The National Convention will be held at Planet Hollywood Hotel and Convention Center located at 3667 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV. Complimentary self parking is available or you may valet.

The NEU room block is an amazing $46/night plus taxes and fees (resort fee is $45), breakfast is not included. These rooms will go quick so please call as soon as possible to secure your lodging. Make a reservation, ONLINE HERE. The room block cut-off date is May 26, 2023. Please book before this date.

We are happy to announce that there are all new rooms at Planet Hollywood Resort. These new rooms give off a contemporary feel with edgy artwork and modern furnishings that are a perfect fit to go alongside our robust entertainment lineup at AXIS Theater. When you stay in a Planet Hollywood hotel room, the celebrity lifestyle is yours for the living, and fame lies around every corner.

Planet Hollywood is filled with star attractions—and not just the movie kind. Dozens of restaurants options for breakfast and dinner. The best live music and nightlife on the Strip. 1.2 miles of shopping all under one roof. The expansive Spa by Mandara. And not one, but two enormous swimming pools. Everything is spectacular at Planet Hollywood.

NEU Homecoming Party is taking place on Monday, June 26th from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm and it’s going to be great! Reserve your spot today by purchasing a ticket online HERE.

Day One Keynote Speaker
Scarlett Lewis
Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement
Choosing Love to Create our Best Selves and the World We All Want to Live In

DAy Two Keynote Speaker
Damen Lopez
No Excuses University
What NEU Learned About Leadership During the Global Pandemic

Sessions descriptions to be announced soon. All sessions will revolve around the Six Exceptional Systems and will bring practical strategies that are currently being used in NEU schools and classrooms across the country.

Scarlett Lewis – Chief Movement Officer
Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement
Scarlett Lewis founded the nonprofit Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement in honor of her son, Jesse, who was murdered during the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in December 2012. Shortly after his death, Scarlett decided to be part of the solution to the issues that we’re seeing in our society — that also caused the tragedy — and turned it into an opportunity to build a culture of love, resilience, forgiveness, and connection in our communities at a time when it is needed the most.

Scarlett became an advocate for social and emotional learning (SEL) and character development to help children manage their emotions, feel connected, and have healthy, meaningful relationships. She created the Choose Love For Schools program, a no cost, comprehensive, lifespan, next generation character and social emotional development (CSED) program that teaches children how to thoughtfully respond with love in any situation by using the Choose Love Formula (Courage + Gratitude + Forgiveness + Compassion-in-Action), and offer ways for children to handle adversity, have courageous conversations, and to respond with love. Choose Love extends beyond the classroom through additional no-cost programs, including programs for the home, communities, athletics, and the workplace. In addition, the movement offers Choose Love C.A.R.E.S. (Cultivating Authentic Relationships in the Education System) and Experiential Educator Wellness Workshops for school leaders and educators, and multiple extension programs. The Choose Love programs have been accessed in all 50 states and in more than 120 countries, reaching 3 million children. 

Damen Lopez – Founder
No Excuses University

In 2004, Damen Lopez founded the No Excuses University Network of Schools. This endeavor helps to build a bridge for all students to attend college as it begins promoting a comprehensive college readiness model starting in pre-kindergarten. Ten years after Damen first began sharing this message with thousands of educators across the country, there are now hundreds of schools participating as part of the No Excuses University revolution. To date, this work, which is now influencing the lives of more than 150,000 students in twenty-two different states, has received national attention and has been featured in numerous television and newspaper stories.

Damen completed his B.A. and M.A. at Point Loma Nazarene University. He is the youngest educator to earn the University of San Diego Remarkable Leader in Education Award and has also been given the coveted Alumnus of Point Loma award from his alma mater. Today he works with schools, districts, and educational organizations throughout the country. Damen’s groundbreaking book No Excuses University describes Six Exceptional Systems that promote academic results for all students under the umbrella of college readiness. He continues to inspire educators, especially school leaders, with his new book titled No Excuses Leadership: Nine Bold Choices Exceptional Leaders Make. Damen’s enthusiasm for providing leadership so every student, especially those living in poverty, will be both academically successful and college ready is widely respected.


Sunday, June 25, 2023

  • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Early Check In/Registration

Monday, June 26, 2023

  • 7:30 am – 8:30 am Check In/Registration
  • 8:30 am – 10:00 am Welcome & Keynote – Scarlett Lewis
  • 10:00 am – 10:15 am Break
  • 10:15 am – 11:45 am Session #1 – Author Tina Schuler
  • 11:45 am – 12:45 pm Lunch – Provided
  • 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm Session #2 – Author Fran Hjalmarson
  • 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Break
  • 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm Session #3 – Dr. Andrew Shean
  • 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm NEU Principals Only Meeting – Damen Lopez
  • 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm Collaboration/Team Time
  • 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm NEU Homecoming Party

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

  • 7:30 am – 8:30 am NEU Store Open
  • 8:30 am – 10:00 am Keynote – Damen Lopez
  • 10:00 am – 10:15 am Break
  • 10:15 am – 11:45 am Session #4 – Author Elia Moreno
  • 11:45 am – 12:45 pm Lunch – Provided
  • 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm Session #5 – Author Doug Curry
  • 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Break
  • 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm Session #6 – Doug Curry
  • 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm Collaboration/Team Time

You can register here online or for additional assistance registering, please contact
Cancellation/Refund requests must be submitted in writing three weeks prior to the event and will incur a 25% fee per registration. Less than three weeks prior to event — no refund.

If you are an NEU Educator and are interested in applying to be a presenter at this event, please COMING SOON

The lead presenter will receive a free registration!

10th “Annual” NEU National Convention * June 26-27, 2023

Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: June 26-27, 2023
Where: Planet Hollywood Resort
Cost: $650 per registrant

Click Here – Homecoming Party Info