IgnitED: Leadership & Advocacy Conference

Event Information

The National Association of School Superintendents invites education leaders from across the nation to join policy experts as they ignite change during three days of advocacy centered on educational equity in the nation’s capital.

This is a unique opportunity for leaders like you to come together to network, engage, hear from education experts, equity partners and students, and to level up your skills as advocates for the students and communities you serve.

The conference will begin Sunday with a legislative issues overview and media training before transitioning to an opening reception.

On Monday, hear from partner organizations, equity experts, and student advocates while continuing legislative and media advocacy training. The day will feature a keynote address by Rod Paige, former United States Secretary of Education and the first African-American to serve in the role. Paige served from 2001-2005 and is known as a controversial figure in educational leadership. He is the architect of the “No Child Left Behind” Act, and a vocal advocate for holistic school reform. He has worked with the NAACP to advocate for lessening prison spending and increased education funding.

The day will conclude with a visit to the Department of Education, where attendees will meet with staff and have an opportunity to weigh in on federal approaches. That day we will honor our 2019 Superintendent of the Year.

On the third and final day of the conference, attendees have the opportunity to take action starting with a press conference on Capitol Hill before they meet directly with their members of Congress and staff regarding the policy and budget priorities outlined throughout the event.

Our goal is to help guide federal leaders better understand what is working in education, while driving improvements that benefit all students and their communities.

Register soon to join us Sept. 15-19, 2019 in Washington, D.C. for a powerful coalition and advocacy event designed to spark new ideas while putting educational equity at the top of every federal lawmakers’ agenda.

Sept. 15-17, 2019
Hotel Palomar, Washington, D.C.


Registration Fees:

NASS Member Pricing: $325 ($285 by 5/31/19)
ACSA Member Pricing: $325 ($285 by 5/31/19)
Non-member Pricing: $650 ($570 by 5/31/19)

Hotel & Travel Information

Washington, D.C.

Hotel Palomar

2121 P St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Reserve your room online. Room Rate: $229/night

Additional Rate Information
Additional charges (Guest Amenity Fee) of $25 ($28.74 after tax) will be added per room each night of your stay. This fee includes upgraded wi-fi, local and domestic long distance calls, and car service within a mile of the hotel for 2 hours each morning and 2 hours each evening.

Maximum # of Persons per Room Allowed: 2 person max.

Rate Rules
Check-in time: 3:00 PM
Check-out time: 12:00 PM

Cancellation Policy
Canceling your reservation before 6:00 PM (local hotel time) on Wednesday, 11 September, 2019 will result in no charge. Canceling your reservation between 6:00 PM (local hotel time) on 11 September, 2019 and 6:00 PM (local hotel time) on 14 September, 2019 will result in a charge for the first night per room to your credit card.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Rod Paige

Former U.S. Secretary of Education (2001-2005)

Rod Paige is a life-long educator and former U.S. Secretary of Education (2001-2005). As Secretary, Dr. Paige was an unstinting advocate of student achievement, employing "best of breed" solutions to achieve results towards the Department's goal of raising national standards of educational excellence. He earned his reputation for seeking out and implementing innovative approaches to systemic academic improvement when he served as Dean of the College of Education at Texas Southern University, where he established the university's Center for Excellence in Urban Education. He has also shown a knack for inclusive leadership, first as a trustee and then as Superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, the nation's seventh largest district. In his quest to improve the quality of education for all students, Dr. Paige is also an active member of several highly respected boards, including the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, The Broad Foundation, the American College of Education, the New England College of Finance and Business, the National Council on Economic Education's Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce and is a former board member of News Corporation. Dr. Paige, who served as a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars following his time in the administration, brings a global perspective to his work and a desire to export the best practices and products for education that the U.S. has to offer and to import those that have been successful in other countries in an effort to improve the state of education for all.

IgnitED: Leadership & Advocacy Conference