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NAESP 2015 – Best Practices for Better Schools™ Conference

is designed for educators on the front lines – principals, teachers, superintendents, counselors, district and state administrators – who are interested in student success. Your students, staff, school district, and communities deserve and need your BEST to provide the highest quality education, as this is the future of our children.


To be a top-performing principal, you need to be aware not only of what’s happening now, but of what’s coming. And at NAESP 2015, you’ll cover both. As your professional association, NAESP has a vision for members like you. We’ve made this annual conference the premier gathering place and resource for elementary school principals, enabling you to take yourself—and your school—to the next level.



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Come early and attend a Pre-Conference Workshop on June 29


9:00am – 4:00pm
Member: $299 • Non-Member: $364
Bring a Team: $249 (4 + people from the same school district)

On Monday, June 29, attend a full-day Pre-Conference Workshop
featuring expert presentations on:

  • Having Hard Conversations
  • Grit, Mindset, and Determination
  • Extracting the Full Capability of your Staff
  • Helping Teachers and Leaders Connect to a PLN
  • Having Hard Conversations

    As administrators, coaches or colleagues, we often come up against situations where difficult topics must be addressed. What do we know about the best strategies for those moments? What questions should we be asking ourselves before we speak, and what environments are best for when we do speak? Based on Jennifer’s book, Having Hard Conversations, and her work with conflict and interpersonal communication, this session will provide participants with action plans and scripting tools for having those necessary hard conversations. Participants will learn how to:

    • Identify why they hesitate having hard conversations
    • Design questions to ask themselves before they choose to speak up
    • Articulate in professional language the challenges they are facing
    • Determine the goals of the conversation and write an action plan of support
    • Script the conversation avoiding trigger words that put others on the defensive
    • Choose the best ‘wheres’ and ‘whens’ for a productive discussion
  • Jennifer Abrams
    Jennifer Abrams
  • Grit, Mindset, and Determination: The Key to Leading by Influence

    Why do some leaders succeed during challenging times while others struggle? The answer is simple. These leaders possess the “stay-the-course” grit traits necessary to persevere during challenging times, and can overcome obstacles, setbacks, and unimaginable challenges. In this session, leaders will explore self-improvement strategies to increase stamina, perseverance, tenacity, and courage. Participants will examine ways to acquire 12 powerful grit traits, develop a 21st century mindset, and increase resiliency, while also discovering the motivational and energizing effect of grit.

  • Jim Grant
    Jim Grant
  • The Multiplier Effect: Extract the Full Capability of Your Staff

    Elise Foster is the co-author of the Multiplier Effect and a leadership consultant who studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has helped dozens of leaders become more effective. She brings her systems engineering mindset to bear as she invites leaders to bring out the best in everyone around them. She is actively involved with her local school district, both as a community member and parent and she finds that many of her best leadership lessons come from her 6 year old daughter. A highly engaging workshop introducing a new model of leadership. Use your smarts to unleash the genius of those around you. The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the genius inside your school.

  • Elise Foster
    Elise Foster
  • A Connected Learning Journey: Helping Teachers and Leaders Connect to a PLN

    In this full-day workshop, Connected Educators Series (Corwin) Editor Peter DeWitt, Ed.D. will take participants on a learning journey through becoming connected on Twitter to blogging as a form of effective communication to using an edcamp model of professional development to utilizing the flipped leadership method to engage with all stakeholders in their school community, and everything in between. This will be a hands-on highly engaging workshop.

  • Peter DeWitt
    Peter DeWitt

NAESP Mentor Training and Certification Program available in Long Beach*

NAESP provides a unique opportunity to develop your mentoring skills and promote the professional growth and confidence needed by new and aspiring principals. By participating in NAESP’s National Mentor Training school districts invest in the future and sustainability of new principals to meet the increasing challenges of leading today’s schools. The National Principals Mentor Training and Certification Program consist of two parts:

  1. A multi-day Leadership Immersion Institute workshop that explores the theoretical foundations of adult development, reflective practice, critical feedback, and leadership capacity.
  2. Participants may continue with a nine month internship to complete the National Mentor Certification Program. The internship is led by a trained coach working with mentors honing their skills in a mentor-protégé relationship as the new or aspiring principal assumes the responsibility of leading a school community with a focus on student achievement.

