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NAESP Webinars

Web seminars provide real-time opportunities to interrelate with content experts, educational leaders, and practicing principals around current issues. NAESP provides this setting to bring together principals from locations around the country to participate in these online learning programs. No special equipment other than Internet access is needed to participate in any of our webinars. Most webinars are free.

Archived webinars are available only to members using your NAESP log in.

Upcoming Live Webinars


Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. (ET) 

Students enter schools bringing the impact of traumatic experiences with them. This webinar will focus on strategies being used by principals and schools to manage mental health issues. Speaker Joy Winchester will share her experiences with schools in Alabama who are implementing a program called Conscious Discipline that empowers adults to consciously respond to daily conflict, transforming it into an opportunity to teach critical life skills to children. Speaker Jenine "Jen" Thomas, Principal at Olive B. Loss Elementary School, will discuss strategies and resources educators need to meet the diverse and complex needs of students facing adverse childhood experiences (ACES). She will share her work with supporting the social-emotional needs of educators and how adult stressors can affect a school’s ability to sustain strong and effective mental health supports.

Joy Winchester

Presenters: Joy Winchester is the Director, Early Childhood Development and Professional Support, Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education. Joy works with challenging student behaviors focusing on building social and emotional skills and using the latest research in neuroscience to support the adults in the child’s life to support the child through their challenging time and also build adult resilience to address burnout and secondary trauma.

Jenine Thomas Jenine "Jen" Thomas is Principal of the Olive B. Loss Elementary School in the Appoquinimink School District. She has served as an administrator for 11 years, leading 3 different buildings across 2 states. Like all educators, Jen wear many hats throughout the day and for 2 students, she is also mom.

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Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. (ET) 

Aspiring principals are constantly searching for innovative ideas to launch a successful career in school leadership. Join this highly engaging session as we explore the essential elements of good leadership and the skills it takes to develop strong leaders.

Allyson Apsey

Presenters: Allyson Apsey is the Principal of Quincy Elementary School in Zeeland Public Schools. She is passionate about students and staff and leads others through their strengths. In her role as an elementary principal, she is focused on infusing joy and innovation to create an empowering and engaging learning environment. She is an author, national speaker, and mom to two boys.

Kimberly Taylor Kimberly Taylor is Principal in Dedham Public Schools. Kim has been in the field of PreK-5 education for 28 years. She has been a teacher, administrator, adjunct college faculty member, and presenter at various conferences. She is currently serving in her "dream job" as the principal of the Curran Early Childhood Center in Dedham, Massachusetts.



Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. (ET) 

Are you looking for strategies to move into a leadership position at your school? Meet an inspirational panel of women leaders as they share their stories for overcoming obstacles in becoming outstanding school leaders. Come and learn the skills these women use to successfully navigate and overcome personal and professional challenges to achieve their goals.

Julie Davis Julie Davis is the Executive Director for the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators. She has had the opportunity to serve as a principal in the South-Western City School District, Upper Arlington City School District, and Grandview Heights City School District. She spent four years as the professional development director for the Central Ohio Regional School Improvement Team providing support and professional development to educators in 46 school districts in and around the Columbus area.

Rhonda Rhodes Rhonda Rhodes is a National Distinguished Principal and had led Taylors Elementary School for the last five years and been a school principal for fifteen years. Rhodes says she aims to foster a climate where success is measured by students’ ability to claim their learning and identify the gifts they want to share with the community and world. To get there, Rhodes has fostered a foundation with a strong social emotional learning environment, led the implementation as a Leader in Me school and created a comprehensive, student-centered counseling program which earned national recognition from the American School Counselor Association as a RAMP (Recognized ASCA Model Program) School.

Kris Friesen Kris Friesen is a National Distinguished Principal and Principal of York Elementary School in York, Nebraska. She is in her 14th year in administration and truly loves coming to work every day! Kris has a bachelors degree in special education and a masters in educational administration. She also has teaching and coaching experience at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Kris has a passion for early childhood education and is very proud of her school's comprehensive and high quality early childhood program. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to come to school and serve over 600 students and 150 staff.



Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. (ET) 

Without participation in a high-quality summer learning program, many students can lose ground academically over the summer contributing to a persistent achievement gap problem. The session speaker will review the findings on summertime experiences and offer recommendations on how school leaders can improve the quality, equity, and effectiveness of summer programming. Attendees will take-away practical strategies and resources for building a high-quality summer learning program of activities to reduce the summer learning slump.

Heather Schwartz Dr. Heather Schwartz is the Program Director of Pre-K-12 Educational Systems in RAND’s Education and Labor division, and is also a senior policy researcher. She was the lead author on the most recent recommended practices guide from the RAND Summer Learning Series, sponsored by the Wallace Foundation.



Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. (ET) 

The Principalship can be likened to playing a game of chess. You make too many wrong moves and you can lose the game. If you allow yourself to be consumed by what mistakes you might make, you’ll never enjoy being a principal. This webinar will offer leadership strategies and district support mechanisms from a superintendent’s perspective that can help early career principals envision ways to navigate their complex job requirements. Time will be allowed too for participants to engage with a panel of early career principals to discover ways to survive and thrive and reduce feelings of frustration, isolation, and burnout.

