Annual Conference 2019: Frequently Asked Questions

Annual Conference 2019: 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 2019 are as follows:

Full Conference Registration – Early Bird Rate until September 20, 2019! 

Member/Associate Member – $750 (after 9/20: $950)
Chief State School Officer – $750 (after 9/20: $950)
Non-Member State – $1,250 (after 9/20: $1,500)

NCSBEE Member (dues-paying state) – $750 (after 9/20: $950)
NASBE Past Chair (currently on state board) – $650 (after 9/20: $850)
NCOSEA – Member State (must register separately for special events) – $500 (after 9/20: $600)
NCOSEA – Non-Member State (must register separately for special events) – $600 (after 9/20: $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 17 – $450
Friday, October 18 – $700

Single Day Registration – Non-Member State:

Thursday, October 17 – $700
Friday, October 18 – $700

Special Event Registration

Preconference Session at the Henry Doorly Zoo – $35
Guest for Chair’s Opening Reception (October 17) $75 (member) $100 (nonmember)
Guest for NASBE State Night (October 18) $75 (member) $100 (nonmember)

(Preconference session requires registration. It is not necessary to register for the NASBE receptions if you are registering for the full conference.)

What if I need to cancel my registration? 

Registrations may be cancelled for a refund (less $100 processing fee) if cancellation request is received in writing by Monday, September 30, 2019. After this date no refunds will be issued. All cancellations MUST be submitted in writing and emailed to All refunds are issued via check after the Conference.

Registration substitutions are accepted. The substitution deadline is Monday, September 30, 2019. All substitutions after this date will need to be processed on-site. Please email substitution requests to

Where is State Night this year?

State Night will be at one of Omaha’s most unique treasures, the Durham Western Heritage Museum, housed in the historic art-deco Union Station. 

Does NASBE make my hotel reservation?

No, all conference attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Please call the hotel directly (402-998-3400) or use their online reservation website to book your room. To guarantee the special group rate of $149.00 per night (plus applicable taxes), you must make your reservation no later than Friday, September 20, 2019. After that date, higher rates will apply, and rooms may not be available. To make your reservation, identify yourself as a NASBE Conference attendee.

Making a reservation in NASBE’s room block is important. Meeting our financial obligations to the Hilton Omaha 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?

The airport in Omaha (Omaha Eppley Airfield, OMA) is only a few miles away from the conference hotel, or about a 10-minute drive. The hotel runs a free shuttle to and from the airport every 20 minutes. Taxis are about $11 from the airport.

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 2019! 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 Robert Hull. If you wish to purchase advertising space in our conference program, please contact NASBE Editorial Director Valerie Norville

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