Meetings & Conferences

Each year, NASBE hosts numerous meetings and conferences to ensure state board members continue to be informed on the emerging issues in education and have professional development opportunities. NASBE’s Board of Directors, Governmental Affairs Committee and Study Group meet three times a year while the Legislative Conference, New State Board Member Institute and Annual Conference are yearly events.

View our calendar for upcoming Meetings & Conferences.

Regional Meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas

Join members of state boards of education for a regional convening in Little Rock, Arkansas, June 24-25, 2016. This regional meeting will coincide with our Equity, Civil Rights, and ESSA (invitation only) seminar and will be held at the historic Little Rock Central High School, made famous for the role it played in the desegregation of public schools in the US following Brown v. Board of Education.

Attendees will discuss issues of national and regional importance, including how the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will impact policymaking around state accountability system design, state assessments, teacher preparation, and school improvement. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with state board colleagues from neighboring states and share their state boards’ plan to promote equity and excellence for all students. There is no charge to register for this meeting. However, the event is only open to NASBE members and attendees are responsible for their own room charges and travel expenses. NASBE will provide breakfast and lunch.

Space is limited, register today!


Friday, June 24 – June 25, 2016
The Equity, Civil Rights, and ESSA seminar will take place from June 24 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Arkansas Commissioner of Education Johnny Key kicks off the regional meeting at 4:00 pm on Friday, with a reception afterwards. Sessions continue the following day from 9:00 am – 2:30 pm.


The meeting will be held at:

Little Rock Central High School
1315 South Park Street
Little Rock, AR 72202

NASBE has secured a group rate of $104 at the Courtyard by Marriott Little Rock, but attendees must make their own reservations:

Courtyard by Marriott Little Rock
521 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-975-9800

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jay Barth, NASBE president-elect and member of the Arkansas State Board of Education. If you have any questions about the Equity, Civil Rights, and ESSA seminar, please contact Kimberly Charis.



Regional Meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas

Equity, Civil Rights, and ESSA Seminar

Little Rock, Arkansas

Friday, June 24, 2016, 12:00-4:00 p.m.

School climate and discipline are critical but often overlooked components of academic achievement and school success. Students who receive only one suspension in the ninth grade are at greater risk of dropping out of high school than their peers. Each additional suspension increases that risk by 20 percent, say experts. Students who have been suspended or expelled have a greater chance of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system the following year. And while African American students represent 15 percent of the student population, they receive more than a third of all suspensions. Those without disabilities are nearly four times as likely to be suspended or expelled as white students without disabilities. Yet these higher rates of severe disciplinary sanctions against students of color are not the result of more frequent or serious incidents of misconduct.

In 2014, the US Departments of Education and Justice released federal guidance to help public schools and districts reform school discipline procedures, eliminate racial disparities, and meet legal obligations set forth in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states with an opportunity to meet this legal obligation through their statewide accountability systems. Under the new education law, states must describe how they will improve conditions for learning through reductions in the reliance on exclusionary discipline and the use of behavioral interventions that compromise student health and safety.

In order to meet this requirement, state accountability systems must allow for “meaningful differentiation” in school performance and include at least one indicator of school quality or student success such as student engagement or school climate and safety.

NASBE’s Equity, Civil Rights, and ESSA seminar will bring together teams from five southern states that have made strides in implementing supportive school discipline and equity practices. State teams will learn about the new ESSA accountability requirements and ways to use integrated state-level data systems to promote academic achievement and student success. They will also have the opportunity to share and discuss their strategies for improving school climate and discipline, particularly in schools serving large proportions of students from low-income families and students of color.

To learn more about this meeting, which precedes NASBE’s regional meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas, on June 24-25, 2016, please contact Kimberly Charis.

Equity, Civil Rights, and ESSA Seminar

Annual Conference

NASBE’s Annual Conference focuses sessions on the latest thinking across a wide range of education topics, on the professional development of board members and on the formulation of state education policy.

Annual Conference Information

Legislative Policy Forum

The Legislative Policy Forum is where we connect with key congressional education leadership, discuss with senior staff at the U.S. Department of Education, and work with colleagues on state-specific education issues.

Legislative Policy Forum

New State Board Member Institute

Each year NASBE gives new state board members the opportunity to gather with experienced board members and staff at the New State Board Member Institute. NASBE helps support these new members by covering the costs of two members from each state. Held every July, the Institute is designed to equip new board members with skills, knowledge, and insider tips that will enable them to be more effective board members.

New Member Institute Information

Conference Materials

NASBE provides various materials, including workbooks, presentations, and videos, that were distributed at past Legislative Conferences.

Conference Materials

Navigate Our News & Info

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up today to receive NASBE news in your email inbox. Enter your email address below.