NSBA 2023 Annual Conference | Orlando | April 1-3

The NSBA 2023 Annual Conference and 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 2023 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.

All Districts Are Welcome to Attend NSBA 2023!

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.

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ADVANCED EARLY BIRD SAVINGS END DEC. 14, 2022

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NSBA Annual Conference Pricing (In-Person Attendance)

Registration  Registration Deadline  Participating
NATCON & CUBE Districts in Member State Associations/State Association Delegates 
Participating NATCON & CUBE Districts in Non-Member State Associations

Non-Participating NATCON & CUBE Districts in
Member State Associations 

Non-Participating NATCON & CUBE Districts in Non-Member State Associations   Spouse
Advanced Early Bird December 14, 2022 $650 $725 $850 $925 $100
Early Bird January 11, 2023 $750 $825 $950 $1,050 $100
Standard March 30, 2023 $850 $925 $1,050 $1,250 $100
Onsite  March 31 - April 3, 2023 $1,400 $1,400  $1,400 $1,400 $100

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

Participating NATCON & CUBE Districts in Member State Associations/State Association Delegates  Non-Member State Associations
$400 $500

NSBA Online Pricing (Online Access)

Participating NATCON & CUBE Districts in Member State Associations/State Association Delegates   Non-Member State Associations
$450 $550

NSBA Online Add-On Pricing (Online Access)*

Participating NATCON & CUBE Districts in Member State Associations/State Association Delegates  Non-Member State Association
Complimentary $125

*In-person conference attendees only.

Schedule-at-a-Glance (as of 9/28/22)

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Registration 
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Experiential Learning Visits 
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Preconference Workshops 

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration 
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions
10 – 11:30 a.m.  General Session  
Noon – 5 p.m.  Exhibit Hall
Noon – 5 p.m.  NSBA Cares Community Service Project 
12:15 – 3:15 p.m. Study Hall Sessions (Exhibit Hall) 
12:30 – 2 p.m.   Council of Urban Boards of Education Luncheon & National American Indian and Alaska Native Council Luncheon 
1 – 3:30 p.m.  Study Hall Sessions 
1 – 2 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions 
3 – 4 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions 
6 – 9 p.m. CUBE UNO 
9 – 11 p.m.  Joint Council Reception 

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Registration 
8 – 9:30 a.m.    National Hispanic Council Breakfast  
8 – 9 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions 
10 – 11:30 a.m. General Session 
Noon – 5 p.m. Exhibit Hall
Noon – 5 p.m.  NSBA Cares Community Service Project 
Noon – 1:30 p.m.  National Black Council Luncheon 
1 – 3:30 p.m. Study Hall Sessions (Exhibit Hall) 
1 – 2 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions 
3 – 4 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions 
5 – 6 p.m.  Drum Circle 

7:30 a.m. – Noon  Registration 
8 – 9 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions 
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions 
10:30 a.m. – Noon  General Session 

Preconference Workshops

Arrive early and attend a preconference workshop on Friday, March 31. All preconference workshops are ticketed events. They are open to all conference registrants, and tickets must be purchased in advance. Register early to secure your spot.

  • Morning Workshops | 9 a.m. – Noon

    Preconference #1: Becoming More Engaged and 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 supporting LGBTQ students that educators must acknowledge. Come participate in this pre-conference workshop that 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 #2: Professional Boundaries, Keeping Students Safe
    Learn how the Association of Alaska School Boards, with a state-wide working group, took on the task of helping school districts promote healthy boundaries and prevent childhood sexual abuse. Learn who was key to having on the working group, what tasks the working group took on, and how this work is being shared and promoted with school districts in Alaska, all with the goal of establishing healthy and appropriate professional boundaries when interacting with students.
    CUBE/NATCON: $200 | REGULAR: $225 

    Preconference #3: 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: $200 | REGULAR: $225

    Preconference #4: What You Do Matters: Implementing Research Findings on the Impact of Boardsmanship on Student Success from Washington State
    New research reveals fascinating data about how school boards can have a positive (or negative) effect on students' success. Increasingly, there is a growing body of research on this topic, and 2021-2022 research from Washington state points to specific board actions that relate to better and more equitable student outcomes. Learn what boards in districts with small opportunity gaps do differently than those with large gaps. In this interactive workshop, you'll get your hands on this research and have the opportunity to consider how it could change how you govern your own district.
    CUBE/NATCON: $200 | REGULAR: $225

