National Connection

Your National Executive-Level Resource

National Connection is the leading national executive information and networking service for school board leaders and senior school district staff. Education is a local activity, but is shaped by national trends. With content that is targeted, relevant, and easy to access, board members can become thought leaders who place their local issues in a national context.


National Connection Daily

National Connection Daily is your morning executive news briefing, providing both national and local news from across the U.S. With a quick scan of the headlines each morning, school board leaders can be current on the latest in education news, and stay ahead of the forces impacting education.

Federal Insider Podcast

Get your up-to-date, inside-the-beltway education information straight from NSBA’s Chief Legal Officer Francisco M. Negrón Jr., and Director of Lobbying and Federal Legislation Deborah Rigsby. This new format allows you to listen on the go! Click here for the latest episode and check out the National Connection HUB where shows will be archived.


The National Connection HUB

The National Connection HUB is our portal for almost all of the National Connection online program benefits. On the HUB you will find:

  • Latest Discussions: Our online networking and discussion forum (a national listserv) that can also be accessed entirely by email. And you can always return online to read what you’ve missed or download any files that were shared.
  • News You Can Use: Our blogs from the team at NSBA on national education topics.
  • CPE Briefing Room: Center for Public Education Director Patte Barth gives you an exclusive video briefing on its latest reports.
  • The Leadership Resource Center: A collection of nationally developed summaries and tools that inform and equip school boards with promising practices in school governance and leadership.
  • The Public Engagement Toolkit: An online resource of practical tools to help school boards strengthen support for public education.
  • Plus, read our “Meet a School Board Member” profiles, search our national directory of National Connection participants, or discover an exciting resource developed by one of our state school boards association members. It’s all on the HUB.

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(American School Board Journal) is the premier magazine for school leaders, and both the print and digital versions are included with your participation in National Connection.

ASBJ Brief

A monthly e-newsletter with exclusive content for National Connection districts.

NSBA Annual Conference

Benefits abound in the National Connection program, including:

  • 20% registration discount for all of the attendees from your district, over a $1,500 savings for a 7-person board.
  • Early access to registration and the NSBA housing block in the conference city
  • Discounts on many of the conference optional events
  • A special National Connection Lounge for networking, relaxing, or grabbing a snack
  • A special track of educational sessions just for National Connection participants

How to Join

Join online today. Fees are based on the number of students in your district, and districts joining for the first time receive a first-year discount. Not only will your board and up to 5 members of the school district staff enjoy all of the benefits listed above, you’ll be joining over 17,000 of your colleagues around the country in becoming the thought leaders your students need.

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