Meal Events and Site Visits

Meal Events

Dine and Discover

Pre-registration is required for all meal events


National Caucus of American Indian/Alaska Native School Board Members Luncheon
Noon – 2:00 PM
Hilton New Orleans Riverside

How can educational leaders truly impact and inspire the future for American Indian and Alaska Native students? Dr. John Bush will share his perspective as a former fourteen year Superintendent of Schools for the San Carlos Unified School District and former semi-pro Bull rider, as well as what he hearsfrom the community in his current roles as Vice Chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona and Secretary of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association.

Best Practices for School Leaders Luncheon
Noon – 2:00 PM
New Orleans Convention Center

Learn about leadership and district best practices with the winners of the 2014 Magna Awards. Sponsored by Sodexo, the MAGNA luncheon celebrates the spirit of innovation and excellence in public education. Attend this special event and be inspired to take what you hear and learn back to your districts.  This is a highly popular luncheon so register early!

NazaroSonia Nazario, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist and author of Enrique’s Journey points out that one in four children in public schools across the United States are now immigrants or the child of an immigrant, and discusses the tremendous traumas many of these children face even before landing in American classrooms. Enrique’s journey of determination. Nazario will show how critical it is to understand and address these traumas if immigrant children are to learn. She’ll also share the story of one boy, Enrique, whose mother leaves him in Honduras when he is just 5 years old to go work in the U.S. After not seeing his mother for 11 years, Enrique braves unimaginable hardship and sets off on his own to find her. Enrique’s Journey is a timeless story of families torn apart and yearning to be together again, of determination, and of what so many students have gone through.


HinojosaMariaNational Hispanic Caucus of School Board Members Breakfast
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
New Orleans Convention Center

For 25 years, Maria Hinojosa has helped tell America’s untold stories and brought to light unsung heroes in America and abroad. Serving as anchor and managing editor of her own long-running weekly NPR show, Latino USA, and anchor of the Emmy Award-winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One, she has informed millions of Americans about the fastest growing demographic in our country. Throughout her career, she has helped define the conversation about our times and our society with one of the most authentic voices in broadcast.

National Black Caucus of School Board Members Luncheon
Noon – 2:00 PM
Hilton New Orleans Riverside

HaygoodWilAcclaimed Washington Post reporter, journalist,
and biographer Wil Haygood has explored the social and historical dynamics of this country as few modern chroniclers have done, in books, magazine articles, and award-winning newspaper coverage.
His most recent project, The Butler, which stars eight Oscar-winning actors, is the story of White House butler Eugene Allen, who had served no less than eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan — and in so doing became a “discreet stagehand who for three decades helped keep the show running in the most important political theatre of all.”

Education Technology Luncheon: School 2.0: How Does STEM Change the Schools We Need? 
Noon – 2:00 PM
New Orleans Convention Center

Join technology forecaster Jim Brazell and education consultant Ray Rose as they discuss  a conceptual framework designed to help school boards, teachers, students, and communities understand how STEM relates to social and educational change. Ray will help translate the social and technical implications of change for actionable insights for school board leaders. 2.0 Schools is about the moral imperative we have to prepare the next generation for their future, rather than our past. Learn about successful districts, model programs, and STEM practices across the country, while gaining a deeper understanding of how STEM is shifting school change from reform to innovation—native innovation—innovation from within.

Sponsored by

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Gain hands-on experience from these leaders in technology.

Friday, April 4

9:30 AM – 4:30 PM 

Louisiana Lagniappe: Site Visit to St. Charles Parish Public Schools – SOLD OUT

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Lagniappe means a little something extra, which is exactly what you’ll experience during your day in St. Charles Parish Public Schools, one of the state’s top districts. Visit a newly renovated, technology rich, community-oriented elementary school and immerse yourself in the Wetland Watcher experience, a nationally recognized service learning program for wetlands conservation managed by middle school students. After a taste of south Louisiana cuisine, conclude your visit at the district’s unique Satellite Center, where cutting-edge technologies create an authentic learning environment for students to work alongside actual clients as they explore future careers.

Lunch and transportation provided. 

Sponsored by ITS_RGB_V

Saturday, April 5

11:45 am – 3:30 pm

National World War II Museum: Learning Across the Curriculum – SOLD OUT 

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Much of today’s technology had origins in World War II. Learn how the National World War II Museum staff created education resources available to districts across the country that bring the science and technology of War II to life for students. Plus, hear the latest about the museum’s photo and oral history digitization project and efforts to involve students in the collection of oral histories in their hometowns.

Lunch, admission, and transportation provided.

Sponsored by Worldstrides

Sunday, April 6

Noon – 5:00 pm

STEM in Action — Pumping Up the Students! – SOLD OUT 

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After Katrina, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the world’s largest pumping station. Tour this amazing structure and hear how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is investing in science technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum materials to engage your students and support the emerging field of Geomatics that combines high tech tools with remote sensing.

Lunch and transportation provided; no skirts/dresses and closed toe shoes required; limited to 50.

Sponsored by GuideK12-RGB_small

2:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Southeastern Louisiana University Program:
Transforming Science through Hands-on Learning

Explore the wetlands by boat with the Southeastern’s Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station that provides educators and students with problem-based, real-world science learning opportunities. Experience firsthand how instruction must change to support next-generation science standards.

 Transportation and supplies provided.

Monday, April 7

8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Building for the Future: Going Green

The leaders of the St Bernard Parish Public Schools looked at the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina as an opportunity to re-imagine learning, and based on the best research available, created 21st century learning environments to support their students and strengthen their community. Hear their story and then include a visit to this resilient and successful district in your New Orleans’s conference schedule. The visit will showcase Chalmette High School and its Ninth Grade Academy with classroom tours and conversations with school leaders, teachers, and students. The visit also includes a brief loop through New Orleans’s Lower Ninth Ward to understand the magnitude of devastation and recovery challenges and a quick visit to the Holy Cross Visitor Center to tour a model green home.

Lunch, transportation, and admission provided.

9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Weather as a Lesson: NOAA Tour

Tour the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a federal agency focused on the condition of the oceans and the atmosphere, and discover the multitude of resources they have developed to support K–12 education. Plus, hear a presentation by school leaders about the technology policies and practices they put in place to successfully weather storms that have struck their districts.

Lunch and transportation provided.

Sponsored by WeatherCalllforSchoolsWDrop

Empower Yourself!

Three Days of Essential Presentations and Experiences to Energize You and Your District. Align your conference sessions with the content that fosters growth and supports you, your staff, and your students.

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