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Join colleagues from across the country at this robust online event focused on unifying state school board associations and their districts’ leaders around our advocacy priorities. Hear the results first-hand from a national poll on public schools that will be released as part of the event, explore key policy issues, get advocacy training, and hear insights from renown national figures so you can be an informed advocate on Capitol Hill for your schoolchildren.


Schedule Overview

Pre-Conference Webinar for Registrants

  • Get advocacy training and tips to enable you to effect change through your congressional representatives.

Tuesday, June 8 – Wednesday June 9

Be the First to Hear Results of a New Bipartisan Poll on Public Schools  

Join other public education champions in an exclusive opportunity as two well-known political pollsters, Celinda Lake and Bob Carpenter, deliver the results of a new national education poll.

Celinda Lake serves as President of Lake Research Partners. She is an author, prominent pollster, and senior advisor to President Biden. She has been a key player in campaigns launched by numerous influential progressive groups and works with innovative messaging projects that help redefine language on the economy, inequality, big money in politics, climate change, public schools, teachers, criminal justice reform, and race and class. Bob Carpenter is President of Chesapeake Beach Consulting. He has over 35 years of political experience, most of it in the research arena working for Republican candidates, corporations, and associations, as well as on women’s, environmental, and education issues.

Thursday, June 10: Virtual Visits to Capitol Hill

Hill Day goes online! Join your local colleagues in a series of virtual appointments with your representatives on Capitol Hill. NSBA will host a virtual congressional luncheon at mid-day.

More details on the schedule and speakers will be available in the coming weeks.

Registration Fees




Early Bird

By April 30



April 30-June 9


Cancellation Policy

Registration fees for the Advocacy Institute are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, you may access a recording of the event at a later date. By registering and participating in this event, you consent to the recording of your likeness, image, and/or voice and authorize the National School Boards Association (NSBA) to use photographs, video, and audio recordings containing your likeness, image, and/or voice in any medium for any purpose. Contact us at to opt-out.


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Be a passionate ambassador and advocate! Download your social media badges (“I’m Attending or I’m Speaking” graphics) to post on your social media pages or under your email signatures to spread the word about NSBA’s Advocacy Institute. The more your colleagues join in the calls to action, the stronger our position and the better off our nation’s schoolchildren will be.

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