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NAESP's 2013 Best Practices for Better Schools Annual Conference has concluded, but the learning continues. Below are some highlights. NAESP is here as a resource for you, your teachers and your school as you start planning for another exciting and productive year with your students.

We invite you to experience the excitement and learning that the NAESP Annual Conference always provides in Nashville, Tennessee, July 10-12, 2014 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center!


Opening Keynote Address: Freeman Hrabowski
At the Opening General Session, Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, shared an inspirational message on the transformative power of education. The first step to making students successful, he said, is to believe in them.

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Closing Keynote Address: Adam Sáenz
Speaking with heart and humor, Adam Sáenz addressed teacher resilience through his inspirational story and what he indentifies as his two personal lifesavers: education and teachers.

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Opening General Session: Q&A with Arne Duncan
During the Opening General Session, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan acknowledged the challenges principals face in today’s shifting educational environment. In the face of such challenges, principal leadership is key, he said.

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During the Opening General Session, the NAESP Foundation and Lifetouch announced the 2013 Lifetouch Memory Mission® to the Dominican Republic as a video from the 2012 experience played. Ten NAESP members, along with members from the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the American Association of School Administrators, will be selected to join Lifetouch employees on a Memory Mission to Constanza, Dominican Republic, to help build a school.


PLENARY SESSION: Michael Fullan,
"Motion Leadership in Action"

Moving educators to action, Michael Fullan illustrates how motion leadership can propel entire organizations and systems forward by using a small number of specific actions to generate momentum for lasting change.

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Plus, our mobile app is still available, and you can download presentation handouts right from it. No Smartphone? You can still download materials to your computer through the session list on the mobile app page—just navigate to the presentation you're interested in. (Not all sessions have handouts.)

 

 

Visit Conference News Online to access articles, blog posts, and photos from the conference. Here is a sample of what you will find there:

Service Day 2013: Principals Make It Happen
Dozens of principals revitalize a Baltimore school's playground.
 

Strive Toward the Best Teaching
Implement five strategies from Todd Whitaker to help your teachers be their best.


Adjust Perceptions to Support Black Male Students
Baruti Kafele suggests principals focus on the "Attention Gap" rather than "Achievement Gap."
 
Motion Leadership in Action
Leaders must invest in social capital to foster change, says Michael Fullan.

Art Education It's Fundamental, Not Ornamental, Says Daniel Pink
The author encouraged principals to support creative activities such as "genius hours."


Networking and the Digital Difference
Conference networking has come a long way over the years. 
 
Do More Than Measure Great Teaching: Support It
When it comes to the principal's role in helping teachers be more effective, professional development is key, says Robert Marzano.

 
Technology and the Common Core: Must-Hear Tips from Alan November
Teaching tech skills and integrating technology are critical to student success.
 

Presenters Challenge Principals to Build Strong Relationships
One theme from Thursday's conference sessions? Relationships matter.

 

 

 

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