New England Secondary School Consortium

2018 Conference Details


School Redesign in Action: Learn + Lead for Equity is the New England Secondary School Consortium’s ninth annual conference for educators and stakeholders from across the country to share success stories, exchange best practices, and continue to build momentum for innovations that will prepare all students for success in the colleges, careers, and communities of the 21st century. 

WHEN:  Monday, March 12th, 1:00-5:00pm + Tuesday, March 13th,  8:00am-2:30pm

WHERE:  Rhode Island Convention CenterOne Sabin Street · Providence, RI 02903

WHO:  Educators, students, community stakeholders, policy makers, and teams from secondary schools along with career and technical education centers and higher education from across the country engaged in school improvement




Registration is open. REGISTER HERE

Registration will close at 5:00 pm EST on February 26, 2018

Important Registration Policy: New this year

  • All registrations must be tied to a unique name and email address. Unfortunately we are unable to accept “TBD” registrations. Any duplicate names or TBDs will be removed. 
  • Registrations are pending until payment is received. Check or PO must be received within 15 business days of registration to be confirmed.

View Sessions and Schedule HERE.
Information on Student, Family, and Community Engagement Strand HERE.


Registration Fee

$375General Registration    
$375League of Innovative Schools Member*
$375Nellie Mae Community Engagement District  need space need spacesssssssssssssssssssssssss
$250Secondary School Student
No chargeNESSC Council Member
$75Pre-Conference Registration 

*Click here to see if your school is a current member of the League of Innovative Schools.

→ Read about our Financial-Assistance Program for Family and Community Leaders 


MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2018

7:30amRegistration (5th Floor Pre-Function Areas)
8:30amPre-Conference Sessions (pre-registration required | additional registration fee)
11:00amLunch on your own
1:00pmPlenary Session (Ballroom)
1:45pmConcurrent Sessions: Round 1 
3:30pmConcurrent Sessions: Round 2
4:45pmNetworking (5th Floor Pre-Function Areas)


7:00amContinental Breakfast (5th Floor Pre-Function Areas)
8:00amPlenary Session (Ballroom)
8:45amConcurrent Sessions: Round 3
10:30amConcurrent Sessions: Round 4
1:15pmConcurrent Sessions: Round 5
2:30pmAdjournment (no closing session)


Block: Omni Providence Hotel, 1 West Exchange Street · Providence, RI 02903
Room Rates:
 Run of House: $139 per night, plus taxes + fees
Booking Instructions:
To reserve your room, please call Reservations Toll Free: 800-525-9300 and reference “Great Schools Partnership” or “NESSC School Redesign in Action Conference” or book online here. Rates expire February 19, 2018 or when full.
Parking Rates: $20 per vehicle per night self-parking and $30 per vehicle per night for valet service. 

Block: Hampton Inn Providence Downtown, 58 Weybosset Stree· Providence, RI 02903
Room Rates:
 King Study/Double Queen Guestroom: $129 per night, plus taxes + fees; includes complimentary full hot breakfast, wi-fi, hotel shuttle to/from convention
Booking Instructions:
 To reserve your room, please call Reservations: 401-608-3500 and reference “NESSC Annual Conference” or book online here. Rates expire February 23, 2018 or when full.
Parking Rates: $28 per vehicle per night valet only.

Block: Hilton Providence, 21 Atwells Ave · Providence, RI 02903
Room Rates:
 Run of House: $139 per night, plus taxes + fees
Booking Instructions:
 To reserve your room, please call Reservations: 800-445-8667 and reference “New England Secondary School Consortium.” Rates expire February 18, 2018 or when full.
Parking Rates: $25 per vehicle per night self-parking and $28 per vehicle per night valet.

Block: Courtyard Providence Downtown, 32 Exchange Terrace at Memorial Blvd · Providence, RI 02903
Room Rates:
 Standard Rooms: $139 per night, plus taxes + fees
Booking Instructions:
 To reserve your room, please call Reservations: 888-887-7955 and reference “NESSC- School Redesign in Action.” Rates expire February 26, 2018 or when full.
Parking Rates: $26 per vehicle per night.

Block: Providence Biltmore, 11 Dorrance St  · Providence, RI 02903
Room Rates:
 2 King Beds Junior Suite: $139 per night, plus taxes + fees
Booking Instructions:
 To reserve your room, please call Reservations: 401-340-2974 and reference “NESSC- School Redesign in Action” or book online here. Rates expire February 12, 2018 or when full.
Parking Rates: $32 per vehicle per night valet



Non-Emergency – If you cannot attend the conference you may transfer your registration to another attendee or request a refund. Refund requests for cancellations must be received via email by February 26, 2018. The full amount paid minus a 10% processing fee will be refunded. Transfers can be made, without penalty at any time, however we cannot guarantee name changes on materials after February 26, 2018. No refund will be issued for cancellations received after February 26, 2018, unless in accordance with the Emergency Policy below.

Emergency Refunds may be granted after February 26, 2018 if an attendee is unable to attend the conference due to the death of an immediate family member, hospitalization, or other extraordinary circumstance. Refunds will still be subject to the 10% processing fee. All emergency refund requests must be received no later than March 30, 2018. 

All cancellations and requests for transfer must be sent in writing via email.

FMI: For questions and additional information, email our conference team or call 207-773-0505.


As part of the New England Secondary School Consortium’s commitment to improving equity, access, and diversity, we are offering a limited number of reduced-price registrations to community-based nonprofit organizations and parent or community leaders who either support youth or work in partnership with their local schools*. Applicants will be asked to demonstrate financial need and articulate how they anticipate the conference will benefit their work, organization, schools, and/or community.

Applications for financial assistance are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 13, 2018. All applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and applicants will be notified as soon as their application is either approved or declined. A committee will review all applications for alignment with the mission, values, and goals of the New England Secondary School Consortium. Reduced-price registrations will be offered until available funds are expended—financial assistance is not guaranteed for all applicants.

We sincerely thank the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, which generously provided funding for this program.

For more information, please contact Becky Vance:

*NOTE: This program is intended for individuals and community-based nonprofit organizations that would experience financial difficulty paying full-price registration—please take this intent into consideration before applying. The program is not intended for district or school administrators, educators, or staff.