Use this training to not only increase your skills as an administrator, but to also bring the best practices of mentoring to your school district!

NAESP Advanced Mentor Certification Renewal Workshop
(For NAESP Certified Mentors Only)

Increase your mentoring skills with a focus on the MCREL Balanced Leadership framework in this workshop. NAESP Nationally Certified Mentors will renew their certification with this training. (The NAESP Mentor Certification is a three year renewal process to ensure continuous and current skill development.)

* Registration for the NAESP Annual Conference does not include registration for the Mentor Training and Certification Program.


  • Photo of Erik WahlErik Wahl


    Rediscover Your Creative Genius

    New York Times best-selling author, artist, and entrepreneur Erik Wahl has become a catalyst for inspiring professionals to achieve extraordinary levels of performance and breakthrough success.

    On a mission to inspire and challenge, Wahl illustrates the possibility of unexpected solutions and new ways of thinking. His dramatic on-stage painting seamlessly becomes a visual metaphor for his message—we are all capable of so much more than we’ve been conditioned to believe. We have the talent needed to embrace change and address industry challenges. We simply need to rediscover the keys to unlock it and paint our own future—brilliant and full of promise!

  • Photo of Heidi Hayes JacobsHeidi Hayes Jacobs

    Heidi Hayes Jacobs

    The Future of Education: Mapping the Big Picture

    Dr. Heidi Jacobs will discuss curriculum development for global competence. How can we revise and update curriculum and assessment to prepare our learners for their future? How do we create instructional portals to bring the world into classroom life? In her provocative and practical keynote, Heidi will examine specific steps to replace for content, skills, and assessments to be implemented gradually and realistically. A specific focus will be on global interdisciplinary issues as well as considerations for globalizing discipline areas.

    Heidi is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of curriculum and instruction. Her work has been the basis for reform in numerous school systems. Dr. Jacobs is the founder of Curriculum Designers, Inc., a company committed to helping educational systems implement integrated and more effective curriculum.


  • Who says faculty meetings have to last an hour?

    In this session, administrators and staff developers will learn how to improve teaching and learning through quick, meaningful, 10-minute inservices that provide a lot of punch in a little bit of time. Todd Whitaker and Annette Breaux share ideas for conducting short inservices that focus on simple, effective teaching strategies designed to impact teacher effectiveness, student learning, and student behavior.

    Better teaching and learning – ten minutes at a time!

  • Todd Whitaker
    Todd Whitaker
  • Annette Breaux
    Annette Breaux
  • Awakening the Learner and Transforming Schools

    Want to create a compassionate, caring school environment? Examine how a change in teaching philosophy can help awaken the passion for learning in your students. Learn how to promote kindness in the classroom, and understand the power of stories in engaging students. You’ll leave ready to inspire purpose and reach students’ hearts.

  • Robert Marzano
    Robert Marzano
    Co-Founder & CEO,Marzano Research Laboratory
  • Darrell Scott
    Darrell ScottRachel’s Challenge
  • Growing Diversity in Schools: Challenges and Opportunities

    A “proud Latina,” Yvette Donado, will address the rapid demographic change and the challenges institutions face to keep up; “minorities” being majorities in many school districts; Latino test scores as compared to other cohorts, and what it all signifies for educators. Participantswill learn about the American cultural “tsunami” and find out how teachers and administrators can deal with it.

  • Yvette Donado
    Yvette Donado
  • Shannon MillerThe Olympic Experience & How to Think Like an Olympic Champion

    The most decorated gymnast in American History, and the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame – Twice! Shannon will share her Olympic experience and prepare you to think like an Olympic champion.

