Conference Strands

Keynote Speakers

  • Dena Simmons, Ed.D.

    Founder of LiberatED

    Dena Simmons, EdD, is the founder of LiberatED, an anti-racist approach to social-emotional learning and healing. She is the former assistant director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, where she supported schools to use the power of emotions to create a more compassionate and just society.

  • Joe Feldman

    Author of “Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Schools and Classrooms”

    Joe Feldman has worked in education for over 20 years as a teacher, principal, and district administrator, and is the founder and CEO of Crescendo Education Group, which has supported K–12 schools, districts, and colleges/universities nationwide to improve grading and assessment practices since 2013.

  • Elena Aguilar

    Writer, Leader, Teacher, Coach and Podcaster

    Elena Aguilar is the founder and president of Bright Morning Consulting, an organization committed to helping individuals and organizations create the conditions for transformation. She has taught tens of thousands of folks how to have conversations that build a more just and equitable world.

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Are You In?

When faced with hurdles, we as school leaders went all in to overcome them. We worked together, we drew strength from one another—and together we prevailed. We proved that no challenge was too great to divide us. Build on that momentum at the National Principals Conference, where we will inspire each other to innovate, fight for equity, and cultivate wellness in education. Join us for professional learning workshops, premier keynote speakers, game-based learning, and breakout networking sessions that provide community-building experiences. Together, we will keep moving forward. Together, we will make a difference.

NPC21 will take place:

  • Wednesday, July 14, 12:00–5:30 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, July 15, 12:00–4:00 p.m. ET
  • Friday, July 16, 12:00–4:00 p.m. ET

The conference format will continue to offer professional learning workshops, premier keynote speakers, and breakout networking sessions that provide community-building experiences. Be prepared to go all in at NPC21!

Featured Speakers

  • Jimmy Casas

    Leadership Coach, Speaker, and Author, Allen, TX

    Innovation Featured Speaker

  • Kim Bearden

    Co-founder, Executive Director, and Language Arts Teacher, Ron Clark Academy, Atlanta, GA

    Equity Featured Speaker

  • Derek McCoy

    2014 NASSP Digital Principal of the Year; Director of Learning and Innovation at Grady County Schools, Cairo, GA

    Wellness Featured Speaker

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