Conference Details

This event is free!

Conference details are being provided to help you better prepare for this exciting event. Through this site, we hope to answer as many questions as possible in advance. There will be quite a few additions prior to the conference. Please check back for updates.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact one of the conference coordinators listed at the bottom of this page.

Conference date:
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Crowne Plaza Hotel
Minneapolis West Location
3131 Campus Drive
Plymouth, MN 55441
Map & directions
Facility Map – see page 2

Parking and Drop off location

  • Complimentary onsite parking is available.
  • Buses should drop participants off at the entrance near the main parking lot. Please follow posted signage.


What to do once you arrive…


  • Volunteers will meet with your group once you arrive. Volunteers will help you finalize your attendance, walk your group through the conference packet and program and give your group a quick overview of the day.
  • Programs will include the schedule for the day, a map of the facility, a list of workshops, a list of competitions and room locations for each.
  • After groups have met with volunteers, students that need to set up projects (educational games, college/career boards, etc.), can do so prior to the 8:40 am opening session.



Eventbrite will be used to register all participants of the Student Leadership Conference.

Through Eventbrite, students and staff of the collaborative districts will have the ability to register for the conference, sign up for competitions and volunteer to judge competitions. Only adults will be allowed to judge events. You may also save your registration to your calendar as a reminder of the upcoming conference.

Registration will begin on February 6, 2017 at 8:00 am and end on April 4, 2017 at 4:00 pm. Registration is first come, first serve and will be limited to 350 students. AVID classes and Educators Rising clubs will need to register as groups.

Students must attend one of the high schools or alternative high schools in the Northwest Suburban Integration School District and must be a member of a school sponsored and chaperoned group (AVID, Educators Rising).


Lunch will be buffet style.


Competitions – Competitions are open to ALL students. AVID Jeopardy is the only competition open to AVID students only.

The deadline date for competition registration will be April 4, 2017. Late registrations/projects will NOT be accepted.

2017 competitions include:

Students are encouraged to participate in the following non-competitive event.

  • Philosophical Chairs


College/Career Fair During the college/career fair, students will participate in a scavenger hunt. Students will be given a list of questions to ask representatives. The questions will help students navigate their way through the college/career fair and learn about the colleges, universities and careers being represented. Students that complete their scavenger hunt form will have their name entered into a special prize drawing.

The college/career fair and the college board competition will be held in the Oslo & Stockholm Rooms. The College Exploration competition will be held in the Viking Lounge (right outside Oslo & Stockholm).

To avoid over crowding, students will be assigned a time to participate in the college/career fair.

Conference Schedule 

8:15 AM – 8:30 AM Arrival & Setup for competitions
8:40 AM – 8:55 AM Welcome & Housekeeping
8:55 AM – 9:20 AM Keynote
9:30 AM – 10:20 AM SESSION 1
10:25 AM – 11:15 AM SESSION 2 1ST LUNCH
11:20 AM – 12:10 PM SESSION 3 2ND LUNCH
12:10 PM – 12:30 PM Transition time to Regency Ballroom for awards ceremony JUDGES/VOLUNTEER LUNCH
12:30 PM – 1:15 PM Awards/Closing Ceremony
1:15 PM Depart for the day


Student Expectations:

When attending professional events such as career fairs or interviews, making a first impression is vital. Participants of the Student Leadership Conference are encouraged to use good judgment when dressing for this event. All clothing MUST be business casual. Clothing should be appropriate, clean, neat and non-offensive.

  • Clothing not allowed includes halter tops, backless, one shoulder or shoulderless shirts/blouses, t-shirts, shirts or dresses that show the midriff or cleavage and pants that hang too low or show underwear.
  • Skirts must be knee length. If wearing leggings, students must wear dresses or shirts that extend below the fingertips.

Click here for examples of what to wear or what not to wear. (Borrowed from The Balance: Dress for Work Success: A Sample Business Casual Dress Code)

  • This day is being planned to help develop and/or enhance your leadership skills. Hanging out or wandering the halls will not be allowed.
  • If you need to set up educational games,  college/career boards or banners, please do so upon arrival as there will not be time to set up for events during or after the opening session.
  • Students are invited to participate in any workshop of choice but we expect that you will respect all presenters by remaining in the workshops for the duration of their presentation. Ensure that your time spent in workshops is used as an opportunity to further your individual leadership skills.

Advisor Expectations:

  • Advisors are encouraged to support all students participating in competitions during the conference. If students are found wandering, we are asking that you direct them to workshops or activities they may find of interest.
  • If you are assigned to help monitor a competition or workshop, we ask that you arrive a few minutes prior to the beginning or the competition/workshop to ensure a smooth transition of duties.

Should you have questions, please feel free to contact:

Melissa Jordan
Northwest Suburban Integration School District
Executive Director

John Warren
Northwest Suburban Integration School District
FCE Program Specialist

J.  Ayenna Davis
Northwest Suburban Integration School District
Multicultural Education Program Specialist
Educators Rising