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PEN National Conference

  • University of Minnesota 100 Church St. S.E. Minneapolis MN 55455 (map)

Educating for Democracy: Navigating the Current and Channeling the Future of Progressive Education

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Join us in the Twin Cities for the 2019 Progressive Education Network Conference, surrounded by abundant lakes, ponds and wetlands and by the shore of the Mississippi River, we will re-imagine progressive education for the 21st Century. Visit our conference website for featured speakers and to view our conference schedule >>

While we honor the historical sources of progressive philosophy, we want this conference to be a space that co-constructs, elevates and embraces new narratives, reflective of “respectfully collaborative and critical relationships between students, educators, parents/guardians, and the community.”

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The PEN 2019 planning committee looks forward to another great conference at which we will introduce, renew, affirm and create progressive practices – creating a mighty current that will transform education. We are looking forward to all of the hands-on, energizing, thought provoking, inspiring workshops, roundtables and place-based experiences for the participants and educators converging in this wonderful natural setting in Minneapolis, Minnesota in October 2019.

Training Location

University of Minnesota Twin Cities Minneapolis Campus
100 Church St. S.E.
Minneapolis MN 55455

Transportation and attractions

PEN 2019 is being held on and around the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Minneapolis campus. The campus is served by multiple Metro Transit bus lines, the Green Line Train, and hosts Nice Ride bike rental kiosks. Both Uber and Lyft operate in the Twin Cities as well as conventional taxi cabs.

The campus and conference hotels are 15-20 minutes from Minneapolis St. Paul Airport, and a 30 minute drive or Green line ride from the Amtrak station (Union Station) in downtown St. Paul.

The Twin Cities are home to wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities, dining, sports and arts attractions.

Hotel Information

PEN has reserved blocks of rooms at a conference discount rate at The Graduate Minneapolis Hotel, which is located within steps of our main conference venues.

The Graduate Minneapolis Hotel
615 Washington Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: (612) 379-8888
Hotel website

Hotel registration deadline for the Graduate: Sept. 2, 2019.

Call and press 1 for reservations, and ask for the “Progressive Education Network PEN”, or register online with the PEN discount. Now available are double/double and double/queen room options.

Additional blocks of rooms are also available at reduced rates at the following hotels:

PEN 2019 registration rates

Individual registration

  • Early bird (*through June 21*): $280

  • Regular rate (starting June 22): $350

  • Conference presenters: $250

  • College students: $75

  • Single day: $110

Group registration rates:

  • Teams of 5-9: $250 per person

  • Teams of 10-24: $200 per person

  • Teams of 25 or more: $165 per person

  • Thursday school site visits: $75

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