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

    Preconference #5: Storytelling for Leaders: Sharing the Good News of Public Education in Your Community!
    If school board members do not tell the story of public education in their communities, someone else will — and that story may not accurately depict their schools. Learn how to craft and deliver an effective story that reflects the strengths, successes, small miracles, and good news of your district. Storytelling is a powerful communication technique that connects people and builds bridges, relationships, and trust. You will create your own inspiring story that shares your values, beliefs, and vulnerability in a manner that makes your message memorable, impactful, and powerful!
    CUBE/NATCON: $200 | REGULAR: $225

    Preconference #6: Turn Your High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools: How Boards Can Support and Accomplish this Goal
    Turning high-poverty schools into high-performing schools provides compelling insight into what it takes to successfully combat inequity and turn a high-poverty district/school around, particularly in this time of moving forward from the pandemic. This session will highlight the author's two recent studies and best-selling books, revealing the roadmap to transform any district/school into high-performance environments for ALL students. Participants will explore five specific practices essential to this work, common pitfalls to avoid, and emerge inspired and equipped to take immediate action.
    CUBE/NATCON: $200 | REGULAR: $225

    Preconference #7: School Safety Leadership in Times of High Ambiguity and Uncertainty
    You may manage the threat and survive the crisis, but can you survive the leadership, political, and communications challenges that accompany it? This session examines research and best practices for strategic crisis leadership and emergency risk communications applied to PreK-12 security threats within highly ambiguous and uncertain school safety, security, and emergency preparedness contexts. What have we learned — and forgotten — over more than three decades of PreK-12 school safety research and practice? Discover insights on the lessons learned from high-stakes school security civil litigation cases on school shootings, sexual assaults, gang assaults, and other violence.

    Identify the critical components of a crisis and how we can apply a strategic focus on managing threats — and even a critical incident — along with the political and communications challenges accompanying them. Discover what we can learn about preventing and managing school crises from the research on how high-reliability organizations manage threats in highly ambiguous and uncertain contexts. Learn what the research tells us about the importance of comprehensive school safety planning and the challenges in implementing these plans. Plus, what risk and crisis communications research tells us about communicating effectively with parents and school-community stakeholders.
    CUBE/NATCON: $200 | REGULAR: $225

    Preconference #8: Crisis Communications for Senior Education Leaders
    From sexual misconduct, accusations of fiscal mismanagement, labor issues, and board chair-superintendent disputes to diversity, equity, and inclusion controversies, community outrage, cyberattacks and active shooter situations, we live in a 24-minute news cycle where everyone is instantly capable of posting their problem or complaint directly to Facebook, which often results in a story in the media.  It’s a simple fact: Controversies today are tried in the Court of Public Opinion more often than in the Court of Law. 

    “Reputation” is a school district’s largest uninsured asset. Since it takes a lifetime to build a reputation and only a few seconds to destroy one, crisis communications is a necessary skill set for senior education leaders and the attorneys serving their districts.

    This fast-paced talk by veteran crisis management and communications specialist Bruce Hennes, from Hennes Communications in Cleveland, Ohio, focuses on a highly strategic approach to communicating, offering methods for establishing and maintaining “control of the message,” enabling leaders to emerge from a crisis situation with a reputation that is intact or possibly enhanced.
    CUBE/NATCON: $200 | REGULAR: $225




Experiential Learning Visits

Experiential learning visits offer a rare opportunity to explore education in practice. The visit is scheduled for Friday, March 31.

  • Orange County Public Schools (OCPS)

    Visit local OCPS schools and join the superintendent, board members, staff, and students to learn about the development and implementation of their current strategic plan, focusing on:

    • High Expectations for Student Learning
    • Student Social and Emotional Well-Being
    • Dedicated and High-Quality Teams
    • Positive Climate and Safe Environment
    • Efficient Operations
    • Engaged and Invested Community
    • Technology and Innovations

Sessions (As of 12/2/22)

With over 100 sessions, it’s easy to find content that benefits every member of your district. Check out some of the sessions offered at NSBA 2023. More sessions will be announced soon.

