State Principals Conference

Thursday, November 30, 2017 (All day) to Friday, December 1, 2017 (All day)

Cornhusker Marriott - Lincoln

*Pre-registration is now closed. Please visit the on-site registration desk to attend*

Thursday, November 30, 2017
12:30 p.m.     Registration & Exhibition Opens 
1:00 p.m.       Welcome - Brandon Mowinkel, NSASSP President
                      National Welcome - Dan Kelley, NASSP President
                     In a twist on the edCamp model of professional development, we are happy to announce #PrincipalRodeo. #PrincipalRodeo will be a participant-driven session designed to provide administrators professional development based on their unique needs. Come join us at the #PrincipalRodeo and participate in professional development like you haven't experienced before.

2:30 p.m.       Break & Exhibition Visit 
3:00 p.m.       Concurrent NSASSP and NAESP Law Sessions:

                     "Must Know" Info for Elementary Principals
                     Perry Law Firm
                     From involvement in custody disputes to evaluating personnel, elementary principals must address a wide variety of issues.  In this session, attorneys from the Perry Law Firm will discuss matters such as student discipline, social media and anti-discrimination laws.  They will focus on the areas that especially impact elementary schools.  The session will also address new legal developments and provide guidance on special education and other complex areas of the law that impact your work on a daily basis.
                     Crisis-Based and Traumatic Exclusions: Obligations Under State and Federal Law
                     KSB School Law
                     It's a crazy world out there.  Gone are the days of playground fist fights, which have been replaced by social media bomb threats, violent students, and sexual assault.  These areas are more complicated when the school believes an immediate response is needed for safety reasons.  Both general education and special education scenarios are complicated, and the purpose of this presentation is to go through examples of the most common types of crisis-based scenarios and the tools administrators have at their disposal under state and federal law.

4:30 p.m.      Social at HopCat
                     Catch up with your colleagues from accross the state over some great food and beverages to suite all tastes at the unique and popular HopCat , all included if you register for the social.
6:00 p.m.      Dinner on your own

Friday, December 1, 2017
8:00 a.m.       Continental Breakfast & Exhibits Open
8:45 a.m.       Welcome - Jason Calahan, NAESP President
                      National Welcome - Brian Partin, National AESP President
9:00 a.m.       Telling Your School Story”
                      Joe Sanfelippo
                      When is the last time something amazing happened in your school?  How many people knew about it?  The work done in schools all across the globe is spectacular.  Kids gather, learn, leave and make the world we live in a better place.  So…amazing things happen all the time.  Telling the story of schools helps create a narrative that builds culture and gives everyone in your community an identity.  Utilizing social media and being the chief storyteller in your district is a great way to celebrate the success of students with parents and the community. FIND YOUR AUDIENCE…BUILD YOUR BRAND…CELEBRATE KIDS!!

9:45 a.m.       Break 
10:15 a.m.     Select-a-Session I
11:00 a.m.     Break
11:15 a.m.     Select-a-Session II
12:00 p.m.     Awards Lunch
1:15 p.m.       Select-a-Session III 

Session I: 10:15-11:00
Making PBIS Cool in High School
Jill Johnson and Scott Axt, Seward High School
Why do we need to reward kids for just doing what they’re supposed to do? This is a common misconception of PBIS at the secondary level. This session will show how we overcame this myth by engaging our stakeholders and creating P.R.I.D.E., a school-wide reinforcement and acknowledgement system that provides immediate, intermittent, and long-term reinforcements through weekly recognition systems and quarterly Recognition Rallies featuring alumni speakers, unique student performances, and special P.R.I.D.E. awards.

Engaged Learners in the Diverse Classroom
Julie Myers, Nikki Edeal and Ann Foster, Lexington Public Schools
Learn how Lexington Public Schools has dramatically increased student engagement and achievement by developing an effective MTSS Plan that meets the needs of their diverse population. This session will focus on Lexington Public School’s MTSS process, which includes the implementation of direct instruction, high quality core materials, and research based interventions at the elementary level.

Instructional Rounds Using the Critical Friends Tuning Protocol to Guide Collaborative Conversations
(Facilitator Script and Guidelines), (Peer Observation Form), (Feedback Form)
Jeaneen Talbott and Rachel Beck, McMillan Magnet Center
For four years, McMillan Magnet Center has honed the process of Critical Friends and the Tuning Protocol for peer visitations and feedback.  From what started as choice peer observations with written feedback is now part of a targeted four-week Professional Development cycle.  In the cycle, teachers are taken through the gradual release of instruction with the independent application being Critical Friends and The Tuning Protocol.  This teacher-led process is structured, timed, and relies heavily on reflection and discussion for both the observed and the observer.  Come learn how to organize and implement this teacher-centered approach to improving instruction school-wide.

Plattsmouth Elementary WIN Time
Todd Halvorsen, Jan Stanek, and Niki Campin, Plattsmouth Elementary
Through the implementation of flexibility grouping, Plattsmouth Elementary has refined specific group instruction by developing WIN (What I Need Groups) during math instruction.  The primary purpose for WIN groups is to increase student achievement by providing instruction at each student’s instructional level.  Students at each grade level are grouped according to scores on the MAP assessment.  Classroom teachers are assigned a specific group, as are resource teachers and the HAL teacher WIN grouping plans allow frequent reassessment of student growth. Student reassignment is based upon student progress.  Teachers vary the level of instruction and pace of instruction according to the student’s level.    This WIN model is supported through the Go Math curriculum.  It provides Tiered instruction and implementation of varying strategies.  Instructional focus targets conceptual understanding, procedural knowledge and strategic competence.    Plattsmouth Elementary’s PLC groups meet weekly to plan and review data of the WIN groups. 

