2017 National Leaders Conference

2017 National Leaders Conference

National Leaders Conference - March 26-29, 2017 - Washington, DC

NAESP’s National Leaders Conference (NLC) gathered 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 2017 meeting, which was held March 26-29 at Grand Hyatt Washington, featured a leadership development program, focusing on equity, equality, and social justice.

NAESP also introduced its Advocacy Agenda, which includes a new toolkit and action plan to help principals understand and engage with the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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

A full agenda of events is available below. While meeting participation is by invite-only, follow the program and messaging on Twitter at #PrincipalsAdvocate.

*For media inquiries, please contact Kaylen Tucker, Associate Executive Director, Communications, at ktucker@naesp.org.


Equity, Equality, and Social Justice

Sunday, March 26

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Constitution Ballroom Registration Desk
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

General Assembly

  • State of the Association
  • Vice President Candidate Speeches
Constitution Ballrooms A/B
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Grand Foyer

Monday, March 27

7:30 – 8:45 a.m.

NAESP State Representatives Session, Part 1:

“Bringing NAESP Home”

(NAESP State Representatives only)

Declaration B
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


“We Are Stronger Together Than We Could Ever Be Alone”

Heath Slawner
Leadership & Communication Expert

Constitution Ballrooms A/B
12:00 – 1:20 p.m.

NAESP State Representatives Session, Part 2

(NAESP State Representatives only)

Declaration B
1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Zone Meetings

   Zone 1 Roosevelt
   Zone 2 Renwick
   Zone 3 Arlington
   Zone 4 Wilson
   Zone 5 Cabin John
   Zone 6 Bulfinch
   Zone 7 Declaration A
   Zone 8 Burham
   Zone 9 Latrobe
2:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Professional Development

“Addressing and Leading Well-Rounded and Complete Education, Focus on Equity, Equality and Social Justice in the Era of ESSA”
Constitution Ballrooms A/B
2:00 – 2:20 p.m.

Welcome, Introductions, and PD Agenda

2:20 – 2:30 p.m.

Feature PBS Documentary “School of the Future”

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. John Jackson Dr. John Jackson
Schott Foundation CEO & President

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Concurrent PD Breakout Sessions

Declaration A
Scholastic Teacher & Principal School Report- Equity in Education

Kyle GoodKyle Good
Senior Vice President of Scholastic

Michael HaggenMichael Haggen
Senior Vice President & CAO of Scholastic

Declaration B
Leading for Impact and Equity While Addressing Unconscious Bias

Dr. Sarah FiarmanDr. Sarah Fiarman
Senior Leadership Consultant, Author, Trainer

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

State Editors Meeting

Creating a Content Strategy

Katie MasonKatie Mason
Principal, Team of Creatives, LLC


Tuesday, March 28

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Insights on Education Politics and Policy

Constitution Ballrooms A/B
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Principals’ Impact: Influencing State and Local Implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Constitution Ballroom A

Wednesday, March 29

8:30 a.m.

Buses begin departing for Capitol Hill

Buses will report to the Grand Hyatt at 8:15 a.m. and depart as they are filled. The final bus will depart at 10:30.

Hotel Lobby


Catherine Brown
Center for American Progress Vice President, Education Policy

Dr. Sarah Fiarman
Senior Leadership Consultant, Harvard University Senior Lecturer, Author

Kyle Good
Senior Vice President, Scholastic, Inc.

Kim Hefling
Senior Education Writer, Politico

Dr. John Jackson
CEO & President, The Schott Foundation for Public Education

Katie Mason

Katie Mason
Principal, Team of Creatives, LLC

Gerard Robinson
American Enterprise Institute Resident Fellow, Education Policy Studies

Heath Slawner
Leadership & Communications Expert


Principals Action Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act

NAESP is pleased to provide the Principals Action Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act: Providing All Students with a Well-Rounded and Complete Education. Principals can use this interactive tool to engage with state and district leaders as they prepare to submit their ESSA consolidated plans and work to implement the new law. The action plan provides an overview of key levers in ESSA to support the concept of a well-rounded and complete education, actionable policy points to engage and communicate with state and district leaders around ESSA, and strategies for developing a communications plan. It also provides educators with evidence and resources to shape an educational experience based on student needs that will reach beyond the ESSA planning process.

The Principals Action Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Providing All Students with a Well-Rounded and Complete Education was developed by NAESP in partnership with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the Center for Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL). The expertise and guidance in the action plan includes resources on:

  • Standards and Assessments
  • Accountability
  • School Improvement
  • District Title I Plans and Resources
  • Providing Professional Support
  • Student Supports and Academic Enrichment
  • High Quality Early Learning

Candidates for NAESP Vice President

Dwight Cooper Dave Wick
Dwight C. Cooper
Reardan Elementary School
Reardan, Washington
David N. Wick
Columbia Falls Junior High
Columbia Falls, Montana

A Big Thanks to Our Event Sponsors!

Landscape Structures Reading Recovery
Mentoring Minds Scholastic
Presidents Education Awards Program