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NASBE's Annual Conference 2014: "Leaders Learning From Leaders"

Join NASBE this October 16-18, 2014,  for our  annual conference, this year centered on the theme: “Leaders Learning From Leaders.” Come to Denver, Colo., and engage with dynamic speakers on such hot topics in education as new accountability models, student discipline policies, college-and career-readiness, school leadership, and much more. Participate in working sessions and interactive tours with your colleagues and other education leaders. And, as always, learn from each other by sharing policymaking experiences across states. Check back frequently as we update our program, announce keynote speakers, and introduce important  pre-conference sessions.


The Westin Westminster (just outside Denver in Westminster, CO)
10600 Westminster Boulevard
Westminster, Colorado 80020
Phone: (303) 410-5000

*Reserve your room at the Westin before September 22, 2014, for NASBE’s rate of $149.

Online registration for the Conference is now closed. For more details, or questions, please contact Kristie Jones at 703-740-4831, or LeeNaura King at 703-740-4830.

Program Highlights

Keynote Address & Book Signing by Aneesh Chopra,  former White House Chief Technology Officer, Co-founder and Executive Vice President at Hunch Analytics and author of Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government.

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As our nation’s first chief technology officer and a former secretary of technology in Virginia, Aneesh Chopra has seen first-hand how the technology revolution, which is having such a significant impact in our classrooms, can also transform the work of government. Inspired by private sector trailblazers, Chopra wrote the playbook for governmental open innovation. He will offer an absorbing look at how open government can establish a new paradigm for the internet era and allow us to tackle our most challenging problems.

General Session: The New Accountability for the 21st Century

Image of Linda Darling-HammondState boards of education are challenged to develop new approaches to school accountability that move beyond the score on a single test. Join three national thought leaders: Linda Darling-Hammond, who has developed a model for what she calls the “51st state” accountability system; Craig Jerald, who suggests that the inspectorate model used in England might offer a better approach; and Chris Steinhauser, who will share the experiences of the California Core Districts, as they outline other approaches SBE could adopt. Session will be moderated by Education Week’s Alyson Klein.

General Session: “We Got This”: State Boards and Local School Boards Working Together

Recently, a spate of legislation at the state level has challenged the traditional roles of state boards of education. On the local level, mayoral takeovers of schools have sometimes eliminated local school boards. NASBE Executive Director Kristen Amundson and NSBA Executive Director Thomas Gentzel will discuss these trends . . . and how state and local boards can and should work together.

General Session: What’s in Store on Election Day and What Does It Mean for Education?
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NASBE’s Annual Conference takes place just a few short weeks before the 2014 midterm elections. What will those elections bring? And how will the results at the state and national level affect education? Join Republican pollster Alex Bratty of Public Opinion Strategies, and Democratic pollster Jeffrey Plaut of Global Strategy Group, for a bipartisan look into the electoral crystal ball.

Conference Pre-sessions — October 15

Digital Learning Tour

Is technology truly transforming student learning? Join NASBE for a special “field trip” to Denver-area public schools on the cutting edge of digital education. Observe classrooms, talk with teachers and students, and see what the fuss is all about. This pre-session is free, but space is limited and is first-come, first-served.

Continuing Legal Education Session: Student Data Privacy

NASBE is offering a pre-conference session on student data privacy on Wednesday, October 15, the day before our annual conference begins, from 1:30-5pm. It is aimed primarily at the legal community, but anyone who is interested in this topic is welcome to attend. The meeting will include sessions on federal and state student data privacy laws, how to recognize dangerous contract provisions that could violate the law or harm student privacy, and how to write a good privacy law or policy. Continuing Legal Education credit will be offered for Colorado. CLE credit will be applied for in other states if requested by attendees. This session will cost $25 for general attendees, and $100.00 for lawyers seeking CLE credit. The deadline to register online for this session is October 3. Register here.


Stay “in-the-know” by checking this page for updates. Also you can check-in using your favorite social media outlet. NASBE is on:

Conference Sponsors
NASBE is grateful for the generous support of so many corporate and foundation sponsors of the 2014 Annual Conference including: The Atlantic Philanthrophies, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Discovery Education, Microsoft, Mylan, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and others.
NASBE's Annual Conference 2014: "Leaders Learning From Leaders"


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New Resources

NASBE serves as a rich source of information for its members, producing original, timely information on education’s most pressing issues. The information includes education research and analysis, federal legislative updates, tips on effective policymaking, coverage of education reform efforts across the nation, and other vital resource documents.

Our newest set of resources (April 2014) includes:

acceptThe latest issue of NASBE’s State Education Standard on “A Deeper Look at Deeper Learning”;

accepta Discussion Guide on “Anaphylaxis and Schools: Developing Policies for Treating Students with Severe Allergic Reactions”;

accepta State Innovations on “The Maryland State Board’s Path after the Adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards”;

accepta Commentary by Washington State Supt. Randy Dorn on “Why My State Adopted the Next Generation Science Standards”; and

accepta Policy Update on “The Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.”
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As a new member of a state board of education, you have a lot of ground to cover, and NASBE is here to help you navigate this new experience. Welcome to the experience of state boards, welcome to NASBE.

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