Education Solutions From NPC20 Thought Leaders

The National Principals Conference features world-class thought leaders who will share experiential knowledge and practical solutions with attendees. On Tuesday, July 7, bestselling author and motivational speaker Erik Qualman presents “Digital Transformation: Design Your Future.” On Wednesday, July 8, Kim Bearden, co-founder, executive director, and language arts teacher at Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, presents “Creating a Climate and Culture for Success.” And on Thursday, July 9, learn about how “Leaders Matter: Power Up With Passion” from Beth Houf, principal of Fulton Middle School in Fulton, MO, and NASSP 2019 Digital Principal of the Year; Brian McCann, principal of Joseph Case High School in Swansea, MA, and NASSP 2018 Digital Principal of the Year; and Akil Ross, former principal of Chapin High School in Chapin, SC, and NASSP 2018 Principal of the Year. Join us this summer in National Harbor, MD, to set your sights on solutions for a better future.

LEAD Conference Dates Announced for 2020–21

LEAD Conferences are an excellent way for your students and advisers to bolster their leadership skills, network with peers, and receive targeted training—and those experiences go on to benefit the culture and community of your school! As your student leaders and advisers make plans for next school year, keep these 2020–21 LEAD Conference dates in mind. LEAD DC Fall will take place November 20–22, 2020, while LEAD DC Winter will take place January 29–31, 2021, both at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. LEAD Chicago will be February 26–28, 2021, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. Encourage your students and advisers to attend! Visit for more information.

Celebrate Your Student Leaders

As a school leader, you are in a unique position to celebrate the meaningful contributions of the students in your school. When students believe in their own agency to positively influence the world around them, they are more likely to thrive as future leaders. For National Student Leadership Week (NSLW), April 19–25, join us in thanking your student leaders for all the ways they have made a positive impact in your school and community. Kick off the celebration by submitting a student leader to our National Student Leadership Map, sending a thank-you e-card to a student leader you appreciate, or presenting an NSLW Certificate of Appreciation to a student at an assembly or event. Additional ideas and inspiration can be found at