Easy access to professional learning

NASSP offers live and on-demand webinars, allowing you to access robust professional learning at your convenience on the most pressing education issues facing your school.

Webinars are free to both members and nonmembers.

All webinars are held from 3:30–4:00 p.m. ET, unless otherwise noted. Schedule and presenters subject to change.

Upcoming Webinars

Education Law: An Update on Recent Legal Challenges to K–12 Schools

The law continues to evolve. This session will discuss recent cases that involve a variety of education law issues, including special education, LGBTQ matters, curricular issues, and changes to civil rights enforcement. The webinar will familiarize principals with recent legal developments that occurred in 2019.

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Suzanne Eckes, JD, PhD
Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Indiana University

Lessons Learned by (Re)Design: Assessing Candidate Outcomes in UConn’s Administrator Preparation Program

This webinar is for individuals interested in assessment of success outcomes for school leader preparation programs. As a participant in the Wallace Foundation’s University Principal Preparation Initiative (UPPI), the University of Connecticut (UConn) has restructured its principal preparation program. Dr. Richard Gonzales will share the self-study and improvement planning process to develop a plan for assessing success outcomes for students and graduates of the UConn Administrator Preparation Program.

This webinar will discuss:

  • How standards can inform data system design and continuous improvement planning in principal preparation programs
  • How UConn is using the NASSP Building Ranks™ diagnostic of educational leadership practice instrument to assess principal preparation program outcomes


Richard Gonzales, PhD
director of educational leadership preparation programs and project director (UPPI), University of Connecticut

Archived Webinars

Unless otherwise noted, webinars recorded prior to July 1, 2015 are free to both members and nonmembers.

New Financial Transparency Requirements for Schools: What ESSA requires and what school leaders need to know about per-pupil expenditure

As part of the changes under the Every Student Succeeds Act, states are now required to break down spending of local, state, and federal education dollars for each school and calculate a per-pupil expenditure (PPE). This is a change from previous requirements when hard numbers were only reported at the district level and averages were used for PPE data in individual schools.

With more information now publicly available on district funding allocations per school, it is critical for principals to know how to answer questions from parents, members of the community, policymakers, and the media about why their school receives a certain level of funding and why the district allocates a specific amount of per-pupil spending. This new information is also a powerful tool for school leaders to support the collective goal of leveraging funding to get the most for their students.

NASSP wants to ensure that our members, stakeholders, and all principals are equipped with the knowledge they need about the new PPE data and reporting requirements. Please join this informational webinar with the Collaborative for Student Success and HCM Strategies to get the information you need about PPE, and learn how you can use the new data to advocate for your school and students.

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Adam Ezring
director of policy, Collaborative for Student Success

Duncan Robb
director, HCM Strategies

Jessica Lawrence
K–12 fellow, HCM Strategies

Greg Waples
senior manager, NASSP

The Challenges and Successes of Principal Recruitment and Retention

Recruiting and retaining highly effective principals is an ever-growing challenge facing U.S. education. Districts search intently to find individuals and provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to lead successful schools, providing a superior education for students. Join this enlightening webinar and hear thoughts from elementary, middle level, and secondary principals as well as higher education professionals as they share practical insights, applications, and the latest research regarding the challenges and successes in recruiting and retaining quality principals.


This is a partnership webinar with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).

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Joan Auchter
director of professional learning, NASSP

Tim Drake
researcher, NC State University

Jarmon Flowers
doctoral student, William & Mary School Leadership Institute

Caitlin Wilson
director, programs and professional learning, AACTE

Telling Only Half the Story: Leveraging Benchmarks and Data to Improve Student Outcomes

Join the National Student Clearinghouse to learn how to effectively measure your success in preparing your students for college. By leveraging national benchmarks, comprehensive postsecondary outcomes, and established best practices, this webinar will help you find your students’ hidden pathway to success. In this webinar, we will discuss:

  • The National Student Clearinghouse and how we can help gauge the postsecondary success of your graduates through our StudentTracker® for High Schools program
  • How the National High School Benchmark Report can help you compare your school to national averages
  • How to utilize StudentTracker® to support and improve your students’ postsecondary success

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John Schiappa
product manager, National Student Clearinghouse

Taking Congress to School

NASSP’s Policy & Advocacy Center hosted a free webinar, “TAKING CONGRESS TO SCHOOL: How principals can invite policymakers to their buildings and conduct shadowing visits”. State and federal lawmakers are constantly crafting education policy, but they often do so without adequate knowledge of the current challenges schools and principals face. You can change that by showing them firsthand what schools need to thrive. Learn how you can invite your members of Congress or other elected officials to shadow you for the day.

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Greg Waples
NASSP Senior Manager of State Engagement and Outreach

Zach Scott
NASSP Senior Manager of Federal Engagement and Outreach

Aaron Huff
NASSP Board of Directors, Advocacy Committee Chair and Principal, Benjamin Bosse HS, Indiana

Vicki Puckett
NASSP State Coordinator and Principal, Mercer Island HS, Washington

How to Make Students the Center of Your School Culture—the Building Ranks Way

To what extent do you look at your daily actions—no matter how small—through a student-centered lens? How does your school culture help students feel valued and cared for, and in what ways do you ensure large numbers of students are involved in decision making at school? How do you recognize and celebrate student achievement? Join this webinar to address these questions and more with NASSP’s Building Ranks, an actionable framework that provides strategies, resources, and best practices to help you make students the center of your culture.

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Jo Franklin (moderator)
associate director, professional learning, NASSP

Dr. Bill Ziegler
NASSP board member and principal, Pottsgrove High School

Redesigning Principal Preparation Through Strong University-District Partnerships

In 2016, the Wallace Foundation launched the University Preparation Program Initiative (UPPI), a five-year, $47 million project to help universities improve how they prepare future principals, particularly for the nation’s highest-need schools. In this webinar, two project directors and their district partners will discuss the purpose and design of UPPI, the development of their partnerships, their progress to date, and their plans for future work.

