K-8 Principals Gather to Discuss Raising Student Achievement, Shaping School Reform

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Tampa convention will feature education experts, community service project, and a new green initiative.

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Elementary and middle school principals from around the nation will be attending the National Association of Elementary School Principals’ (NAESP) Annual Convention and Exposition April 7-10 in Tampa, Florida. 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:

Insight by Education Experts. A remarkable collection of the best and brightest minds in education—Charlotte Danielson, Robert Marzano, Anthony Muhammad, Alan November, Douglas Reeves, and Todd Whitaker—will address important issues for K-8 principals, such as teacher evaluations, school culture, and integrating technology.

Dynamic Speakers. International education expert Sir Ken Robinson will focus on the vital questions surrounding creativity and educating young minds (Friday, April 8, 10-11:30 a.m. in Convention Center Ballroom A-C). Vernice Armour, the first African American U.S. female combat pilot, will describe how passion, purpose, and positive steps relate to school leaders and the influence they have over student success and teacher excellence (Sunday, April 10, 8:30 to 10 a.m. in Convention Center, Ballroom A-C).

Community Service Day. More than 100 principals from across the nation will partner with some of their Florida colleagues to landscape, install gardens, and create an outdoor classroom at Tampa’s Booker T. Washington Elementary School during NAESP’s annual Community Service Day project (Thursday, April 7, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1407 Estelle Street, Tampa, FL 33605).

Green Education. This year’s Exhibit Hall features NAESP’s first ever Green Schools Pavilion, with exhibitors ready to help schools go green—everything from dealing with waste to curriculum and green building. Thanks to Sprint Nextel and Samsung Telecommunications America’s (Samsung Mobile) ongoing commitment to and support of sustainability and education, conference attendees will receive complimentary access to the Green Education Foundation’s (GEF) new “Sustainability Education Teaching Methods” course. The new course provides teachers with the knowledge and resources necessary to integrate sustainability education into their curriculum.

In addition, Sprint and Samsung Mobile are hosting a green mini fair in the new Green Schools Pavilion. Students from Tampa’s Dowdell Middle Magnet School will come to get a first-hand look at the fun of environmental sustainability, including opportunities to build and race a solar car, create trash “art,” and participate in a recycling relay race. (Saturday, April 9, 11 a.m. to1:30 p.m., Convention Center Hall East)

The annual convention, to be held in the Tampa Convention Center, also features more than 75 concurrent sessions on issues of critical importance to strengthening elementary education, including: classroom evaluation, leading for change, professional learning teams, school culture, and technology supporting accountability and communication.

For more information about NAESP’s annual convention, visit http://www.naesp.org/2011.

Established in 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) serves 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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