Eric Cardwell Eric Cardwell is the 2018-2019 Past President of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and currently serves as lead instructor for the National Aspiring Principals Academy a joint partnership between NAESP and the School Superintendents Association (AASA). Eric began his education career at Les Cheneaux Elementary School in Cedarville, Michigan where he served as a teacher and then principal. He has also served as principal of Sanborn Elementary and Besser Elementary Schools. Eric has been a member of NAESP since 2000 and has served on its Board of Directors as President-Elect, Vice President, and Director of Zone 6. He has also been active in the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association.

Gail Pletnick Dr. Gail K. Pletnick is the Personalized Learning Cohort Chair at AASA, The School Superintendents Association and 2017 Past President. She currently serves as lead instructor for the National Aspiring Principals Academy a joint partnership between NAESP and the School Superintendents Association (AASA). Gail is an educational innovator with a demonstrated history of working in the primary/secondary education industry. She has experience as a retired public school superintendent and is skilled in personalized and digital transformation, K-12 education, strategic planning, and educational reform. A strong operations professional, Gail has a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) focused in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Temple University.

Paul Young Paul Young is Past President of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators (OAESA), and retired President & CEO of the National AfterSchool Association. He currently serves as author, national speaker, trainer, mentor, college professor, and an arts advocate. Paul is passionate about recruiting, nurturing and supporting new teachers & new principals.



Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. (ET) 

You have to be interviewed before accepting a job offer, right? Aspiring principals often overlook the interview process, and it can be difficult to highlight the skills prospective employers are looking for when filling their positions. Join our panel in dissecting the interview questions every aspiring principal should be ready to answer. This is one webinar you don’t want to miss!

Brad Gustafson Dr. Brad Gustafson is an award-winning principal, speaker, and best-selling author. He’s also serving as a National Advisor with Future Ready Schools and a School Improvement Consultant with Scholastic. Brad was Minnesota’s Principal of the Year in 2016 and the National School Boards Association recognized him as a “20 to Watch” in 2017. He co-hosts a school leadership podcast, UnearthED, on the BAM Radio Network. Brad's new book, "Reclaiming Our Calling", is helping educators build relationships and get results.

Tracy Hilliard Tracy Hilliard is a 2018 Maryland National Distinguished Principal and Planning Principal for Urbana Elementary School, Opening 2020, in Frederick, Maryland. Her accolades as a principal include serving as the principal of a 2016 Maryland Blue Ribbon School and 2017 National Blue Ribbon School. Tracy was named a 2018 National Distinguished Principal of the Year and has the privilege to be named the 2017 FCPS Teacher of the Year and the 2017 Frederick County nominee for the Washington Post Teacher of the Year. Tracy was recently recognized by the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated for her Educational Leadership.

Todd Nesloney Todd Nesloney is the Director of Culture and Strategic Leadership for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA). He has also served as an award winning principal of a PreK-5th Grade campus of over 775 students in a rural town in Texas. He has been recognized by the White House, John C Maxwell, the Center for Digital Education, National School Board Association, the BAMMYS, and more for his work in education and with children. Todd's first book, "Kids Deserve It!", which was co-written with Adam Welcome, was a runaway smash.



Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. (ET) 

Today’s principals accept a daunting challenge to ensure that schools provide an excellent education to every student. NAESP’s "Leading Learning Communities: Pillars, Practices, and Priorities for Effective Principals" publication is designed to be a practical resource for new and experienced principals. Join an exciting panel of principals as they share insights from the book and resource tools that can help you be bold, effective, and caring leaders.

Dr. Shanna Spickard

Presenters: Dr. Shanna Spickard is the Principal of Milan Middle School. She has 22 years in education with the last 14 in administration. She also has building, district, state, and national leadership experience. Dr. Spickard is a nationally certified mentor, NAESP Leading Learning Communities (2019) committee member, Concordia University MSEL adjunct professor, NAESP/MEMSPA State Rep, and MEMSPA Past President. She believes in building leadership capacity in others by implementing job-embedded professional development through coaching and instructional rounds as well as extending additional learning opportunities that include both choice and voice.

Kristin Stolte Kristin Stolte is Principal of Linton Elementary School, Fort Collins, Colorado.



Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. (ET) 

Do you struggle in making empowering connections that will positively impact your school’s culture? Join an exciting panel of National Outstanding Assistant Principals as they discuss tips and strategies for creating effective connections with staff, students, families, and community partners. Come learn how our exemplary panelists have faced and overcome their own connection obstacles.

Equetta Jones Equetta Jones is an educator, advocate, and parent who currently serves as the Assistant Principal of Highlands Elementary School in Wilmington, Delaware. She has the firm belief that every child deserves a Booster Club no matter their ability, background, or socioeconomic status. Equetta has worked her way up the educational ladder having served as a bus aide, paraprofessional, substitute, classroom teacher and currently a Vice Principal. She often shares her story with parents and students who feel that all hope is lost. Equetta was named an NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year by the Delaware Association of School Administration in 2018.

Joseph Macrino Joseph Macrino is currently in his second year as Principal of Oswegatchie Elementary School in Waterford, CT. Prior to this role, he served for four years as Assistant Principal at the Lewin G. Joel Elementary School in Clinton, CT where he was named an NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year by the Connecticut Association of Elementary Schools in 2018. He resides in Waterford with his wife Sarah and two children, Elvis and Coral.

Laura Tate Laura Tate became the Principal at Edgewood Elementary School in July 2019. For the previous four years, she served as the Assistant Principal of Edgewood Elementary School. She was named an NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year by the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS) in 2018. Laura has been in elementary education for 18 years where she has worked as a special education administrator and teacher.