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Dr. Timothy A. Drake
assistant professor and project director (UPPI), NC State University

Brandon Garland
innovation officer, Johnston County Public Schools

Dr. Robert N. Corley III
associate vice provost for academic affairs and project director (UPPI), Virginia State University

Dr. Tracie A. Weston
director of professional development, Henrico County Public Schools

A Live Look at Leyden’s Co.Lab: An Adventure in Learning

This live look-in will discuss how the teachers from Leyden High School District #212 used a blend of project-based and interdisciplinary learning to create Co.Lab, a new program for first-year students. Teachers from English, physical education, digital literacy, science, special education, and social studies work as a team to guide a cohort of students, leveraging a workshop model and flexible scheduling to focus on developing performance-based standards through inquiry-based projects. Hear directly from students about this experience and how it has shaped the start of their high school career.

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East Leyden High School

Getting Better Together: Principal and Assistant Principal

In celebration of National Assistant Principals Week, this webinar will examine the complex relationship between a principal and an assistant principal. Shawn DeRose and Katie Madigan from Glasgow Middle School in Fairfax County, VA, will share how they work together to improve their leadership and overall instruction by:

– Defining a clear vision
– Establishing shared ownership
– Setting high expectations
– Inviting feedback
– Building internal accountability systems and structures

By the end of the webinar, participants will have specific ideas for how to partner with other administrators in their building in a way that is dynamic, collaborative, and mutually beneficial.

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Shawn DeRose
principal, Glasgow Middle School

Katie Madigan
assistant principal, Glasgow Middle School

Enhance Learning by Incorporating Social-Emotional Learning

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)has gained traction in schools recently.  This webinar will give you a live look at how SEL fits into classroom and large group settings as well as how you can integrate SEL into your school. Plus, hear how the Harrisburg School District uses Habits of Mind as their focus for SEL education and how it aligns with a traditional and personalized learning environment.

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Darren Ellwein
principal, Harrisburg South Middle School

Travis Lape
innovative programs director, Harrisburg School District

Get Your Students on the Pathway to Financial Success

Pathway to Financial Success in Schools, a free-of-charge financial literacy curriculum created by Discover Financial Services and Discovery Education, offers a standards-aligned suite of materials that gives students the tools and skills they need to make good financial decisions and achieve their personal goals.  Developed for middle level and high school students, each unit of this interactive program tackles specific topics—such as being financially responsible, using financial services, and career exploration and earning potential—through classroom activities, self-paced interactive modules, and family discussion guides. Learn how the program can be incorporated into schools and used as single-class learning experiences or thematic lessons, and see a demonstration of the program’s key resources. By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to empower their team to use the diverse range of resources in the program to provide a high-quality financial literacy education to their students.

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Hilary Hunt
lead author, Pathway to Financial Success in Schools, Discover Financial Services and Discovery Education

Innovating for More Equitable Assessment

Approved by the U.S. Department of Education last summer, the Louisiana Innovative Assessment pilot will deliver a new model of English language arts and social studies assessment that yields instructionally relevant insights on student learning throughout the year.

NWEA, in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education and others, is developing this new research-backed approach that will focus on the interconnectedness of subject matter knowledge with a student’s ability to read it. Using multiple brief assessments tied to content taught over the course of the school year, the model supports equitable assessment, ensuring that each student has had the opportunity to be exposed to texts used on the tests. It will also help educators intervene earlier and provide additional instruction based on student need.

Watch Mike Nesterak, director of the NWEA Product Innovation Center, to learn more about the partnership on the pilot and the development of the new assessment model. Learn how this innovative model will combine content, standards, and local selection of texts to provide a fairer and more representative view of learning compared to traditional achievement tests.

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Mike Nesterak
director, Product Innovation Center, NWEA

Crowdfunding in K–12 Education

The webinar will cover crowdfunding in K–12 education with an emphasis on the web platform DonorsChoose.org, which has raised over $750 million for public school classrooms. For almost 20 years, DonorsChoose.org has been where educators can safely access materials and resources to support students. School leaders will also hear about case studies from school leader/district peers who harnessed DonorsChoose.org for success.

School leaders will learn:

  • How to identify crowdfunding sites they can trust
  • How DonorsChoose.org can assist their school communities and align with their strategic imperatives

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Charles Best
CEO/founder, DonorsChoose.org

New Developments in Transgender Access and Student Privacy Issues

When transgender students have requested to use restrooms that align with their gender identity, it has sometimes created controversies in schools. While some school districts have permitted transgender students to use these restrooms without incident, other districts have strongly opposed such policies.  For example, school officials have denied requests by arguing that these policies violate the privacy rights of cisgender students, which has led to litigation. At the same time, the Trump administration has rescinded departmental guidance on this matter, and there is no U.S. Supreme Court decision to offer direction. This session will examine the current status of the law; help you understand what your circuit has decided about this matter; and examine how litigation might be avoided with regard to transgender restroom access.

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Suzanne Eckes
JD, PhD, Indiana University

Evaluating and Supporting New Principals

A team of school leaders from Gwinnet County Public Schools in Georgia shared how their district builds the capacity of new principals and describe how to coach, guide, and address their needs. Key takeaways include developing a theory of action; using tools that help calibrate supervision and evaluation; and building a community of practice.

