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Principals Take On Capitol Hill During Annual Principals Institute

State principals of the year from around the country traveled to Washington, D.C., for a week of networking, professional development, and meetings with their members of Congress during NASSP’s annual Principal of the Year Institute. The week­ (September 15–18) provided principals with the opportunity to network with peers, learn about federal education legislation, and advocate for their schools and their profession.

During a professional development day, the principals took part in an Edcamp session, where they spent time discussing and sharing ideas about various topics including increasing student voice, improving math outcomes, and teacher evaluations. The principals then traveled to Capitol Hill the following day to meet with their members of Congress. (more…)

Edcamp Leadership: A Rich Professional Development Experience

Guest post by Larry Rother

If you haven’t attended an Edcamp or even heard of an Edcamp, you’re not alone. These “unconferences” bring together K–12 educators for a day of collaboration and learning with no preset agenda. NASSP was the first organization to include an EdCamp in their national conference at Ignite ’15, and supported the Edcamp Leadership event this past summer.

On July 13, 2015, this Edcamp Leadership event was hosted in 17 cities across the nation and was attended by 1,500+ school leaders comprised of principals, assistant principals, lead teachers, department chairs, and more. And for most of us, it was our first time attending an Edcamp.

Yes, if you caught that last part, I said “our first time” because prior to Edcamp Leadership Phoenix, I hadn’t attended a full Edcamp. Despite my inexperience, I actually hosted the Edcamp Leadership event in Phoenix with my good friend and colleague Dan Kelley, Principal of Smithfield High School in Rhode Island.  (more…)

Reflect on #NASSP15 (and 5 Reasons to Plan Now for Ignite ’16)

Ignite ’16—Are you ready? February 2016 in Orlando, FL, might seem like a much-too-distant vision. But now is a good time to reflect on the experiences of Ignite ’15 to get the financial or professional support you need to assure your place at NASSP’s annual national conference, a no-regrets investment in the future of your students and your school.

Whether you were there in person or in spirit, Ignite ’15 offers some persuasive reminders about why you should make Ignite ’16 a “must” on your to-do list for the 2015–2016 academic year. Check out a Storify recap of Ignite ’15 (#NASSP15) now to revisit the event that many consider a professional game-changer. Consider these five reasons to get Ignite ’16 on your radar:

  1. Connect

Many school leaders celebrate Ignite for its ability to enable them to build and reinforce that all-important professional learning network (PLN). (more…)

Edcamp Breaks New Ground for NASSP and Educator Connectedness

Billed as an event that would involve “talking, sharing, and innovating about changing the way the world learns,” NASSP’s first-ever Edcamp preceded its annual national conference, Ignite ’15, in San Diego.

Free and open to anyone, this “unconference” on February 19 brought together more than 100 educators to create their own agenda on the spot, and then meet. Attendees did not need to be registered for the NASSP conference in order to attend Edcamp, according to one of its organizers, Jimmy Casas, principal of Betterndorf High School in Bettendorf, IA.

The Edcamp concept is a phenomenon that is gaining traction nationwide. As described on the Edcamp Foundation’s website: “Unlike traditional conferences which have schedules set months in advance by the people running the conference, Edcamp (more…)