Essential Partnerships: Working Together to Address Nebraska's Teacher Vacancies
Sara Skretta, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Sheryl Feinsten, University of Nebraska-Kearney
Filling teaching vacancies is becoming increasingly difficult.  At this interactive roundtable presentation UNL and UNK will share an overview of a new initiative that partners schools and communities with teacher preparation programs.  Input from school leaders will be sought to help refine, define and direct the initiative.

Session II: 11:15-12:00
Eagle Pride Revisited
Cameron Soester, Brandon Mowinkel, and Cory Hartman, Milford Jr/Sr High School
In the past Milford Public Schools has shared a presentation titled Building and Sustaining School Culture: Making the Change.  MPS shared how their theme, “Everyone has a story . . . make yours worth telling,” was developed and implemented along with a program called Eagle Pride.  The success we have had flows from everyone working toward a common goal while recognizing that school culture is always a work in progress.  The Milford administrative team would like to revisit this discussion, and explain what has happened in the last two years since the original presentation was crafted.  We have many new exiting systems in place to help support the culture that we are trying to create.

NE-MAPS (Moms As Principals) Super Heroes in Disguise
Josie Floyd, Sutherland Public School
Erin Sieh, Freeman Public Schools 
Tessa Fraass, Creek Valley Public Schools 
Keri Homan, Morrill Public Schools
Tammy Schaefer, Cross County Community School
Pow!  Bam! Boom!  Kapow!  Come recharge your SUPERHERO powers with this amazing group of ladies! Tips & Tools to help you “put on your work/life balance cape” and be a Super Hero at home and school!   This session will allow you to network with principals from all over the United States, put some BANG! in your utility tool belt and leave you feeling like a SUPERHERO!

This is #OurWMS
Ross Ricenbaw and Emily Finley, Waverly Middle School
Come see how our students are celebrating students and staff culture while embedding our District Essentials and communication plan into a middle school broadcast journalism class. This session will include feedback from students, our classroom teacher, and administrators on the positive impact our students are making within our school and on social media.

Engaging Preschool Families
Cara Lucas-Richt, Lincoln Public Schools
NDE Rule 11 requires home visits as part of the Family Development and Support component of a district's pre-kindergarten (preschool program).  Learn about ways to structure, conduct and engage families in home visits and the school to improve child outcomes. This session will also include the role of the principal in the process. 

Connecting Student Performance to Teacher Evaluation
Brad Jacobsen, Ashland-Greenwood Schools
The NDE Evaluation system has a piece that connects student performance to the evaluation of the teacher on an annual basis.  Brad will share how Ashland-Greenwood uses this "Student Learning Objective" (SLO) to improve student learning and to improve staff performance.

Session III: 1:15-2:00
Johnnie Ostermeyer, Crofton JR/SR High School
This session will look at interventions during the school day that help all students but focus on at-risk/struggling students.  At Crofton we provide a hybrid junior high block schedule with three intervention times throughout the day.  At the high school we have an intervention to start we call Encore.  We also have a homeroom period at the end of the day for students to access teachers, read AR book, or work on homework.

Partnerships and Transitions = Student and Family Success
Sara Paider and Jen Hagen, St. Paul Public Schools
Creating opportunities for students to transition into a new and unknown world is crucial in helping them succeed.  St. Paul Public Schools has come up with some innovative ways to provide the necessary opportunities for their incoming kindergarten and junior high school students and families to gain a clear understanding of what they can plan to experience in their upcoming school year.  Both preschool and sixth grade students have multiple opportunities to explore classrooms, meet the teachers, and learn about the expectations and procedures in kindergarten and seventh grade.  Students have less anxiety and more confidence from the start!

Utilizing School Counselors to their Extent of their Abilities
Matthew Mims and Marissa Fye, University of Nebraska- Kearney
This session will discuss many of the skills, techniques, and increased knowledge of a school counselor and how to maximize their impact on your students, staff, and parents.  As budgets get cut, the cost-effectiveness of all staff positions is needed in strong school districts.  We will also present the benefits of the new alternative path for school counseling certification and how national standards can be used to strengthen the program in your school.  This session will be fun, interactive, and full of best practice info.

Guest Rooms
Cornhusker Marriott - Lincoln
Rate: $105 + tax
Mention: NAESP/NSASSP Principals Conference 2017
****Book your room by November 8, 2017****

Any cancellation request must be received no later than Monday, November 27, 2017.

*A 48 hour (2 business day) cancellation policy is in place for all events. To avoid being charged the full registration fee, please submit any requests to cancel your registration before the cancellation deadline. Please contact Michelle,, with all cancellation requests and inquiries. Please note: your registration fee will be refunded or waived ONLY if an event is cancelled due to inclement weather. Otherwise, the 48 hour (2 business day) cancellation policy remains in effect for all events.


Upcoming Events

NCSA/NDE School Safety and Security Summit

October 17, 2018
Kearney Holiday Inn

A statewide event to provide meaningful education from local and national experts on prevention, preparedness, and response protocol.  Look for registration and more information in August.

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