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Dr. Steve Flynt
Associate Superintendent of School Improvement and Operations, Gwinnet County Public Schools

Dr. Glenn Pethel
Assistant Superintendent of Leadership Development, Gwinnet County Public Schools

Peggy Goodman
Assistant Superintendent of Middle Schools, Gwinnet County Public Schools

Dr. Clay Hunter
Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools, Gwinnet County Public Schools

Margaret Ackerman
Leader and Mentor, Gwinnet County Public Schools

Embedding Social and Emotional Learning in High School Classrooms

This webinar will provide a rationale for integrating academic, social, and emotional learning and support in every classroom as the foundation of an approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) in high schools. It will discuss a framework that links the development of student mindsets, four broad skill sets, specific learning and life competencies, and desired target behaviors. Through an illustration of what this approach can look like in daily practice, participants will deepen their knowledge and understanding of how to implement SEL in high schools, learn about specific strategies and practices, and be inspired to take on the challenge. They will receive Engaging Schools’ white paper, Embedding Social and Emotional Learning in High School Classrooms.

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Larry Dieringer
Executive Director, Engaging Schools

Donna Mehle
Engaged Classrooms Specialist, Engaging Schools

Recruiting and Hiring Top Talent for School Leader Vacancies

The webinar addresses the components that drive quality recruitment and hiring practices for school leaders and how these components fit into an overall talent management strategy for a school system. Attendees learned specific strategies used to recruit and hire leaders in the eighth largest district in the country. They discussed:

  • Specific strategies for recruiting and hiring a diverse corps of leaders
  • Ways to assess leader competencies in order to paint a true picture of candidate strengths
  • How to match candidates to vacancies and design succession planning processes that keep the district from facing gaps in leadership placements

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Tricia McManus
Assistant Superintendent of Leadership, Professional Development, and School Transformation

Supporting Inclusive School Principals for the Success of Each Child: Policy and Practice

Inclusive principal leadership ensures that each and every child across all disabilities, languages, and backgrounds has access to the necessary educational resources and rigor at the right moment in their education. Earlier this year, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), in partnership with the National Collaborative on Inclusive Principal Leadership—in which NASSP participates—released Supporting Inclusive Schools for the Success of Each Child: A Guide for States on Principal Leadership, a website with strategies and resources for promoting inclusive principal leadership both in policy and practice. This webinar: 

  • Provided an overview of the newly released website
  • Included a deeper dive into relevant strategies and resources for school leaders on inclusive principal leadership
  • Offered opportunities for feedback into how the National Collaborative for Inclusive Principal Leadership can improve this resource

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Kaylan Connally
Program Manager for Student Expectations, CCSSO

James M. Paul
Program Associate for Student Expectations, CCSSO 

Rosalyn Rice-Harris
Program Director for School Improvement, CCSSO

What Does It Take to Build and Maintain a Principal Pipeline Within a Large Urban District?

As a Wallace Foundation “Principal Pipeline” Initiative school district, Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland, shared their approach to building a principal pipeline using four key levers:

  • Developing leadership standards
  • Creating pre-service preparation programs
  • Selective hiring process and “best fit” placement
  • Providing on-the-job evaluation and support

Prince George’s County not only speaks to what it takes to build the pipeline but, more importantly, what it takes to operate, sustain, and scale the work of leadership development in a large urban district.

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Damaries Blondonville
Senior Project Manager, Teacher and School Leader (TSL) Incentive Program, Prince George’s County Public Schools

Douglas Anthony
Associate Superintendent of the Office of Talent Development, Prince George’s County Public Schools

How School Leaders Can Appropriately Address the Needs of LGBTQ Students

This webinar will cover how school leaders can support gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer students by creating a school culture that is safe and inclusive. Decades of research confirm that LGBTQ students face extremely high rates of bullying, harassment, and emotional distress in our nation’s schools. We will spotlight best practices for ensuring legal and practical protections for LGBTQ students, provide a snapshot of the most compelling data on LGBTQ student experiences, and build core skills for transforming the school culture and climate to benefit all students. This webinar will build cultural competency, increase confidence, improve comfort level, and provide useful strategies to create sustainable change.

As Director of the Youth Well-Being Project at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, one of Dr. Pompei’s primary roles at HRC is to chair Time to THRIVE, an annual national conference for educators and other youth-serving professionals to promote safety, inclusion, and well-being for LGBTQ youth. His dedication to school safety and inclusion has been nationally recognized. He was named one of The Advocate magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40,” was honored by Equality California, and was selected by the National Education Association as a Classroom Superhero. Pompei holds two master’s degrees in education and a doctorate in educational leadership.

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Dr. Vincent Pompei
Director of the Youth Well-Being Project, Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Back to School, Back to Breakfast: Fuel Your Students for Academic Success with Breakfast After the Bell

Start the 2018–2019 school year strong by implementing a strong, robust breakfast after the bell program in your school! Moving breakfast to after the start of the school day increases student participation and the benefits pay off throughout the school year. School breakfast leads to better test scores, improved student health, decreased absenteeism and tardiness, and fewer distractions in the classroom throughout the morning. Join this webinar to learn about available resources and effective strategies for planning and implementing a breakfast after the bell program and get students excited about this important meal.

After participating in this webinar, attendees will:

  • Know the benefits of school breakfast for students
  • Learn about best practices for planning and implementing a breakfast after the bell program
  • Obtain available resources to assist with planning and implementing a breakfast after the bell program

Diane Girouard joined FRAC in February 2018 as a Child Nutrition Policy Analyst. She works with anti-hunger organizations as well as with local, state, and national governments to expand access to school breakfast programs for students across the country. Before joining FRAC, Diane was a policy analyst with the New York State legislature, working for the Education Committees and central staff in both the Assembly and Senate. Diane earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and policy studies, with a focus on education policy, from Syracuse University.

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Diane Girouard
Child Nutrition Policy Analyst, FRAC

Bullying, Mental Health, and Student Safety: Understanding Links, Legal Requirements, and Best Practices

Student safety is the most important responsibility of every school leader. Recent tragic events have placed a harsh spotlight on the intersection of bullying, mental health, and student safety.  This session will review key legal requirements and best practices related to addressing bullying and mental health issues in schools.

