K-8 Principals Gather in Seattle to Strengthen Schools With Best Practices

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NAESP Conference will feature town hall on bullying, education experts, and community service project.

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The conference, which is the largest gathering of K-8 educators, will address bullying and school culture, teacher and principal evaluation, and integrating technology.

Elementary and middle-level principals from around the nation will attend the National Association of Elementary School Principals’ (NAESP) Best Practices for Better Schools™ National Conference and Expo of the Year, March 21-24 in Seattle. The conference, 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. The lineup includes two leaders in the discussion of education reform—outspoken advocate for public schools, Diane Ravitch, and America’s most inspiring teacher, Rafe Esquith. The best and brightest minds in education leadership—Charlotte Danielson, Richard DuFour and Rebecca DuFour, Yong Zhao, Andrew Hargreaves, Rick Stiggins, Jawanza Kunjufu, and Douglas Reeves—will address important issues for K-8 principals, such as accountability and assessment, teacher and principal evaluation, school culture, and integrating technology.

Bullying Town Hall Meeting. To combat incidents of bullying and cyberbullying that have escalated to unacceptable levels, principals will take the lead in partnership with parents to combat bullying. A town hall meeting will feature:

  •     An elementary principal who created a successful anti-bullying program in his school;
  •     A teacher who manages her classroom to prevent bullying—in and out of the classroom;
  •     Two parents—one with a child who was victimized and one with a child who was a perpetrator—who worked together to stop bullying; and
  •     A world-renowned bullying expert.

NAESP’s Bullying Town Hall is co-sponsored with Education.com (Thurs., March 22, 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., Washington State Convention Center, Room 3AB).

NAESP Community Service Project. More than 100 principals from across the nation will join Landscape Structures to install an inclusive playground for Hawthorne Elementary School in downtown Seattle (Wednesday, March 21, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4100 39th Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98118).

The annual conference, to be held in the Washington State Convention Center, also features:

  •     More than 70 concurrent sessions on issues of critical importance to strengthening elementary and middle-level education;
  •     An Expo Hall, which features more than 150 suppliers of innovative services and products in schools, and a Health and Wellness pavilion, sponsored by Brita.

For more information about NAESP’s annual convention, visit http://www.naesp.org/2012. Contact Kaylen Tucker [ktucker(at)naesp(dot)org] for press credentials and to arrange interviews.

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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