Community Partnerships for Greater Equity
Discover how the Cape Henlopen School District (DE, enr. 6,000) and Board of Education worked with a variety of diverse community groups, including a Community Minority Liaison Committee and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Community Outreach Committee, to improve discipline practices, minority hiring, and cultural awareness, and address the opportunity gap. Participants will learn how to work with outside community groups to understand and improve district practices through collaboration and establishing trust.

Special Education 101: A Crash Course for School Board Members
Special education directors joke about the alphabet soup used to discuss student services. From IDEA to Section 504, school board members need to understand aspects of special education during discussions concerning settlement agreements and due process updates. With parents seeking compensatory education following the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that school board members take an active role as they approve actions to fight or remedy parent complaints on behalf of their student with disabilities. Zee and Sharp will review the two federal laws that govern the student services world.

A Delicate Balance: The Relationship Between the Superintendent and School Board Members
The relationship between the superintendent and the school board is so important to the overall well-being of the district and its community. Open, honest communication is at the heart of this relationship, but it is often easy to say but challenging to implement. Learn how a school district of 21,000 students in northern Los Angeles County uses cognitive coaching, core governance values, and a comprehensive strategic plan to forge transformational relationships between its school board members and superintendent.

Reimagine Richfield: How One School Transformed Education and Eliminated the Graduation Gap Through Authentically Engaging Students
Learn how Richfield High School (MN, enr.1,200) transformed its school and eliminated the graduation gap between white students and students of color by incorporating authentic student voice. Dr. Latanya Daniels, principal at the time, started with a program called Reimagine Richfield, a day-long event where students took the lead and shared all their ideas for improving the school. She then led her team through the process of implementing the student suggestions, as well as creating ways for students to provide regular input throughout the year. You won't believe the lasting impact!

Innovation That is leading the way in Transformational Learning
Innovation spurs creativity and success, but what spurs innovation? Join three innovation centers from across the country (Cherry Creek Innovation Campus, Denver, CO; Missouri Innovation Campus, Lee's Summit, MO; and the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency, Kalamazoo, MI) that have crafted a unique vision that matches their educational aspirations. This is a hands-on session with an activity on how innovation stems from a district, design firm, community, and industry partners joining forces with a laser focus on better preparing students for the changing workforce they will soon enter.

'It's All Fun and Games Until....' (Learning from Crisis Communications in Charlottesville City Schools)
Join us for some fun and games (literally, we'll be playing Jeopardy) as we talk about an unfunny topic: Crisis Communications. Beth Cheuk, communications supervisor at Charlottesville City Schools (VA, enr. 4,300), will help School Board Members learn how to support their schools in good times and bad. From everyday headaches like a water outage to national headlines like the neo-Nazi rallies in Charlottesville in August 2017, we'll use real-life examples to explore how we can discuss serious topics without being anxious.

Harnessing the Superintendent Evaluation: Transformational Growth for the Superintendent and the District
Walk away from this presentation with superintendent evaluation guidelines and documents to use within your district. A superintendent and a school board president will share their collaborative development of an evaluation process and tools that incorporate the district strategic plan, superintendent goals, and Research Proven Benchmarks from Marzano's "District Leadership that Works" and the McREL study. Formatives, a summative, and a 360 self-evaluation are included in this annual plan for superintendent evaluation.

Practical Strategies for Helping Students Develop Resilience
How do you help students bounce back from the tough situations they've experienced? From trauma, isolation, and poverty to mental health challenges, our students have faced many obstacles over the last two years. Come see a formula to help you guide students through the challenges that destroy motivation and make it difficult to find success.

Beyond the Alarm – Youth Mental Health Solutions
The U.S. Surgeon General has deemed the current state of youth mental health a national crisis. The Teton County School District (WY, enr. 2,749) is providing solutions by engaging parents in the process. Together, administration, parents, schools, and practitioners can remove barriers to care in rural and low-income areas and reduce stigma to improve the mental health of all students.

Himdag: An Indigenous Community Rebrands Its Schools and Shows Progress
Learn how an Indigenous community transformed its school environment and climate by embracing values, customs, traditions, history, and language.

