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Virtual Conference

Due to the high number of cancellations by attendees and the public emergency declared by the Massachusetts Governor concerning the Corona Virus, the NBEA Executive Board of Directors has voted to transition its annual event to a virtual conference.   The virtual conference will be held on the same dates as previously scheduled, April 7th  to 11th. While we all desired our conference to go on as normal, the Board had no other reasonable alternatives on a way forward. While change can be concerning, it can also break new ground, be exciting and productive.

As we move forward with the the virtual conference, we are dedicated to:

  1. Making the conference interactive and engaging
  2. Honoring our leaders and award winners
  3. Providing value from the relationships made and lessons learned
  4. Stretching the bounds of what is possible
  5. Proving professional educators can rise to the occasion and be innovative in difficult times



Virtual Conference FAQs

Will CEUs be given for attending? CEUs (Continuing Education Units) have not historically been offered for NBEA conferences. While offering CEUs is being planned for future conferences, CEUs will not be available this year due to the extra administrative and instructional design work needed to accommodate offering quality and meaningful CEUs. 

Will recordings of the sessions be made available?  Yes, but may not include all the interaction and engagement that attending live would provide.

What if I registered for the Boston conference and NOT requested a refund? Then you will automatically be credited for the virtual conference if we do not hear from you by April 3, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. NBEA will email you a credit code for entry for your Virtual Conference Registration.  If you requested a refund, you must register for the virtual conference separately and pay the member rate to attend?

Why does the virtual conference cost? Because NBEA is taking on additional expense to host the event, meet our members needs, and minimize budgetary implications of pivoting to a virtual conference.

How will the virtual conference be facilitated? There will be a number of different strategies and technologies used. While staff are still working out some of the final details for our virtual networking reception, NBEA will use Zoom as the primary delivery tool. We will also make extensive use of breakout rooms for networking and engagement strategies.  We have also set expectations high for virtual presenters to be engaging.

If I attend do I have to have a camera and microphone? No, but it would be best if you did.  You will miss out on a lot of interaction and networking without a camera. In fact, you may feel left out if you don't have a camera since presenters can see you to engage.  

How can I prepare for the conference in advance? 1.) Register  2.) Check your computer (video and audio) to work with Zoom here.   Zoom is one of the most common and robust synchronous delivery tools in the world.  NBEA will not be able to help attendees troubleshoot their computers during the conference.  NBEA will only be responsible for ensuring the sessions are delivered and the underlying technology platform is working as it should.