New Jersey school board members are urged to join with local board members from around the country who will be in Washington D.C. from Jan. 29-31, 2017 for the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Advocacy Institute.

This year’s program will come at an interesting time, barely a week after the inauguration of the 45th president and just a few weeks after the beginning of the term of the 115th Congress.

The Advocacy Institute will feature training sessions to help board members develop a winning strategy to make them better advocates for their local school district – at both the national and the state level.

The conference will also allow members to expand their network by sharing best practices, challenges and successes with board members from other states.

One of the featured speakers at the conference will be Doris Kearns Goodwin, a renowned presidential scholar and commentator, and author of “Team of Rivals” and other presidential biographies.

New Jersey board members will take part in “A Day on the Hill,” to visit the state’s congressional delegation on Tuesday, Jan. 31. A congressional breakfast is tentatively planned for that day.

Registration The registration fee for the Advocacy Institute is $695. Information and online registration is available here. Hotel accommodations are available at the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C.; registration is available here.

For more information, contact Sharon Seyler, NJSBA legislative advocate, via email or by telephone at (609) 278-5282.