Launching and Sustaining Future-Focused Schools Through Community Engagement
Find out how to support high academic standards and performance while simultaneously encouraging innovation in teaching and learning for students and teachers. Learn how two districts leverage in-house and inter-district talent to partner with community resources and local businesses to prepare educators and students for the future. District leaders will share how Board of Education members supported the future-focused district work. Discover concrete examples of what this work looks like in small K-12 public school systems. Presenters will share successes and struggles alike.

Using a Data Matrix to Raise Student Achievement and Calculate Academic Return on Investment
Learn how Kerkstra Elementary School (IL, enr. 1700), went from low performing to being recognized by the National Department of Education as an Exemplary High Performing Blue Ribbon School. This presentation will address the process of collating individual student data into a matrix in order to analyze student achievement to determine interventions and enrichment activities and measure their impact. The presenters will cover the development of the data matrix, the agenda for data meetings, and the process for using the matrix to determine academic return on investment (A-RoI).

AAAstound: Magical Secrets of Improving the Customer Experience in Your Schools
Discover how school districts can implement some simple, no-cost, yet powerful strategies to improve the customer experience in schools. During this workshop, participants will actively engage in an inquiry process, taking a deep dive into customer experience best practices in schools and premier companies. Participants will also be introduced to the impact of how improving the customer experience can move the needle on student achievement.

Weathering the Storm Through Effective Communication
Masks, CRT, COVID, and library books were just a few of the topics that suddenly swarmed board meetings of this suburban school district in Nebraska. Mass protests, public comment, social media, and public records requests were some of the tactics the anti-Papillion La Vista Community Schools (PLCS) group used to attempt to disrupt operations. Find out how PLCS used best practices in effective communication and community engagement to weather the storm. Participants will leave the session with specific communication and community engagement strategies along with ideas to structure board of education meetings for success.

Districtwide Implementation and Successful Expansion of Spanish Immersion
Discover how the Cape Henlopen School District (DE, enr. 6,000) successfully implemented a districtwide Spanish Immersion program with 100 students in 2016 and expanded the program annually to over 1,600 students for the 2022-2023 school year.

Reestablishing Trust With Your Community in the Midst of Turmoil and Hardship: A Case Study in Action
The global pandemic wreaked havoc upon communities throughout the globe. Local school districts faced challenges that have not transpired in a lifetime or more. Throughout and after the pandemic, the Huron Valley Schools took a somewhat unique approach designed to engage community stakeholders by remaining transparent, available, and communicative. This session is designed to provide board of education members with tools they might consider when emerging from difficult community circumstances, dispelling misinformation, and continuing to build a relationship in a time of uncertainty.

Student Success? It's As Easy As T.L.C!
WARNING: This session features evidence-based strategies that will improve student behavior and educator morale. Find out how Geary Public Schools (OK, enr. 300) transformed from a district that struggled with climate issues to one that was named a 2022 Innovative District by Houghton Mifflin Harcourts' International Center for Educational Leadership. Superintendent Buchanan explores specific alternatives to common consequences and explains the role of internal motivation of adults in the education process. Finally, he explains how T.L.C. is the glue that holds it all together!

Survival Strategies for Active Shooter Events
This presentation will demonstrate strategies based on real-life experiences of past events. This will be accomplished through hands-on activities, practice, and collaboration. Participants will gain an understanding of how to utilize best practices for developing a protection plan for classrooms and work areas.


Conference Information

  • Cancellations & Refunds

    Cancellations and refunds for registration will be accepted until January 27, 2023, with a full refund, less a $150 processing fee.

    Registration cancellations received on or after January 27, 2023, 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.
  • Hotels & Rates

    You must be registered for the conference before you can reserve housing. All reservations should be made prior to March 17, 2023. Room availability and conference rates cannot be guaranteed after this date.

    View the Orlando hotel map and rates.

  • Air Travel Discounts

    NSBA has negotiated special travel discounts with Delta Airlines for up to 10% off applicable tickets. Restrictions apply and not all classes of service apply for the discount.

    Orlando International Airport (MCO)
    (Distance from the Orange County Convention Center, 11.8 miles)

    Delta Airlines
    1.800.328.1111
    Meeting Event Code: NY23D
    Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT)

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    *Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number.

  • 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.