Call for Presentations

We welcome proposals for the 2019 National Principals Conference to be held in Boston, MA, July 18-20, 2019. If you have an idea for an educational session, please submit it below by November 16, 2018.

Please review the important information below before submitting your proposal via the online form.

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Proposals must be submitted electronically no later than Friday, November 16, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. (PT).

Presenters must commit to maintain an educational focus for their session and to eliminate all sales messages. Sessions that incorporate a sales theme and/or receive low ratings will not be selected for future conference programs.

The National Principals Conference (NPC19) screening committee will make selections based on audience and content needs that reflect a diverse demographic. The submission of a concurrent session proposal does not guarantee inclusion in the NPC19 program. Factors for acceptance include the degree to which the proposal aligns with the four focus strands, the depth of content, and its application to the K–12 continuum. The four focus strands are:

Building Culture

Nurturing community stakeholders to develop and live shared norms, values, and beliefs in order to flourish in a safe, caring, and evolving school community.


Ensuring that each person is known, valued, and treated justly, and receives the personalized, high-quality education necessary to succeed in a global society.

Leading Complex Change 

Influencing the mindset of key stakeholders, empowering a shift from reflection to action.

Leading From the Heart 

Inspiring stakeholders through thoughtful leadership to create a caring and empathetic community.

Strategic Branding 

Crafting a brand through collaboration that reflects school goals, beliefs, and core values; and is easily embraced by students, staff, parents, and community stakeholders.

Promoting Wellness

Cultivating a culture of wellness for student and adult stakeholders to enhance community learning and productivity.

School Safety 

Promoting proactive safety and crisis management planning and implementation to protect the school community.

Social-Emotional Learning 

Developing a culturally responsive approach to the social-emotional development of all stakeholders in the school community.

Mental Health 

Utilizing an interagency, multi-disciplinary approach to enhance mental health services for the school community.

Whole School Wellness 

Creating opportunities to promote physical, nutritional, and intellectual wellness, and the happiness agency of the school community.

Leading Learning

Empowering all stakeholders to affirm shared values and develop the skills and dispositions to grow and contribute productively in a global society.

Building Teacher Effectiveness 

Challenging educators to seize ownership, taking the risk to ensure every student’s success through a fostered culture of collaboration and continuous improvement.

Building Leadership Capacity 

Engaging staff in professional and personal self-reflection and nurturing their ability to lead school improvement initiatives.

Future-Ready Learning 

Fostering creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication in students and adults to prepare them for our ever-changing global society (cultural relevancy/sensitivity).

Student Agency 

Creating a platform by which students are actively engaged in creating real-world learning experiences.

Disrupting Business as Usual

Cultivating courageous leadership that inspires and engages students and adults as creative risk takers to make compelling change and learn in our global society.


Nurturing school and community stakeholders to develop and live shared norms, values, and beliefs in order to flourish in a safe, caring, and evolving school community—safe for exploring risk and inspiring innovation.

Teaching & Learning 

Ensuring that each person engages with and succeeds in progressive, personalized teaching and productive learning.

Systems & Structures 

Redesigning institutional structures and strategies that foster systems and processes that maintain strong relationships among students, families, community, and staff members that drive organizational performance.


Elevating experiences and outcomes that ensure optimal learning is achieved by all.

Sessions will run for 60 minutes with a limited number of sessions running 90 minutes. Those who want to be considered for a 90-minute session, must demonstrate the need for additional structured, interactive participation when filling out the Learning Objectives/Action Plan for Delivery. All sessions will be scheduled throughout NPC19, which begins on Thursday, July 18, 2019, and continues through Saturday, July 20, 2019.

Up to three presenters may be listed for each session proposal. Do not list presenters without a definite commitment that the co-presenter(s) will appear during the program. All presenters must agree to the terms and conditions for participation.

The primary person submitting each proposal will serve as the point of contact for NPC19. This person will be responsible for all related presentation specifications and for informing the presenter(s) of the status of the proposal, deadlines, and registration fees.

The National Principals Conference session presenters receive no speaker fee and must pay their own travel expenses including hotel, airfare, and ground transportation. If your session is selected, all presenters must pay a speaker registration fee of $295 no later than May 30, 2019. This fee covers NPC19 indirect expenses related to session rooms. In exchange, presenters benefit through their exposure to a national audience of school leaders.

By submitting a concurrent session proposal, you agree that the National Principals Conference or a representative of the conference has your permission to use all images, presentations, materials, and/or handouts you have submitted without restriction in any means of communication. Conference staff will provide presenters with tips for developing top-notch presentations and a standard PowerPoint slide template. NPC19 presenters must agree to allow minor editing of their presentations if requested.

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