As a result of this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand the distinction regarding legally protected student speech, bullying, and credible threats
  • Become aware of key resources available to assist school leaders in addressing bullying, suicidal ideation, and other mental health issues.

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David Nash, Esq.
LEGAL ONE Director, Foundation for Educational Administration (FEA)

How Well Do You Build Culture and Lead Learning in Your School? NASSP Building Ranks Assessment Tools Help Provide Answers

NASSP’s Building Ranks: A Comprehensive Framework for School Leaders focuses on two key pillars: building culture and leading learning. How do you measure up in these two areas? Get insight on how the Building Ranks assessment tools, including the online Leadership 360 survey and school leadership surveys, can assist you with discovering your strengths and gaining insight into how others perceive your leadership and school culture. You will reflect on real-life scenarios and access rich resources that provide a basis for action and growth.

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Joan Auchter
Director of Professional Learning, NASSP

Standards: The Iron that Builds a Strong Principal Pipeline!

The principal standards and competencies included in a school leadership framework define what excellent school leadership looks like. These also shape the design and cohesiveness of all other components of the principal pipeline. This webinar will help you understand how principal standards inform recruitment, selection, leadership preparation, external partnerships, performance reviews, professional growth, talent mapping, and succession planning.

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Mikel Royal, EdD
Director of School Leader Preparation and Development, Denver Public Schools

Using Collaborative Conversation to Enhance Your PLC

This webinar will introduce a tool developed through a collaborative process with leaders nationwide during the Wallace/NASSP Principal Professional Learning Community (PLC). Participants become familiar with the Collaborative Conversation Performance Guide, which provides an evidence-based framework for structuring conversations related to student outcomes around key processes: instructional grouping, instructional delivery, and collaborative culture. The presentation of the guide will allow participants to thoughtfully reflect on the work of their PLCs.

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Jacqueline M. Hall
Principal, G. James Gholson Middle School, Landover, MD

Set to Go: Supporting Students’ Emotional Readiness for College and Adult Life

Many young people graduate high school without proper preparation for the potential emotional health challenges of transitioning to college and adult life. In fact, 60 percent of first-year college students wish they had received more help with emotional preparation for the transition to college, and 87 percent stated that the college preparation process focused more on academics than emotional readiness. The Jed Foundation (JED) developed a comprehensive program—Set to Go—to help students, families, and high schools address this gap. This presentation will walk participants through the underlying theory and approach of this program and describe contents and resources to help students successfully transition to college and adult life.

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John MacPhee
Executive Director/CEO The Jed Foundation

Professional Standards of Educational Leadership in Practice: NASSP’s Building Ranks

The Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) unite leaders around a clear, universal understanding of how and in what ways leadership contributes to the success and well-being of each member of the school community. In this webinar, attendees will gain familiarity with a resource rich in examples, tools, and reflection questions that puts PSEL standards into practice—NASSP’s Building Ranks framework.

Using this framework, principals will learn to capitalize on their strengths and identify the levers that have the greatest direct effect on the culture and status of learning and teaching. Building Ranks not only gives principals an opportunity to read and study school leadership, it also provides ample tools to operationalize the leadership dimensions and enhance their capacity to lead and foster collaborative leadership across their school using reflection on real-life scenarios.

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Joan Auchter
Director, Professional Learning, NASSP

How Principals Become Real Instructional Leaders with the SAM Process

SAM is a professional development process that utilizes a unique set of tools to change a principal’s focus from school management tasks to instructional leadership—activities directly connected to improving teaching and learning. The process is designed to help the principal reflect on how to best work with teachers to advance learning.

Over 900 school leaders in 22 states contract for SAM services. Independent and external research has determined that principals gain the equivalent of 27 extra days of instructional leadership time in their first year using the SAM process. By the third year, the gain of instructional leadership time exceeds 55 days.

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Mark Shellinger
Director, National SAM Innovation Project

Operation Prevention: Kick-Start Lifesaving Conversations to Help End the Opioid Epidemic

Join the Drug Enforcement Administration and Discovery Education and learn how to prepare your teachers to bring these lifesaving resources into the classroom to educate students about the science and misuse of opioids. Participants will discover how to use a suite of resources, including age-appropriate, standards-aligned curriculum designed to educate students on the science of addiction and its impacts on the brain and body.

The following free digital resources will be introduced:

  • Standards-aligned digital lesson plans and activities for elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.
  • A self-paced, e-learning experience in which students meet teens that are struggling with addiction and learn the science behind their powerful stories.
  • Family discussion starters that includes important information on the warning signs of prescription opioid misuse and a guide to prevention and intervention designed to empower families to take action.
  • An exclusive virtual field trip series about the dangers of opioid misuse and powerful stories of resilience and recovery.

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Identifying, Selecting, and Training Teacher Leaders to Build Climate

This webinar will feature the work of principals in The Wallace Foundation/NASSP Principal PLC. You will hear from experienced, knowledgeable principals about how to cultivate a climate that is “hospitable to education.”

Participants will:

  • Gain insights and takeaways that will enable them to build their school’s climate by developing teacher leaders, including the Cultivating School Climate tool
  • Learn how to identify, select, and train teacher leaders
  • Navigate tools to consider when identifying and selecting teacher leaders
  • Review how to motivate adult learners
  • Receive resources related to protocols for teacher leaders, managing conflicts, and effective coaching
  • Obtain a self-assessment document for teacher leaders to reflect on their practice

Principals in The Wallace Foundation/NASSP Principal PLC have engaged in professional learning communities for over two years, researching and testing elements of cultivating teacher leaders to successfully build distributive leadership at their schools in order to create a positive school climate.

