IgnitED: Leadership & Advocacy Conference - Sept. 15-17, 2019

Sept. 15-17, 2019 | Hotel Palomar, Washington, D.C.
2121 P St. NW, Washington, DC 20037


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 today to join us September 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.