Ignite 15 Conference

Transforming At-Risk Schools: It’s All About Attitude

Baruti Kafele’s students will never forget him. He was the guy standing at the front door every morning to greet students as they entered. Why? He was the principal. And as far as he’s concerned, that was one of the most important things he could do in his role.

A principal for 14 years, Kafele led four New Jersey schools with at-risk student populations to success. Now an internationally renowned speaker, author, and consultant, he has quite a bit of insight on the topic of improving schools with at-risk students—which he will share at Ignite ’15 this February during his session, “School Leadership Practices for Transforming the Attitudes of At-Risk Student Populations.” (more…)

If I Knew Then What I Know Now: A Senior’s Perspective on Leadership

Guest post by Hannah Chin, senior, Bettendorf High School, Bettendorf, IA. Hannah is an active member of Raising Student Voice and Participation, an NASSP student program.

I strongly believe that the biggest mistake students make is not becoming involved in leadership organizations as they go through school.

Although there were opportunities for leadership in middle school, I never sought them out. Believing that my voice would not matter and lacking a bit of confidence, I opted to sit out of organizations where I could make a difference for my school or community. (more…)

Why Professional Conferences Are Still Worth Attending

Guest post by David S. Ellena, principal of Tomahawk Creek Middle School in Chesterfield, VA

The landscape of professional development for school administrators has changed dramatically over the past five years, for a variety of reasons. The ability to be connected through Twitter chats and online resources make staying up to date on best practices easier than ever.

But is it enough? Is there still a place for face-to-face meetings? Is there still a reason to attend professional conferences like Ignite ‘15? (more…)

Successful Strategies for Technology Integration in Schools

The use of technology in schools is revolutionizing K–12 learning, and principals serve an important role in fostering this change. As Jennifer Demski of The Journal said, “the most successful implementation of technology programs takes place in schools where the principal sees him or herself as a technology leader.”

Indeed, many principals across the country are leading the charge for the increased use of technology—and for good reason. Just a few benefits of technology in the classroom include: (more…)

3 Reasons to Register for Ignite ’15 Today

When you attend Ignite ’15, you will get to learn from some of the education community’s most dynamic leaders who are ready to share knowledge and proven solutions to some of your most pressing challenges.

Here are three reasons to register today:

  1. Cultivate your personal learning network (PLN)
    Have you ever wanted to put a name with a face? Chances are you have built your PLN through technology and social media, like Twitter. (more…)

Enhance Your Leadership at Ignite ‘15

Leadership matters—an investment in your professional development is an investment in your school. If you seek to expand upon your skills as a principal, you don’t want to miss NASSP’s annual conference, Ignite ’15, taking place February 19–21, 2015, in San Diego, CA.

Principals often feel isolated in their work, but at Ignite ‘15 you will connect with colleagues who share your challenges and learn from knowledgeable speakers on key issues affecting education leaders, such as: (more…)