Welcome to NSBA’s 73nd conference, held this year in San Diego. More than 5,000 school board leaders and administrators from across the country are attending the three-day meeting. Attendees will learn about education issues from a national perspective, gain insights into how federal legislation and court decisions will affect public schools, and bring home strategies to raise student achievement and save money.
A new feature this year: We’ve launched the new NSBA Annual Conference app that will serve as the virtual tote bag for attendees. Go to iTunes and search “NSBA 2013 Conference” or to m.core-apps.com/nsbace2013 to download the app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
The app will allow attendees to search for sessions and create a schedule, access session handouts, and use their devices to take notes and e-mail them. The app also includes Conference Daily, which will be in an all-digital format this year.
Some of the highlights of this year’s conference include:
Saturday’s General Session speaker will be Academy Award winning actor Geena Davis. Sunday’s General Session will feature astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Monday’s General Session features acclaimed researcher and author Diane Ravitch, who has become one of the most passionate voices for public schools. NSBA will welcome David Pickler, a school board member from Tennessee’s Shelby County Schools, as its 2013-14 President and introduce a new board of directors. NSBA also will introduce its new executive director, Thomas Gentzel, who will talk about what what’s in store with the “New NSBA.”
Learn more about the common core standards, new research on differentiated learning styles, and teaching “unteachable” children at the Focus On lecture series. Learn about new technologies for your classrooms as part of the Technology + Learning programs.
In addition to the education opportunities, NSBA will offer many opportunities to gain information to bring back to your district from the Exhibitors Hall. This year, we’ll have more than 285 companies, including more than 95 new businesses, on the show floor. While you’re there, make sure to visit the Tech pavilion, the Health Fair, Music Main Street with performances, the Green Zone, Cutting Edge AveNEW, Marketplace, and the architectural display.
The NSBA booth will feature a mini store, Sunday book signings, free giveaways, and the opportunity to speak with NSBA experts.