Actor and Political and Social Activist Richard Dreyfuss to Address School Principals At 92nd Annual NASSP Convention

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San Antonio, Texas will be the site of event that brings together thousands of the country’s education leaders.

Richard Dreyfuss, star of the critically-acclaimed film, Mr. Holland’s Opus, will speak to the NASSP’s 92nd annual convention in San Antonio, Texas on Feb. 22-24. His keynote speech will be about “Teaching Students How—Not What—To Think”. Dreyfuss, who has been a social and political activist for several years, is politically energized. His goal is to reinvigorate democracy by giving students the “pre-partisan” tools of reason: logic, clarity of thought, dissent, debate and civility.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals, the nation’s largest member organization for school leaders.


  • NASSP’s 92nd annual convention will be held in San Antonio, Texas February 22-24, 2008.
  • Other speakers include: Cultural Anthropologist, Jennifer James, offers up pointers for “Thinking in the Future Tense”. James believes that cultural intelligence is the ability to recognize cultural myths—our own and those of others—and replace them with current realities. She advises today’s school leader to attempt to understand the balance between what technology can do and what human culture can accommodate. Author Daniel Pink will challenge convention attendees to begin thinking with “A Whole New Mind”. Pink surveys evidence from around the world to reveal how the forces of abundance, Asia, and automation are nudging us into an era not defined by traditional “knowledge workers” but by creators and empathizers. He will offer hands on tools to help school leaders navigate this new terrain.
  • A host of informative sessions will be held on topics ranging from cyber-bullying to surviving as a new principal, to examining the racial achievement gap. Visit, for a complete list of concurrent sessions and other details about the convention schedule.
  • All media outlets are invited. Please R.S.V.P. to Shana Kemp with your name, media outlet and city at kemps @ by Wednesday, February 20th if you plan to attend.

Friday, February 22-24 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

Contact information:
Shana Kemp, NASSP: 703-860-7344 (office) 240-338-7056 (mobile),

NASSP is the preeminent organization and the national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders. NASSP provides its members with the professional resources to serve as visionary leaders. NASSP promotes the intellectual growth, academic achievement, character development, leadership development, and physical well being of youth through its programs and student leadership services. NASSP administers the National Honor Society™, National Junior Honor Society™, and National Association of Student Councils™. For more information, visit


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