Leading Learning CommunitiesWeb 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.  All information that is shared in these professional learning opportunities are aligned with the principal standards in Leading Learning Communities: What Principals Should Know and Be Able to Do, the NAESP landmark publication.
No special equipment other than Internet access is needed to participate in any of our webinars.  All webinars are free to share best practices in leadership with principals.

7 Key Steps to Success Through Mentoring

Description: Whether you’re a seasoned mentor or about to embark on your first experience, this seminar will provide you with the focus needed to establish and sustain a high quality mentorship. Establishing trust, building leadership capacity, untangling personnel issues, and ultimately, strengthening teaching and learning in the mentor’s school involves sophisticated skills. Helping a new leader read and shape the school’s culture is critical to leadership success. Striking the right leadership/management balance is yet another challenge. We’ll describe books, articles, and other tools to support the new leader and reinforce the mentor’s work. Finally, we’ll hear from mentors in the field who have experienced the satisfaction of ushering in the newest generation of leaders.


Melissa Patschke, Principal, Upper Providence Elementary School, Pennsylvania

NAESP Trainer and Coach

Kathleen Sciarappa, Educational Consultant

NAESP Trainer and Coach

View this webinar: 7 Key Steps to Success through Mentoring


Developing Professional Learning Communities for School Improvement

Description:  A vital component of a successful school is the staff involvement in effective communities of practice that focuses on student learning.  Developing these communities takes commitment and a deep understanding by the school principal of the purpose.  Learn how one principal has successfully implemented PLCs in his school.


Dwayne Young, Principal, Centreville Elementary School, Fairfax County, Virginia

View this webinar: Developing Professional Learning Communities for School Improvement


Mentoring Instructional Support Staff:  Strategies for Achieving Recruitment, Retention, and Successful Service Delivery!

School districts around the country struggle to cope with critical shortages of Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and other related service providers (also known as Specialized Instructional Support Personnel). School-based services can be challenging to new employees because of complex caseloads, overwhelming paperwork, and their wide-ranging responsibilities. Mentoring is an innovative and proactive strategy that school administrators can readily implement to recruit and retain the best. A well-organized mentoring program can inspire professionals who are new to schools to succeed and deliver the highest quality of services in the most efficient and effective manner.

This webinar features two examples of successful mentoring programs for school-based therapists. Participants will hear highlights about the programs’ goals, how they are organized, and the impact on recruitment and retention. Providing new hires with dedicated mentors and structured experiences reinforces policies, procedures, and state and federal laws, and it fosters an educational environment that enhances academic achievement for students and professional growth for service providers.


Jean Blosser, Ed.D. CCC-SLP
VP, Therapy Programs and Quality
ASHA Fellow
Progressus Therapy

Fran Silverman-M.A. CCC-SLP
New SLP Support Facilitator
Anne Arundel Public Schools, MD

Susan Karr, M.S. CCC-SLP
Associate Director, School Services
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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Laying the Groundwork: What Principals Can Do to Support Beginning Special Education Teachers Through Mentoring and Induction

Principals contribute fundamentally to the success of beginning special education teachers (SETs) through induction programs. They must select appropriate mentors for both instructional coaching and socialization roles and they must shelter beginning SETs from overly heavy caseloads and complicated teaching assignments. Principals help to define beginning SETs’ roles and responsibilities and ensure time to collaborate with general education colleagues, particularly in RTI or inclusion schools. Serving as instructional leaders, sharing leadership, and promoting a positive school culture, principals provide the foundation upon which effective induction programs are implemented.


Paul T. Sindelar, Ph.D.
Professor of Special Education
University of Florida

Phoebe Gillespie, Ph.D.
National Center to Improve Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Personnel for Children with Disabilities (Personnel Improvement Center)
National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) 

View this webinar: Laying the Groundwork: What Principals Can Do to Support Beginning Special Education Teachers Through Mentoring and Induction


Principal Leadership: Supporting Special Education Personnel and Related Services Providers
Presenters: Bambi Thompson, Ed.D., Principal, T.C. Walker Elementary School Gloucester, VA; Phoebe Gillespie, Ph.D., Director National Center to Improve Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Personnel for Children with Disabilities (Personnel Improvement Center), National Association of State Directors of Special Education Alexandria, VA; Susan Karr, M.S., CCC-SLP, Assistant Director, School Service, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Rockville, MD; Carol Riley, Director of Professional Development and Special Projects, National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, VA

Are You Ready? Charting Your Course to the Principalship    
Presented by Kelli Marie Cedo, Virginia
Learning focus: This webinar is for aspiring principals, assistant principals, and vice-principals on preparing for and understanding the complex role of the principal.

Lessons Learned: The 7 Unyielding Principles for Principals
Presented by Pete Hall, Washington
Learning focus: This webinar reviews and discusses the important principles that are necessary for successful principals.

Understanding Autism and Asperger Syndrome: The Guiding 'Principals'
Presented by Sheila Collector, Maryland
Learning focus: A review of the literature and educational issues associated with autism and asperger syndrome for principals.

The following webinars were a series presented to focus on the Prinicpal Standards in Leading Learning Communities: What Principals Should Know and Be Able to Do.

Standard One: Principals Leading Student and Adult Learning
Presented by Carol Riley, NAESP, and Brian Hull, Principal, Fairfax County, Virginia
Learning focus: This webinar discusses the need for principals to stay informed of the continually changing context for teaching and learning, embody learner-centered leadership, and capitalize on the leadership skills of others.

Standard Two: Principals Leading Diverse Learning Communities
Presented by Melissa Patschke, Pennsylvania Learning focus: This webinar discusses building consensus on a vision that reflects the core of the school and values diversity to enhance the learning of the entire school community.

Standard Three: Principals Leading 21st Century Learning
Presented by Joy Blanchard and Kathy Carol, Minnesota
Learning focus: This webinar discusses ensuring alignment of curriculum with district and school goals, standards, assessments and resources.

Standard Four: Principals Leading for Continuous Improvement
Presenter: Susan Townsend, Michigan
Learning focus: This webinar discussion the importance of continuous learning for adults tied to student learning.

Standard Five: Principals Leading With Knowledge and Data
Presented by Eddie West, North Carolina
Learning focus: This presentation discusses how to use data effectively to help the staff and the school community understand how data informs decision-making.