NSBA 2023 Annual Conference & Exposition - Save the Date

All Districts Now Welcomed to Attend NSBA 2023!

NSBA’s new governance model allows ALL school districts—including those 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. For more information, contact info@nsba.org.

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.

Call for High School Performing Arts Nominations

Showcase Your Student Performers
Help shine a light on the importance of music and the arts in public education. Three high school performance groups are invited to perform in person or virtually at NSBA 2023. The submission window is Sept. 1-30, 2022. Review the guidelines to help prepare your submission. Contact Pat Boyd-King at pboyd-king@nsba.org for more information.

  • FAQs

    If my state is not a member of NSBA, can we still submit a nomination for our school district?
    Yes, you can.

    How do I nominate my district?
    Visit the Performance Group application page which is supported by ReviewR. You will have to create an account before you can submit. You may make multiple submission under your account. Please contact reviewr.com if you need assistance.

    How are the nominations judged?
    The judges will look for programs that:

    • Seek to remove barriers to achievement for vulnerable or underserved children, based on race, ethnicity, gender, special needs, geography, or socio-economic status
    • Reflect and support your school board’s equity mission and vision for the district


    What are the deadlines?

    • Thursday, September 1, 2022, Nomination submission opens
    • Friday, September 20, 2022, Nomination submission closes
    • October 10, 2022, Judging begins
    • October 21, 2022, Judging ends
    • October 26, 2022, notification of three winners


    Who is eligible?

    Your school district must be a public school in the United States or the U.S. Virgin Islands and a member in good standing of your state school boards association.

    How many nominations can we send in?
    You can submit one per category.

    If I have nominated a program previously, can I nominate it again?
    Yes, you can.

    How do I know you received my nomination?
    After you complete your nomination, you will receive an email notification that it has been received. It is important that you provide us with your valid e-mail address on the nomination form. This is the vehicle we will use to communicate with you about your nomination.

    What backup materials are needed?
    You can upload a YouTube video on the nomination form, and they will be viewed by the judges.

    When and where is the judging?
    The judging occurs October 10-21, 2022, with notifications on October 26, 2022.

    Who are the judges?
    The panel of judges are the NSBA Past Presidents who volunteer to be judges.

    What happens if we win?
    If you are a winner, you will be notified on October 26, 2022. Notification will be sent to the program’s nominator, the executive director and president of your state association by e-mail.

    Are there any permissions required for students to attend and perform?
    The nominator is responsible for getting all written permissions from parents/guardians for students to travel and participate.

    Who is allowed to travel with the students?
    The students must be accompanied by an adult school representative and additional two adults if necessary, depending on the size of the group.

    Who is responsible for paying for housing, all meal costs, transportation to and from the performance city, and any additional costs?

    • NSBA provides two nights of complimentary housing for the students (three to four to a room) in the group and for two or three accompanying adults who will be expected to assume responsibility for the safety and deportment of the group.
    • Transportation to and from the performance city and venue, all meal costs, and all other cost associated with bringing your group to the NSBA conference is the sole responsibility of the respective school boards.


    Tips on Making Your Nomination

    Please review the guideline criteria before you submit your nomination and make sure that your nomination meets each criterion. Provide proof that your program meets the state criteria in your nomination’s narrative and backup materials. Be sure to document any evidence that your program meets the state criteria in your nomination.


  • Submission Guidelines

    • Performing groups must represent a public school or group of public schools and have school board approval to represent their district. The school district must be in good standing with its state school boards association. If the school district is not in good standing with its state association, then the school will not qualify for the judging process.

    • The total size of the group may not exceed the following:
      • Jazz Groups – 12 students
      • Choirs – 25 students
      • Show Choirs – 20 students
      • Big Bands – 20 students
      • Orchestra – 20 students
      • Mariachi Groups – 15 students (including instrumentalists, singers, dancers, accompanists, etc.)
      • Dance Groups – 12

    • NSBA requests your specific requirements including quantity of instruments, chairs, microphones and a stage plot showing your typical setup to ensure compatibility with onsite production.

    • Your videos should be uploaded to YouTube. Please do not submit your videos via Drop Box or Google Docs as they will be disqualified.

    • General Session performance times are strictly held to 15 minutes.

    • NSBA’s General Session is inclusive and respectful of all attendee backgrounds, and we request that the performing group refrain from religious based performances.

    • NSBA provides two nights of complimentary housing for the students (three to four to a room) in the group. NSBA does not cover the cost for accompanying adults. However, we will secure a room at the NSBA rate for adults attending with the group. Accompanying adults will be expected to assume responsibility for the safety and deportment of the group.

    • Transportation to and from the performance city and venue, all meal costs, and all other cost associated with bringing your group to the NSBA conference is the sole responsibility of the respective school boards.