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PSEL and NELP Standards: Portrait of School Leader Practice

The Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) and National Educational Leaders Preparation (NELP) standards unite leaders around a clear, universal understanding of how and in what ways leadership contributes to the success and well-being of each member of the school community. From preparation through mastery, PSEL and NELP standards paint the picture of school leadership today. School leaders want to know:

  • What do the new standards mean for me?
  • What do they look like in practice?
  • How can I flexibly lead my school in a world of continuous change?

Through this webinar, principals will learn how changes in the standards should affect their leadership practice. They’ll also get a sneak preview of NASSP’s aligned principals of practice.

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Joan Auchter
Director of Professional Learning, NASSP https://youtu.be/qG_h0Nt4JKw

Fighting Against Fake: The Case for News Literacy

Today’s information landscape is the largest and most complex in human history, with more opportunities and pitfalls for consumers—and democracy—than ever before. This session provides an overview of news literacy and how it can help educators teach students to evaluate the credibility of the information they encounter on a daily basis. It will underscore the importance of teaching students to understand and combat misinformation, and also discuss strategies for helping them understand the vital role that a free press plays in a democracy.

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Peter Adams
Senior Vice President of Education, News Literacy Project

I’ve Analyzed My Data, Now What? A Practical Tool to Plan Using Differentiated Instruction

The Instructional Planning Tool helps educators analyze student data. It will provide resources and support necessary to plan differentiated instruction for students both individually and collaboratively after data analysis has occurred. The tool can be utilized by individual teachers, PLCs, and school leaders to create, support, and monitor the remediation or enrichment of students based on assessment data.

After this webinar, participants will:

  • Know more about design thinking methodology
  • Be able to adapt the tool to meet the needs of their own school/district

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Jana Frieler
Professional Development Faculty, NASSP

Tisha Greene
Principal, Oakhurst STEAM Academy, Charlotte, NC

Danielle Moore
Principal, Gwynn Park Middle School, Brandywine, MD

Eddie Maresh
Principal, Creekland Middle School, Lawrenceville, GA

The 60 Minute School Law Update

Education law is dynamic. It is important for school leaders to be updated on recent changes in law and to remain legally literate. To that aim, this webinar will provide a broad overview of some of the recent case laws that impact schools. Topics that will be covered include student injury, bullying, accommodating transgender students, student speech, and curricular matters.
Co-sponsored by the Education Law Association

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Suzanne Eckes

Creating a Mindful School

Our children are facing daunting challenges today—from family-related stress, obesity, technology, depression, and bullying to competition for high grades and social pressure. How do kids cope with all this? How do teachers help themselves and help students that can’t cope? How, in this environment, do school leaders build schools that are kinder, more intelligent, and compassionate, schools where creativity, resilience, and clarity of mind reside? In this workshop, you will learn startling statistics about current trends among students as well as practices like brain deactivation and mindfulness that offer answers for many of our difficulties in the school building.

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Anthony Scannella
Consultant, author, and educational leadership specialist

Principal Problem Solving Using Design Thinking Strategies

In this webinar sponsored by The Wallace Foundation, participants will learn the research-based process of design thinking to solve school problems. During the session, participants will be provided with an overview of design thinking and hear examples of how 75 principals participating in a national principal professional learning community used the process to create tools and resources to solve problems of practice. School leaders will take away strategies for delving into problems more deeply as well as tools and resources for solving real school problems.

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Dr. Jacquelyn O. Wilson
Director of the Professional Development Center for Educators and the Delaware Academy for School Leadership at the University of Delaware

Leading with Focus: Doing Less and Doing It Better

Dr. Schmoker will introduce some of the concepts to be highlighted in his keynote at this year’s National Principals Conference. This webinar will focus on the elements that have the most significant impact on student achievement, motivation, and intellectual development. You will come away with a deeper understanding of the need for simplicity in school improvement efforts, how to implement simple instructional and literacy practices, and education’s highest priorities.

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Mike Schmoker

Redesigning the Ninth-Grade Experience: The Middle School to High School Transition

The transition from middle school to high school is a momentous occasion in a student’s life. Research shows the single most predictive indicator of high school performance is a student’s academic standing during the ninth grade. This webinar covers the development process of a successful, three-tier Freshmen Transition Program created out of a collaboration among school leaders, teachers, and community members. Attendees will gain insight into some ways to provide ninth grade students with the support they need to thrive.

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Lesley Corner
SC 2016 Assistant Principal of the Year

7 Tips for Maximizing Your #NPC17 Experience

Have you ever wondered the best way to truly get everything you can out of a conference? If so, this webinar will provide the tools and resources to help you maximize your learning experience at #NPC17 and beyond. Join the 2016 NASSP Digital Principals of the Year as they discuss how to harness the power of social media to get the most out of your conference experiences. You’ll also learn how to get out of your comfort zone and create meaningful connections with peers to grow as a professional.

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Bobby Dodd
2016 Digital Principal of the Year

Glenn Robbins
2016 Digital Principal of the Year

Winston Sakurai
2016 Digital Principal of the Year

A Powerful Idea for A Productive Student Lunch

Learn how you can implement a Power Hour at your school to create structure around providing daily support for at-risk students and enrichment for everyone. The initiative offers students the opportunity to grab lunch and go anywhere on campus—empowering them to have control over one hour in their school day. Teachers can have their duty-free lunch during one half of the hour and tutor students, offer support, sponsor clubs, or hold meetings during the other half. With Power Hour, students have access to extracurricular offerings during their regular school day, without being limited by athletic practices or lack of transportation. In the six years West Port High School in Ocala, FL has had Power Hour, they have gone from being the lowest performing high school in the district to the highest, increased their graduation rate to 97 percent, boosted overall school spirit, and witnessed course failure nearly vanish.

