2020 National Leaders Conference

National Leaders Conference - March 22-25, 2020 - Arlington, VA

NAESP’s National Leaders Conference (NLC) gathers nearly 200 elementary and middle-level principal leaders from across the country in the nation’s capital to sharpen their leadership skills and advocate for schools on Capitol Hill. The 2020 meeting will be held March 22-25 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel.

NAESP will introduce its Advocacy Agenda, which includes a toolkit and action plan to help principals understand and engage on both their state and national level.

Principals will also have the opportunity to meet with their Congressional representatives regarding federal education policy.

While meeting participation is by invite-only, you can follow the program and messaging on Twitter at #naespNLC and #PrincipalsAdvocate.

*For inquiries, please contact Katie Earley, Manager of Professional Learning Projects, at kearley@naesp.org.

Tentative Agenda

Sunday, March 22

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration

 
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

General Assembly

  • State of the Association
  • Vice President Candidate Speeches
 
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception

 

Monday, March 23

7:30 – 8:45 a.m.

NAESP State Representatives Meeting

(NAESP State Representatives only)

 
7:30 – 8:45 a.m.

NAESP / State Relations Meeting

(NAESP State Executive Directors only)

 
8:45 – 9:00 a.m.

Transition

 
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Opening Session - "Leading in Times of Change" 

Presenter: Dr. Tim Hodges, Executive Director, University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Clifton Strengths Institute, and Professor, College of Business

 
10:30 – 10:50 a.m.

Break

 
10:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Education Funding Session

 
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch on your own

 
1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Education Policy Session

 
2:15 – 2:25 p.m.

Break/Transition

 
2:25 – 3:10 p.m.

Zone Meetings

 
3:10 – 3:30 p.m.

Break/Transition

 
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

2020 Political Landscape: What Does it Mean for Education?

 
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

State Editors Meeting

 
4:30 p.m.

Evening on your own

 

Tuesday, March 24

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

State Education Policy Perspective

Presenter: Jeremy Anderson, President, Education Commission of the States

 
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Federal Policy & NAESP Advocacy Update

Presenter: Danny Carlson, NAESP Associate Executive Director, Policy & Advocacy

 
10:00 – 10:20 a.m.

Break

 
10:20 – 11:45 a.m.

Building Relationships with Members of Congress

 
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch on your own

 
1:30 – 5:00 p.m.

NAESP-NASSP Advocacy Program

 
5:00 p.m.

Evening on your own

 
8:00 p.m.

Twitter Chat: Principals and Advocacy

 

Wednesday, March 25

8:15 a.m.

Board Buses

 
8:30 a.m.

Buses Depart for Capitol Hill

9:00 a.m.

NAESP and NASSP Buses Arrive at Garfield Circle

9:15 a.m.

Group Photo at Union Square

  • NAESP Attendees
  • NASSP Attendees
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

Capitol Hill Visits

  • NAESP Attendees
  • NASSP Attendees
5:00 p.m.

NLC Program Concludes