The Stanford University Graduate School of Education is pleased to host our pre-conference on Stanford’s iconic campus on 10/18/18.  Stanford is located in between San Francisco and San Jose, in the charming university town of Palo Alto.   Invited pre-conference attendees should have received a detailed logistical packet with travel and meeting info – please contact if you have questions.


The Hilton San Jose hotel is located in the heart of Silicon Valley, connected to McEnery Convention Center, only three miles from San Jose International Airport and fifty miles south of San Francisco.  All main conference events will take place here from 10/19-10/20/18.  An event map is available here.


UPDATE – the hotel block is now completely sold out for some nights; you may still wish to contact the Hilton to see if there is availability for your travel dates.  However, other nearby hotels within 1-2 blocks of the event include the Four Points by Sheraton Downtown San Jose, the Westin San Jose, and Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown.  We urge you to book quickly, as rooms at these alternatives may also sell out!

Click here to reserve a room within our hotel block at the Hilton San Jose at our special conference rate, which is available for stays beginning on 10/18.  We encourage you to book your room well ahead of the 9/27/18 deadline, since the block typically sells out!


The San Jose International Airport (SJC) is a quick 10 minute drive from the main conference.  We recommend taking a taxi or an app-based ride share service such as Uber or Lyft.  More information about airport transportation options can be found at

The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is an alternative choice for those looking for additional nonstop flight options.  Depending on traffic, it is typically a 45-60 minute drive from the main conference.  Taxi and ride share options are available, as well as public transportation. More information can be found at

For local travelers who will be driving, paid parking is available at the hotel & convention center.  There are also numerous parking garages within a short walk of the main conference in downtown San Jose.


While staying here, explore the many things to do in San Jose, CA and the surrounding Bay Area.

The hotel is within walking distance of SAP Center, near Santana Row and numerous theaters, restaurants and shopping. Other places to visit in downtown San Jose are: the Center for the Performing Arts, Tech Museum, San Pedro Market Square and more. This interactive map is a great resource, along with this map of downtown dining options near the hotel.  For information on other things to do in San Jose, CA, please click here.

San Francisco is also accessible via an express Caltrain ride on the “Baby Bullet” or via car.  Click here to find out more about the most popular city attractions!