General Information

When is the 2019 Summit on Improvement in Education, and where will it be held?

The Carnegie Foundation’s 2019 Summit on Improvement in Education will be held April 16–18 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, California. Pre-conference courses will be held on April 16. The general conference begins with an opening keynote at 4:30pm on April 16 and end by 4:30pm on April 18.


April 16–18, 2019


San Francisco Marriott Marquis


Registration Information

What is included in the registration fee?

Your general conference registration fee entitles you to the following:

  • Keynotes
  • Breakout sessions
  • Poster sessions
  • Networking receptions
  • Lunch roundtable conversations
  • Continental breakfasts
  • Lunches

*Please note, pre-conference courses and pre-conference attendee lunches are not included in the general conference registration fee.

I already registered and paid the individual price, but now I want to add members to my group and receive the group discount. How can I do this?

If you would like to take advantage of the group pricing, you must register your entire group of five attendees together during the same registration session. You cannot add members to an individual registration after the registration has already been submitted. If you are not sure whether or not you will be part of a larger group, please wait until you have confirmed your group members before you register.

Can I register for the Summit on-site?

Unfortunately, due to limited capacity, we are unable to accept on-site registration for the 2019 Summit.

If you’re not on the Carnegie Foundation mailing list, sign up now to be the first to hear about next year’s Summit, scheduled for April 1-3, 2020, in San Francisco.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Refunds are limited to conference fees paid and do not include any travel, lodging, transportation, or other fees paid independently of conference registration. Cancellations completed for conference registrations on or before 11:59pm PST March 18, 2019, will receive a full refund minus a $100 per person processing fee. Refunds will not be provided for cancellations made beginning 12:00am PST March 19, 2019, and after, or for no-shows.

Refunds may be granted if an attendee is unable to attend the conference due to a family death, illness, or other extraordinary circumstance. In such a circumstance, Summit Registration must be contacted by phone or e-mail. If initial notification is by phone, it must be followed up in writing. Refunds will still be subject to the $100 processing fee.

Substitutions can be made until April 12, 2019 for no processing fee, and must be requested by the original attendee to the registration manager at summitreg@carnegiefoundation.org.

If a cancellation is completed for an attendee who has received a group discount (five or more people registering together), the discount will no longer apply if the cancellation causes the group size to drop to four people or less. The regular registration rate will be applied to the remaining group members, and they will be responsible for the difference.

Do I need a badge?

Yes, a conference badge is required for entry into the conference and should be worn at all times. Please pick up your badge at the Summit registration desk at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis during open registration hours.

Registration Rates

What are the registration fees for the event?

The Summit general conference registration fee is $985. A special rate of $885 is available for federal government employees, a $695 rate for full-time undergraduate and graduate students, and a $695 rate for full-time K-12 teachers.

The pre-conference fee is $625.00.

Is there a special rate for students and/or teachers?

Yes, a special registration rate of $695 is available on a limited basis for full-time students attending an accredited, degree-granting college or university, and a $695 rate for K-12 full-time teachers. To take advantage of the special rates, you must upload a copy of an ID or an official letter confirming your status during the registration process.

Is there a group discount?

Yes. Groups of five or more people from the same organization, registering together at the same time and paying by the same credit card or check, will receive $100 off each person’s registration fee. The group discount is only available for the general conference registration and cannot be combined with federal government, full-time student, or K-12 teacher registration rates.

How do we get the group discount?

The group discount is automatically applied to each person’s registration fee when you register as a group of five people or more. To register as a group, have the primary contact register first by filling in the registration information page. On the Registration Summary page select “Add Person for Group Registration” to register another person from your organization. Add any number of additional people, then select “Finish Registration.” On the Submit Payment page you will see $100 deducted from each registration.


What types of payment methods do you accept for registration?

You may pay by credit card, check, or purchase order. If you are paying by check, please note that for your registration to be confirmed we must receive a check within 30 days after your registration submission. Please mail your check to:

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Attn: Summit Registration
51 Vista Lane
Stanford, CA 94305

Can I register for the Summit and pay with a purchase order (PO)?

Yes, when completing the registration process, select “Purchase Order” as your method of payment and click the “Finish” button. Please note that for your registration to be confirmed, we must receive your check within 30 days after completion of the registration process.

How should I send a PO to you after I have registered?

You can send your purchase order in one of three ways:

  1. Fax your PO to the Carnegie Foundation, Attn: Summit Registration at (650) 326-0278.
  2. Mail your PO to: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Attn: Summit Registration, 51 Vista Lane, Stanford, CA 94305.
  3. Email your PO to summitreg@carnegiefoundation.org.

POs must include a copy of your registration email and/or the name and organization of each registrant that the PO applies to. All POs should be made payable to the Carnegie Foundation.

Special Needs

What if I have dietary restrictions?

If you require a special lunch meal, please indicate your dietary restrictions under “Registration Questions.” During lunch service, please pick up your meal from the “Special Meals” table.

Transportation & Lodging

Where should I stay while attending the Summit?

As the Summit has a full schedule of educational sessions and networking events, we recommend staying at the San Francisco Marriot Marquis to ensure convenient access to all events. The Carnegie Foundation has negotiated a special Summit group room rate of $279 single/double, plus taxes and fees, for conference attendees.

To receive this rate, please make your reservation(s) before Monday, March 25, 2019. Rooms are reserved based on availability and may sell out before this date. The group rate is valid for stays between April 12 and April 22. Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is 11:00 a.m. Reservations must be guaranteed by a major credit card. Cancellations received by the hotel within 72 hours of arrival will forfeit one night’s deposit. The hotel has a smoke-free policy.

Visit the hotel reservation website to book your room.  To book your room by phone, call 1-877-622-3056 and mention “Carnegie Foundation 2019 Summit.”

Where can I park?

The San Francisco Marriott Marquis has valet parking available. The daily rate is $77.52. Valet parking with in/out privileges is $88.92. Hourly rates are: Up to 2 hours – $25.00; 2-4 hours – $37.50; 4-6 hours – $50.00; 6-8 hours – $66.12. Rates are subject to change.

The closest public parking garage to the hotel is the Fifth & Mission Parking Garage (Mission Street, between 4th and 5th Streets). Incremental parking rates average $3.50 an hour. The daily rate is $34.

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