K-8 Principals Gather to Raise Student Achievement, Shape School Reform

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As primary catalysts for creating a lasting foundation for learning, K-8 principals to focus on transformational leadership strategies for strengthening the nation’s schools.

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Elementary and middle school principals from around the nation will be attending the National Association of Elementary School Principals’ (NAESP) 89th Annual Convention and Exposition April 8-11 in Houston. The convention, which is the largest national gathering of K-8 educators, will empower principals to better lead their schools, teachers, and students to success. Highlights include the following activities:

Transformational Leadership Panel: NAESP will recognize seven principals who have been named Transformational Leaders Across America and have distinguished themselves by transforming struggling schools into thriving learning communities. The featured principals, who lead a cross section of schools from different areas of the country, will share their visions, institutionalized procedures, innovative approaches, and successful practices with other school leaders.

Dynamic speakers: Renowned philanthropist, humanitarian, and award-winning author Greg Mortenson will share his remarkable story of how education can change the world. Christopher Gardner, an acclaimed motivational speaker and author of the best-selling autobiography and later popular Hollywood movie, “The Pursuit of Happyness,” will share his amazing life story and inspire principals to overcome obstacles and reach new levels of success. Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin, who is hearing impaired and has worked tirelessly to make closed-captioning technology available, will motivate the audience to use personal will to achieve dreams.

Community Service Day: More than 100 principals from across the nation will partner with some of their Houston colleagues to spruce up four Houston schools—Crawford Elementary School, Dodson Elementary & Montessori School, MacGregor Music and Science Academy, and Wharton Elementary School—demonstrating their commitment to volunteerism and shaping the long-term impact of school improvement efforts.

The annual convention, to be held in the George R. Brown Convention Center, also features dozens of concurrent sessions on issues of critical importance to strengthening elementary education, including leading diverse communities, improving student learning through 21st century technology tools, developing positive school culture, and connecting instructional practice to student achievement.

For more information about NAESP’s annual convention, visit http://www.naesp.org/2010.

Established in 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) serves 23,000 elementary and middle school principals in the United States, Canada, and overseas. NAESP leads in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle-level principals and other education leaders in their commitment to all children.


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