Conferences and Meetings


NBEA 2017 Annual Convention

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
April 11—15, 2017

Educating for Success in Business and Life!

In 2017, NBEA will be celebrating its 125th anniversary, and is excited to return to Chicago for the NBEA 2017 Annual Convention, April 11-15. In addition to more than 70 educational sessions, you’ll find hands-on technology workshops to expand specific skills and introduce new technology. Keynote speakers, the trade show, exhibitor sessions, and networking functions will give you an exceptional opportunity to explore new ideas and acquire new skills that will serve you in the classroom and your students in the workplace.

In your free time, you’ll be able to take advantage of world-class amenities at the Chicago Marriott Downton Magnificent Mile, on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue. You’ll find incredible shopping, 5-star dining venues, more than 40 museums, five regional Tony Award-winning theaters, and sports teams for all seasons. Plan on coming early and staying late in order to experience all that Chicago has to offer.  

Program Topics 

The 2017 Convention Program Committee is working to provide new, innovative, thought-provoking, and cutting-edge sessions for all teaching levels. A sampling of sessions on the 2017 program include: Financial Literacy for Life; Adventures in YouTubing; Technology Tools for Formative Assessment; The Wow Factor of Emotional Intelligence; Customer Service Success Strategies; Being Successful in a Multi- Generational Workplace; Introvert 2.0: Technology and the Quiet Student; Technology in the Middle School Classroom; School Violence; Professionalism—Yesterday, Today and Forever; Teaching in a Google World; Business Law Resources Aren’t Just for Business Law Classes; Appy Hour; Personal Branding—You Can’t Move Up If You Don’t Stand Out; Integrating Global Business Throughout the Business Education Curriculum; Systemic Bullying Prevention; and many more!


Chicago is a bustling, energetic city and it’s a destination with world-class cultural attractions, diverse neighborhoods and architectural wonders. In addition to the magnificent shopping and critically acclaimed restaurants, Chicago has amazing attractions that you won’t want to miss!

360 CHICAGO (formerly the John Hancock Observatory)

Lake Michigan, 360 CHICAGO sits in the heart of the city, 1000 feet above The Magnificent Mile. With breathtaking views of the Lake and the city skyline, it delivers a unique perspective of Chicago. 360 CHICAGO is the ultimate way to see Chicago at its best!

Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

Opened in 1930 as the first Planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, the Adler excites the imagination of its visitors with all fantastic exhibits, state-of-the-art computer technology in the world’s first StarRider Theater, while showcasing a renowned collection of historical astronomy artifacts, including one of the world’s oldest telescopes. Located on Chicago’s beautiful Lake Shore Drive, the Adler Planetarium provides a unique and wonderful experience to explore.

The Art Institute of Chicago

Journey through Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas as renowned works of art spanning 5,000 years inform and inspire you. Experience the artistic genius of Monet, Seurat, Renoir, van Gogh, Hopper, O’Keefe, and more!

Field Museum 

Discover Sue, the largest and most complete T. rex ever found! You can get a bug’s-eye view in Underground Adventure, descend into an Egyptian tomb, watch a glowing lava flow, be dazzled in our Halls of Gems and Jades, and walk among dinosaurs in the Evolving Planet.

Millennium Park

Millennium Park. Enjoy the dazzling music, art, landscape design and architecture – including the mammoth stainless-steel Cloud Gate sculpture – plus ice skating in the winter, splashing around in the interactive Crown Fountain during summer, and alfresco dining from spring to fall.

Museum of Science and Industry

A world of discovery awaits you at the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere, with 14 acres of hands-on exhibits designed to spark curiosity, ingenuity and creativity. Explore the legendary U-505, a German submarine captured on the high seas during World War II; take off on an authentic Boeing 727 airplane for a simulated cross-country flight; descend down a mineshaft for a tour of a realistic Illinois coal mine; witness 12 robots at work in a real toy factory; or take in a thrilling movie at the five-story Ominmax theater.

Navy Pier

Navy Pier is Chicago's lakefront playground and it's the Midwest's #1 tourist and leisure destination. From rides to restaurants, exhibitions to entertainment, shopping to dining cruises and tour boats Navy Pier has it all - in a location unlike any other! Take a ride on the 15-story tall McDonald's Ferris wheel. Catch a movie at the IMAX Theatre. Visit three floors of hands-on fun at the Chicago Children's Museum inside the Family Pavilion. Navy Pier also offers dining opportunities as diverse as Chicago itself. Dine at one of the fine restaurants or sample a variety of great tastes at the food court in the Family Pavilion.


Skydeck Chicago 

View the world from a breathtaking 360 degree view from the tallest building in the United States. Do you want to know the time that the sun will set on the day of your visit? Get the best of both views by arriving at the Skydeck 30-45 minutes prior to your sunset time. Don’t miss the exhibits and high-tech, high-powered telescopes for an enhanced experience from one of Chicago’s most famous landmarks.


Shedd Aquarium 

Come visit Chicago’s famous aquarium and experience all it has to offer in its exhibits. Get face to fins with dozens of sharks at the Wild Reef; visit giant turtles, frogs and hundreds of fish at Amazon Rising; travel the world in 90 aquatic habitats at Waters of the World; and at the Caribbean Reef you can ask questions while the diver feeds the sharks, sting rays and turtles.


Shopping: The Magnificent Mile 

The Magnificent Mile offers 460 stores within eight blocks showcasing high-end retail to bargain shopping and everything in between. Walk out of the doors of the Marriott, and experience this cosmopolitan, history-packed section of Michigan Avenue.



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2017 NBEA Convention Hotel Reservations at The Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

Room rates at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile are: $170 Single; $170 Double; each additional person in room is $20. Online reservations are now being accepted through the following link:

Rates are subject to applicable state & local taxes (currently 17.4% per night) in effect at time of check in. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to availability. Please note that room types cannot be guaranteed, but are listed as a request on your reservation. Your credit card holds your room reservation until 6:00 p.m. the day of arrival. You must cancel your reservation 24 hours prior to your arrival date or you will be charged one night’s room & tax for the arrival date and your reservation will be cancelled as a no show. Check-in time is 4:00 p.m.; check-out time is 12:00 noon. Those booking rooms in the NBEA room block must be registered convention attendees or registered exhibitors. Reservations must be made by March 17, 2017.

Convention Flyer and Hotel Room Form

Convention Registration Fees:

NBEA Professional Member:   $270 (before 3/17/2017); $345 (after 3/17/2017)

NBEA Student Member:    $170 (before 3/17/2017); $245 (after 3/17/2017)

NBEA Retired Member:     $200 (before 3/17/2017); $275 (after 3/17/2017)

Nonmember:    $450 (before 3/17/2017); $525 (after 3/17/2017)

Spouse:    $125 (before 3/17/2017); $150 (after 3/17/2017)

(non-teaching; non-student only)

For an overview of the convention schedule, click on 2017 Convention Schedule at a Glance

NBEA 2017 Convention Schedule at a Glance

Convention Program Brochure and Registration Forms

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