NCABSE First Annual State Conference

March 8-9, 2024, Chalotte, NC

Conference hosted by North Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators in partnership with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, NC Department of Public Instruction and North Carolina NABSE Affiliates: ABSE at UNC Charlotte, Cumberland County ABSE, Greater Charlotte ABSE, Winston Salem/Forsythe ABSE, Wake County ABSE, Wayne County ABSE

Who Should Attend The Conference?

Superintendents, principals, school Board members, teachers, instructional coaches, deans, professors, retirees, administrative/educational support staff, clergy, curriculum staff, students, parents, community, and any individual or organization concerned about the education of our nation's children.

Conference Theme

"Leading Change and Embracing Innovation: Focusing on Accountability, Evidence of New Mindsets,
Positive Results and Improved Student Achievement"

Conference Highlights

Friday, March 8, 2024
Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Crystal Hill 

Dr. Crystal Hill, Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s first African-American, female superintendent, was recently elected after serving as Interim Superintendent and Chief of Staff in the second-largest school district in North Carolina. Prior to joining Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Dr. Hill, Chief Academic Officer for Cabarrus County Schools, led the district in achieving the highest level of academic performance in history. Dr. Hill demonstrates the attributes of a transformational and reform leader that results in effective student and school improvement. She communicates respectfully and effectively with parents and the community when dealing with public issues utilizing great customer relation skills. Dr. Hill earned a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Instructional Technology, both from North Carolina A&T State University. She also earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Gardner-Webb University.

Conference Highlights: Friday, March 8, 2024:
Impact of Instructional Leadership on Student Achievement
Leadership & Financial Literacy
Geeks/Affiliates, Affiliate Meeting & African Attire Event
Parent Engagement
Superintendents' Session
Invited Presenters: Rock Star Teachers and Principals
NABSE's 50th Affiliates Anniversary
And more!

Saturday, March 9, 2024
Keynote Speaker   Dr. Jerry D. Weast

For 50 years, Dr. Jerry D. Weast has been a leader in public education as a superintendent of schools in 5 states and a consultant and mentor to the next generation of school system leaders through his Partnership for Deliberate Excellence.

As superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) from 1999-2011, Dr. Weast led the district to deliver on its promise of equity and access to high-quality education for all students. The system’s students achieved the highest graduation rate among the nation’s largest school districts for four consecutive years and the highest academic performance ever in MCPS.

Dr. Weast was Superintendent of the Year in North Carolina and Maryland; finalist for National Superintendent of the Year; and twice a recipient of North Carolina's highest honor, Order of the Long Leaf Pine among many other honors.

In the book Leading for Equity, Harvard Business School and Education School professors analyzed Dr. Weast’s successful leadership. His work has been acknowledged in numerous books and case studies. His strategic yet visionary leadership has resulted in improved outcomes for students in each district he has led.

Conference Highlights: Saturday, March 9, 2024:
Reading for All
Equity at The Top
Excellence for All
Superintendents Session
Special Invite to Principals and Teachers
Leadership & Literacy
Panel: North Carolina Teachers & Principal of the Year
Educational Awards Gala
And more!

These professional development sessions are for everyone. Leadership is more than principles or practices --it requires heart, courage, and wisdom. These are the qualities that the nationally recognized presenters possess. There will be networking opportunities for everyone. You will have an opportunity to learn, and share strategies and best practices that focus on effective leadership, teaching, and learning that results in quality student learning. As a result, leaders will focus on accountability, changing mindsets, and positive results to improve student learning!

Conference Will Feature:

Professional Development Sessions

Teaching and Learning
NC Teacher of the Year & NC Principal of the Year
Regional Teacher and Principal of The Year
Social and Emotional Learning
Leadership Development
Whole Child Approach in Supporting Children
Greeks/Affiliates Session with Leadership Panel; Literacy, STEAM & STEM
(CEU) Credit for K-12 Attendees & Affiliate Activities

Invited Nationally known speakers

Glenn Singleton, CEO of Pacific Institute, Courageous Conversations
Dr. Chance Lewis, Carol Grotnes, Belk Distinguished Professor
UNCC Chairperson of Urban Education
Dr. Kevin Adams, Former Superintendent of St. Louis Public School
Numerous Awards, Districts’ Change and Innovative Leadership
Dr. Jerry Weast, Former Superintendent of Diverse School District with Local, National Awards for Transformational Leadership & Reform
Dr. Pamela Wathall, former Title & Transformational Model Elementary School Principal

This Conference is for you!

School Districts:
School Leaders: Please Commit to Sending At Least 5
Teachers From Your School District!


December 9, 2023 - February 9, 2024 - Early Bird Registration
February 10, 2024 - February 29, 2024 - General Registration
March 1,  2024 - Late Registration

Membership Status Early Bird
12/9- 2/9/24
Individual Non-Member $350 $400 $425
Individual Member $325 $375 $400 2 Days
Retiree Member $300 $350 $400
Individual Member $200 $250
Undergraduate (3/8/24) $100 $150 $200 a Day (ID Needed)
Last Day for POs (2/7/24)
*Presenters $300 $300 $300

*Registration:  All presenters whose presentations are selected must register and pay registration fees.  NABSE does not pay honorariums or assume travel, lodging, or any other additional costs associated with presenting at the State Annual Conference.  Presenters selected must pay a fee of $300 for registration no later than March 1, 2024.


  • Online registration is available at from Saturday, December 9, 2023 - March 8, 2024, or until capacity is reached.
  • Declined credit cards may result in delayed registration.
  • On-site registration will only be available if capacity is not reached before the conference.
  • If space is available, on-site registration must come to the on-site registration booth to make any required payment to receive their registration materials and conference credentials.
  • Refunds must be requested in writing to the NCABSE office at or by mail postmarked no later than February 1, 2024; NO refunds will be issued after this date.


  • NO PERSONAL CHECKS will be accepted on-site for any conference fees under any circumstances.
  • Attendees will not gain access to conference activities without remitting full payment and displaying conference credentials.
  • A $50.00 service charge will be assessed on all refund requests.
  • A $30.00 fee will be assessed for all returned checks.
  • A $50.00 fee will be assessed to transfer registration from one individual to another. Registration transfer requests must be submitted in writing by February 1, 2024.
  • Conference badges must be worn to gain access to all conference activities.
  • The registrant's full name and organization will appear on your conference credentials and registration documents exactly as provided on the registration form.
  • All registration and membership fees must be paid in full before receiving conference materials.

Conference Registration Form

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