General Information

When is the 2020 Summit on Improvement in Education, and where will it be held?

The Carnegie Foundation’s 2020 Summit on Improvement in Education will be held April 1–3 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, California. The general conference begins with an opening keynote at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1. The conference’s closing keynote will end no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 3. We encourage you to book your travel so that you won’t miss the closing keynote.

Pre-conference courses, which require an additional registration fee, will be held on Wednesday, April 1. New this year, we will also offer full-day site visits on Tuesday, March 31 to local organizations deeply engaged in improvement work where participants will learn from leaders and practitioners. Site visits require an additional registration fee.


April 1–3, 2020


San Francisco Marriott Marquis


Registration Information

What is included in the registration fee?

Your general conference registration fee includes the following:

  • Keynotes
  • Breakout sessions
  • Poster sessions
  • Networking activities and receptions
  • Box lunches on April 2 and 3. (Please note that attendees will be responsible for their own breakfasts during the April 2 and 3 general conference. There are a number of restaurants and cafes located in and near the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.)

March 31 site visits and April 1 pre-conference courses 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?

Additional individuals cannot be added to an existing registration. To take advantage of the group discount, you must register your entire group of at least five attendees during the same registration session. If you are not sure whether you will be part of a larger group, please wait until you have confirmed with your group members before you register.

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.

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 received up until 11:59 p.m. PST on February 1, 2020, will be fully refunded less a $100 processing fee.
  • Cancellations received up until 11:59 p.m. PST on March 1, 2020, will receive a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations will not be issued on or after 12:00 a.m. PST on March 2, 2020.

Substitutions can be made until March 30 without being charged a processing fee and must be requested by the original attendee to Summit registration (summitreg@carnegiefoundation.org).

If a cancellation is completed for an attendee who has received a group discount (five or more registered together), and if the cancellation causes the group size to drop to four or less, the discount will no longer apply. The regular registration rate will be applied to the remaining group members, and they will be responsible for paying the $100 difference.

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 e-mail (summitreg@carnegiefoundation.org)be subject to a $100 processing fee.

Registration Rates

What are the registration rates for the event?

The Summit general conference registration fee is $985. The following special rates are available: $885 for federal government employees, $695 for full-time undergraduate and graduate students, and $695 for full-time K–12 teachers. Pre-conference courses and site visits require an additional registration fee of $625 each.

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 is available for full-time K–12 teachers. To take advantage of the special rates, you must upload a copy of an official document from your institution/organization confirming your status during the registration process. Your registration will not be confirmed until we have reviewed and approved your document submission.

Accepted official documents:

  • Official current school schedule
  • Teacher certificate granted by a government authority
  • Paystub that clearly shows full-time status and teacher position
  • An official letter confirming your status as a full-time student of a degree-granting college of university
  • An official letter confirming your status as a full-time teacher

Is there a group discount?

Groups of five or more people 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 of $885 per person is automatically applied to each person’s registration fee when you register as a group of five or more people. To access this rate, after registering the initial person, click the “Add Group Member” button on the Registration Summary screen. Complete the same steps for each additional person in your group. The discount will be shown on the payment screen after the threshold of five registrations have been met.


What types of payment methods do you accept for registration?

You may pay by credit card, check, or purchase order.

If you elect to pay by check, your registration will not be complete until your check is received. Checks are due within 30 days of the invoice date. Please include the names of all registered attendees with your payment.

Please note that we are unable to accept payment by check after March 1, 2020. Payment via credit card and purchase order will still be accepted.

Please mail your check to:

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

The registration site is asking for a PO number but I don’t have one. What do I do?

You can still complete the registration process without uploading a PO or entering the PO number since those fields are not required. However, your registration cannot be confirmed until we have received your purchase order. If you have also registered for a pre-conference course or a site visit, your registration cannot be confirmed until we have received your purchase order.

How should I send a PO 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 confirmation email and/or the name and organization of each registrant for whom the PO applies. 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 “Conference Details.” During lunch service, please pick up your meal from the “Special Meals” area.

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 Marriott Marquis to ensure convenient access to all events. The Carnegie Foundation has negotiated a special Summit group room rate of $299 plus taxes and fees for conference attendees.

To receive this rate, please make your reservation(s) before Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Rooms are reserved based on availability and will likely sell out before this date. The group rate is valid for stays between March 28 and April 6. 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.

Visit the hotel reservation website to book your room. To book your room by phone, call 1-877-622-3056 and mention “Carnegie Foundation 2020 Summit.”

Where can I park?

Parking is available at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. The daily rate is $68.40 and valet parking with in/out privileges is $79.99. Hourly rates are: Up to 2 hours – $27.50; 2–4 hours – $40.00; 4–6 hours – $52.50; 6–8 hours – $65.00. 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).

Please keep in mind that your parking cost is separate from your registration. Attendees are responsible for parking charges.

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