2019 ACE Annual Conference

October 2-4, 2019

Hilton West Palm Beach and the Palm Beach Convention Center

Keynote Speaker -
Andrés Ruzo

Conference Countdown


We are no longer accpeting submissions for conference presentations.

Registration for the 2018 ACE Conference is now open!

You may register one of two ways:

Print out and complete the Conference Registration Form and fax or email back to the ACE office;


Register ONLINE.

Full Conference Registration for ACE Members – $475

Full Conference Registration for Non-ACE Member – $550

One Day Registrations Available and prices vary by day.  Please see the Conference Registration Form for more information, or call the ACE office, (850) 222-2233.


Mark your calendar for October 2-4 and plan to exhibit at the 29th Annual ACE Conference at the Hilton West Palm Beach and the Palm Beach County Convention Center located in West Palm Beach, Florida.  This year’s theme is “Discover Innovation and Ingenuity in Adult Education”.

We are anticipating 500+ adult teachers, administrators and volunteers from around the state to attend this annual face-to-face professional development event.  Another exciting, fun and information-packed conference is being planned and the exhibitors are a big part of making the ACE Conference a success.  Exhibitors add another layer of opportunity for conference attendees to share and learn new ideas and practices in adult education.

Help drive conference attendees to your booth and let your brand shine by sponsoring an event at the conference.  There are also many opportunities to sponsor an event or place an ad in the Conference Program Book.  Check out all opportunities listed in the attached Exhibitor Packet.  We hope you will consider sponsoring an event!

The deadline for submitting your Exhibitor Application is August 30.  Exhibits will be open Wednesday, October 2nd through Friday, October 4th.  Requests for electricity for your exhibit space will be purchased directly through the Convention Center. There will be free wireless internet service in the exhibit area but can sometimes be slow.  ACE recommends using your company air card for internet service at your booth if you need to demonstrate any software or products.  If you require hardwire internet at your booth, please complete attached PSAV forms.

Hotel Information

Hilton West Palm Beach

600 Okeechobee Blvd

West Palm Beach, FL 33401


Hotel Rates:  $159.00 Single/Double

Parking: Valet only at Hilton West Palm Beach $20 per day

Online Reservations:  https://book.passkey.com/e/49518065

Phone Reservations: 1-800-HILTONS and reference Group Code ZACE

Deadline:  August 30, 2019


*Should you need to prepay for rooms, please contact the hotel accounting department at accounting.wpb@hilton.com.*

ACE is now accepting nominations in 7 categories to recognize those in the adult education field who go above and beyond to serve and support adult education students and programs.  The winners will be awarded the Golden Apple at the ACE Conference Awards Luncheon on Friday, October 4th.  If you would like to nominate someone, please download the ACE Achievement Awards Packet, complete the application forms and email to the ACE office.  Deadline for nominations has been extended to September 6th.

We are looking for student success stories to share at the 2019 ACE Conference Opening Session!   ACE of Florida and the Florida Department of Education, Division of Career and Adult Education will be recognizing one to two adult education students who have reached their life goals as a result of their participation in the adult education system and are now active in their communities.

Student nominees can be current or former students.

The student success stories recognition will take place at the ACE Conference Opening Session, Wednesday, October 2nd at the Hilton West Palm Beach and the Palm Beach Convention Center.

If your nominee is selected to be showcased at the ACE Conference, ACE will pay travel and one night hotel expenses for the student to attend the Wednesday morning Opening Session.

Please take the time to nominate and share your student success stories.

Be sure to get the student permission slip signed giving permission to share their story.

What better way to showcase the wonderful outcomes of adult education in Florida!
The deadline to submit a success story has been extended to September 6th.

If you have any questions regarding the success story packet, please contact Ashley Olevitch at the ACE office, ashley@aceofflorida.org or (850) 222-2233.

Draft Schedule

*All sessions are tentative and subject to change*

Preconference Sessions with descriptions

*Please follow the link to reserve your seat for a pre-confernce session*

*Change to the New Adult Education Administrators Meeting reflected in the draft schedule*

ACE Conferences

Keynote Speaker Sponsored by National Geographic Learning

Andrés Ruzo is a geothermal scientist, conservationist, educator, host, author, and science communicator best known for his work at the Boiling River of the Amazon. He holds degrees in Geology and Finance, and will soon finish his Ph.D. in Earth Sciences focusing on Geothermal Studies. Ruzo is a National Geographic Explorer and has been on multiple Society funded grants. He is the host of an award-winning NatGeo Latin America television show, Misterios del Inframundo (Mysteries of the Underworld). His work has been featured on various National Geographic Media outlets including the Magazine, television channels, website, social media, and other outlets, as well as branded partnerships with BMW, LEGO, and Coors Light. Ruzo grew up between Peru, Nicaragua and the United States, and is currently based between Miami, USA and Lima, Peru.

While doing research for a National Geographic Grant, Ruzo investigated a detail in a childhood legend he heard as a boy in Lima about mysterious “river that boiled” in the heart of the jungle. This legendary river proved to be real and in 2011, Ruzo became the first geoscientist granted the shamanic blessing to study it. Flowing hot for nearly four miles (over six kilometers), nearly 15 feet deep (about 4.5 meters) at its deepest point, and almost 100 feet wide (about 30 meters) at its widest point– the Boiling River is currently the world’s largest documented thermal river, even though it is over 430 miles (over 700 miles) away from the nearest active volcanic center.

Ruzo is the Founder and Director of the Boiling River Project, a nonprofit aimed at understanding, protecting, and bringing value to the Boiling River, the Amazon, and unique geothermal systems across the globe. Through the Boiling River Project he works to turn the Boiling River area into a mecca of scientific investigation and has played active roles in research from various fields of geoscience, botany, biology, microbiology, anthropology, linguistics, ethno-history, shamanism, conservation economics, wildlife trafficking, and sustainable tourism. He is also heavily involved in indigenous and local empowerment work is the Central Peruvian Amazon, through educational and sustainable economic initiatives.

Beyond his Amazonian work, Ruzo is also heavily involved with K-12 and university level education. He serves on boards a high school and university in Costa Rica, is a high-school level Student Independent Research Teacher at schools in the United States, and supports girl’s K-12 education initiatives through groups in Nicaragua and Peru.

To learn more, visit www.boilingriver.org.

Conference Materials and Presentations 

Coming Soon!

ACE Conference Award Winners

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