Special Events

Tickets can be purchased for these events during online registration or onsite. Onsite tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to sellout.

Thursday, February 17

All times are Central Standard Time (CST)

Special Contracts Session

9 – 11am



Maree Sneed
Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP
Washington, DC

No part of a superintendent’s working conditions is more important than the contract with the school board. Get an overview of key contract provisions for superintendent contracts and contract provisions to avoid. Participate in a discussion about who should negotiate a contract for a superintendent, how a superintendent can avoid being terminated and key provisions of severance agreements, should termination be necessary.

Federal Relations Luncheon

The Fight for the Future of Public Education

12 – 1:30pm



Derek W. Black

This long-running advocacy-related event is an opportunity for NCE attendees to take a deep dive into a education policy related topic. For this ticketed luncheon, the AASA advocacy team brings in a dynamic speaker to provide remarks on a relevant, engaging and often times hot education policy, an opportunity to hear what it will mean for schools, and engage in Q&A. The speaker is announced in early winter, and the event regularly sells out.

Friday, February 18

All times are Central Standard Time (CST)

Dr. Effie H. Jones Memorial Equity Luncheon

The Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award honors the memory of Dr. Jones, a school administrator, teacher, counselor, organizer of the Office of Minority Affairs at AASA, and a champion of women and minorities in educational leadership. Equity and opportunity were the hallmark of her life’s work, and closing the academic, health and social gap between children who have and those who don’t was one of the cardinal intents of her rigorous efforts to increase the number of women and minority school system leaders. Because of her vision and commitment, AASA’s focus on equity, on superintendent pipeline issues, and on vulnerable children and youth is sharp and unrelenting.

Raumesh Akbari

Raumesh Akbari

State Senator, Tennessee General Assembly

A proud Memphian and passionate advocate for justice and equality, Senator Raumesh Akbari serves in the Tennessee State Senate representing downtown Memphis and parts of Shelby County.

Akbari, an attorney for her family’s small business, was elected to the State Senate in 2018 after serving three terms in the State House of Representatives. Currently the chairwoman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, Senator Akbari’s policy focus aims to improve student outcomes, reform outdated criminal justice rules and to expand middle class security and opportunities to more Tennessee families while striving to represent the city of Memphis and her people with dignity and purpose.