Advocacy & Equity Institute - Registration Opens July 31

We are excited to announce NSBA’s inaugural Advocacy & Equity Institute, which will, for the first time, merge NSBA’s Equity Symposium and Advocacy Institute. The two convenings are now united in recognizing that advocacy work and equity work are intrinsically connected in impacting meaningful change in public education. As advocacy amplifies the voices and needs of marginalized communities, equity work ensures that policies and practices are implemented to provide fair and just opportunities for all students. This new and refined conference is dedicated to advancing educational equity and advocating for policies that foster inclusive learning environments for K-12 public schools. The Advocacy & Equity Institute will explore the latest developments in education policy and legislation, aiming to empower school board members and education leaders with the knowledge, tools, and strategies needed to address barriers to equity in education.

Registration Fees

Registration Registration Deadline  State Association Staff/Officers
NATCON, CUBE, & COSA Districts Districts in Member State Associations  Unaffiliated School Board Member & General Public
Early  Before
November 15
 $535 $585 $705 $800
Standard  After
November 15
 $635 $685 $805 $900 

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

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 by Thursday, January 9, 2025. No refunds will be honored after that time.

    Please feel free to email us at with any questions you may have regarding your Advocacy & Equity Institute registration.
  • Hotel Information

    Headquarter Hotel: Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
    901 Massachusetts Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20001

    You must be registered for the conference before you can reserve housing in the NSBA hotel block. NSBA has negotiated a special rate for conference attendees. Booking information will be provided in the registration confirmation email. All reservations should be made before Thursday, Jan. 9, 2025. Room availability and conference rates cannot be guaranteed after this date.
  • Travel & Getting Around

    Taxicabs & Ride Sharing
    Taxicabs and Ride Sharing, such as Uber and Lyft offer transportation services to passengers arriving to and departing from the airport. Download the ride sharing app of your choice and book in advance to ensure availability. Approximate rates for taxicabs and ridesharing from the nearest airports can be found below.

    DC Metro System

    DC Metro System serves the District of Columbia and surrounding areas. The Mt Vernon Sq./7th St-Convention Center Station on the Green and Yellow Lines is the closest (0.2 miles) Metro Station to the hotel.

    Hotel Parking
    Valet parking is available at the Marriott Marquis DC hotel at $65 per day.

  • 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.