A–Z Information Guide2019-08-14T15:56:19-05:00

A–Z Information Guide

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This A–Z Information Guide was created to assist attendees of the National FFA Convention & Expo. The information is presented in alphabetical order for your ease of use and is always subject to change.

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About FFA

FFA is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

FFA develops members’ potential and helps them discover their talent through hands-on experiences, which give members the tools to achieve real-world success. Members are future chemists, veterinarians, government officials, entrepreneurs, bankers, international business leaders, teachers and premier professionals in many career fields.

FFA is an intracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. It is one of the three components of agricultural education. Today, there are 669,989 FFA members, aged 12-21, in 8,630 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

FFA Mission: FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

FFA Vision: FFA provides the next generation of leaders who will change the world.
The Agricultural Education Mission: Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems.

The National FFA Organization affirms its belief in the value of all human beings and seeks diversity in its membership, leadership and staff as an equal opportunity employer.

The National FFA Convention & Expo is a National Association of Secondary School Principals approved student program.

Accessibility

FFA is dedicated to ensuring all members and guests are able to participate and have a positive learning experience. If you need accommodations as outlined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please identify the type of accommodations needed during the convention registration process. For assistance during the event, visit the Information Station located in front of ICC, Hall D.

Attendees with Hearing Loss
Signed interpretation those with hearing loss is provided for all convention and expo sessions in specific seating sections. For specific locations, ask event staff.

Seating for Attendees with Disabilities
For participants who need ADA-accessible seating at Bankers Life Fieldhouse or Lucas Oil Stadium, please work with event staff who will direct you to ADA-wheelchair and mobility-accessible seating. For ticketed entertainment at Bankers Life Fieldhouse or Indiana Farmers Coliseum, take general seating tickets purchased through registration to the facility’s main ticket office. You will be allowed to exchange general seating tickets, one for the participant with mobility issues and one for a companion.

Drop-Off/Pick-Up Zones for Attendees with Disabilities
Updated information coming soon.

ATMs

ATMs are available throughout the public areas of Lucas Oil Stadium and on the first level of the Indiana Convention Center, in the Maryland Food Court, between Room 116 and the 500 Ballroom Reception Room, and behind room 140. At Bankers Life Fieldhouse, ATMs are located in the Entry Pavilion, on the Main Concourse at Section 19 and on the Balcony Level at Section 211.

Awards and Recognition

Thousands of FFA members attend the National FFA Convention & Expo to be recognized for outstanding accomplishments or compete for national recognition after earning statewide acclaim. Areas are briefly explained below; find additional information at FFA.org/awards.

Agriscience Fair: The National FFA Agriscience Fair recognizes student researchers studying the application of agricultural scientific principles and emerging technologies in agricultural enterprises.
American FFA Degree: This degree is the highest honor awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experience. Fewer than one percent of FFA members annually enjoy this honor.
American Star Awards: The American Star Awards represent the best of the best among thousands of American FFA Degree recipients. Finalists for the award have mastered skills in production, finance, management and/or research.
Career and Leadership Development Events: Career and Leadership Development Events develop college and career readiness skills. The competitive events serve as an outgrowth of instruction in the agricultural education classroom for FFA members in grades 7 to 12.
Honorary Awards: FFA relies on the support of exceptional teachers, individuals and companies to provide life-changing experiences for its members. Each year those who have made outstanding contributions to FFA are honored with Distinguished Service Citations, VIP awards or the Honorary American FFA Degree.
National Chapter Awards: The National Chapter Award Program is designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization.
Proficiency Awards: The National FFA Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through their supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs), have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers.

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Bags, Backpacks and Purses

Bags, backpacks and purses of reasonable size are allowed in convention venues but must be searched by event staff prior to entry. Be sure to remove prohibited items prior to entry. (See Prohibited Items for a list) No bag or item checks are available at any convention venue.

Band, Chorus and Talent

FFA members participating in the National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent apply during the summer to participate and compete with their talents during the National FFA Convention & Expo. Catch these talented members performing during general sessions, convention venue stages, during the National FFA Talent competition and during the National FFA Band and Chorus Concert.

Broadcasting / Streaming

Keep up with the National FFA Convention & Expo wherever you are! RFD-TV will provide live gavel-to-gavel television coverage of all convention sessions. General sessions and other events will also be broadcast live on FFA.org and FFA social media platforms, along with event replays and highlights.

