When school leaders from all levels come together to collaborate across the education continuum, all students benefit.

The 2018 National Principals Conference™ is the place for K–12 principals to connect with peers, learn from each other’s collective experiences, and cultivate relationships that will last well beyond the conference. In three transformative days, school leaders from across the country will work together to develop, strengthen, and reflect on the knowledge, skills, and actions they need to enact real change in their schools.

A Conference Unlike Any Other
At last year’s inaugural National Principals Conference, we shook up the traditional conference format. We are expanding on that this year by offering more ways for you to connect to each other, including through unstructured, self-directed interactions like the Connectathon, Edcamp, and ContinueOn. You will also engage with successful practicing principals and world-class thought leaders at the forefront of education.

Our HUB is also unlike traditional exhibit halls. The exhibitor booths are participatory and interactive, so that attendees can see their products or solutions in action. There will also be a special learning space called the Innovation Playground, which will feature principals and students who will help you test-drive new education technologies that they have used that you can take to your school. These include laser cutters, 3D scanners, LEGO robotics, and more!

Designed with Your Needs in Mind
NPC18 is also structured into three key areas, which you can use to create professional learning experiences tailored to your needs.

Leading Learning
Strengthen your leadership skills and learn to empower each individual to apply the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to grow and contribute productively in a global society. Also, network and collaborate with educators and individuals who can help you cultivate curricular resources to advance learning.


Building Culture
Create conditions for a school community that values inclusivity and equity, where each individual is able to grow in a safe, caring, and high-performing environment. Learn to effectively share your story as a means of celebrating your school’s and students’ success.


Designing the Future
Learn how to adapt to change as you influence and lead the future of our schools. Acquire knowledge to help foster your staff’s growth, with the goal of advancing teaching to transform learning.


An Unrivaled Opportunity to Connect and Grow
School leaders share the same goals for student success whether they lead elementary, middle level, or high school. The National Principals Conference is your chance to learn more about how these shared goals play out in each grade level, and to take part in what the future of education looks like: collaborative, innovative, and constantly moving forward.

Together, we can lay the groundwork to create conditions for school communities that value inclusivity and equity, where each individual from fellow school leaders to teachers to students is able to grow in a supportive environment.

No matter where you are on your education journey, this conference will take you where you want to go. Seize the opportunity to build your capacity and mold the course of student success.

The National Principals Conference will be held July 11–13 in Chicago—register today!

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