Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can non-STOYs attend the conference?

Absolutely. This conference is open to all educators and stakeholders.

Q: What is the dress for the conference? What should I pack?

Our service day (July 8) is casual dress, with closed toe shoes. We suggest business attire for session days. For our receptions, you will see most attendees wearing cocktail dresses to business-casual wear.

We also recommend that you bring layers to wear inside, but keep in mind that Las Vegas is over 100 degrees farenheit all day. Summer air conditioning can bring a chill to the conference room air! Make sure to bring dancing shoes for the receptions and walking shoes to explore the beauty of the desert.

Q: If I am driving, what is the cost of parking?

Parking in the JW Marriott garage is free.

Q: What if I have food allergies?

It will be your responsibility to let the hotel staff know of your needs.

Q: What is the cut-off date for the room block at the JW Marriott?

The room block rate of $139 will end on June 6, 2018 at 5pm EST. NNSTOY’s room block covers July 7 – 12.  Room block rates are first come, first serve, so be sure to book your room early! If the room block is full to book online, please call the hotel directly. Click here to find information on booking your hotel room.

Mina Alvarico | [email protected]   702-869-7017

Q: Can I bring my family?

Absolutely! Though many of our events are just for conference attendees, there are many free activities in Las Vegas, to keep families busy. Our hotel has a casino, pool, and spa. Your family may forget that you came with them on this trip! At the registration desk we will have brochures of things to do in Las Vegas. We ask that you do not bring your family to events where meals are provided.

Q: Will I have time to do some sight-seeing?

Sightseeing is encouraged in the evenings after the receptions. We have also taken your feedback and July 10 will be a “night on your own” to explore the host city.

Q: Does the hotel have free airport shuttles?

No, but there are Super Shuttles for about $24/person from McCarran Airport. Call ahead to make your Super Shuttle reservation (they also have deals for more than 2 people traveling together) or book online. You can find out more on transportation to the hotel here.

Q: What kind of weather should I expect for Las Vegas in mid-July?

Complete hellish dry heat and sun surface-like temperatures; remember, it’s a desert.

Q: What services are available for special needs and requests?

If you need any special services or requests, please contact our Event Manager at the hotel, Cynthia Coleman, [email protected]. She will work with you and ensure your needs are best accommodated during the conference.

Q: Is there funding to help with registration or travel costs?

Not as of now, but if you are a sponsor who is reading this, please let us know! We are always looking for creative ways to support the learning of great teachers. Please see our conference page for sponsorship opportunities.

NNSTOY members will have the opportunity to submit their names to be entered into a raffle for a conference scholarship of $1,000. This scholarship helps cover costs for conference attendance. NNSTOY does not provide any assistance for its members or other attendees to attend the conference. We suggest reaching out to your state education department for options they may provide in covering costs for attendance.

Q: What is the cancellation policy?

Because conference numbers are due June 30 to our conference hotel, we cannot provide a reimbursement after June 30. NNSTOY is happy to reimburse your conference ticket before June 30 if an issue arises.

Q: Can I advertise in the program? Is there vendor space?

We are always looking for sponsors and collaborators. Please click here to see the sponsorship options, many of which include the opportunity for vendor space/tables, or contact our Director of Partnerships, Megan Allen, [email protected]

Q: How do I register? Are there different rates?

You can register by clicking here. There you will find different rates for members, non-members, retired educators, and one/two day passes.

Q: Will there be food or drinks available? Can I bring my own?

We provide breakfast, lunches, afternoon breaks and appetizers every day of our conference, as well as appetizers and drinks at our two evenings receptions. If you have dietary restrictions, you will have the chance to indicate this in your EventBrite registration and work with the hotel staff while there.

Q: Can I attend for just a session?

Though you can’t attend for just a session, you can attend for just a day! Disclaimer: we think that once you are in one session, you will never want to leave.

Q: What are the key deadlines I should know about?

The hotel room block ends June 6 at 5pm EST.

Q: What kind of opportunities will there be for networking?

Plenty! One of the goals of this conference is to network great educators and stakeholders. There will be networking opportunities between sessions, during the evening activities and receptions, and in the Networking Lounge. So bring your business cards—it’s time to mix and mingle!

Q: I’m a presenter. What do I need to know?

We will be in touch throughout conference planning, but we are happy to address specific presenter concerns and provide you with feedback and coaching for your presenter sessions. Please contact Lauren Cantell, [email protected],  for details on this opportunity.

Make sure to have enough materials and handouts on hand for your session. You will receive an email with estimated participant size (between 80-100 people), as well as any additional requests you have for Audio/Visual or supplies.

Q: I’m presenting. Does my guest need to register?

Yes. We will need your registration for meal numbers. We also want to ensure they receive all the updates, materials, and communications leading up to the conference.

Q: Is there a contact person assigned to me if I have questions?

Absolutely! We are here for you. Please contact Lauren Cantell, [email protected],  if you have any questions.

Q: Will I have an opportunity to meet the amazing Michael Dunlea from NJ?

Yes, there is a sign-up list with time slots already started. (Note: NNSTOY humor!)

Q: Do sessions fill up? Will I need to register for them to reserve a seat?

Attendees do not sign up for individual sessions at our conference; you decide which sessions you would like to attend once you are at the conference. Sessions are available on a first come, first served basis.

Q: Are there any pre-conference materials I should read or become familiar with?

To join our conference mailing list, please sign up on our conference page. We will email important information and details leading up to the conference.

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