NSBA 2022 San Diego

The NSBA 2022 Annual Conference & Exposition is the one national event that brings together education leaders to learn about best governance practices, gain insight into child development and learn about new programs and technology that can help enrich student learning. NSBA 2022 is one of the few—if not the only—places where school board members from around the country can receive the training necessary to address the instructional needs of students and to improve the efficiency of district operations.

Conference Registration

NSBA Annual Conference Pricing (In-Person Attendance)

Registration  Registration Deadline  NATCON/CUBE/State Association Delegates  Regular Spouse 
Advanced Early Bird December 15  $600 $800  $100 
Early Bird  January 14  $700 $895  $100 
Standard March 31 $800 $950  $100
Onsite  April 1-4 $1,100 $1,100  $100

NSBA Online Experience Pricing (Online Attendance)

NATCON/CUBE/State Association Delegates  Regular 
$450 $550

One-Day Pricing (In-Person Attendance, Available Onsite Only)

NATCON/CUBE/State Association Delegates  Regular 
$350  $450 

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellations and refunds for registration will be accepted until February 18, 2022, with a full refund, less a $150 processing fee.

Registration cancellations received on or after February 19, 2022, will not be refunded. No-shows will not receive a refund.

All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing via the NSBA Registration & Hotel Support Center or via Fax: (415) 216-2535. Refunds will be processed within one week of the request. NSBA is not responsible for airfare, hotel, or other costs incurred by participants in the event of program or registration cancellation.

Schedule-at-a-Glance (as of 9/30/21)

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Registration 
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Preconference Workshops 

8 – 10:30 a.m.  Registration 
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Networking/NSBA Cares Community Service Project 
9 –10 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions
10:30 a.m. – Noon  General Session  
Noon –1 p.m.  Exhibit Hall & Lunch 
1 – 2 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions 
2 – 3 p.m.  Exhibit Hall & Networking 
3 – 4 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions 
4 – 5 p.m.  Exhibit Hall & Networking 

8 – 10:30 a.m.  Registration 
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions 
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Exhibit Hall & Networking 
10:30 a.m. – Noon General Session 
Noon –1 p.m. Exhibit Hall & Lunch 
1 – 2 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions 
2 – 3 p.m.  Exhibit Hall & Networking 
3 – 4 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions 
4 – 5 p.m.  Exhibit Hall & Networking 

8 – 10:30 a.m.  Registration 
8 – 9 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions 
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions 
10:30 a.m. – Noon  General Session 

Preconference Workshops

Arrive early and attend a preconference workshop on Friday, April 1. All preconference workshops are ticketed events. They are open to all conference registrants, and tickets must be purchased in advance. The capacity limit is 120–Register early to secure your spot.

  • Full Day Workshops | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Preconference #1: Leading for the Future: Connecting Future Thinking to Change in the Present
    We all make assumptions about what the future will be like. Often without realizing it, we assume it will unfold in a predictable and linear way. By doing that, we limit our creative and innovative leadership capacity. Futures thinking enables us to examine our assumptions about the future and better understand how the changes that are happening today could affect our communities years from now. Join us to learn to use futures thinking tools, a thought network framework for relationship building, and policy advocacy tools to pursue your vision for the future of education.
    CUBE/NATCON: $290 | REGULAR: $345

    Preconference #2: Strategic Talent Leadership: The Silver Bullet of School Improvement Strategies
    Districts allocate 83% of their budget towards personnel. Teachers and principals have the largest impact on academic outcomes compared to ALL other factors, driving 58% of the variance in student achievement. Effective leaders understand that sustainable school improvement can ONLY occur when a strong talent leadership strategy is in place. Participants will receive interactive training and a resource book containing the tools to: (1) assess current talent leadership practices, (2) create a talent leadership action plan, and (3) track progress towards improved student outcomes. Book included.
    CUBE/NATCON: $310 | REGULAR: $355

    Preconference #3: Keeping Students Safe Every Day: A Practical Guide to Safer Schools
    Every child deserves to learn in a safe and supportive school environment. As schools emerge from the challenges of the pandemic, it’s more critical than ever to refocus on school safety. Yet, these conversations often fall short as they are heavily law-enforcement focused, political, or impractical to the realities of schools in a post-pandemic world. Board members and other educational leaders are uniquely positioned to be important catalysts for systemic improvement. This interactive and engaging workshop features an education-based examination of current concerns related to an all-hazards approach to safety, crisis response, and violence prevention combined with practical, low-cost strategies that can be effectively implemented throughout school districts.
    CUBE/NATCON: $290 | REGULAR: $345

  • Morning Workshops | 9 a.m. – Noon

    Preconference #4: Becoming More Engaged & Inclusive Educational Leaders: Strategies for Supporting Our LGBTQ Students
    Given the importance and impact that diversity and equity issues play in the lives of students, it is imperative that school boards are prepared to meet the needs of diverse learners, such as LGBTQ students. There are key considerations for effectively supporting LGBTQ students that educators must be aware of. This preconference workshop features a highly customizable and interactive diversity and equity training that helps educators and school board members develop the competency necessary to support LGBTQ students.
    CUBE/NATCON: $200 | REGULAR: $225

    Preconference #5: Redefining Student Success
    There is no topic currently more relevant to school districts and their school boards than rethinking the purposes and outcomes of K-12 education. The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the frailties of the current system when it is based primarily on memorization and compliance and when access to technology and other resources is not equitable. In the post-COVID world, how do you help your district assemble and implement a coherent new set of outcomes for your 21st-century students that reflects your community values? This interactive workshop will help you take on this important challenge. Book included.
    CUBE/NATCON: $220 | REGULAR: $245

