Meal Events

Dine with your school board colleagues and NSBA caucus boards and hear from distinguished speakers at these popular events. These programs are ticketed events open to all conference attendees. Fees are in addition to full conference program registration fee. They are limited in size so be sure to register early!

Saturday, March 25

Council of Urban Boards of Education Lunch and Keynote Presentation

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Judge Glenda HatchettPresenter: Judge Glenda Hatchett

Addressing Inequities in America’s Public Schools: If not us, then who?
Join us to hear from Judge Glenda Hatchett, former Chief Presiding Judge of the Fulton County Juvenile Court in Atlanta, address the inequality of America’s public schools and the correlation between it and the judicial system – which breeds education inequities. We’ll also learn what we can do to foster opportunities of success for every child in spite of their environment.

Urban Night Out (UNO) is included in registration for the luncheon on Saturday, March 25, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

School Leaders Luncheon

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

“You are a genius and the world needs your contribution” – that’s the message of teacher and author Angela Maiers. Her initiative, Choose2Matter, challenges us to make “mattering” a way of life. When people accept that they matter and that their actions count, lives, learning change and our world changes. Sponsored by Sodexo, this luncheon also celebrates the spirit of innovation and excellence in public education by honoring the 2017 Magna Award winners. This ticketed even is open to all conference registrant and fees are in addition to full conference program registration fees. Tickets much be purchased in advance.

National Caucus of American Indian/Alaska Native School Board Members Luncheon

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Samuel JohnsPresenter: Samuel Johns

Samuel Johns is a motivational speaker, songwriter, performers and activist. He uses music as a tool for healing and connecting people to Native History. As an activist, he founded the Forget Me Not Movement, an effort to draw attention to and help address homelessness in Anchorage, Alaska. Today, the group Sam started to help reconnect Anchorage’s homeless with their families in rural Alaska has more than 21,000 members. He was most recently awarded the Top Forty Under 40 Award by the Alaska Journal of Commerce in 2016.

Sunday, March 26

National Hispanic Council of School Board Members Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Sylvia MendezPresenter: Sylvia Mendez

Sylvia Mendez is a civil rights activist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Mendez’ role in the nation’s history was sealed when her parents successfully filed the landmark lawsuit — Mendez, et al v. the Westminster School District, et al — the result of which made California the first state to end school segregation in 1947. The victory also laid the legal precedent for the Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court case that would end racial segregation in schools across the country almost a decade later. She now travels across the country to schools to educate Americans about the historic court case.

National Black Council of School Board Members Luncheon

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Steve PembertonPresenter: Steve Pemberton

Overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds, Pemberton has gone from being a forgotten ward of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to becoming a trailblazing Divisional Vice President at Walgreens and the first Chief Diversity Officer for the 113 year old company. Prior to that, he made history as the first Chief Diversity Officer and Vice-President of Diversity and Inclusion for an Internet start-up while at Monster.com. Pemberton offers abundant inspiration to others, emphasizing that from tragedy and strife can come extraordinary accomplishment.

Education Technology Luncheon, hosted by the Technology Leadership Network

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Steve DemboPresenter: Steve Dembo

Steve Dembo, Vice-President of the Skokie/Morton Grove District 69 School Board, is a pioneer in the field of educational social networking. He was instrumental in the explosive community growth of the award winning Discovery Educator Network. NSBA recognized him in 2010 as a "20 to Watch” educator for his innovative use of technology to increase classroom learning and his ability to inspire others to embrace new approaches. Dembo is co-author of the book Untangling the Web: 20 Tools to Power Up Your Teaching and serves as a course designer and adjunct professor for the Instructional Media degree program at Wilkes University where he teaches Internet Tools for Teaching.

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