The National School Boards Association and the American Association of School Administrators will combine their annual conferences into a single event beginning in 2013, the two organizations announced during AASA’s National Conference on Education Feb. 17.
The move is expected to save money for the organizations and also for school systems, which won’t have two separate events for district leaders to attend.
With the hostile economy, it just wasn’t economically feasible for these shows to exist as standalone conferences any more, organizers said. Last fall, NSBA announced that its long-running Technology + Learning (T+L) conference no longer would exist as well.
Through their newly announced partnership, AASA and NSBA will combine forces to create a larger, more cost-efficient national conference, the two groups said.
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The organizations will continue to serve their members’ and conference attendees’ interests, while at the same time featuring some overlapping content, officials said.
“A joint conference will realize significant savings for both organizations. Our intentions are to pursue separate tracks for superintendents and [school] board members, but a track common to both in areas like board/superintendent relations,” said Dan Domenech, executive director of AASA.