New Time: March 22-24, 2017
New Location: Devens Common Center
This year’s Spring Conference will include different perspectives on leading innovation and change. Kelly Pollitt will speak on “ESSA Implementation: An Opportunity to Build Capacity and Empower Principal Leadership.” Todd Nesloney will offer an innovative look at change from a current principal and Rob Evans will offer the wisdom of experience of a longtime observer of schools and principals.
Kelly Pollitt is a dynamic advocate for principals at the national level. NAESP serves as a representative for principals before the United State Congress and the Executive Branch. As the Chief Strategist, Policy and Alliances, Kelly leads the development and implementation of policy, advocacy, and project-based efforts, with emphasis on supporting the role of elementary and middle level principals as the catalysts for school improvement. At NAESP, she works primarily with elementary and middle level principals to influence federal education reform initiatives and provide a school-based instructional leadership perspective on policy matters. Her presentation will enable us to learn about key provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), particularly those intended to empower principals. We have a strong voice in Washington and Massachusetts principals will now be able to hear from her in person.
Todd Nesloney, the Principal/Lead Learner at a PreK-5 school in Texas and co-author of “Kids Deserve It!”, will speak about pushing boundaries and challenging conventional thinking in order to do what’s best for kids. Todd took over a struggling, high poverty school n Navasota, Texas, brought in a brand new staff, and used his creative ideas to transform a campus. Todd and his Kids Deserve It co-author, Adam Welcome, actively blog and share their stories through many different social media avenues, especially Twitter. Check out the Kids Deserve It website for podcasts of their weekly Kids Deserve It show and follow them on Twitter (@kidsdserveit and #kidsdeserveit).
Rob Evans is a longtime friend of Massachusetts principals who has appeared at several MESPA conferences and workshops. He will speak about how leaders can cope with the real-life problems of change. Rob is a clinical and organizational psychologist and the Executive Director of The Human Relations Service in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is the author of many article and three books: Seven Secrets of The Savvy School Leader, The Human Side of School Change, and Family Matters: How Schools Can Cope with The Crisis in Childrearing