March 05, 2014

Closing the Gap Conference is March 21

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill.  -- The 13th annual Closing the Gap Conference is March 21. 

The conference is presented by the Southern Illinois P-20 Education Alliance, which includes Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is for educators in pre-k through college programs. The event will offer valuable strategies and techniques in helping meet ever-changing challenges involving classroom technology.  

The conference is from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at John A. Logan College in Carterville.  This year’s theme is “Teaching and Learning Through the Power of Digital Tools.” 

SIU Carbondale’s Continuing Education and Outreach is among the event sponsors.  The conference regularly attracts more than 400 educators. 

Author Meg Ormiston, who has more than 25 years experience as an educator, coach, mentor and guide in helping teachers restructure learning opportunities for today’s digital age, will present the keynote address.  There are also numerous breakout sessions during the conference. 

The course fee is $60 for professionals and $20 for undergraduate students and retirees.  For professionals registering after March 10, the course fee is $75.  Educators can earn five continuing professional development units for participating.  Exhibitor opportunities are also available.

For registration or more information, visit or call 618/536-7751.