New England Secondary School Consortium

Conference Details

School Redesign in Action is the New England Secondary School Consortium’s eighth annual conference for educators and stakeholders from across the country to share success stories, exchange best practices, and continue to build momentum for innovations that will prepare all students for success in the colleges, careers, and communities of the 21st century. 

WHEN:  Monday, March 27th, 1:00-5:00pm + Tuesday, March 28th,  8:00am-2:30pm

WHERE:  Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd · Hartford, CT 06103

WHO:  Educators, students, community stakeholders, policy makers, and teams from secondary schools along with career and technical education centers and higher education from across the country engaged in school improvement


NEW THIS YEAR! A strand dedicated to school-community engagement.

Across New England, educators are increasingly aware that meaningful family and community engagement is vital to student achievement and that educators must effectively engage stakeholders to develop more equitable schools. But what does authentic engagement entail? How can educators make the shift from event-based, often-siloed strategies to deeper, more powerful approaches to engagement? And how can communities and educators come together to challenge inequities and effect lasting change for youth?

To explore these questions and more, this year’s School Redesign in Action conference incorporates a strand of presentations and workshops that will increase participants’ capacity to foster authentic school-community engagement, establish meaningful relationships with marginalized groups in schools and/or communities, and strengthen partnerships and systems to improve outcomes for all students.


Registration is closed. 

General Registration: $325 per person
League of Innovative Schools Members: $325 per person
Nellie Mae Community Engagement District Members: $325 per person
Secondary School Students: $275 per student


As part of the New England Secondary School Consortium’s commitment to improving equity, access, and diversity, we are offering a limited number of reduced-price registrations to community-based nonprofit organizations and parent or community leaders who either support youth or work in partnership with their local schools*. Applicants will be asked to demonstrate financial need and articulate how they anticipate the conference will benefit their work, organization, schools, and/or community.

Applications for financial assistance are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 13, 2017. All applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and applicants will be notified as soon as their application is either approved or declined. A committee will review all applications for alignment with the mission, values, and goals of the New England Secondary School Consortium. Reduced-price registrations will be offered until available funds are expended—financial assistance is not guaranteed for all applicants.

We sincerely thank the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, which generously provided funding for this program.

For more information, please contact Becky Vance:

*NOTE: This program is intended for individuals and community-based nonprofit organizations that would experience financial difficulty paying full-price registration—please take this intent into consideration before applying. The program is not intended for district or school administrators, educators, or staff.


Room blocks have been filled. 

Alternate overnight accommodations can be found on google or on the Connecticut Convention Center website.

Block FULL: Hartford Marriott Downtown, 200 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT 06103
Room Rates:
 Double/King: $169 per night
Booking Instructions:
To reserve your room, you can book online here or call Reservations Toll Free: 877-901-6632 and reference Great Schools Partnership. Rates expire March 13, 2017 or when full.
Parking Rates: $19 per night self-parking and $23 per night for valet service

Block FULL: Radisson Hotel Hartford, 50 Morgan Street, Hartford, CT 06120
Room Rates: Standard Room: $129 per night
Booking Instructions: To reserve your room, please call the hotel’s reservation telephone number: 860-549-2400 and reference Great Schools Partnership or you can book online hereRates expire March 5, 2017 or when full.
Parking Rates: $17 per night in a covered garage


Non-Emergency – If you cannot attend the conference you may transfer your registration to another attendee or request a refund. Refund requests for cancellations must be received via email by March 13, 2017. The full amount paid minus a 10% processing fee will be refunded. Transfers can be made, without penalty at any time, however we cannot guarantee name changes on materials after March 13, 2017. No refund will be issued for cancellations received after March 13, 2017, unless in accordance with the Emergency Policy below.

Emergency Refunds may be granted after March 13, 2017 if an attendee is unable to attend the conference due to the death of an immediate family member, hospitalization, or other extraordinary circumstance. Refunds will still be subject to the 10% processing fee. All emergency refund requests must be received no later than April 10, 2017. 

All cancellations and requests for transfer must be sent in writing via email to Becky Vance.

FMI: For questions and additional information, email Becky Vance or call 207-773-0505