For Gap Year & LD PostSecondary Programs (non-therapeutic), and Related Service Companies


July 15-17, 2020

To register, click on the yellow “Registration” icon below.


Our Spring Into Summer Virtual Conference will feature reduced registration fees, no hotel or airline costs, and you can participate in your fuzzy slippers from anywhere in the world—this conference is going to be fantastic!

We are getting more excited every day as we design our brand-new virtual conference platform! We are eager to share the latest information with you as we re-open registration for those not yet signed up, and adjust fees for those who are registered.

On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the schedule will start at 11:30 a.m. ET and continue through approximately 6:00 p.m. ET (8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. PT) with a diverse menu of networking and educational options available to you. You will be able to pick and choose from opportunities all day every day—there will truly be something for everyone! From our 24/7 interactive Exhibit Hall and small group roundtables offered every day, to our live daily kickoffs with opening speakers, and 40+ educational sessions, you will be able to design your week to best suit your school or program’s needs and your own learning style.

One of the most exciting aspects of this conference will be our interactive Exhibit Hall, which will be open 24 hours a day starting Wednesday, July 15 at 12:00 noon ET and closing Friday, July 17 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Included in the Exhibit Hall:

  • College & PostSecondary booths (with dedicated live Fair time on Wednesday)
  • Therapeutic School/Program booths (with dedicated live Info Swap time on Thursday)
  • K-12 School booths (with dedicated live Exchange time on Friday)
  • Vendors (with dedicated live time each day) – schools/colleges/programs are not eligible to be vendors

Each registered school, college, and program will be able to upload their own unique content to their booth (e.g. video, materials, staff photos) that conference registrants can access 24 hours a day. And while we will have a designated 2-hour time period when we strongly encourage you to be at your booth and available for live video chats with visitors (see scheduled day listed above), you can choose to be available at your booth as much as you want each day, every day. We encourage you to be as accessible as possible throughout the week to maximize opportunities for you to connect with IECs and other participants and vice versa! But no worries—if you’re not at your booth, visitors will still be able to drop off their contact information so you can connect with them later. And for any registrants who are early birds or night owls (or in an overseas time zone), they can also wander through the Exhibit Hall any time they choose and leave their contact information at your booth.

We are also hearing from some of our sponsoring school, college, and program colleagues that they plan to offer fun after-hours virtual receptions, so be sure to let us know if you would like to plan something too! We will add it to the list of special events that we’ll be providing to all registered IECs in advance of the conference. Please note that events may only be held before or after our daily conference hours of 11:30 a.m. ET to 6:00 p.m. ET (5:00 p.m. ET on Friday). 

Choose which of the 40+ sessions you prefer to attend live—at the time they’re offered—and decide which you’ll save for future learning. With more than 40 hours of educational content—including preconference workshops at no extra cost—learning opportunities will abound! Continuing education (CE) credits will also be available at no extra cost.

And if your time is limited during that week in July, all of the educational content will be available through the end of July, to conference registrants only.

The discounted registration fee for school, college, and program representatives, which will include pre-conference workshops on Monday and Tuesday (more info on those coming soon!), along with all educational sessions, roundtable discussions, and Exhibit Hall access from Wednesday through Friday, is $475 per person. If your school or program registers two people at the $475 rate, all additional registrants from your school or program will receive a 50% discount off their registration rate. (Note that this applies only to those who work together as employees in the same specific school or program; not to corporations or cooperatives who own or manage multiple schools/programs.) Contact Sue DePra at [email protected] if your school or program would like to take advantage of this discount.   

For those currently registered for the conference, in the coming 7-10 days we will automatically reduce your registration fee to $475 and issue a “payment credit” for everything paid over that amount. This payment credit will be automatically applied to any future IECA events for which you register, including any advertisements or sponsorships, until it is depleted. Payment credits can be transferred at any time to other employees of the same school/program. The updated Virtual Conference cancellation policy can be found under the yellow “Registration” icon below.

For those not yet registered for the conference, please click on the yellow Registration icon below.

In the coming weeks we will add more information here, including a detailed conference schedule, breakout sessions, and FAQs.

We are really looking forward to July and hope you are too!

Mark Sklarow
IECA Chief Executive Officer
[email protected]

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