    Preconference #6: If You Don't Know Where You're Going, How Do You Know if You Got There?
    If you don’t know where you’re going, how do you know if you’re on the right path or if you’ve arrived? Learn how the Association of Alaska School Boards helps districts develop a strategic plan, set a vision and mission for the district, examine data, and monitor progress to ensure time and resources are focused on student achievement and moving the district forward. Attendees will identify ways they can apply lessons learned in their own district's strategic planning process.
    CUBE/NATCON: $200 | REGULAR: $225

    Preconference #7: Understanding the Key Work of School Boards
    In today’s high-stakes educational environment, the daily pressure on governance leaders is enormous. The more effective the board, the better a school district’s students perform. The Key Works of School Boards provides a framework that reflects “best governance practices” that are traceable to high-performing boards and high-performing school districts. This session provides an overview of a relevant and reliable governance guide with strategies and ideas that reflect board best practices. You’ll explore the five Key Work action areas. Book included.
    CUBE/NATCON: $220 | REGULAR: $245


  • Afternoon Workshops | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

    Preconference #8: Equity in Schools: A Different Lens for School Boards
    For 150 years, schools have aimed to ensure a gateway to the American Dream. When discussing equity, people often focus on race, gender, community norms, and poverty. In our calls for equity, there are substantial differences in how we define the term. To work for collective action, we have developed shared metrics and measures to guide you in aligning your policies, procedures, practices, and plans into a new way forward.
    CUBE/NATCON: $200 | REGULAR: $225

    Pre-Conference #9: Dyslexia: Hiding in Plain Sight
    Gain a better understanding of and empathy for those children and adults who struggle with dyslexia. Join in a hands-on simulation to experience the difficulties and frustrations struggling readers face daily in a classroom. Dyslexia is more prevalent than realized, and addressing the needs of students with dyslexia may hold the key to all students' reading success. Discover how educator knowledge in the science of reading will ensure we meet the needs of all students, including those with dyslexia.
    CUBE/NATCON: $200 | REGULAR: $225

    Preconference #10: Sharing the Magic :Storytelling for Leaders
    Great leaders and communicators are also great storytellers! Learn how to tell the story of your school district and community in compelling stories that engage, motivate, influence, and expand your leadership abilities. Learn how to become a powerful storyteller to share the news of the great work going on in your district. You will leave the session with 3-5 powerful stories that you can immediately begin sharing back home.
    CUBE/NATCON: $200 | REGULAR: $225

    Preconference #11: Improve Achievement for All and Close Gaps
    Governance research shows a relationship between boards working well together as a team, high expectations, and accountability with the likelihood that students are improving in learning. Ongoing research in Texas suggests there can be a relationship between school boards engaging and leading their community and the likelihood their district is improving achievement for all students while closing gaps. Gain insights your governance team can apply to do the same.
    CUBE/NATCON: $200 | REGULAR: $225

Experiential Learning Visits

Experiential learning visits offer a rare opportunity to explore education in practice. Click below to learn more about each visit scheduled for Friday, April 1.

  • The Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education

    Creating Cultures of Innovation in Your School and District
    Experience the latest in education innovation and EdTech by engaging in hands-on learning at The Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education at the University of San Diego. Throughout the day, participants will explore our Innovation Lab and experience creative ways to integrate emerging educational trends such as:

    • Creating Cultures of Innovation & STEAM in Today’s Schools
    • Recognizing Future Possible Selves & Innovator’s Mindset
    • Identifying & Understanding Global Competencies
    • Engaging in Social Good Innovation, Design Thinking & SDGs
    • Experiencing Virtual Reality & Immersive Learning
    • Learning about Visuospatial Learning, Research & More


    Join us to network and get new ideas on how to build a culture of innovation in your school or district. Lunch included.

    Participants should check in by 8:45 a.m. Buses will depart promptly at 9 a.m. from the San Diego Convention Center. The registration cut-off date is Feb. 28, 2022. There will be no on-site registration.

    Price: $200 | Capacity Limit: 100

  • Cajon Valley Union School District

    Empowering Students for Life Beyond the Classroom: Student Success in Action at Cajon Valley Union School District
    The Cajon Valley Union School District (CVUSD) is pleased to host education leaders for school site visits at multiple school sites. CVUSD is a public school district of 28 schools with 16,000 students and has been advancing 1:1 technology for eight years across all grades. The district serves a wide geographic footprint of 66.3 square miles, located 15 miles east of downtown San Diego. Cajon serves a diverse community of learners, with 71% of CVUSD students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch, learning to speak English, or in the foster care system.

    Join the superintendent, board members, staff, and students to learn about the development and implementation of the modern curriculum. Hear how the district is integrating informal learning, career development, social and emotional learning, family, and community engagement, and blended and personalized learning to accomplish the district vision of developing happy kids who are engaged in healthy relationships and on a path to gainful employment.

    Participants should check in by 8 a.m. Buses will depart promptly at 8:20 a.m. from the San Diego Convention Center. The registration cut-off date is Feb. 28, 2022. There will be no on-site registration.

    Price: $200 | Capacity Limit: 100

Conference Information

  • Hotels & Rates

    You must be registered for the conference before you can reserve housing. All reservations should be made prior to March 18, 2022. Room availability and conference rates cannot be guaranteed after this date.

    View the San Diego hotel map and rates.

  • Safety Protocols & Requirements

    To mitigate risk of infection during the in-person event, our safety team is planning a range of measures such as contactless registration, physical distancing, face coverings, regular cleaning, designated entrances and exits, and seating limitations in meeting rooms. We will also promote good hygiene practices such as frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizer.

    Conference participants are required to show proof of at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine or confirmation of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event for entry. Instructions on how to upload your vaccination card or test results will be provided closer to the event. Alternatively, you can bring your vaccination card or test results with you. Participants must also wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status, except when actively eating or drinking.