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, April 7

Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) Luncheon

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Speaker: Dr. Christopher Emdin, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology, Teachers College, Columbia University

National Hispanic Council of School Board Members Luncheon

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Speaker: Henry Cisneros, former US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former Mayor of San Antonio

Sunday, April 8

National American Indian/Alaska Native Council of School Board Members.

Sunday, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM         

Presenter: Jennifer Loren, Cherokee Nation Businesses, Executive Producer and Host of Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People. 

Jennifer Loren is a 15-year veteran of the TV business; anchoring, writing and producing investigative stories for television news and now producing and hosting the magazine style show, Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People. Jennifer is a proud citizen of the Cherokee Nation and is thrilled to share her tribe’s stories with the world.

She is a graduate of the Gaylord College of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma and an active member of the Native American Journalists Association and Society of Environmental Journalists. She is an eight-time Emmy nominee and has been awarded two Emmys; one as Executive Producer and Host of Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People, which won best cultural documentary in 2016 and one for her coverage of politics and government in 2012. She won an AVA Digital Gold Award in 2015 for on-camera talent and a Telly Platinum Award and People’s Telly Award for her work on Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People. Jennifer has won several awards for investigative reporting including the 2011 Society of Environmental Journalists’ Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding In-depth Reporting and the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists’ First Amendment Award.

National Black Council of School Board Members Luncheon

Sunday, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM      

Presenter: Ernest G. Green, Member of the Little Rock Nine / Consultant 

Ernest G. Green currently works at Matrix Advisory, an institutional asset manager. Mr. Green is currently serving as a partner of this asset management firm which has offices in New York and Washington, DC. His long involvement in helping states, cities, municipalities and governmental authorities finance their needs throughout the United States has led to him helping to lead Matrix into a new era of public private partnerships. As the former chairman of the African Development Foundation, he uses his international contacts to assist international leaders with their needs, particularly in the area of infrastructure. Mr. Green was appointed to Chairman of the African Development Foundation by President Clinton. He was also appointed by Secretary of Education, Richard W. Riley, to serve as Chairman of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Capital Financing Advisory Board. 

Education Technology Luncheon

Sunday, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Presenter: Will Richardson

A parent of two teen-agers, Will Richardson has spent the last dozen years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks and education. He was one of a handful of original education bloggers ( and his work has appeared in numerous journals, newspapers, and magazines such as Ed Leadership, District Administration, Education Week, The New York Times and English Journal. He is an outspoken advocate for change in schools and classrooms in the context of the diverse new learning opportunities that the Web and other technologies now offer.

Will has authored six books, most recently From Master Teacher to Master Learner (2015, Solution Tree Press) and Freedom to Learn (2016, Solution Tree Press). In total, his books have sold over 150,000 copies worldwide.

A former public school educator of 22 years, Will is a co-founder of Modern Learner Media and co-publisher of which is a site dedicated to helping educational leaders and policy makers develop new contexts for new conversations around education. Over the past eight years, he has spoken to hundreds of thousands of educators in over a dozen countries about the merits of online learning networks for personal and professional growth.

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