NASS Leadership Conference

Event Information

The 2nd Annual National Association of School Superintendents and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Federal Advocacy Event will take place in the Washington, D.C. on September 23-25, 2018. This is a unique opportunity for school leaders to come from different parts of the nation to network, engage, hear from education experts from all over the world and advocate on behalf of students in Washington, D.C.

NASS strives to tell public education's compelling story, including working to highlight school district's innovative and invaluable work for national, state and local media, as well important industry press. Our goal is to build greater awareness about public education's successes, including helping federal and state leaders better understand the important work schools provide to students, their families, and communities.

Through our partnership with ACSA we are excited to provide our annual Advocacy Event that provides an opportunity for attendees to hear from experts in the field, receive Advocacy Training and lobby alongside other school district leaders from across the country.

The NASS Leadership Conference is intended to provide a premier professional development event created solely for superintendents, deputy, associate and assistant superintendents. This annual conference will serve not only as a celebration of the profession, but will also provide networking opportunities and professional development on critical educational issues of high interest for our nation’s superintendents.

September 23-25, 2018
Washington, D.C.

Register for the Conference

Registration Fees:

Register by June 1 and receive discount pricing.

NASS Member Pricing: $199 ($229 after June 1)
ACSA Member Pricing: $199 ($229 after June 1)
Non-member Pricing: $249 ($279 after June 1)

Hotel & Travel Information

Washington, D.C.

Washington Hilton

1919 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Reserve your room

One night's room and tax deposit is required to confirm a reservation. Cancellations made within 72 hours of arrival will forfeit one night's room and tax.

Unwind in our contemporary urban retreat at Washington Hilton, situated in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s most vibrant, sought-after neighborhoods. Mingle near the fire pits on our expansive outdoor patio, relax in our seasonal outdoor swimming pool or enjoy a fresh and creative meal at one of our five dining options. Enjoy the gastropubs of Dupont Circle and the nightlife of Adams Morgan. Soak in the jazz scene on U Street, world-class shopping in Georgetown and charming architecture along Embassy Row. Explore outdoors at the National Zoo or a stroll through the tree-lined oasis of Rock Creek Park. To complement the hotel’s exceptional location, Washington Hilton is well-appointed to accommodate all guests’ needs, offering an expansive health club, full-service FedEx Office Print & Ship business center, onsite transportation desk, rental car service and more.

Keynote Speakers

Previous (2017) Keynote Speakers


Tim Wise
Antiracist essayist, Author & Educator

Tim Wise, whom scholar and philosopher Cornel West calls, “A vanilla brother in the tradition of (abolitionist) John Brown,” is among the nation’s most prominent antiracist essayists and educators. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the nation. He has also lectured internationally in Canada and Bermuda, and has trained corporate, government, law enforcement and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions.


Melissa Crum
ARTrepreneur Specialist
Barnett Ambassadors

Dr. Melissa Crum is an artist, author, researcher, and owner of Mosaic Education Network, LLC. Mosaic Education Network is a consulting company that helps educators and non-profit leaders build stronger relationships with the diverse communities they serve by infusing the arts, story-telling, and critical thinking into professional development, community building and curriculum development. The goal is for participants have alternative ways to conceptualize themselves, their future and a diverse world. Dr. Crum earned her Bachelors in Visual Art Studies from the University of Florida, her Masters' in African American and African Studies and her PhD in Art Administration, Education and Policy from The Ohio State University. She has conducted professional development trainings, given presentations and facilitated projects across the United States and internationally including Ghana and Brazil. In May of 2015, Dr. Crum was nominated to give a TEDx talk “A Tale of Two Teachers” on an arts-based professional development process called multicultural critical reflective practice (MCRP) which she co-created and published.