NSBA Advocacy Institute

The Advocacy Institute brings together education leaders to explore and discuss the latest developments in key education policy and legislation, champion the interests of public K-12 students, advocate for education priorities and federal policies, and network with colleagues from across the country. Join us at NSBA’s Advocacy Institute, January 23-25, 2022, in Washington, D.C., to add your voice and engage with Congress.

Registration is closed. We are not accepting on-site registrations.

Schedule At-A-Glance (as of 1/7/22)

3 – 6 p.m.  Registration 


7 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Registration 
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.    Preconference Session – First-Time Attendees
9:45 – 10:45 a.m.      Preconference Session – Best Practices for Lobbying Congress
1 – 2 p.m. 

Keynote Address: Dr. Adolph Brown, Clinical Psychologist, Master Teacher, and Author
Who I am Began with Head Start and Public Education

2 – 2:45 p.m.  NSBA Federal Advocacy Update
2:45 – 3:15 p.m.   Networking Break
3:15 – 4 p.m. Quality Public Education for All Students with Disabilities: Meeting Both IDEA Requirements and Post-Pandemic Challenges
4 – 5 p.m.  Insights on State Issues: NSBA’s Conference of State Association Legislative Staff 
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Welcome Reception 

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Registration 
7 – 8:30 a.m.  Breakfast 
8:30 – 8:35 a.m.  Welcome
8:35 – 9:15 a.m. NSBA Legal Update
9:15 – 9:45 a.m.  Keynote Address: The Honorable Cindy Marten, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
9:45 – 10:30 a.m.  Student Panel
Making Good Policy: Incorporating Student Views on Education and Learning
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.  Networking Break
10:45 – 11:30 a.m.  Breakout Sessions A
Public Funds for Public Schools — Vouchers/Funding

It’s Time for a Great IDEA
10:45 – 11:30 a.m.  

Breakout Sessions B
Addressing the Teacher Shortage

Closing the Homework Gap

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions A
Addressing the Teacher Shortage
Closing the Homework Gap 
 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions B
Public Funds for Public Schools — Vouchers/Funding
It’s Time for a Great IDEA 
12:15 – 12:30 p.m.   Networking Break 
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  Congressional Luncheon
1:30 – 2 p.m.   Networking Break
2 – 2:30 p.m.  The Honorable Nathan Simington, Federal Communications Commissioner
Challenges for Public Schools
2:30 – 3:15 p.m.  Closing the Homework Gap: Strategies for Success 
3:15 – 3:30 p.m.  Networking Break 
3:30  – 4:30 p.m. School Board Leadership, Community Engagement, and Student Success: A Conversation
4:30 – 4:45 p.m.  Closing 

Registration Fees

In-Person Pricing

Registration  Registration Deadline  General 
Early Bird Before November 19 $595
Standard After November 19 $695

Online Pricing

The online option offers access to general sessions. General session recordings will be available one week after the event has concluded.

There is a limit of one state association staff, executive, or representative complimentary registration.

Cancellation Policy

Requests for refunds of the in-person conference registration fee can be honored only if made in writing to NSBA at registration@nsba.org by Tuesday, December 21.  All in-person registration cancellations made by December 21 will be converted to an online registration at $299 and refunded the remaining registration fee. If you cancel after December 21, no refunds will be honored; however, you will still be given access to the online content. There are no refunds for online registrations. Online content includes recordings of the sessions and will be made available after the event. 

Please feel free to call our Meetings Registration line at 800-950-NSBA (6722) or email us at registration@nsba.org with any questions you may have regarding your registration.

Safety Protocols & Requirements

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Required
NSBA’s COVID-19 safety measures are intended to prioritize the health and safety of attendees at large events. These measures may change in response to current public health conditions and local governmental regulations.

The latest rule from the D.C. Department of Health takes effect Jan. 15. It will require all guests to provide proof of vaccination and wear masks while attending indoor gatherings at hotels and restaurants regardless of an individual's negative status.

Click here to read the local guidance memo issued by the Office of the Mayor.

Attendees who have provided mobile numbers at registration will receive a text message with a link to upload documents. If you do not receive a text message, you can scan the QR code below to upload your document. Each participant must upload their document through their mobile device to our private and secure HealthShield chatbot system by Jan. 19. Click here for step-by-step instructions. The Marriot Marquis has implemented a variety of new protocols and elevated practices. Read more about what you can expect during your stay there.

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