New England Secondary School Consortium

2019 Conference Details


School Redesign in Action: Learn + Lead for Equity is the New England Secondary School Consortium’s tenth 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 25th + Tuesday, March 26th

WHERE:  Four Points by Sheraton1125 Boston Providence Turnpike · Norwood, MA 02062

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.

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Registration is now closed. Please email with any questions.

Information on Student, Family, and Community Engagement Strand HERE.


Registration Fee

$425General Registration
$425Nellie Mae Community Engagement District
$425LIS Member School
$250Secondary School Student
ComplimentaryNESSC Council Member
$50Pre-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 25, 2019

7:00 amRegistration + Coffee
8:00 amPre-Conference Sessions (pre-registration required)
11:00 amRegistration (lunch on your own)
1:00 pmConcurrent Session 1
2:15 pmBreak
2:45 pmConcurrent Session 2
4:00 pmBreak
4:15 pmConcurrent Session 3
5:30 pmNetworking, Hors d’oeuvres, + Cash Bar


7:00 amRegistration + Continental Breakfast
8:00 amKeynote Speaker: Jamila Lyiscott
8:45 amBreak
9:00 amConcurrent Session 4
10:15 amBreak 
10:45 amConcurrent Session 5
12:00 pmLunch
1:15 pmConcurrent Session 6
2:30 pmAdjournment


We would like to thank our sponsors, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation (Gold level sponsor) and Unum (Silver level sponsor), for their generous support of the NESSC School Redesign in Action Conference.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation





Is your organization interested in sponsorship opportunities? Email Becky Vance,


Block: Four Points by Sheraton, 1125 Boston Providence Turnpike · Norwood, MA 02062
Room Rates: King of Double Queen (2 beds): $145 single occupancy, per night or Pure King or Double Queen (2 beds): $165 single occupancy, per night.
Booking Instructions: To reserve your room, please call the Four Points in-house reservations directly: 781-769-7900 and reference “NESSC/ Great Schools.” Rates expire February 22, 2019 or when the block is full.

Block: Courtyard Boston Norwood Canton, 300 River Ridge Drive · Norwood, MA 02062
Room Rates:
$105 per night
Booking Instructions: To reserve your room, please call the Courtyard directly: 781-762-4700 and reference “NESSC Conference Overflow” group or use this reservation link. Rates expire March 10, 2019 or when the block is full.

Block: Hampton Inn by Hilton Boston Norwood, 434 Providence Highway · Norwood, MA  02062
Room Rates:
 $99 Sunday / $119 Monday per night
Booking Instructions: To reserve your room, please call the Hampton Inn directly: 781-769-7000 and choose option 2 for sales and mention the “NewEngland Secondary” block or use this reservation link. Rates expire February 24, 2019 or when the block is full.


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 March 8, 2019. 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 March 8, 2019. No refund will be issued for cancellations received after March 8, 2019, unless in accordance with the Emergency Policy below.

Emergency Refunds may be granted after March 8, 2019 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 April 10, 2019. 

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.

Please email our conference team for additional information and the short request/application form.


Thank you! We received over 100 proposals for workshops for #NESSC19. Our conference team will be reviewing submitted proposals over the coming weeks, and primary contacts will be notified of their proposal’s status the week of November 19th. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to be notified when the call for proposals opens for 2020, please add your name to our mailing list here.  If you’d like to see our proposal process, click here to learn more.