Who should attend the Powerful Learners Conference?

Educators who are committed to meeting every student's social-emotional needs and who are committed to equity are the target audience for the Powerful Learners Conference.  The  conference is largely focused on serving students in 5th-12th grades, both in and out of the classroom.

We define educators broadly: teachers, paraprofessionals, resources aids, out-of-school-time youth developers, school and community-based organization leadership and administration, and case managers who work with students -- as well as undergrad and graduate students who will be entering the field.

All experience levels are welcome, but do come prepared to share your insights and participate in skilled and truly collaborative conversations throughout the conference. 

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What are the registration fees?

$100.00 All-Access
All Access ticket holders and those registering with their colleagues as a team will receive access to a pre-conference yoga class, special deep dive breakouts after each session with a smaller group for networking and debriefing, post-conference recordings, presentation materials, a mailed gift box, a guided stretch/dance break and a networking happy hour

$50.00 Live Access
Live conference only, presenter slides/materials

$75.00 Team All-Access - Save when you register 2+ people from the same organization/school/institution!

What does the schedule include?

**Schedule Subject to Change

Optional Yoga 9:00-9:45AM

Welcome Remarks 10:00-10:10-AM

Keynote Address 10:10-10:25AM

Breakouts 10:30-11:15AM

Deep Dive Breakout 11:15-11:35AM

Breakouts 11:40AM-12:25PM

Deep Dive Lunch 12:25-12:55PM

Breakouts 1:00-1:145PM

Stretch/Dance Break 1:45-2:00PM

Deep Dive Breakout 2:00-2:30PM

Closing Session 2:40-3:00PM

Optional Happy Hour 3:00-4:00PM


Who is speaking?

Linda Darling-Hammond, President and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute  and Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University. Learn more about Linda here.

Are scholarships available for the registration fee?

Scholarships are available if you or your organization cannot cover the registration fee. Please contact Mia Righetti at if the registration fee is a financial hardship. In your email, include your name, school/organization, how long you have worked with students, and how/why attending the conference will make an impact on your practice, young people, and school/organization.

Why is there a registration fee for a virtual conference?

The registration fees covers the direct costs of Gateway hosting the virtual conference, including the digital platforms (Zoom and Sched), session recording and production, significant staff skill and time to facilitate and manage the conference, and conference materials and participant boxes. The Live Access Only registration includes only the costs associated with managing and producing the live conference.