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.

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.


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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.