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Exhibiting at the Conference


Exhibiting at the 2016 NCSS Annual Conference will put you in touch with thousands of classroom teachers, leaders, and other decision makers in social studies education. They will come to learn, gather ideas, and shop. Many will cite the exhibit hall among the conference highlights—creating a prime opportunity for exhibitors to make strong impressions.

NCSS returns to Washington, DC, where the conference has always drawn big crowds of eager educators and supervisors looking for the latest products and services in social studies education.

Exhibiting is easy, effective, and rewarding. Showcase your products. Build relationships with buyers. Network with colleagues. Meet face-to-face with the people who influence decisions and put your products and services to practical use.

Who attends?
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Social Studies specialists
  • Curriculum supervisors
  • Teacher educators
  • Preservice teachers
  • Who exhibits?
  • Publishing companies
  • Software and hardware companies
  • Classroom and curriculum resource suppliers
  • Professional development providers
  • Education travel companies
  • Youth activity programs
  • Education game companies
  • Distance learning programs
  • U.S. Government programs/services
  • NOTE: We have received reports that some exhibitors have been contacted by companies representing themselves as the NCSS Housing Bureau. THIS IS A SCAM. No one will ever contact you to make your hotel reservation. The only way to book your room and guarantee your reservation is at


    Exhibiting at the 2016 NCSS Conference makes good business sense. You'll find many exciting benefits designed to make your exhibiting experience productive and profitable. To make it easy for attendees to spend quality time with you, NCSS has provided attendees with two full days to visit the exhibit hall, and exclusive exhibits-only time blocks each day.


    Download the Exhibitor Application

    Booth rental fees are based on location. Please click on the "Floor Plan" tab to see locations of each floor section.

    Booth Type For Profit Companies Non-Profit Organizations
    10'x10' Section A
    10'x10' Section B
    10'x10' Section C
    Tabletop Exhibits

    Booth does not include furniture, and NCSS requires that all booths be carpeted.

    An identification sign will be supplied for all non-island booths. Linear booths will have an 8' high draped back wall and 36" high side drapes. Booth carpeting (carpet, wood or other standard floor covering) is mandatory and is the responsibility of the exhibiting company.

    Application for Space
    Booth space can be reserved with a 50% deposit if submitted by July 1, 2016. Full payment is due if submitted on or after July 2, 2016. No company will be allowed on the exhibit floor with an outstanding balance due.

    All cancellations must be sent in writing to NCSS. For cancellations received by July 1, 2016, any money paid beyond 50% of the booth cost will be refunded. No refunds will be given for space cancelled on or after July 2, 2016.

    Space Assignment Considerations

    All booths will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, after providing priority to all conference sponsors. Specific booth assignments may take into account the amount of space required, exhibiting history, type of physical exhibit, and product type. Booth space is not guaranteed until confirmation is sent by NCSS.

    Perks of Exhibiting

    • Two complimentary conference registrations per booth, providing your representatives with full access to all conference sessions and functions. Additional registrations may be purchased for $150 each.
    • Complimentary listing in the Conference Program
    • Back drape (8') and side rails (3')
    • One company identification sign (7"x44")
    • Access to the exhibitor lounge with complimentary beverage service during select setup and show hours
    • Opportunities to present exhibitor sessions
    • Sponsorship and discounted advertising opportunities
    • 24-hour exhibit hall security
    • Opportunities to buy attendee mailing lists for pre-and post-conference marketing.

    Not included in booth fee:

    • Carpeting (required)
    • Furniture rental
    • Electricity
    • AV equipment and Internet
    • Material handling and labor
    • Shipping and drayage
    • Floral and other services

    Promote Your Booth

    There are many opportunities to enhance your visibility and drive traffic to your exhibit booth. Choose from the following options.


    NCSS invites you, a leading education supplier, to collaborate with us, and discover a truly unique opportunity for repeated exposure to thousands of educators. Stand out from the crowd! Sponsorship is your opportunity to gain additional visibility and exposure. Sponsor an event or service at the 96th NCSS Annual Conference. There are several opportunities to suit your needs and budget, including:

    • Scholarships
    • Photo Booth/Charging Station
    • Twitter Video Wall
    • Coffee Stations
    • Registration Packets

    For more information, click here.


    Take advantage of low advertising rates in the NCSS Conference Preview and Program.

    For more information, click here and select the Conference Publications tab.

    Exhibitor Sessions

    NCSS is pleased to offer you the opportunity to showcase your products and services in a custom-built theater in the exhibit hall.

    For more information, click on the "Exhibitor Sessions" tab at the top of this page.

    Lead Retrieval

    Lead retrieval at the 2016 NCSS Annual Conference will be available from Bartizan Connects, offering the new iLeads App, allowing you to use your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or many Droid devices.

    Order form coming soon.

    List Rental

    Mailing list and e-mail blast options are available through Marketing General.

    Oder form coning soon.

    Tote Bag Inserts

    Place a flyer or small brochure in the conference tote bag distributed to all conference attendee.

    Order form coming soon.

    Exhibit Hall Hours

    Walter E. Washington Convention Center
    Hall D
    801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    Move-in: Thursday, December 1, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
    Exhibit hall open: Friday, December 2, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    Saturday, December 3, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    Move-out: Saturday, December 3, 5:15-11:59 p.m.

    Floor Plan

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