Bus Loading Zones

Updating information coming soon.

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Chapter / State Photos

Updated information coming soon.

Charging Stations

Updated information coming soon.

Code of Conduct

By attending or participating in the National FFA Convention & Expo, you agree to abide by the Code of Conduct and the FFA Code of Ethics.

FFA Code of Ethics
FFA members conduct themselves at all times to be a credit to the organization, chapter, school, community and family. As an FFA member, I pledge to:

  1. Develop my potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.
  2. Make a positive difference in the lives of others.
  3. Dress neatly and appropriately for the occasion.
  4. Respect the rights of others and their property.
  5. Be courteous, honest and fair with others.
  6. Communicate in an appropriate, purposeful and positive manner.
  7. Demonstrate good sportsmanship by being modest in winning and generous in defeat.
  8. Make myself aware of FFA programs and activities and be an active participant.
  9. Conduct and value a supervised agricultural experience program.
  10. Strive to establish and enhance my skills through agricultural education in order to enter a successful career.
  11. Appreciate and promote diversity in our organization.

Code of Conduct
All convention and expo participants are expected to obey all local, state and federal laws. Participants shall abstain from abusive, disruptive or inappropriate behavior before, during or after the event in all forms, including in-person, via digital or social media and any other form of communication.

The National FFA Organization may act in its discretion to address any attendee(s), group(s) or participant(s) it believes fail to uphold the criteria of the FFA Code of Ethics or Code of Conduct, including but not limited to revoking event access without refund or reduction of any fees paid or payable, removal from participation in awards and recognition programs, and revocation of awards and recognition earned.

Please contact the Control Center if you’ve observed or experienced a violation of the FFA Code of Ethics or Code of Conduct.

Concerts

Attendees of the National FFA Convention & Expo are invited to two exclusive concerts at Bankers Life Fieldhouse! Tickets for each show are available through Ticketmaster while supplies last. Important: You must have your concert ticket and your convention registration name badge to enter the concert. Shows start 8:30 p.m. EDT (Doors open 7:30 p.m.)

Concessions / Dining / Food Trucks

There’s no shortage of places to grab a bite to eat during your visit to Indianapolis, regardless of your group’s size or budget. For options around downtown Indianapolis, check Visit Indy’s Eat & Drink page or download the National FFA Convention & Expo app for a large list of nearby Indianapolis dining options of all types.

Don’t miss the food trucks on South Street in between Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center on Wednesday, Oct. 30, Thursday, Oct. 31 and Friday, Nov. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Inside the Indiana Convention Center, several concession stands and three food courts offer numerous dining options. All concession stands located within the expo halls will be open during expo hours.

Control Center

The Convention & Expo Control Center inside ICC Room 116 serves as the event headquarters. For general information inquiries, see Information Stations. For Lost and Found, visit Courtesy Corps Headquarters in ICC Room 117.

Courtesy Corps

The National FFA Convention & Expo Courtesy Corps is a great way for FFA members to get involved and help ensure our convention and expo is a success. Registration is available online. During convention, visit Courtesy Corps Headquarters in ICC 117 (317-262-5904) for more information and to check in for a shift.

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Delegates

A total of 475 student delegates representing each state FFA association meet during the National FFA Convention & Expo to set membership dues, elect the next National FFA Officer Team, recommend new initiatives and suggest changes. This allows the student voice to influence the direction of the National FFA Organization. For more information about National FFA Delegates, visit FFA.org/Delegates.

Diaper Changing / Nursing Mother Stations

Most restrooms at convention venues offer diaper changing stations for attendees with young children.

Lucas Oil Stadium offers three self-contained, individual pods for nursing mothers (Street Level, near Section 132; Street Level, near Sections 108-110; and Terrace Level, near Sections 518/619). The Indiana Convention Center maintains a room for nursing mothers located in the women’s restroom on the first floor across from the Security Dispatch and First Aid Offices along the Crossroads Corridor. If you would like a private location for nursing at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, please contact the nearest Usher or Guest Relations representative for assistance.

Drones / Unmanned Aircraft Systems

All usage of drones or other unmanned aircraft systems is prohibited in and around all National FFA Convention & Expo venues without prior authorization from the National FFA Organization and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

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Exhibitor List

A full list of exhibitors in the National FFA Expo and Shopping Mall is available online and via  the free convention mobile device app.

