State Principals Conference

Thursday, December 6, 2018 (All day) to Friday, December 7, 2018 (All day)

Cornhusker Marriott - Lincoln, NE

State Principals Conference 2018

This annual event brings together elementary, middle, and secondary principals from across the state for professional development and networking. 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

12:30     Registration & Exhibition Opens 
1:00       Welcome - Casey Slama, NAESP President
In a twist on the edCamp model of learning, we are happy to bring back #PrincipalRodeo. This participant-driven session is designed to provide professional development for the unique needs of principals. Come join us at the #PrincipalRodeo and learn like never before!
2:30       Break & Exhibition Visit 
3:00       Concurrent NSASSP and NAESP Law Sessions
4:30       Social at Green Flash Brewhouse and Eatery
6:00       Dinner on your own

Friday, December 7, 2018
8:00       Continental Breakfast & Exhibits Open
8:30       Welcome - Sheri Chittenden, NSASSP President
              Inspire the Hopeless, Empower the Dreamers - Phil Campbell
Learn how to revolutionize the culture and climate of your school through tried and proven ideas that focus on recognition for ALL stakeholders on your campus. Learn how the power of relationships and "making it matter" can completely transform the perception of your school from the inside out. Countless proven ideas will be shared to make every student and adult feel like a rock star!
9:45       Break 
10:15     Select-a-Session I
11:00     Break
11:15     Select-a-Session II
12:00     Awards Lunch
1:15       Select-a-Session III


Concurrent Session Topics

Session I: 10:15-11:00
Growing Expectation and Positive Culture in a Collaborative and Diverse Setting
Michelle Burton and Mr. Jesse Zavadil - Schuyler Middle School
Expectation, Culture, Diverse Cultures, SPED accommodations, EL learners...the special populations that we serve often take our individual attention.  Learn how Schuyler Middle School has successfully led themselves through a School Improvement Grant while growing positive culture and student success one step at a time.

Communication In Public Education
Brandi Paul, Jeremy Maskel, Kala Morrissey, and Amanda Oliver - Nebraska School Public Relations Association
Communication Directors from some of the state's largest school districts will help you form clear communication plans and practices to navigate the challenging world of public education. From newsletters, to crisis communication, to 'telling your story' to increase community engagement and support, this session will provide key tips and tools to best communicate with families, staff and taxpayers.

"Be Safe!"  How to organize a safety drill in your school
Jason Heitz and Jerad Wulf - Wakefield Community School
Wakefield Community School has done numerous different safety/crisis drills, each time challenging ourselves by adding details to our mock scenario.  Come see how to plan safety drills, ranging from what to do for medical emergencies, to how to react to gunfire in the building.

Practical Strategies for Re-Thinking the Role of Your School Psychologist to Meet the Mental Health Needs of Your Students
Dr. Jill Timmons - Fairbury Public Schools
Dr. Marilyn Grady – University of NE at Lincoln
Dr. Travis Miller - Bayard Public Schools
School staff are facing an increase in behavioral and mental health needs.  While budgets are not likely going to change, rethinking how resources are used and maximizing the resources a leader has to meet the needs of students is important.  This session will provide practical strategies for school leaders to use their school psychologists as mental health providers.    

Session II: 11:15-12:00
Finding Your Tribe
Keri Homan - Morrill Elementary School 
Josie Floyd - Sutherland Public School
Erin Sieh -  Freeman Public
Tessa Fraass -  Creek Valley Public Schools
Keri Homan - Morrill Public Schools
Tammy Schaefer - Cross County Community School
We all need a TRIBE that can help motivate us, encourage us, keep us focused, laugh with us, and maybe even cry with us as we balance life at school and at home.    Join Moms as Principals from around the state as they share out on a variety of topics. This session will be interactive, engaging and will provide an opportunity to ask questions and gain feedback from other principals from around the state about your own burning topics!

