Replaces the MN Assessment Conference with Expanded Focus & Content


Growing the work of the Minnesota Assessment Conference, with expanded programming and a broader focus!

The A+ Education Conference strives to make education assessment relevant and meaningful across the K-12 education field; engages attendees in the work of fostering equity and success; and inspires positive change for better student outcomes.

Minnesota A+ Education Conference Crowd Photo 2016

Who should attend?

Everyone involved in educating K-12 students in Minnesota's public school system.

The conference will provide timely and relevant information for classroom teachers; curriculum, assessment and technology coordinators; counselors, administrators and leaders; and other stakeholders within the state's K-12 education community. Through shared learning and opportunities for dialogue and networking, the A+ Education Conference will be the annual event that you'll want to attend to kick off the new school year!


Assessment for Learning or Earning? Start with WHY

Schools that demonstrate alignment go beyond random acts of improvement. They filter all decisions and actions through the lens of their agreed-upon and deeply held cultural beliefs and clearly understood desired results. Helping schools build their capacity for authentic alignment requires educators to develop and execute a plan to better align their efforts, work smarter and not harder, and be rewarded with powerful results. Ideally, our WHY should serve as the lens through which all actions are considered, decisions made, and practices agreed upon. Our students are not prepared for the advanced content, complex reasoning, or, often, the design of assessments to be successful on those assessments. There is a gap between our traditional approach and what is expected. Bridging that gap will require us to partner with students and colleagues to increase engagement and view assessment as something done for students not just to them.

Keynote Speaker Biography
Tom Hierck has been an educator since 1983 in a career that has spanned all grade levels and many roles in public education. His experiences as a teacher, administrator, district leader, department of education project leader, and executive director have provided a unique context for his education philosophy.

Tom is a compelling presenter, infusing his message of hope with strategies culled from the real world. He understands that educators face unprecedented challenges and knows which strategies will best serve learning communities. Tom has presented to schools and districts across North America with a message of celebration for educators seeking to make a difference in the lives of students. His dynamic presentations explore the importance of positive learning environments and the role of assessment to improve student learning. His belief that "every student is a success story waiting to be told" has led him to work with teachers and administrators to create positive school cultures and build effective relationships that facilitate learning for all students. His most recent book, and his first solo effort, looks at the importance of creating a positive classroom learning environment as a complex but necessary task for all educators. It is his fourteenth title with two more books scheduled.

Tom and his wife of 35 years, Ingrid, are the proud parents of three children and grandparents of six. In his spare time Tom likes to run and he has completed 48 marathons.

Keynote Speaker Tom Hierck



7:30 - 8:30

Registration, Continental Breakfast & Exhibits open

8:30 - 8:45

Welcome & Information

8:45 - 9:30


9:30 - 10:00

Refreshments & Networking (Exhibits Open)

10:00 - 11:00

Concurrent Sessions

11:00 - 11:15

Break (Exhibits Open)

11:15 - 12:15

Concurrent Sessions

12:15 - 1:00


1:00 - 1:30

Desserts & Networking (Exhibits Open)

1:30 - 2:30

Concurrent Sessions

2:30 - 2:45

Break (Exhibits Open)

2:45 - 3:15




Registration will be opening in early May, along with a special early bird discount that will be offered through the end of May. Check back soon for more information!



For your convenience, blocks of rooms have been held at the following hotels across the Twin Cities for the night of August 9, 2017. There is limited space at each hotel, so reserve early to get the best rate!

Radisson Hotel Minneapolis/St. Paul North - Roseville, MN
Rate: $109.00/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 24, 2017 to receive the discounted rate.
There will be a complimentary shuttle for a limited number of guests to and from the RiverCentre on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your seat of the shuttle, please email Caitlin at

Holiday Inn Express St. Paul South - Inver Grove Heights, MN
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, go to the Holiday Inn Express St. Paul South website and use the code "APE" in the Group Code box.
Reservations must be made before July 26, 2017 to receive the discounted rate.

Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge - St. Paul, MN
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 14, 2017 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.


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 a prospectus now for more information.

Ready to Register? Click here.

Exhibitors at A Plus Conference
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Teacher and Students
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