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Brad Staley
NC APOY 2016

Jayne Ellspermann
NASSP President

Releasing Leadership Brilliance: Creating a Culture of Learning

Good school leaders successfully connect with many of the students in their schools, yet some students still fly under the radar—just walking through each day without goals or putting in much effort. When adults become truly intentional about building relationships with students and finding ways to get more of them engaged in their school work, student brilliance is released and schools can move from providing “education” to providing “learning.”

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Marceta Reilly
Author, Speaker, and Leadership Coach

Simon T. Bailey
Author, Speaker, and CEO, Simon T. Bailey International

Leadership Traits of Principals Who Lead High-Performing Schools

As a principal, you strive to succeed in leading a high-performing school. What traits should you develop in order to achieve this goal? This webinar, presented by a well-rounded panel of leaders that includes principals of award-winning schools as well as a nationally acclaimed researcher, will share the results of NASSP’s recent report outlining the skills and behaviors exhibited by leaders of NASSP-designated National Breakthrough Schools.

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Kathy O’Neill

Sheila Harrity
Superintendent, Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, Fitchburg, MA

William Truesdale
Principal, Douglas Taylor Elementary School, Chicago, IL

Josephine Franklin
Associate Director, NASSP Professional Development

March 2 Success—Prep for the SAT and ACT Practice Tests

Tony Castillo, chief of education at U.S. Army Recruiting Command, will present March 2 Success, a free, interactive online tutorial and test prep tool designed to help students in grades 8–12 prepare for standardized tests like the SAT, ACT, state exit exams, and the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). It allows students to pave their own paths based on their personal strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, the free online March 2 Success tutorial offers multiple full-length practice tests for the SAT and ACT exams, which helps students become comfortable with the fundamentals of today’s standardized testing.

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Tony Castillo
Chief of Education at U.S. Army Recruiting

Get Results from the Results—SAT Scores Can Drive School Change

Join a College Board representative for an explanation of some key features of the SAT—as well as the PSAT-related earlier grade assessments—and their important connections to the work that is already happening in good classrooms. This webinar will walk through the K–12 assessment reporting portal, explaining the scores and reports available to help you understand your students’ level of college readiness, while giving you tools to analyze and measure your curriculum and instruction. Presenters will highlight Khan Academy’s Official SAT Practice as one way to help students develop their college- and career-readiness skills, and they will guide you to additional resources to strengthen and improve student results. Attendees will leave the session with a thorough understanding of the scores and reports associated with the SAT Suite of Assessments and how to access important related tools for enhancing college- and career-ready knowledge and skills.

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Linda Guidry

What School Leaders Need to Know About English Language Learners

Can English language learners (ELLs) be an asset to the learning environment? This question is at the heart of What School Leaders Need to Know About English Language Learners (ELLs), a copublished book by NASSP and TESOL. The answer is a resounding yes! During this webinar, school leaders will learn tips and gain ideas on how to better prepare and serve ELL students, who are often left in the margins, as they build their skills and voice.

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Jan Dormer

State and Federal Efforts to Combat Educational Inequity

Despite Brown v. Board of Education’s judgment that “separate but equal” schooling is unconstitutional, far too many of our nation’s low-income and minority students still attend underfunded and under-resourced public schools. This webinar will examine four areas of persistent educational inequity: funding, distribution of high quality educators, distribution of resources and staff, and school building infrastructure. We will investigate state and federal efforts to address these issues, delving into state laws and lawsuits over distributing tax revenues to schools, Title I funding, key provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act, the federal E-Rate and Lifeline programs, and school modernization initiatives. Attendees will gain an understanding of the broad landscape of funding and resource issues today’s public schools face and some of the state and federal initiatives that have been launched to ameliorate some of these inequities.

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Jon Bernstein
President, Bernstein Strategy Group

Future-Ready Schools: Leaders Preparing Students for Success

Future-Ready Schools (FRS) is a bold effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. Through a systemic planning process, FRS will help any district develop the human and technological capacity needed to personalize learning. With more than 2,000 districts already signing the Future Ready District Pledge, the Alliance for Excellent Education and the U.S. Department of Education are leading this effort alongside a vast coalition of organizations such as NAESP and NASSP. This effort comes at a critical time as districts embrace college and career readiness as the goal for all students and recognize the potential of digital tools to help teachers personalize learning for each student. FRS provides districts with resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities. FRS believes that every student deserves a rigorous, personalized learning environment filled with caring adults and student agency.

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Thomas C. Murray
Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools, Alliance for Excellent Education, Washington, D.C.

Brad Gustafson
2016 MN Elementary Principal of the Year, Greenwood Elementary School, Wayzata Public Schools, MN

Jared Vance
Principal, Kickemuit Middle School, Bristol Warren Regional School District, RI

Deborah Tyler (Moderator)
Associate Executive Director, NAESP

Preparing Students to be College and Career Ready

This Learning First Alliance (LFA)-sponsored webinar will highlight the Get It Right Communications Toolkit, a collaborative effort by NASSP, LFA, and the National School Boards Association. Speaker Patte Barth will discuss how school board members, superintendents and administrators can use the toolkit to jumpstart conversations in their communities about college and career readiness.

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Patte Barth
Director, Center for Public Education

Annette Wallace
Principal, Pocomoke High School, and 2016 NASSP Maryland Principal of the Year

Promoting Safety, Inclusion and Well-Being for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Gender Expansive Students

The LGBTQ community is making steady progress toward legal equality, yet the deck continues to be stacked against young people growing up LGBTQ in America and facing family rejection, bullying and daily concern for safety.

Presented by Dr. Vinnie Pompei and Amanda Karhuse, this interactive, impactful and timely webinar will particularly benefit those administrators who want to learn more about supporting transgender and gender non-conforming students, including questions about transitioning, bathrooms, locker rooms, overnight field trips, name and pronoun changes and more. Research has found that when LGBTQ students feel safe and supported, they are more likely to learn, attendance increases and graduation rates rise.

