Special Events

Community Service Day

Saturday, July 8 
8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

The 2017 Annual Community Service Day will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 8. This annual volunteer effort offers principals from across the nation an opportunity to make a difference through service projects that improve local schools. This year, volunteers will help build a playground and spruce up other areas for Stonehurst Hills Elementary School in Upper Darby, PA. Volunteers must be registered for the conference and transportation will be provided to/from the school. A special thanks to Landscape Structures, Inc., for their sponsorship of this event as well as the Pennsylvania Principals Association and the North Darby School District for working with us to make the 2017 Community Service Day a success.

Brought to you in partnership with Landscape Structures.   


Pre-K–3 Lunch and Learn: Ensuring Effective Practice Along the Pre-K–3 Continuum

Sunday, July 9 
12:15–1:30 p.m.

This panelist discussion will focus on the important role principals and school leaders play to ensure a well-rounded education for learners from the age of three to third grade. This discussion will incorporate the key competencies as outlined in the NAESP publication, “Leading Pre-K–3 Learning Communities: Competencies for Effective Principal Practice.” This set of knowledge and principles as conveyed by the panelists will support connections between the worlds of birth to five and K–12 in order to build successful Pre-K–3 continuums in schools.

Primary Facilitator: Kelly Pollitt, Chief Strategist, Policy and Alliances, NAESP

Brought to you in partnership with W.K. Kellogg Foundation.    


Early Career Principals’ Breakfast Event

Networking Opportunity For Early Career Principals

 Monday, July 10
7:30–9:00 a.m.

“Now That’s a Great School!”

Effective school leaders leverage values, mission and mindset for branding practice of strengthening relationships, improving communication, telling your story, and increasing resources that promotes further learning and advances ideas among diverse people. The session is designed to broaden the participants’ awareness of branding linked to school’s strengths, priorities, and values that are associated with both the principal and the school itself. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the concept of “branding” as it relates to school leadership including consideration of both the principal’s brand and the brand of the school. Principals will participate in a short interactive activity to apply the learning to their own career and school. Mr. Horan will describe the critical role of “brand” in a comprehensive approach to school communication and community engagement and provide tactical follow‐up steps.

The Early-Career Principals Breakfast Event is brought to you in partnership with Scholastic.  

Presenter: Christopher Horan, Founder of Horan Communications, Boston, MA


The Wallace Foundation “Lunch and Learn” – University Principal Preparation Initiative

Monday, July 10
12:15–1:15 p.m.

This session is designed to present the Wallace Foundation’s latest initiative stemming from their previous Principal Pipeline Initiative. The Wallace Foundation has selected seven universities and their state and district partners to participate in a new initiative to develop models for improving university principal preparation programs. This University Principal Preparation Initiative builds on 15 years of Wallace-supported research and experience about what makes for effective principals and their “pre-service“ training at universities. The initiative seeks to explore how university programs can improve this training so it reflects the evidence on how to best prepare effective principals. This evidence will be collected and shared to benefit the broader field of practitioners and policymakers across the country. The session will include a panel discussion comprised of university and district representatives involved with the initiative.

Primary Presenter: Andy Cole, Senior Consultant, The Wallace Foundation

Brought to you in partnership with The Wallace Foundation.    


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.