may pose for attendees, and want to provide alternative parking and arrival options. Please visit the RiverCentre Parking Website for more information on additional parking and transportation options.


Be a Sponsor

Get in on the ground floor of this one-of-a-kind event for all Minnesota public K-12 professionals

Sponsor & Exhibitor Registration is Now Open!

Registration is Now Open!

Why you need to be there:

  • Position yourself as a learning leader in the state of Minnesota
  • Discover emerging trends in the Minnesota K-12 market
  • Generate business opportunities and partnerships
  • Showcase your current product or service

Opportunities are limited and available on a first-come basis.

Download Sponsor & Exhibitor Prospectus for more information.

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Exhibitors at A Plus Conference
Share your product or solution with nearly 1,000 K-12 buyers

Teacher and Students
Ninety-two percent of tradeshow attendees come see and learn about what is new in products and services

Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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