107th Annual IATDP Conference

Connecting for Change: Focused on Engaging Students

107th Annual IATDP Conference
Indianapolis, Indiana
Friday, October 20 – Monday, October 23, 2017

Updated! 2017 Conference Saturday Schedule

Current Program of Events

Dr. Beverly Reynolds and Dona Mitchell standing in front of the 2017 IATDP Banner
Dr. Beverly Reynolds and Dona Mitchell
Dr. Demetrees Hutchins and Dona Mitchell
Ms. Erika Thomison and Dona Mitchell standing in front of the 2017 IATDP Conference Banner
Ms. Erika Thomison and Dona Mitchell
Dona Mitchell
Dona Mitchell
Dr. (Mrs.) Caroline Babasola Obasoro and Dona Mitchell standing in front of the 2017 IATDP Conference Banner

One-Day Conference Registration: $125

Young Women’s Empowerment Session

Meet with truant girls, prosecutors, judges and others as they discuss what can be done to empower young women.
Time 10:30-3:00
Off site – Van leaves outside front entrance 10:30 and 11:00 and returns 2:30 and 3:00
Box lunch provided

Conference Flyer

After 106 years of responding to the prevention of student dropout, truancy, and other forms of student disengagement, it is now time to focus on research and assessment. What have we done and how do we plan to amplify the informed practices of our work? This forms the background of the 107th IATDP Conference. The conference slated for Indianapolis aims to gather input from educators, researchers, students, public health, and all those engaged in education to come together for change with a keen focus on engaging students. Who should attend: Educators, Social Workers, Policy Makers, Students, Legislators, Attendance Officers, Probation Officers, Parents, and any person interested in fostering change for students.


Registration Forms

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107th Annual IATDP Conference Registration Form 
If you would prefer to email your registration or send your registration through postal mail, please fill out the following form: 2017 IATDP Conference Paper Registration Form

Please note – Early Bird Registration closed September 1, 2017

Vendor Registration and Payment Form
Please complete the vendor registration form to showcase your work, services, or products at the 107th IATDP Conference. There is a $200 charge, which covers attendance for all three conference days.

Volunteer and Lifetime Member Registration


Please note: Retired IATDP Lifetime Members can attend the conference free of cost.

Hotel and Shuttle Information

Last day for the conference rate is September 15, 2017
IATDP Reservation Instructions
110 West Washington Street, Indianapolis,Indiana, 46204, USA
TEL: +1-317-236-1800 ~ FAX: +1-317-236-1816
  • Suite includes living room and bedroom, microwave and fridge in every suite.
  • Rates include Breakfast Buffet and Cooked to Order Breakfast (3 hours daily) and complimentary cocktails, beer and wine and snacks (2 hours daily)
  • Connected to mall food court – endless reasonably priced options  less than five minutes from the lobby
  • No need to go to the front desk for a key if you use the Hilton Honors app from your phone. Sign up for Hilton Honors for free, download the app, and check-in through your phone and use your phone as your room key. You may also select the room you prefer using a map of the hotel.

Note: $159/night early bird conference hotel rate has expired

Go Express Travel (Airport Shuttle)

  • 8AM-11PM 7 days a week
  • Make reservations online to avoid delays and secure your seat
  • Runs every 30 minutes to/from the airport to our hotel.
  • Download an App to see the shuttle in real time on its route
  • Drops off and picks up right in front of our hotel
  • $10 per person each way

Call for Papers

If you are interested in presenting, please complete the Presentation Form to express your interest.

Of Special Note for Indiana Students:

The committee is interested in helping people to author their own ending, by way of students leading the first day of this conference.
Indiana Department of Education officials will participate in a panel discussion, based on concerns such as truancy, dropout, student engagement, and academics.
We welcome presentations by students, for students and faculty in the areas of research, STEM education, and are searching for a variety of concepts to develop student engagement. We are looking for student researchers working alongside faculty to present as well.
This conference will provide a wonderful opportunity to see colleges and universities within the state of Indiana.
We look forward to student panels hosting on Friday, allowing us a unique perspective on what it is like in education today.

This conference is of the International level, and has been active for 100 plus years, with attendees not only from the U.S., but around the world. We welcome and encourage all types of creative engagement including, but not limited to poetry, stand up, singing, spoken word performances, and any other creative engagement.

Proposals are open to all Indiana-based High Schools, Vocational Programs, and Universities. If you meet these criteria and are interested in presenting, please complete the following form: Student Presentation Proposal

2017 Award Nomination Forms

At each annual conference, IATDP presents a Person of the Year and Program of the Year award. The person of the year award is named after our long time Executive Director, Jimmie Thacker, Jr., who passed a few years ago. More information regarding each award, and instructions as to how nominate, can be found via the links below.

IATDP Program of the Year Award Nomination

IATDP 2017 Jimmie Thacker Person of the Year Award