Exhibitor Services

Confirmed exhibitors in the National FFA Expo and Shopping Mall should report to the registration area in ICC Hall B upon first arrival. Additionally, an Exhibitor Lounge is available near the Biotechnology Systems pathway. Contact the Exhibitor Services Desk near the back of Hall F for direct exhibitor support.

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FFA Alumni and Supporters

More than 400,000 FFA Alumni and Supporters, motivate and mentor FFA student members around the country throughout the year. At the National FFA Convention & Expo, such members come together to volunteer, be recognized for their gifts of time and much more. Interested in joining? Visit FFA.org/alumni.

FFA Blue Room

The FFA Blue Room at the National FFA Convention & Expo delivers experiential learning and thought-provoking exposure to the convergence of agriculture, technology, human health, engineering, and more as part of FFA Blue 365. Located in the Indiana Convention Center 500 Ballroom.

Each session in the FFA Blue Room lasts 90 minutes from when the doors open. Arrive early to secure your spot and pick up some cool swag! No pre-registration required.

First Aid

In an emergency, always dial 911.

Bankers Life Fieldhouse: The First Aid Station on the Main Concourse is located near Section 7.
Indiana Convention Center: First Aid is located in the Crossroads Corridor, east of Halls D & E on the first floor of the convention center.
Indiana Farmers Coliseum: First Aid is located near Section 207.
Lucas Oil Stadium: The main First Aid office is located in the northwest corner of Street Level, adjacent to Section 145.

Follow Along / Social Media

Follow and share the stories of the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo on social media! The official event hashtag is #FFA19. Follow FFA on (@NationalFFA) on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Convention news and highlights will published on FFA.org.

Future Convention Dates

2020: Oct. 28 – 31, Indianapolis
2021: Oct. 27 – 30, Indianapolis
2022: Oct. 26 – 29, Indianapolis

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Hall of States

Hall of States will be located at the Indiana Convention Center, Hall K. These exhibits provide a panoramic view of America’s agricultural diversity as represented by state and chapter FFA groups. Please take the time to visit the states and chapters showcasing what they have to offer.

Housing Desk

The Housing Desk, located in ICC, Room 116 will serve as the resource for questions on housing. Phone: (317) 262-5906

Tuesday, Oct. 29 – 1 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 30 – 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 31 – 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1 – 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Indoor Walkways

Using the downtown Indianapolis skywalks to get around is a great way to navigate the city while staying indoors. Indoor walkways connect the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium to JW Marriott complex, Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, Westin, Hyatt Regency, Omni Severin, Crown Plaza and Circle Centre Mall.

Information Stations

Get help at Information Stations stationed around the National FFA Convention & Expo. These locations can answer questions, provide directions, suggest dining options and more. Find stations inside the Indiana Convention Center (Georgia Street lobby, near the entrance of Halls D & E, and near Hall B) and in the West Pavilion of the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

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Local Attractions

Visit the Tours and Attractions page or the convention mobile device app for information about Indianapolis area attractions, including Downtown Indianapolis, Visit Indiana, Indiana Agritourism and surrounding areas.

Lost and Found

The Courtesy Corps Headquarters in ICC Room 117 (317-262-5904) operates a lost and found facility for items and people during the National FFA Convention & Expo. The room is a secure location for all participants to turn in found items.

Individuals separated from their groups can report to this safe location for assistance.

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Maps

Detailed, venue-specific maps with points of interest are available on the free mobile device app (See: Mobile Device App) and on the maps page (coming soon). Informational maps are also posted inside the Indiana Convention Center.

Media

FFA welcomes members of the news media to cover and tell the great stories of FFA members. All media members must be credentialed through National FFA Media Relations to access any venue of the National FFA Convention & Expo. Contact media@ffa.org or the Control Center for more information.

Mobile Device App

App will publish in October

Download the official app of the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo for free on Apple and Android devices. The app includes a complete and customizable schedule, comprehensive maps, exhibitor listings, attraction and dining listings, games, event push notifications and much more. Search “FFA Events” on your app store to download.

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National Days of Service

FFA members give back to the convention host city community by participating in one of many National Days of Service projects while attending the National FFA Convention & Expo. FFA members sign up to participate during the convention registration process that opens in September.

National Officers

Six FFA members are elected annually by student delegates to serve on the National FFA Officer Team. They are most visible during the National FFA Convention & Expo as the entertaining hosts and inspirational keynote speakers of general sessions, but that’s just a small part of their yearlong service to FFA. National officers represent the student members on the National FFA Board of Directors, facilitate workshops that bring leadership and knowledge to FFA members across the country, deliver motivational speeches and serve as advocates for FFA on a global scale. Visit FFA.org/officers to learn more.