  • Shannon Miller
    Shannon Miller


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Who Attends

For 2015 we are expecting in excess of 1800 attendees. The overwhelming majority are Principals: Pre-K-8 (79%), Private Charter (14%), Pre 8-12 (7%)

Other educators in leadership positions attending include: Assistant Principals, Curriculum Coordinators and Directors, Teachers in every subject area, Superintendents, University professors.

85% of attendees either make or influence purchasing decisions for their schools.

75% of attendees would make purchasing decisions based on products and services they saw in the Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hall Hours

Exhibitor Installation:
Sunday, June 28, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, June 29, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Hours:
Tuesday, June 30, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 1, 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Dismantling:
Wednesday, July 1, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 2, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost to Exhibit:

Exhibit pricing for 2015:
  • $17 per square foot + $100 if your booth has a corner
  • 10x10: $1700 / 10x10 corner: $1800
Your booth includes the following:
  • Four complimentary exhibit hall passes per 10’ x 10’ booth
  • Pipe and drape
  • Booth Identification sign
  • Online Listing in conference website
  • Daily aisle maintenance
  • Admission to social events
  • Private exhibitor lounge with light refreshments

Electrical, furniture, carpet, freight and other services will be provided by a selected service contractor at an additional cost, based on your direct order.

How to Secure Your Exhibit Space

Register for exhibit space online (or) download the exhibit space application form.

Once you booking is submitted we will respond with confirmation and invoice for payment.

Promotional Opportunities

We offer many effective and well-priced ways to promote and enhance your presence at NAESP 2015. The sponsorship prospectus can be found here. If you do not see a sponsorship that you are interested in, please let us know. All can be customized to meet your company's marketing objectives. We want to enable your company to participate in a program that is right for you.


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Settled along five-and-a-half miles of sandy coastline, Long Beach is the quintessential conference location and vacation getaway, boasting both the ambience of a sophisticated urban center and the charm of a seaside community. Located 20 miles south of Los Angeles, California’s seventh largest city offers visitors a dynamic range of attractions, shopping, recreational activities, art and culture, restaurants and nightly entertainment that make it an ideal destination for any time of the year.

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The 2015 NAESP Annual Conference & Exposition will take place in sunny, Long Beach, California. This year’s event will take place at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Long Beach is a great place to visit. Day or night you’ll find something to do.

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Long Beach Attractions

Aquarium of the Pacific

Take a journey of discovery through a one million gallon aquarium at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. Meet more than 11,000 animals in over 50 exhibits as you explore sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific, and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific.

The Queen Mary

Transport yourself back in time aboard the legendary Queen Mary. Once the grandest ocean liner in the world, the Queen Mary is now a full-service Long Beach hotel, historical landmark, and entertainment venue. The Queen Mary gives visitors a unique glimpse into a bygone era when steamships were the most regal way to travel.

4th Street Long Beach

Stretching between Cherry and Junipero, the district is home to an exciting group of 40+ independent merchants. Kitchy and hip and always hospitable, 4th Street features vintage & contemporary clothing, furniture & accessories, art, antiques & collectibles, books, roller skates & skate boards as well as a locally owned restaurants, coffee shops and wine bars.

Shoreline Village

A candy-colored village that provides the young-at-heart with a boardwalk experience that recalls the bygone days of Long Beach’s legendary Pike Pier. Shoreline Village is your unique destination to take a whimsical carousel ride or spend a couple of hours brushing up on your skeet-ball skills in an old-fashioned arcade, all while indulging your sweet tooth on cotton candy, funnel cake and more.

Catalina Island

Off the coast of Long Beach, California sits Catalina Island and its picturesque town of Avalon. Catalina is famous for its Mediterranean climates, laid back lifestyle and abundance of activities.

Long Beach Symphony

Celebrating its 78th season, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra is one of Southern California’s most professional and celebrated performing arts institutions.

Get more helpful information on visiting Long Beach at: http://www.visitlongbeach.com