You’ll leave informed and inspired!

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Half-day workshops deliver focused professional development from some of the field’s most dynamic experts. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

  • Robert Marzano, Measuring & Developing Teacher Effectiveness
  • Alan November, Figuring Out the Pieces of the Common Core
  • Daniel Pink, Powering Student Learning Through Arts-Infused Education


Bring your teacher team for a full day of immersion in the latest thinking on teacher skills, and come away with new tools they can use. Includes admission to the Expo. Team discounts are available.


  • Freeman Hrabowski, Opening Keynote Speaker

By transforming the University of Maryland, Baltimore County into one of the nation’s leading producers of African Americans with Ph.D.s in science and engineering, President Hrabowski teaches all educators that minority and low income students can and should be held to the highest standards.

  • Adam Sáenz, Closing Keynote Speaker

Speaking with heart and humor, Sáenz addresses teacher resilience through his inspirational story and what he identifies as his two personal life savers: education and teachers.


  • Michael Fullan, Motion Leadership in Action

Moving educators to action, Fullan illustrates how motion leadership can propel entire organizations and systems forward by using a small number of specific actions to generate momentum for lasting change.

  • Eric Jensen, Teaching with Poverty in Mind

With fresh neuroscience and classroom insights, Jensen provides an engaging overview of the new science of academic achievement for low-income students including a practical roadmap to help kids from poverty succeed.

  • Todd C. Whitaker, Getting All Teachers to Be Like Our Best Teachers

Expanding on the specific qualities and practices of great teachers that elevate them above the rest, Whitaker discusses ways to improve our schools, hire better teachers and improve the ones we have.

  • Gabe Zichermann, The Gamification Revolution

Zichermann will show and explain how this driving force of innovation, game-based learning,  is changing  education.


Focused learning in discussion and exercise-intensive sessions.

  • Justin Baeder, iPad Essentials for School Leaders
  • Michael Chirichello, High Performing Teams: Lead the Charge (and)  Rethink Teacher Evaluation: Conversations that Get Results
  • Cami Eiskamp & Mark Reardon, Creating a Culture of Student Engagement and Increased Performance
  • Jim Grant, Grade Level Retention in the Era of Common Core Standards, What Extraordinary Teachers Do Differently: What Every Principal Should Know
  • Gretchen Goodman, If you have too much on your plate, DON’T get a bigger plate
  • Baruti Kafele, Motivating Black Male Students to Achieve in School and Life
  • Maureen Keithley, Principals = Leaders, Supporting the Needs of Your ELLs and Teachers
  • Deborah Leong, Pre-K/Kindergarten: Research on Reading and Self-Regulation
  • Brian Perkins, Improving School Climate: A Process for Transforming Learning Environments
  • Mike Schmoker,  Focus: First Things First for the 21st Century
  • Larry Bell,  The Power of an Educator Through High Expectations


Based on NAESP and Solution Tree’s What Principals Need to Know book series, these sessions provide the framework administrators need to be effective instructional leaders.

  • David Sousa, The Basics of Creating Brain-Compatible Classrooms
  • Patricia and James Cunningham, What Principals Need to Know About Teaching & Learning Reading


  • Darrell Scott — Rachel’s Challenge is named after Rachel Joy Scott, who was the first student killed in the Columbine shootings. You’ll hear the inspiring story of how her shining example of kindness and compassion was not defeated that day.


Community Service Day

Wednesday, July 10, 8:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School, Baltimore

More than 100 volunteers will assemble to participate in a day of community service. Thanks to Landscape Structures for supporting this project. 
Jeans & Jerseys

NAESP Foundation Fundraiser to Benefit Student Leadership Programs

Wednesday, July 10, 7:00 p.m. -  9:30 p.m.

Wear your favorite team jersey and jeans and enjoy live music, tasty food and drinks, book signings by celebrity authors, a silent auction and more!

Expo Sneak Peek Happy Hour

Thursday, July 11, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

To kick off the opening night fun, this year’s exhibitors are hosting a happy hour ‘behind the scenes” look at the 250+ companies who have gathered to share the latest products and services.

Welcome to Baltimore Bash!

Thursday, July 11, 8:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

Our welcome get-togethers are always an attendee favorite. Come enjoy, and dance the night away!


Friday, July 12 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday, July 13 - 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

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