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The 2018 Advocacy Institute will be held on February 4-6, 2018.

What is the Advocacy Institute? 

The Advocacy Institute (AI) is hosted annually by the National School Boards Association. AI is an opportunity for school board members across the country to go to Washington, D.C. to meet with their congressional representatives to discuss federal education issues. 

What can I expect when I attend?

The Advocacy Institute will begin on Sunday, February 4 and continues through Tuesday, February 6. Sunday and Monday consist of various legislative seminars and briefings, breakout sessions and keynote addresses. These sessions include:

  • Background information on each legislative issue and how it affects your school district
  • Strategies and talking points to craft a stronger message in meetings with members of Congress 
  • Question and answer time 

Tuesday is the "Day on the Hill," when school board members meet with their own congressional members and/or staff to advocate on the top issues. These meetings will be scheduled by CSBA’s Governmental Relations staff on behalf of the California contingent. The conference concludes following your Capitol Hill visits. For travel purposes, please plan on spending the whole day in Washington on Tuesday. Once CSBA members are registered for the AI Conference, the Governmental Relations staff will begin scheduling Tuesday’s congressional meetings. We make every attempt to schedule these meetings as early in the day as possible, but aren’t always able to due to the busy schedules of members of Congress and their staffs.

Hotel Accommodations:

This year's Advocacy Institute will be held at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC hotel, 901 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001. All hotel reservations must be made through the Advocacy Institute housing site.


Registration is a two-part process:

Step 1: California delegates must pre-register with CSBA, so that staff will be able to make your Capitol Hill appointments
Step 2: When you finish registering with CSBA you will receive a confirmation with a link to NSBA’s Advocacy Institute Web to complete registration with NSBA.

For more information, visit NSBA’s Advocacy Institute website. Background information on the issues to be discussed at the conference will be available at the site prior to the event.