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Official Dress

FFA members will want to wear Official Dress at many events during the National FFA Convention & Expo. Here’s a guide to looking your best.

Official Dress for an FFA member

  • An official FFA jacket zipped to the top.
  • Black slacks and black socks/nylons or black skirt and black nylons.
  • White collared blouse or white collared shirt.
  • Official FFA tie or official FFA scarf.
  • Black dress shoes with closed heel and toe.

Official garb of recognized religions may be worn with all Official Dress. As students attend events, we ask that hats not be worn during sessions or at events.

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Parking

All parking must be purchased directly from the garages and lots in Indianapolis. No parking passes of any kind will be sold through convention registration. Visit the Travel Planning page for more information.

Phone Numbers

Phone numbers are active during the event only. Contact the National FFA Organization (1-888-332-2668) directly for pre- and post-event inquiries.

Control Center (ICC 116): 317-262-5905
Career Success Tours (ICC Conf. Room W): 317-262-5908
Courtesy Corps HQ (ICC 117): 317-262-5904
Housing Desk (ICC 116): 317-262-5906
Lost & Found (ICC 117): 317-262-5904
Transportation Desk (ICC Conf. Room W): 317-262-5908

Photo and Video Recording Policy

Professional photography and videography at the National FFA Convention & Expo requires proper credentials and authorization from National FFA Media Relations. (See: Media)

Attendees may utilize personal digital cameras to capture content for personal, non-commercial use. Attendees may obtain photo and video from their seats or other safe, authorized and non-disruptive areas. Do not block aisles, doorways, exit routes, hallways, sidewalks or the views other attendees.

Registered attendees of the National FFA Convention & Expo irrevocably consent and authorize the National FFA Organization to use the image of their appearance in a promotional video, film, audio recording or photograph of FFA or others working on behalf of FFA including FFA sponsors or licensees, and for any other related purposes of FFA, without any fee whatsoever.

Prohibited Items

For your safety, all convention participants are subject to airport-style search at venue entry. This applies to all convention venues, including Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Indiana State Fairgrounds.

For safety reasons, prohibited items include but are not limited to:

  • Knives (all types and all sizes)
  • Weapons of any type, including chains, knives, firearms, and spiked jewelry
  • Alcohol, drugs, illegal substances, or any paraphernalia associated with drug use
  • Laser pens/pointers of any type
  • Outside food or drinks
  • Over-sized bags
  • Pepper spray/Mace
  • Any other item deemed unacceptable by event/building management

Public Transportation

Airport Shuttles – Go Express offers nonstop service from Indianapolis International Airport to convenient locations near major downtown hotels and the Indiana Convention Center. This express, non-stop bus service runs every 30 minutes from 5 am-11 pm for $12/person one way. For those staying at airport-area hotels, most provide complimentary shuttles for guests.

IndyGo – IndyGo has several public bus routes that move throughout the Indianapolis area. Coverage includes direct routes from downtown to all major shopping malls as well as many cultural destinations. IndyGo buses depart from the Julia M. Carson Transit Center at 201 E. Washington Street and include routes to the airport. The bus schedule will vary with each route. Contact IndyGo for scheduled information, including Open Door service for guests with disabilities, at (317) 635-3344 or IndyGo.net.

Shared Ride Services – Uber and Lyft services are available in Indianapolis.

Taxi Service – Taxi service is available in Indianapolis. There is a $15 minimum charge for all fares from the airport, regardless of distance.

BlueIndy – BlueIndy is an electric car-sharing service that connects you to destinations around the city of Indianapolis, including the airport.

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Registration / Badge Pickup

On-site registration and badge pickup is located in ICC, Hall B.

Tuesday, Oct. 29: 1 – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 30: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 31: 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2: 6:30 – 9 a.m. *

*at Lucas Oil Stadium only

Lost badges: Visit registration to replace a lost badge for $10/each (cash only). Student members must be accompanied by an advisor/chaperone to receive a replacement badge.

RFID Policy

FFA uses Radio Frequency Identification technology to authenticate registration badges, understand event dynamics and track venue usage.

