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Conference FAQ

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The 2020 Making Schools Work Conference has been cancelled. Please visit our Conference Cancellation and COVID-19 information page to learn more.


No. Online registration will remain open throughout the conference, but you may prefer to register in person at SREB’s headquarters in the New Orleans Convention Center.

To take advantage of our early-bird pricing, please register by May 1, 2020 (deadline extended).


Please visit the registration page on our conference website for information on new early bird, regular and onsite registration fees for the conference as well as optional fees associated with special meals, functions and tours.


Your registration fee includes admission to all conference sessions and the exhibit hall, coffee or refreshment breaks and hot lunches on Wednesday and Thursday.

A special State Networking Lunch on Tuesday will be available for an additional fee.

Spouse/guest registrations only include admission to the exhibit hall, meals and coffee or refreshment breaks.

Optional industry tours and other special events also carry a separate fee.


Yes! We encourage attendees to bring spouses or family to the conference.

If you would like your spouse or other guests to have access to our exhibit hall, coffee and refreshment breaks, and lunches, please register them using our $100 Spouse/Guest registration option.

Spouses/guests can be registered to attend a Friday industry tour or our Thursday celebration, float den tour and reception at Mardi Gras World without registering for access to the exhibit hall, coffee and refreshment breaks, and lunches. A separate fee will be assessed for tours and/or the Thursday celebration.

Badges for spouses/guests will note their level of access to conference venues or special events.

Please note that all conference attendees or their spouses/guests are limited to one industry tour choice per person. Check our website for information on any limitations or special requirements for tours.


Our online registration system accepts Discover, MasterCard and Visa, as well as checks and purchase orders. If you choose to pay with a check or purchase order, please send your payment to:

James Lew
Southern Regional Education Board
Attn: Making Schools Work Conference Registration
592 Tenth St. NW
Atlanta GA 30318


Please enter your discount code on the registration Review page, prior to making your payment.


All attendees are asked to provide personal contact information, including your school or organization, mailing address, the email addresses at which you can be reached during the school year and the summer, and phone number(s).

We also encourage you to share a personal bio, photo, website and social media handles for our conference app!

We respect your privacy. When you register for our conference, we request information to identify you uniquely and gather aggregate information about use of these resources. We will never sell your information to another organization, and we will use it only to contact you with updates about our events and resources. You may opt out of our communications at any time.


If you require special accommodations at the 2020 Making Schools Work Conference, send a written description of your needs to summerstaffdev@sreb.org and we will be pleased to help you.


A few weeks before the conference, we will email you a confirmation of your registration. Please save or print this email and bring it to our registration area located outside Halls H and I in the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. We’ll scan your confirmation and print your badge on site.

All attendees will receive a badge, badge holder, tickets for meals and any special events purchased during registration, and a lanyard.

We encourage you to experience our paperless conference by bringing your laptop, phone or tablet with you to New Orleans. The conference program and app will be available in February/March 2020. If you prefer a printed program, a limited number of programs and conference tote bags will be available for purchase at the Making Schools Work Conference Store in our exhibit hall.


Our registration area will be located outside Halls H and I in the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Registration hours are:

  • Tuesday, July 7: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 8: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 9: 8 a.m. to noon

Our conference headquarters will be located near our registration kiosks outside Halls H and I. Stop by and see us with your questions or needs!


After you registered, our eShow system sent you an email with details about your conference attendance. This email contains a login (the email with which you registered) and a system-generated password. Use this login and password on our Attendee Service Center page, where you will be able to update your personal information, add a spouse, guest or extra special events to your conference experience, make a payment, cancel your registration and more.

If you've forgotten your password or lost the email you received when you originally registered, click "Forgot Password?" on our Attendee Service Center page to set a new password and access your account.

Still having trouble? Send us an
email and we'll be happy to help.


Send us an email with your request for a confirmation. We'll be happy to help.


Payments should be made at the time of registration. However, we do accept payment at the conference. Please visit SREB’s headquarters at the New Orleans Convention Center to make your payment in person.


To qualify for a refund, cancellations must be received by June 12, 2020. All cancellations received after June 12 will incur a $100 cancellation fee per canceled registrant. Requests for a full refund without the cancellation fee after June 12 will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Please email us.


In consideration of registering for a Southern Regional Education Board conference, event or training session, participants grant SREB permission to record, videotape and photograph their images or voices and to use, reproduce, publish and display their names, photographs, video images or quoted material in any format or media including, without limitation, printed and electronic publications and materials, press releases, webpages, internet publications and other publications, materials, information and communications, at its discretion, for purposes consistent with its mission and nonprofit status. By registering, participants agree that they are not entitled to receive, and waive any right to, compensation for any such use of their images or voices. Participants who wish to opt out should notify SREB conference, event or training session staff.


Yes! Please send us an email requesting the change that includes the registrant’s name and the new attendee’s name and contact information.


Please visit the travel section of our website for detailed pricing information for official conference hotels as well as information on flights and ground transportation in New Orleans.


A complete conference program will be posted on this website in March 2020. The program will be regularly updated after this date — including during the conference — to reflect any last-minute changes.

A link to the conference app will be posted on our conference website as early as February 2020. Download our official conference app to access each day’s schedule, exhibitor and sponsor listings, venue maps, speaker bios and more. The app will allow you to search for sessions by keywords, session types, topics, times, intended audiences, grade levels and more.


We encourage you to explore our app and go paperless this year. If you prefer print, you may download and print the program in advance of the conference. Alternatively, a limited number of conference programs will be printed and made available for purchase in the conference store in our exhibit hall, along with a limited number of conference tote bags and other items.


Our proposal system for the 2020 conference closed on November 29, 2019. Our system will re-open for the 2021 conference in August 2020. Learn more about our conference objectives and session types and check out our new Submission FAQ. When you’re ready, visit our proposal system to submit a new session or revise a previously submitted session.


After seven years of offering the College- and Career-Readiness Standards Networking Conference as a separate event, we’re uniting both conferences in one – the Making Schools Work Conference. Join us in New Orleans in 2020 to explore powerful literacy and mathematics tools and strategies that enhance students’ content knowledge and reasoning skills.


Email us at summerstaffdev@sreb.org and we’ll be happy to help.





Southern Regional Education Board
592 10th St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
404-875-9211
sreb.org/summerconference


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