Elementary, Middle School Principals from Across the Nation to Gather for the NAESP Pre-K–8 Principals Conference

Elementary, Middle School Principals from Across the Nation to Gather for the NAESP Pre-K–8 Principals Conference

Principals to invest in effective school leadership strategies in preparation for upcoming school year.

Media Advisory
Kaylen Tucker, NAESP
703-518-6257
ktucker@naesp.org

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, June 20, 2019—Elementary and middle-level principals from across the nation will gather for the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Pre-K–8 Principals Conference, July 10­­-12 in Spokane, Washington. Preconference activities begin July 9, with the annual NAESP Community Service Day and preconference sessions.

#NAESP19 is the largest national conference for elementary and middle-level principals. With a laser focus on pre-K through grade 8 school leaders, the conference will address topics aligned to the Professional Standards for Education Leaders, such as equity, engagement, and building professional capacity.

The conference connects school leaders with best practices, success stories, and practical solutions to lead their schools toward success. Entire strands of the more than 100 conference sessions will focus on critical topics in education leadership that affect principals every day: educational equity, effective learning communities, technology, transforming schools, and more. (Visit the conference website for a full list of sessions.)

Highlights of this year’s conference will include:

Insight from Education Experts. Some of the brightest minds in education will share fresh thinking and innovative strategies. Keynote speakers are Razia Jan, founder and president of Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation; Michael Fullan, global leadership director of New Pedagogies for Deep Learning; and Kwame Alexander, a Newberry Medal author and educator.

Updates on New Education Research. Conference attendees will gain insight on the latest education research and NAESP publication: Leading Learning Communities: Pillars, Practices, and Priorities for Effective Principals, a resource that describes, in fundamental terms, what effective principals do, how they do it, and why they do it.

Innovation Rotation Experience. In this highly engaging session, three energetic pacesetters will present simultaneously in a well-designed and coordinated format that features electronic listening devices. The Innovation Zone: Ray McNulty; Collaboration through Digital Professional Learning Communities: Cathy Cavanaugh; and Leading Through the Lens of Polarity Thinking: Greg Cameron and Michael DePass (Wednesday, July 10, 2:30 p.m.)

The Exchange. Led by NAESP Center for Innovative Leadership fellows Andy Jacks and Hamish Brewer, this highly energetic session will enable conference attendees to expand their principal networks and share innovative ideas they have used to move their leadership and their schools well beyond the status quo.

Annual NAESP Community Service Day. For more than a decade, principals from across the country have volunteered their time to build a playground during the NAESP Community Service Day. With the generous support from Landscape Structures, 100 principals this year will install a playground at Adams Elementary School in Spokane. (Tuesday, July 9, 8 a.m. to noon, 2909 E. 37th Ave., Spokane, WA 99223).

The conference experience will also feature an Exhibit Hall, which includes industry-leading vendors with innovative services and products for schools.

Conference attendees will share their experiences on social media using the hashtag #NAESP19.

For more information on NAESP’s annual conference, visit www.naespconference.org. Contact Kaylen Tucker (ktucker@naesp.org) for press credentials or interviews.


Principals are the primary catalysts for creating lasting foundations for learning. Since 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) has been the leading advocate for elementary and middle-level principals in the U.S. and worldwide. NAESP advances the profession by developing policy, advancing advocacy, and providing professional learning and resources for instructional leadership, including specialized support and mentoring for early career principals. Key focus areas include pre-K–3 education, school safety, technology and digital learning, and effective educator evaluation. For more information about NAESP, please visit www.naesp.org. NAESP administers the National Principals Resource Center, the American Student Council Association, and the President’s Education Awards and American Citizenship Awards Programs.

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