What’s New at #NAESP15 Annual Conference?

May 2015, Volume 38, Issue 9

In a response to feedback from last year’s conference attendees, this year NAESP has added several exciting new events to the Best Practice for Better Schools Annual Conference experience. To be held in Long Beach, California, June 30-July 2, the conference includes more than 100 educational opportunities and networking events, as well as the following additions to the program:

NAESP 5K Fun Run/Walk: Let’s Get Physical

The 5K Fun Run/Walk is the perfect early morning networking event. On the morning of Tues., June 30, after a day of travel or a full day of pre-conference workshops, principals can join their colleagues and industry partners to “flex their muscles” with a 5K race/walk. Beginning at 7 a.m., the timed race features a journey along the sparkling water’s edge of Shoreline Drive in Long Beach. Bonus: You’ll get a great view of The Queen Mary!

Register for the 5K Fun Run/Walk online or onsite in the NAESP Registration area. (A portion of the net proceeds from registration fees benefits NAESP’s Student Council Excellence Award Program.)

#NAESP15 Innovations Lab

The most effective way that principals can promote an innovative mindset is to develop professional learning networks and be knowledgeable and effective users of technology. The #NAESP15 Innovations Lab, taking place in the Lobby of the Long Beach Convention Center, is the place for educators to develop their own learning networks, and keep up with the latest education tech tools. Some of the dynamic sessions in the Innovations Lab are:

  • Innovation Coaching;
  • Accessing, Archiving & Sharing #hashtags;
  • Digital Safety & Acceptable Use Policies;
  • Social Media Embedded in Professional Development;
  • Social Media to Engage Families & Community;
  • Boundaries & Guidelines: What Not to Do on Social Media;
  • Connecting With Voxer; and
  • Google Forms for Quick, Concise Data Collection.

Be sure to visit the Innovations Lab, located in the Lobby of the Long Beach Convention Center, and learn from other tech-savvy attendees.


Meet National Teacher of the Year: Shanna Peeples!

National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples will speak at the NAESP Annual Conference General Session on July 2. A Texas high school teacher, Peeples has brought knowledge and enthusiasm to her classroom, and spends much of her time mentoring colleagues in her school district.

As the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, Peeples is shaping the national conversation about working with students in poverty and those who have already faced extreme challenges in their young lives. Through a variety of teaching methods, Peeples reaches her students and helps them achieve their full potential far beyond her classroom walls.

Peeples’ presentation will be held in conjunction with NAESP’s special “Day of Learning” for teachers. Chock full of sessions specifically geared toward classroom teachers, topics include real-time data assessments for K-6 sub-groups, K-2 strategies that lead to better reading comprehension in upper grades, fighting the tide of entitlement, and much more.

Click here to register for the $99, one-day “Day of Learning for Teachers” on July 1 (Note: the special sessions for teachers are included in the full Annual Conference registration package).

Come on In! Visit the NAESP Membership Booth

Be sure to stop by the NAESP Membership Booth (Booth #1220) on Tues., June 30 and Wed., July 1, to meet fellow colleagues, chat with State Representatives, and interact with NAESP staff.

NAESP Membership. Renew, join, engage, update, and learn more about your membership benefits. Also, meet Monique Talbot, NAESP’s new director of member acquisition and engagement.

Legal Benefits/Insurance. A representative from Forest T. Jones & Co. will be on hand to answer your questions about NAESP’s $2 million professional liability coverage and job protection legal counsel.

Principal Magazine Cover Shoot. Get your photo taken and become the “lead story” on a faux cover of Principal magazine. This memento from the Annual Conference would look great in your office! (Sponsored by Lifetouch)

Learn about PEAP. The President’s Education Awards Program (PEAP)sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with NAESP and the National Association of Secondary School Principals—was developed to help principals recognize and honor students who have achieved high academic goals through hard work and dedication to learning. Learn more about this exciting program at the Membership Booth!

Bonus: In addition to daily drawings, stop by the Membership Booth to Spin the Wheel and earn some great prizes! Spin the Wheel hours are:

Tues., June 30: 12:30-1 p.m.; PM; 4:30- 5 p.m.
Wed., July 1: 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; 3:30-4 p.m.

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