New England Secondary School Consortium

2020 Conference Details

School Redesign in Action Conference, March 23-24, 2020


The announcement of our 2020 champions and a few sessions, which we’ve brought online, can be found at the Great Schools Partnership.

Dear Colleagues,

After careful consideration and out of concern for the health of participants and the students and families they work with, as well as our commitment to doing our part to reduce the overall spread of COVID-19, we have made the very unfortunate decision to cancel the School Redesign in Action Conference originally scheduled for March 23 and 24 in Norwood, MA. This cancellation includes all events scheduled at the conference including pre-conference sessions. We have not taken this step lightly as we know how important the idea exchange experienced at this gathering has impacted practice for participants, and ultimately, outcomes for students. Ensuring deep and meaningful learning for all of our students is a joint commitment we share and one that I know is enhanced through this conference.

Over the next few weeks we will be processing refunds for registration fees that have already been paid. Payments will be issued in the form of the original payment method. In the meantime, if you have made hotel reservations, please contact the hotel to cancel your room. If your reservation is with the Four Points by Sheraton, please call them directly at 781-769-7900.

This cancellation does not change the commitment those of us here at the Great Schools Partnership have to continue to collaborate with educators, students, parents, community members, and state agencies of education to ensure educational equity for our students. We are exploring ways that we can virtually share various resources and ideas that we had hoped to share in person; be on the lookout for future communications regarding these ideas. 

I look forward to seeing each of you in the near future and once again working together to make a difference in the lives of our students.


David J. Ruff
Executive Director, Great Schools Partnership



Due to the cancellation of the conference, 100% Refunds will be granted to all registrants and will be issued in the form of the original payment method. If you have questions, please email our conference team at


Block #1: Four Points by Sheraton, 1125 Boston Providence Turnpike · Norwood, MA 02062

Cancellation Instructions: To cancel your room, please call the Four Points in-house reservations directly: 781-769-7900. Guests are responsible for cancelling their own reservation(s) 48 hours prior to their arrival without penalty. Please note any rooms that are not cancelled will incur a one night “no show” fee.

Block #2: Courtyard Boston Norwood Canton, 300 River Ridge Drive · Norwood, MA 02062

Cancellation Instructions: To cancel your room, please call the Courtyard directly: 781-762-4700 or cancel online. 

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School Redesign in Action: Equity in our classrooms, schools, and communities is the New England Secondary School Consortium’s eleventh annual education conference for educators and stakeholders from across the country. Coordinated by the Great Schools Partnership, attendees will share success stories, exchange best practices, and continue to build momentum for innovations that lead to educational equity and prepare all students for success in the colleges, careers, and communities of the 21st century.

WHEN: Monday, March 23rd & Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

WHERE: Four Points by Sheraton · 1125 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 institutions of higher education from across the country.



MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020

7:00 a.m.Registration & Coffee
8:00 a.m.Pre-Conference Workshops (pre-registration required)
11:00 a.m.Registration (lunch on your own)
1:00 p.m.Round 1: Conference Workshops
2:15 p.m.Break
2:45 p.m.Round 2: Conference Workshops
4:00 p.m.Break
4:15 p.m.Round 3: Conference Workshops
5:30 p.m.Networking, Hors d’oeuvres, & Cash Bar


7:00 a.m.Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.Keynote Speaker: Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz
9:00 a.m.Break
9:15 a.m.Round 4: Conference Workshops
10:30 a.m.Break 
10:45 a.m.Round 5: Conference Workshops
12:00 p.m.Lunch
1:15 p.m.Round 6: Conference Workshops
2:30 p.m.Adjournment



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