Innovation

As a school leader, you cultivate courageous leadership that inspires and engages students and adults to make compelling change and learn in our global society.

Explore the many sessions you can attend led by your peers and walk away with innovative that will inspire you to enact compelling change in our global society.

NPC21 will inspire each of us—to innovate, fight for equity and cultivate wellness in education and our practice. Click here to see the complete conference schedule.

Concurrent Sessions

Fanatical School Leadership—Proven Strategies for Leading Learning in Times Like This!

Level: K–12

What sets your soul on fire? What is your mindset? Are you fanatical? Fanatical Leaders are like electricity, they bring the energy that propels a team forward and takes them from good to great. Leading learning amid a pandemic, you have been drained, your power level has diminished to low levels, and it has been tough to sustain the pace expected from all of the stakeholders depending on you. In this session, you will learn six keys to fanatical leadership from a 20-year veteran principal—exactly what you need to be recharged in these challenging leadership times!

Presenter

  • Christine C. Handy
    President, Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals, Rockville, MD

Training Supercitizens: A New Approach to Civic Education

Level: K–12

U.S. students routinely show lower-than-desired proficiency in civics and social studies. In this workshop, you will explore innovative curricula and discuss guiding principles for helping shape schools that embrace civic engagement and students who comprehend their opportunities and responsibilities as citizens.

Presenters

  • Larry Schooler
    Professor, Facilitative Leadership and Conflict Resolution, University of Texas, Austin,
  • Scott Warren
    CEO, Generation Citizen, New York, NY
  • Darcy Richie
    Senior Director, Program & Impact, Generation Citizen, New York, NY

Disruption Starts on Day One: Using Opening Day to Unlock Your School’s Potential

Level: K–12

As school leaders, the most powerful tool we have is the culture we create. Creating a disruptive culture centers around questions that ask, “Why,” “What if,” and “Do we need to do that?” Simply, disruption aims to challenge a status quo culture that often protects and perpetuates school as usual. In order to create educational disruption, leaders must model risk-taking in all facets of school leadership—starting on Day One. Grayslake North High School school leaders will share how Day One can unlock the potential of a school and transform the way teachers engage with each other and their students.

Presenters

  • James Roscoe
    Principal, Grayslake North High School, Grayslake, IL
  • Jeff Schagrin
    Associate Principal, Curriculum and Instruction, Grayslake North High School, Grayslake, IL

State of American Education

Level: K–12

The 2021 National Principals Conference will be the eighth occasion for the NASSP Policy & Advocacy Center to host the “State of American Education” session. This year, the discussion will focus on innovation and the willingness of educators to explore new options and change established systems to ensure the success of each child. Attendees will hear from a diverse panel of national, state, and local education leaders who will share their thoughts on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted schooling for years to come, including the future of assessments, accountability, and how we can accelerate learning for students in the upcoming school year. Panelists will explore how federal and state leaders can help schools create time and space for innovation, manage change in a time of uncertainty, and encourage the effective use of technology.

Presenters

  • Alyson Klein (Moderator)
    Education Week
  • Sydnee Dickson
    Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Susan Enfield
    Superintendent, Highline Public Schools, Burien, WA
  • Allison Persad
    Principal, The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, Astoria, NY

Get Involved

Level: High School

This session will look at the importance of getting involved in extracurricular activities and the impact on attendance, discipline, academics, and more. This is specifically important when trying to overcome low- income situations, dealing with high dropout rates, managing discipline issues, and helping students learn additional soft skills and diversity.

Presenter

  • Bobby R. Tittle
    Principal, Ohatchee High School, Alexandria, AL

How Student-Driven Learning Is the Ultimate Instructional Strategy Before, During, and After a Pandemic

Level: K–12

Equity means giving people what they need, when they need it. In this session, we will discuss how to be ready for whatever comes at us. Using a combination of project-based learning, student-centered innovation, and unique ways of looking at data, we will examine student-driven learning and how to implement that in a school setting.

Presenter

  • Jethro Jones
    2017 NASSP Digital Principal of the Year and Founder, Student Driven Learning (SDL) Academy, Fairbanks, AK

Game Plan for Success: Leading to Create a Positive Result

Level: K–12

School leadership is hard, and it’s even harder when you are leading to make a positive result. As a school leader, we find ourselves on information overload as we sift, sort, and research our way to improve outcomes for kids. Feelings of insecurity, stress, and the overwhelming nature of the work leaves leaders grasping at straws as they try to make sense of what to do next. In this session, we take the “hard” out of the equation by identifying strategies and approaches that have been tried, tested, and proven to impact student achievement.

Presenters

  • John George
    Principal, Dexter McCarty Middle School, Gresham, OR
  • Rachael D. George
    Principal, Sandy Grad School, Sandy, OR

Unparalyze Your Work Through the Power of Innovation

Level: K–12

Innovation unlocks the power of our own potential as school leaders. Learn in this energetic and interactive session with three principals from three different states about how innovation can unparalyze your work. Explore innovative practices in building community partnerships, de-tracking students and programs, and schoolwide projects. Participants will leave with flexible ideas they can apply to their own environment and school buildings and will be able to share with each other to create powerful resources of innovative practices for principals from across the country.

Presenters

  • Mark Anderson
    Principal, Marshall Fundamental Secondary School, Pasadena, CA
  • Paul Kelly
    2019 NASSP Principal of the Year Finalist and Principal, Elk Grove High School, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Jamie Richardson
    2017 NASSP Digital Principal of the Year and Principal, LaCreole Middle School, Dallas, OR