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Dr. Vincent Pompei
Director, Youth Well-Being Project, and Chair, Time to THRIVE

Amanda Karhuse
Director of Advocacy, NASSP

Challenges That Test Your School Safety Plan

School administrators know that great things happen in schools every day. But they’re also acutely aware that unplanned events occur and that having an effective safety plan is paramount to achieving an appropriate response to such events.

In this webinar, the presenters will highlight events that happened in their schools and discuss how they responded during, as well as their reflections afterward. Tune in to learn what successful administrators should do when faced with safety challenges and how you can better prepare your staff, students and community for unplanned events.

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Jana Frieler
NASSP Faculty Consultant

Dr. Bill Ziegler
2015 Digital Principal

Dr. Kevin Lein
Principal, Harrisburg High School and 2016 NASSP South Dakota Principal of the Year

Ryan Rollinger
Assistant Principal, Harrisburg High School, SD

The Every Student Succeeds Act: What Do Students Need to Know?

This informative webinar will explain the newly enacted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and how it requires students to be engaged in developing their school improvement plans, as well as in providing opportunities for a well-rounded education, a safe and healthy learning environment, and digital learning opportunities. Presenters will offer in-depth insight into how school leaders and students can work together to ensure the new law meets the specific needs of their community.

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Amanda Karhuse
Director of Advocacy

Ann Postlewaite
Director of Student Programs

Finding Your Leadership Voice

Join the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCS) in a discussion about how assistant principals are acquiring and developing skills to become effective transformational school leaders. The presenters will share real life experiences about strategies and practices that strengthened their voice and school leadership.

Sponsor: The Wallace Foundation Principal Pipeline Initiative


Melissa Ellis, EdD
Supervisor, School Leadership Programs

Jerenze Campbell, EdD
school leadership development coach

Renee Jones
assistant principal, Mary Harris “Mother Jones” Elementary School

Every Student Succeeds ACT (ESSA), Title IV Provisions

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the Learning First Alliance (LFA) will conduct a webinar on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This historic law ends most of the punitive provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act and shifts responsibility to the states for all decisions related to adoption and implementation of challenging academic standards. Webinar topics include Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN), which will provide federal support to states to develop, revise, or update comprehensive literacy instruction plans to ensure high-quality instruction in reading and writing from early education through grade 12. Other webinar focus areas include digital learning and personalization under Title IV of ESSA and the requirement that states work with districts to provide effective student transitions to middle and high school.

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Amanda Karhuse

David Chodak

Jon Bernstein
Founder & President, Bernstein Strategy Group

Ellen Fern
Managing Director, Washington Partners, LLC

Developing Leaders in Your Schools and Districts

Creating Communities of Learners is what schools across the country do every day. But it is not just the students who are learners. Each day brings new challenges for educators. Principals and teachers are responsible for making sure that every student receives an excellent education. The best schools have principals who work to support each teacher as they too continue to grow and learn. Sound coaching and mentoring skills are essential for every principal if they are to provide the support all teachers need. In this webinar, we will discuss the differences between coaching and mentoring, how to create a supportive climate that relies on this support for growth, and how to differentiate support so that principals can help each teacher continue to grow and learn.

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Jana Frieler

Carol Riley

Unpacking the 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (Formerly ISLLC)

Participants will engage in activities that will allow them to review and reflect on the newly released leader standards and to develop and ensure alignment with their current responsibilities and duties in their schools. Panelists will take a deep dive into the link between educational leadership and student learning, and discuss specific ways the 2015 standards can be used in participants’ daily professional practice.

Sponsor: The Wallace Foundation

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Sharon H. Porter

William Lee

Ronald Miller

Carrie Curry

Every Student Succeeds ACT (ESSA), Title II Provisions

The focus of the webinar will be to guide you through the Title II provisions, which provide grants to states and districts to help them prepare, train, and recruit high-quality teachers, principals, and other school leaders. Attendees will learn about the allowable uses of funding at the state and local levels, including certification and preparation programs and professional development opportunities. New language in the law allows states to reserve up to 3% of their funds for school leadership activities, so we will also provide tips for principals on how to work with their state department of education to ensure that funding is used for this purpose.

Sponsor: Learning First Alliance

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Amanda Karhuse

David Chodak

Kelly Pollitt

Principal Champions for Breakfast After the Bell in Secondary Schools

Students who are well nourished experience less distractions in the classroom, yet many low-income students eligible for free and reduced-price school meals do not participate in the School Breakfast Program. Principals play a pivotal part in the successful rollout of breakfast after the bell programs, which integrate school breakfast into the school day and boost student participation. Join us to hear about the latest national school breakfast trends for the nation’s most vulnerable children. Also, learn about the topline findings from the Food Research & Action Center and the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ joint report, which captures the experiences of over 100 secondary school principals who have implemented an alternative breakfast service model. Principals will discuss what it takes to garner support, plan, and launch an alternative breakfast service model, and learn how such programs have supported student academic success in their school buildings.

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Sponsor: FRAC

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Mieka Sanderson

Joan Auchter

Karen Loy

Keven Wynkoop

Stay in Your Lane: Digital Tools to Increase Productivity

Do you feel as though you are falling behind? Not accomplishing the goals you set for yourself? This webinar will introduce you to digital tools such as Remember the Milk, Smore, Wufoo forms, and Calendly to organize, prioritize, and maximize the time you have in your day to get the job done. You will also find out the most common mistake people make with their email inbox. And you’ll learn two “low-tech” strategies to help you focus on your priorities and to make you more visible in your school.

As a school leader, time is one of your most precious resources. Invest 60 minutes in identifying ways to maximize it, improve your productivity, and become a more motivated leader.

