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If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, please contact:

Melva Jones, Director of Meetings and Conferences, mjones@edtrust.org, 202.293.1217 x341



Where is the conference located?

The Ed Trust 2012 National Conference takes place at the Grand Hyatt Washington, located at 1000 H St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001. Ed Trust has negotiated a special rate of $229/night during the conference. Call for reservations: 1.800.233.1234 or 202.582.1234 and reference “Ed Trust National Conference” or “Ed Trust.”

Can I present at the conference?

There is no open call for presenters. To ensure a great experience for our attendees, we’ve scheduled nearly 30 information-packed sessions.

What does the conference programming include?

Friday morning’s plenary session will feature urban schools expert Dr. Charles Payne who has spent his career exploring issues related to urban education and school reform, social inequality, social change, and modern African-American history. Payne is the author of So Much Reform, So Little Change (Harvard Education Press, 2008).

This year’s lineup also features:

  • A leadership series of concurrent sessions featuring principals who have turned around low-performing schools
  • Workshops on improving teacher quality and accelerating student learning
  • Sessions on federal education policy initiatives, district budget decision making, and parental engagement

How many educational workshops will be offered?

The conference offers nearly 30 workshops. Please check our website regularly for session announcements.

Why is this conference a good use of my professional development budget?

If professional development dollars are tight and you’re trying to stay focused on gap-closing, this is where you can learn from colleagues from across the country how to do more with less. 

If you are a principal new to your building and you want to focus your leadership team, bring them here for two days of gap-closing and achievement-raising work.

If you are a district leader who wants to get a sense of what others across the country are doing, this is where you can connect with others engaged in the same work and with the same challenges.

When should I arrive?

To participate in pre-conference activities and tours, scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m., you should plan to arrive in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The conference opens Thursday, Nov. 8, at 9:00 a.m.

What time does the conference end?

The closing plenary is scheduled to end at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9.

Please explain more about the conference activities.

National conference activities are new this year. All guests are encouraged to participate. As a reminder, please note the following:

  • To participate, guests must pay any fees associated with the activities, including cost of the tour, transportation (typically a Metro fare card), and any incidental costs. The tour cost will be paid to Ed Trust directly.
  • Ed Trust will provide a guide to assist you in getting to your destination.
  • For the daytime tours, please meet in the lobby of the hotel as noted in the conference agenda. 
  • If you choose to participate in a fitness class, you will be asked to sign a waiver. Ed Trust will provide a certified instructor. 

What's the closest airport?

 The closest airport to the Grand Hyatt Washington is Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), located approximately eight miles and 15 minutes away from the hotel. Ground transportation options include shuttle, Metrorail, and taxi. You can find more information here.

Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) are the other local airports.

Do I have to stay at the Grand Hyatt?

We recommend that attendees use the special Ed Trust group rate at the host hotel, the Grand Hyatt Washington, for economy and convenient meeting access. This helps us fulfill our contract requirements and avoid unnecessary fees resulting in savings we can pass along to you.

What is the attire?

 Dress comfortably, business casual attire is appropriate.

What if I have to cancel?

All requests for refunds must be received in writing, and should be sent by e-mail to ETevents@edtrust.org. Full refunds minus a $50 administrative fee will be issued for requests received by Oct. 3. Refund requests received after this deadline will not be considered. Substitution requests will be accepted and should be made in writing to the Meetings and Conferences office at ETevents@edtrust.org by the Advance Registration Deadline, Oct. 31.

Can I register online with a check or purchase order?

Our online registration system only allows for payment by credit card. Registrants that must pay by check or purchase order should complete a paper registration form and fax or mail it.


Check back regularly for additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).