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July 20-24, 2014
Discovery Education Global Headquarters
Silver Spring, MD (just outside of Washington, DC)

The Summit Experience

This summer interact with education’s most respected and innovative leaders in a vibrant small-group setting for a professional development event hosted by NASSP in cooperation with Discovery Education and the Johns Hopkins University School of Education.

Discovery Education is the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms around the globe. Founded in 1909 as the College Courses for Teachers, the Johns Hopkins University School of Education addresses some of the most challenging problems facing education today through world-class graduate and doctorate programs, research and development activities, external partnerships with school systems, and other activities.

Register for the Great Leaders Summit and be part of a unique learning opportunity featuring doctoral-level professional development, up-to-the minute technology, and incisive presenters.

With so many changes occurring in education and so many choices available when responding to mandates, school leaders can quickly become overwhelmed with the myriad decisions that need to be made. At the summit you'll not only hone your decision-making skills but explore technology integration strategies and refine your blueprint to engage each student and increase performance.

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Featured Presentations

Willpower, Self-Control, and Decision Making - Roy Baumeister
This interactive session will focus on the science of decision making and decision fatigue. Learn how to make decisions at 5 p.m. that are just as good as those you're making at 7 a.m. Baumeister is the author of the critically acclaimed book Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength. He is the Francis Eppes Professor of Psychology at Florida State University.

Leading, Learning, and Achieving: The Realities of the Digital Age - Hall Davidson
When school leaders work to move to digital, it helps to see what "digital" really means. Walk away with solutions for BYOD and a better sense of new assessment models. Davidson is an Emmy-winning education innovator and futurist for Discovery Education.

From Bach to Lady Gaga: Personalization and Making Educational Decisions - David Rose
This session offers a unique and provocative perspective of systematic learner variability for educators and school leaders. Rose is the pioneer of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework and a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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By attending this summit you will:

  • Generate realistic solutions to address your most pressing education challenges
  • Analyze the elements of effective decision making
  • Develop a better understanding of the dynamic between personal choice and educational success
  • Explore the future of educational technology and how that will impact your school
  • Expand your social media use to tell school success stories
  • Fast-track your personal learning network
  • Reinvigorate yourself and refresh your plans for the upcoming school year.

Who Should Attend

  • Innovative principals, assistant principals, district office personnel and department heads
  • Teams and individuals

What you will learn at the Great Leaders Summit will shape you and your school for years to come.

Due to the limited number of seats available, early enrollment is suggested.

Tuition, Accommodations, and Meals

$1,950 for NASSP members, $2,250 for nonmembers (prices include four nights hotel room Sun-Wed, breakfast and lunch each day, and two dinners).

Early-bird deadline: sign up by April 30, 2014 and receive the NASSP Comprehensive Assessment of School Environment (CASE) survey ($850 value for NASSP members, $1250 value for nonmembers).

Discounts and Opportunities for Advanced Study

Conference attendees will also be eligible to enroll at a discounted tuition rate in the NASSP cohort of the Johns Hopkins School of Education Online Educational Leadership Institute, which begins in September. Questions? Contact Assistant Professor Henry M. Smith at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education.

The Great Leaders Summit is also offering one to three graduate credits in conjunction with Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA. Visit www.lynchburg.edu/nassp for more information.


Contact John Nori, Associate Director, Professional Development Services
P: 703.860.7263 | 800.253.7746 x 263 | norij@nassp.org