Nation’s Principals Gather in Baltimore to Share Best Practices

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The National Association of Elementary School Principals' conference will feature top education experts, Teacher Leader and Community Service Day, and an address from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.


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Attendees will hear from the best and brightest minds in education leadership.

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, July 11-13 in Baltimore. The conference, which is the largest national meeting focused on K-8 principals, will empower school leaders to better guide their schools, teachers, and students to success.

Highlights include the following:

Insight from Education Experts. Attendees will hear inspirational voices from the field of education: UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski, advocate for minority student success and teacher-wellness expert, Adam Sáenz. The best and brightest minds in education leadership—including Robert Marzano, Todd C. Whitaker, Eric Jensen, Mike Schmoker, and more—will speak on topics K-8 principals care about, such as Common Core standards, teacher observation and evaluation, improving school climate, and rigor in the classroom. Access the Schedule-at-a-Glance for a complete list of sessions.

Teacher Leader Day. Principals and aspiring leaders will enjoy a full day of professional development and team-building. (Saturday, July 13, Baltimore Convention Center)

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s address. During the opening general session, Duncan will provide a federal perspective on education reform and other hot topics. (Thursday, July 11, 12:30 p.m., Baltimore Convention Center)

NAESP Community Service Day. More than 100 volunteers will assemble at John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School to build an inclusive playground—an event that Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will attend (Wednesday, July 10, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., 701 Rappolla St, Baltimore, MD 21224)

Jeans & Jerseys Fundraiser. This NAESP Foundation event to benefit student leadership programs will feature a book signing by New York Times best-selling author James Patterson, as well as live music, entertainment, and a silent auction. (Wednesday, July 10, 7 to 9:30 p.m., The Center Club, 100 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202)

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

  •     More than 100 concurrent sessions on issues of critical importance to strengthening elementary and middle-level education;
  •     A Green School Pavilion, home to information on topics ranging from sustainability techniques to student-led recycling programs; and
  •     An Expo Hall, which features more than 150 top suppliers of innovative services and products for schools.

For more information about NAESP’s annual conference, visit Contact Kaylen Tucker 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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