Rodeos

Get your boots on and enjoy all of the thrills that World’s Toughest Rodeo has to offer during the National FFA Convention & Expo rodeos! Shows are offered Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night during convention week at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Tickets must be purchased through Ticketmaster. All attendees must have a ticket and their convention registration badge to enter.

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Safety

Use good judgement and common sense when attending convention events.

  • If you see something suspicious, say something. Call 911.
  • Always travel in pairs or groups.
  • Know your location at all times.
  • Look out for others.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Use marked pedestrian crosswalks and sidewalks.
  • If an alarm sounds, prepare to evacuate immediately.
  • Follow instructions of venue staff and first responders.

Schedules

A general event schedule can be found in the printed convention guidebook. More detailed schedules are available within the downloadable mobile device app and the Schedule page. Participants in awards and recognition programs should adhere to schedules provided by individual program managers. All scheduled events are listed in Eastern Standard Time and are subject to change.

Sensory Sensitivites

The experience of attending the National FFA Convention & Expo is enhanced by the use of loud, sudden audio, flashing lights, lasers, strobing lights, video display boards and other elements in various venues. Participants with sensitivities to these items should be aware of their use, especially during General Sessions, entertainment events and inside the National FFA Expo.

Service Animals

Convention venues are ADA-compliant and welcome guests with disabilities and their trained assistive animals.

Shopping

Don’t miss the Shop FFA Mega Store with more than 43,000 square feet of FFA merchandise! Located inside ICC Hall C, the store is stocked with convention tees, logo gear, Official Dress items, accessories, gifts and more! Nearby, visit the FFA Shopping Mall with multiple vendors from around the country.

Shuttles

CDE/LDE Shuttles
Courtesy shuttles between the Indiana Convention Center and the Indiana State Fairgrounds are provided for all registered convention and expo participants participating in CDE/LDE events at Indiana State Fairgrounds. Shuttles depart approximately every 15 minutes. Allow 20 minutes for one-way travel. Visit convention.FFA.org/shuttles to view stop locations and operating hours.

Rodeo Shuttles
Attendees of the rodeos at Indiana Farmers Coliseum can purchase a round-trip shuttle pass from Indiana Convention Center to the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The shuttle pass is available through convention registration only.

Note: FFA Hotel Shuttles are no longer offered.

Sponsors and Donors

The National FFA Convention & Expo is made possible by the generous support of corporate sponsors, individual donors and the Indianapolis Local Organizing Committee. If you are interested in supporting FFA members, please visit FFA.org/foundation.

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Tours

Career Development Event Tours, Career Success Tours (registration required), Educational Tours and National FFA Center Tours are offered throughout the week of the National FFA Convention & Expo. Visit Tours and Attractions for detailed information.

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Vehicle Safety and Security

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is working to reduce preventable crimes and make your convention and expo experience safe. Drivers are responsible for the security of the vehicle and the items left inside. Convention and expo attendees are encouraged to follow the recommendations below:

  1. Park in approved parking areas.
  2. Lock your vehicle.
  3. Remove valuables.
  4. If you are unable to remove valuables, place them in a trunk or other secure space.

Venue Entry

Arrive early to avoid long lines before convention events! For the protection and safety of our attendees, a security check will take place at entry into all convention venues. All convention attendees must present their badge to gain entry to all convention venues. Additionally, similar procedures found in airports today will be used during entry. This will include bag checks, entry through metal detectors and/or use of wands. Please see Prohibited Items for more information.

Volunteers

To pull off an event of this magnitude, it’s all hands on deck! Check out the Volunteers page for more information or visit the City Volunteer Desk in ICC Room 117.

Volunteer Desk Hours

Monday, Oct. 28: Noon – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 29: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 30: 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 31: 6 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1: 6 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2: 6 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Weather

Indianapolis weather in the fall can vary and change rapidly. Check forecasts regularly to prepare before arriving and stay tuned to weather alerts offered by the National Weather Service. Move indoors during inclement weather (lightning, strong winds and thunderstorms) and wear appropriate clothing for the elements. View Indoor Walkways section for alternate indoor routes.

Wi-Fi

Free wireless internet access is available to all convention attendees. Connection information will be posted soon.

Workshops, Student and Teacher

Your convention and expo experience isn’t complete until you’ve attended workshops at Indiana Convention Center! Student workshops help members develop premier leadership, personal growth, and career success, while teacher workshops provide teachers with new ideas and activities to integrate into their classrooms.

Download the free convention mobile device app or visit the Student and Teacher Workshops page for a complete schedule.

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