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. The meeting 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
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.



Regional Meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas

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

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