Tentative Schedule for the 108th IATDP Conference in Dallas, Texas

View of downtown Dallas and Trinity River from Jefferson Viaduct, Dallas, Texas

The International Association for Truancy and Dropout Prevention (IATDP) 108th Annual Conference will be held this year in partnership with the Texas Association for Truancy and Dropout Prevention (TATDP).

The theme will be Focusing on the Future: Truancy Prevention through Intervention

Who Should Attend?

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 108th IATDP Conference. The conference slated for Dallas, TX 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.


Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West
1590 LBJ Freeway
Dallas, TX 75234


IATDP Conference Registration Fee on or before August 31, 2018 – $325
IATDP Conference Registration Fee after September 01, 2018 – $350
IATDP One Day Conference Registration – $125
IATDP Group Conference Registration (register six persons and receive the full conference package with a waived discount of one registration) – $1485
IATDP Student Registration – $75
IATDP Vendor Registration – $200

Hotel Highlights

  • Non- smoking Luxury Hotel
  • Complimentary Covered  Parking Lot
  • 24-Hour Fitness Center
  • Wi-Fi Internet Service
  • Dover’s Grille, three meal restaurant
  • In Room service: Complimentary Newspaper & Coffee  and coffeemaker


A. Love Field Airport  to Omni approximately 20min (depends on traffic could be sooner or later)
Website: http://www.dallas-lovefield.com/
Address: 8008 Herb Kelleher Way, Dallas, TX 75235
Phone: (214) 670-6080
Airlines: Southwest Airlines

B. Dallas Fort Worth International Airport – (DFW)
Website: dfwairport.com
Address: 2400 Aviation Dr., Dallas TX 75261
Phone: 972-973-3112


Uber Services
Website: https://www.uber.com/cities/dallas/
Estimate trip cost: $40

Website: https://www.lyft.com/cities/dallas-fort-worth-tx
Estimate trip cost: $40

Dallas Attractions & Things To Do Visit


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Conference Schedule of Events

Saturday October 20, 2018

Time Details
12p-5p Arrivals and Check-Ins
4p-5p Pre Conference Executive Meeting
5p-6p IATDP Board of Directors Meeting

Sunday October 21, 2018

Time Details
7a-7p Arrivals and Check-Ins
8a-5p Conference Registration
6-8p President’s Reception

Monday October 22, 2018

Time Details
7a-7p Arrivals and Check-Ins
7:30-9a Breakfast
8-5p Conference Registration
9-10:30a Welcome and Opening Session / Conference Charge
10:30-11:00a Coffee Break & Visit Vendors
11-11:30a Morning Keynote Speaker
11:30-1:30p Lunch on your own; Executive Lunch
1:30-3p Breakout Sessions
90min workshops and or 30min workshops
3-3:30p Coffee Break & Visit Vendors
3:30-4:45p Breakout Sessions
4:45-5p Close of the Day
7p Dallas Attraction

Tuesday October 23, 2018

Time Details
7:30-9a Breakfast
9-10:30a Two Morning Keynote Speakers
10:30-11:00a Coffee Break & Visit Vendors
11-11:30a Keynote Speaker
11:30-1:30p Awards Banquet
1:30-3p Breakout Sessions
90min workshops and or 30min workshops
3-3:15p Coffee Break & Visit Vendors
3-4p IATDP Annual Business Meeting
3:30-4:45p Breakout Sessions
3:30-4:45p Breakout Sessions
4:45-5p Close of the Day
7p Dallas Attraction

Wednesday October 24, 2018 – Checkout Day

Time Details
9a School Tour

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

Call for Papers

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

2018 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 2018 Program of the Year Award Nomination

IATDP 2018 Jimmie Thacker Person of the Year Award Nomination