National Principals Conference

Join us for this first-ever joint conference for Pre-K through grade 12 school leaders.


Come to Philadelphia next July 9–11 and turn theory into practice as you connect with great leaders across all grade levels.

Unlike any conference before it, the National Principals Conference will inspire school leaders like you to understand and value your peers’ expertise and worth.

This conference will give you an unprecedented opportunity to build transition bridges and fully prepare students for success in school and beyond to college and careers.

Learn more about why you should attend the conference.

Save the Dates

2018 NAESP Conference
July 9–11, 2018
Orlando, FL

2018 National Principals Conference
July 11–13, 2018
Chicago, IL

Session Highlight: The State of American Education

The State of American Education

With a new president and Secretary of Education, several contentious debates continue to emerge throughout the education sector—carrying major implications for students and educators. Emerging issues include a growing school choice movement, questions about the appropriate federal role in education, a looming educator shortage crisis, and state implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. To further examine these topics, NASSP and NAESP have assembled a panel of five key education thought leaders, each with a unique perspective on these timely debates. This panel will expose attendees to an engaging and thought-provoking discussion while also providing them with an opportunity to ask difficult questions on these controversial issues.



Hone in on job-embedded professional development, coaching, mentoring, and building leadership pipelines.


Learn how to promote mental health, social-emotional learning, and youth development.


Soak up knowledge on creating a trusting culture, building community support for change, and engaging in advocacy.


Focus on integrating students with a variety of backgrounds and needs—setting them up for whatever awaits them after grade 12.

Learning Continues in the Exhibit Hall

The 2017 National Principals Conference the HUB (Exhibit Hall) will be like nothing you’ve seen before. In addition to connecting with companies champing at the bit to provide the best products, solutions, and technology, you will enjoy:

  • Frequent networking
  • Innovative learning opportunities
  • Refreshments to fuel your next session or conversation


Book Donations

The PA Principals Association will take donations from NPC17 participants. Books should be at the K–8 level and include books in Spanish. Donations will go to Southhawk School, School District of Philadelphia. Books can also be purchased at the conference from Scholastic and donated.

5K Walk/Run

The PA Principals Association will sponsor this Sunday morning event for conference participants. The first 225 participants will get a T-shirt, and a donation of $20 is suggested.

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