NSBA Advocacy Institute 2023

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. Topics include district funding, parental rights and engagement, choice legislation, and teacher shortages. Join us at NSBA’s Advocacy Institute, January 29-31, 2023, in Washington, D.C., to add your voice and engage with Congress.

All Districts Are Welcome to Attend Advocacy Institute!

NSBA’s new governance model allows ALL school districts—from non-member state associations—to attend NSBA Signature Events.

Districts in member state associations that are in good standing with their state association are eligible to attend at a discounted rate. Districts who do not currently maintain membership in a member state association are NOT eligible to attend NSBA events or participate in NSBA programs.

To confirm the membership status of your state school board association, or for more information, please email info@nsba.org.

Register Here

Registration Fees

Registration Registration Deadline  Participating NATCON & CUBE Districts in Member State Associations
Participating NATCON & CUBE Districts in Non-Member State Associations  Non-Participating NATCON & CUBE Districts in Member State Associations  General 
Early  Before November 18  $500 $600 $650 $720 
Standard  After November 18  $600 $720 $770 $865 

*Participating Member State Association Executive Directors receive a complimentary registration. For more information, contact info@nsba.org.


In addition to the traditional legislative and legal advocacy updates, Advocacy Institute 2023 will feature panel discussions, general sessions, and breakout sessions on the following topics:

  • Teacher Shortage
  • Lobbying and Relationships
  • Learning Recovery
  • COVID Relief
  • Student Mental Health
  • IDEA
  • Homework Gap/Broadband
  • Parent Engagement
  • Parental Rights Bills (State & National)
  • Vouchers (State & National)
  • Child Nutrition
  • Rural Education

Schedule (as of 11/17/22)

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: Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona (Invited)

2 – 2:45 p.m.  NSBA Federal Advocacy Update
2:45 – 3:15 p.m.   Networking Break
3:15 – 4 p.m. General Session
4 – 5 p.m.  General Session
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Welcome Reception 

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Registration 
7 – 8:30 a.m.  Networking Breakfast
8:30 – 8:35 a.m.  Welcome
8:35 – 9:15 a.m. NSBA Legal Update
9:15 – 9:45 a.m.  General Session
9:45 – 10:30 a.m.  General Session
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.  Coffee Break
10:45 – 11:30 a.m.  Breakout Sessions
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions
12:15 – 12:30 p.m.   Break
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  Congressional Luncheon
1:30 – 2 p.m.   Networking Break
2 – 3 p.m.

General Session

3 – 3:30 p.m.  Networking Break 
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. General Session
5 – 6:30 p.m.  Leadership Reception
7 a.m.  5 p.m. NSBA Day on Capitol Hill 

Event Information

  • Cancellation Policy

    Request for refunds of the conference registration fee (minus a $75 service fee) can be honored only if made in writing to NSBA at info@nsba.org by December 21, 2022. No refunds will be honored after that time.

    Please feel free to email us at info@nsba.org with any questions you may have regarding your Advocacy Institute registration.
  • Safety Protocols & Requirements

    Proof of vaccination status or a negative test result is not required to attend NSBA events. Attendees who are not vaccinated are asked to take an at-home COVID-19 rapid antigen test before traveling to the event and should not attend if they test positive or have COVID-19 symptoms. NSBA does not require proof of these measures but encourages attendees to act responsibly and with consideration for the health and safety of others. Mask wearing is not required but strongly encouraged.

    Please note that these requirements are subject to change and may be modified at any time. We will continue to monitor and communicate COVID-19 developments as needed.