EdReady Nebraska - Personalized Learning in Three Nebraska Districts
Josh Snyder - Wahoo Public Schools
Dr. Jon Cerny - Bancroft-Rosalie Community Schools
Mr. Greg Pavlik - Ogallala High School
Nancy Movall - ESUCC
Interested in content materials that can be used as standalone or supplementary curriculum? This session will focus on how three Nebraska school districts plan to use EdReady to ensure all students succeed. We will share our stories (both current and future) and how we plan to use the EdReady content, FREE to all schools in Nebraska, to provide a more personalized learning experience for our students, making sure we identify and address any learning gaps along the way, and helping guide our students to success. 

Pupil Transportation Legislation Updates
Erin Howard and Mick Anderson - Nebraska Safety Center
The Nebraska Safety Center and transportation experts will provide an update on Pupil changes with LB 347 being passed and the transition into the new procedures that will take effect January 1, 2019.

Student Voice: Organizing & Creating Quality Content for School Social Media Accounts
Jill Johnson - Seward High School
In this session attendees will see how Seward Public School students are using social media to tell their story. We'll share some of the organizational systems our Social Media Interns are using to combine graphic design, journalism, and video production skills through multiple mediums while administrators and teachers easily monitor and approve content composed by students. 

Session III: 1:15-2:00
GRIT- Building Student Resilience
Seth Ford and David Spencer - South Platte High School
At South Platte Schools we have started biweekly learning sessions with our 7-12 students that are intended to grow our students resiliency, comfort zones, and improve how they react to events in their life. We base most of our theories on the works of Carol Dweck, Angela Duckworth, and Brian and Tim Kight.

Dyslexia Technical Assistance Document and LB 1052: What Educators Need to Know (Handout 1, Handout 2)
Dr. Eileen Vautraver and Gwelda Carlson, Nebraska Dyslexia Association
Learn what you need to know to implement LB 1052 this coming year.  Eileen Vautravers, M.D. will explain what dyslexia is and what it is not, provide characteristics of dyslexia found in preschool, elementary and secondary school students, and discuss conditions frequently associated with dyslexia. Gwelda Carlson, M.A. will explain the importance of universal screening and early identification, assessments, evidence-based instruction and accommodations

Human Trafficking
Glen Parks - Nebraska Attorney General's Office
This program is designed to teach education professionals the three ‘R’s of human trafficking:  Realize, Recognize, & Respond.  Participants will realize that human trafficking does exist in Nebraska, be able to recognize a trafficking situation or potential trafficking victim, and will know how to respond appropriately to a trafficking situation.

Are You Future Ready? A Look At Nebraska’s Statewide Projects
Beth Kabes – ESUCC
Dorann M. Avey - Nebraska Department of Education
Nebraska's Department of Ed and the ESU Coordinating Council collaborate on a number of projects to support districts. Some projects are statewide initiatives, others are to help meet the tenets of AQuESTT. Beth and Dorann from ESUCC and NDE will share with attendees what the projects are and how to access them for your school. The discussion will be based on the work of the Future Ready Nebraska Advisory council. Within the “gears” of Future Ready, the following projects are currently being implemented: NE’s Single Sign-On Portal -, BlendEd Learning Pilot, NE’s Open Education Resource platform -, and National Repository of Online Courses (NROC) including EdReady ( and HippoCampus ( Presenters will be sharing how to become involved in these projects as well as the results of implementation of the work.    The leaders of the session are also asking for feedback around your needs as a school and a principal. This information will be useful to continue collaborating and supporting schools in order to be Future Ready.

Lodging Information

Cornhusker Marriott
333 S. 13th Street - Lincoln, NE 68508
Reservations: (866) 706-7706
Mention: NAESP/NSASSP Principals
Rate: $110 + tax
Book by November 7, 2018


Exhibit and Sponsorship
Each year the NAESP and NSASSP hold an annual conference to provide professional development for Nebraska Principals and allow for better collaboration between the organizations.  The audience for this event is made up of elementary, middle, and high school principals from across the state.  Opportunities for this year's event are closed.

The exhibit and sponsor cancellation deadline for this event is November 16. No refunds will be provided after this date.


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