Annual Conference 2018: Frequently Asked Questions

Annual Conference 2018: Frequently Asked Questions

Look here to find answers to the most common questions about NASBE’s Annual Conference!

How much is conference registration? 

Registration fees for Annual Conference 2018 are as follows:

Full Conference Registration – Early Bird Rate until September 22, 2018! 

Member/Associate Member – $750 (after 9/22: $950)
Chief State School Officer – $750 (after 9/22: $950)
Non-Member State – $1,250 (after 9/22: $1,500)

NCSBEE Member (dues-paying state) – $750 (after 9/22: $950)
NASBE Past Chair (currently on state board) – $650 (after 9/22: $850)
NCOSEA – Member State (must register separately for special events) – $500 (after 9/22: $600)
NCOSEA – Non-Member State (must register separately for special events) – $600 (after 9/22: $700)

I don’t want to attend the whole conference. Can I register for only the preconference sessions or a single day? 

Yes. If you want to attend only one day of the Annual Conference, please select “single day registration” when you register for the day you plan to attend.

Single Day Registration

Single Day Registration – Member State:

Thursday, October 18 – $450
Friday, October 19 – $700

Single Day Registration – Non-Member State:

Thursday, October 18 – $700
Friday, October 19 – $700

Special Event Registration

It is not necessary to register for these events if you are registering for the full conference.

Guest for Presidential Welcome Reception (October 17) $75 (member) $100 (nonmember)
Guest for NASBE 60th Anniversary Reception (October 19) $75 (member) $100 (nonmember)

Where is State Night this year?

There is no State Night this year. Instead, we are hosting a 60th Anniversary reception on Friday evening at The Pinnacle Club at the Grand Hyatt in Denver.

Does NASBE make my hotel reservation?

No, all conference attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Please call the hotel directly at (303-295-1234) or connect via its online reservation website to make your room reservation. To guarantee NASBE’s special group rate of $239 per night (plus applicable taxes), you must make your reservation no later than Monday, September 24, 2018. After that time, higher rates will apply and rooms may not be available. Please identify yourself as a NASBE Conference attendee.

Making a reservation in NASBE’s room block is important. Meeting our financial obligations to the Grand Hyatt for our room block has a long-term benefit: It helps NASBE negotiate lower rates for our conferences in the future, and it lowers your out-of-pocket travel costs. When we fill our contracted room block, we avoid unnecessary financial penalties, which strengthen our negotiation efforts in the future to keep annual conference costs manageable.

How far away is the hotel from the airport? Are there airport shuttles available?

Denver International Airport (DIA) is roughly 24 miles from the Grand Hyatt Denver, or about a $60 taxi ride. There is a rail service—the A Line—that runs from the airport terminal (near baggage claim) to Union Station for $9 each way. From there, you can catch a bus, taxi, or the 16th Street Shuttle to the hotel. If you prefer a Super Shuttle from the airport, please book online using NASBE’s discount code here

How do I access “PDA” funds for NASBE’s annual conference?

NASBE Professional Development Accounts (PDA) provide support to state board members who wish to participate in NASBE activities such as attending conferences, regional meetings, travel, and other related activities. It is a perfect way to fund your trip to NASBE’s Annual Conference 2018! If your state has set up a PDA with NASBE, individual members may use available funds by downloading and filling out a withdrawal request form. Additional information about PDA funds can be found here, including instructions for checking your state’s PDA balance.

Are there sponsorship or advertising opportunities during the conference?

Yes! Please see our menu of sponsorship and exhibit opportunities here. If you are interested in becoming a NASBE annual conference sponsor, please contact Kristen Amundson. If you wish to purchase advertising space in our conference program, please contact NASBE Editorial Director Valerie Norville

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