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John Bernia

Every Student Succeeds Act Webinar Series, Part 1: ESSA Title I Provisions

This webinar highlights the major Title I provisions of ESSA and discuss the responsibility of states to adopt challenging academic standards and assessments, establish accountability goals for all student subgroups and schools on a wide range of performance indicators, and implement locally designed school improvement strategies for schools that are struggling.

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Amanda Karhuse

David Chodak

Richard Long

Creating Space to Build Your Leadership Real Estate

Join NASSP, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, Prince George’s County Public Schools, and The Wallace Foundation for this webinar on leadership growth. Participants will identify and discuss areas that school leaders can cultivate to broaden their leadership abilities. The Prince George’s County Public School system has broadly invested in and been a part of The Wallace Foundation Principal Pipeline Initiative that is helping districts develop larger corps of effective school principals and aspiring leaders.

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Susan Holiday

Building Connections Among Principal, Counselor, and Students

A multiyear research study by NASSP, the College Board, and the American School Counselor Association showed that effective schools were led by principals and counselors who had excellent professional relationships with each other and worked in tandem to raise achievement levels and ensure equity in educational outcomes. This webinar provides tools to assess the principal-counselor working relationship and to develop a team atmosphere and improve student effectiveness in your school. These tools include guidelines on how to use data, communicate more effectively, create a shared vision, and problem-solve. Participants will also learn how to implement proven leadership and collaboration strategies that create a “college-going” culture and promote student, family, and community engagement.

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Judith Richardson

Virginia Minshew

What Principals Need to Know About Equitable Treatment of Transgender Youth

It has been reported that some transgender students are experiencing harassment and other access issues in public schools. In 2013, The Associated Press noted that this is a topic that “school administrators are grappling with nationwide.” With only a few legal opinions on the issue, school officials may be unclear about what approach to take. For example, what is the appropriate response to a request from a transgender student to use a locker room or restroom that aligns with his or her gender identity? Likewise, schools officials may not be sure how to respond to a transgender student’s request for a name change on an educational record. This presentation will address many of these questions and focus on recent litigation in this area.

Presenter, Suzanne Eckes, is an associate professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department at Indiana University. She is a coeditor of the Principal’s Legal Handbook and a coauthor of Principals Teaching the Law. Prior to joining the Indiana University faculty, Eckes was a high school French teacher and an attorney. She earned a master’s in education from Harvard University and a law degree and PhD from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

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Suzanne Eckes

The 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders

The 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, formerly known as ISLLC standards, aims to ensure district and school leaders are able to improve student achievement and meet new, higher expectations. They are intended to help challenge the profession, professional associations, policymakers, institutions of higher education, and other organizations that support educational leaders and their development to strive for a better future.

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Beverly Hutton

Mark Smylie

Digital Tools to Improve Communication

Good communication skills are key to the success of all principals. This webinar provides digital tools to enhance principal communication with students, staff, parents, and the community. Participants will learn how to communicate in a safe, efficient, and creative way that promotes positive relationships between the principal and stakeholders. In addition, attendees will find out how to retool and brand their school’s message using two digital tools: Remind and Smore.

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William Ziegler

Terrorism—Building a Proactive School Community

In times of tragedy, relationships, communication, and critical thinking matter. Learn how to create a teachable moment, and prepare your students and community by:

  • Including the right messages in your classrooms
  • Putting in place systems and processes both within and outside of your brick and mortar building

This webinar prepares you for any difficult situation, so that you will be in the best position to help others.

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Cathy Bonneville Hix

Kirk Dolson

Talking About Terrorism With Your School Community

Today, we must all manage the fears and uncertainties related to general anonymous threats of violence and terrorism in our world. Learn why you, as school leaders, need to talk to your students, teachers, and parents, and why it is important to include positive messages to build a supportive school community.

Listen to the experts as they share their advice and research about actions we can take in our schools to manage stressful life events and control fears. Hear ideas about how to:

  • Manage the social and traditional media landscape after threats
  • Support the diversity of families in your school community

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Judith Myers-Walls, Ph.D.

Roxane Cohen Silver, Ph.D.

Rigor In The Classroom

Rigor is a hot topic in education today, but do you know what rigor looks like in the classroom? In this webinar, we’ll discuss what rigor is… and is not, what it looks like in the classroom, and specific actions to observe for rigor. We’ll also explore sample rigorous classroom activities you can share with your teachers.

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Barbara Blackburn

Making Your Vision a Reality: “Design Thinking” for School Leaders

School leadership is not about having the right answers. It’s about asking the right questions. By applying “design thinking” principles, leaders can power past constraints to collaborate and craft a shared vision for the future. In this webinar, learn how Silicon Valley innovation has the potential to serve as a model for school reform.

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Erik Burmeister

Leadership Challenge: Building the Capacity of Schools to Meet Student Needs

This webinar will provide concrete strategies that successful school leaders have used to overcome obstacles to raise achievement and transform school culture and performance. Discussion will include the development of effective partnerships with community organizations and parents to overcome obstacles and address both academic and nonacademic needs.

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Pedro Noguera

Peter L. Agnew
Professor of Education and Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University

From Math to Electives—Digital Learning Improves Student Outcomes

Nearly 75 percent of schools are currently using online or blended learning, according to a recent survey of principals and administrators conducted by Fuel Education and NASSP. Join us to learn more about the survey findings and hear from two principals who have successfully implemented digital learning in their schools.

Sponsor: Fuel Education

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Bruce Lovett
VP Marketing, Fuel Education

Anne-Marie Malcolm
Principal, Middle School 385, Brooklyn, NY

Keith Wilson
Principal, Lawrence Virtual School, Lawrence, KS

Zapping the Gap

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Sharon McCarthy
President, ENVISION: Breakthroughs in Learning