Principals as Transformation Leaders: Changing School Cultures

Thursday, November 9, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST

Effective principals must motivate teachers, staff, and each other to transform school cultures. This webinar, the third in a series supported by The Wallace Foundation, will feature school leaders who have successfully worked to create a positive school culture that promotes learning and acceptance for all.

Topics will include—

  1. Developing a healthy school culture
  2. Advice to new principals entering a toxic culture
  3. Starting positive dialogs about public education with community members
  4. Engaging experienced faculty and staff in a changing culture

This free webinar will include time for Q&A. It will also be recorded and archived for future reference. View the recordings of previous webinars in this series here.


Kathy Mackay, Principal, Poudre High School, Fort Collins, Colorado

Kathy Mackay grew up in Littleton, Colorado, and came to Fort Collins to attend Colorado State University (CSU). After earning her degree in technical journalism and communication, she began her career as a reporter and anchor for a local news station, then took a position as a video producer and communications assistant for the Poudre School District. It's there she learned that her true passion was working with kids. Mackay returned to CSU for a teaching endorsement in social studies and was soon hired at Poudre High School to teach IB Humanities, U.S. history, and video production. Kathy left Poudre for a brief stint as a junior high school assistant principal, returned to Poudre in 2008 as an assistant principal, and became principal in 2013.

Eileen Mooney Cambria, Principal, Franklin School, Westfield, New Jersey

Eileen M. Cambria is an elementary principal in northern New Jersey. This year marks her 11th year at Franklin School, in suburban Westfield, New Jersey, serving 595 students from first through fifth grade. Her career also includes 6 years as an assistant principal and 12 years as an elementary classroom teacher. As an administrator, she has participated in new teacher mentor programs for 17 years. Cambria earned a doctoral degree in educational administration, leadership, and supervision from Seton Hall University (NJ) and a bachelor of science degree from St. John’s University (NY).

Stephen Droske, Principal, Thomas Jefferson School, Hawthorne, New Jersey

Stephen Droske also leads a suburban elementary school in northern New Jersey. This is his first year as principal of Thomas Jefferson School in Hawthorne, New Jersey, serving 275 students from preschool to fifth grade. His prior experience includes 4 years as a middle school dean of students and vice principal as well as 10 years as a middle school social studies teacher. Droske received his master's degree in educational administration and supervision from Rutgers University (NJ) and his bachelor's degree in political science and secondary education from American University (DC). He is currently working on completing his doctorate in educational leadership at Rutgers. His research is on how schools create and make use of student performance data.


Wendy Fothergill, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Principal Licensure, Colorado State University

Donna Cooner, Professor, Colorado State University


Location: Webinar

Call for Entries: 2019 AACTE Awards

AACTE invites submissions for its 2019 awards!

Submission Deadlines:

  • Outstanding Dissertation Award: August 20, 2018
  • Best Practice and Professional Achievement Awards: October 10, 2018

View Call for Entries Submit Online

Award winners will be honored at the 2019 AACTE Annual Meeting, February 22–24 in Louisville, Kentucky, during the general sessions.

Future Annual Meetings

  • 2019 – February 22-24, Kentucky International Convention Center | Louisville, KY
  • 2020 – February 28 – March 1, Atlanta Marriott Marquis | Atlanta, GA
  • 2021 – February 26-28, Washington State Convention Center | Seattle, WA

Site Selection Procedures

Annual Meeting Site Selection Procedures

AACTE considers many factors in determining its future locations for the Annual Meeting, which brings together over 2,000 individuals in the educator preparation field each year. These factors include but are not limited to geographic and cultural diversity, attendee cost, available meeting space, and social justice considerations.

The following priorities guide Annual Meeting site selection:

  1. Location
    1. Selection of a site 4-5 years in advance.
    2. Rotation among U.S. regions, with at least one western region destination every five years.
    3. Urban destination with accessible airlift, affordable airfare, and local travel infrastructure.
    4. Available dates that coincide with AACTE's preferred time frame of late February or early March.
    5. Favorable antidiscrimination and accessibility policies, including those related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, physical ability, health conditions, socioeconomic status, and marital, domestic, or parental status.
    6. Presence of AACTE members in the vicinity of the destination.
  2. Facilities/Space
    1. Adequate amount of meeting rooms, exhibit areas, and other space to meet the Annual Meeting's needs.
    2. Accessibility of facilities/space.
    3. Compact Annual Meeting footprint.
    4. Proximity of hotel partners.
    5. Transportation logistics and cost.
    6. Sizeable block of rooms available at primary hotels.
  3. Cost/Affordability
    1. Guest room rates.
    2. Complimentary facilities or services provided.
    3. Rental rates for facilities.
    4. Food and beverage expenditure requirements.
    5. Labor expenses.
    6. Audio/visual rental costs.
    7. Incentives offered by either the destination or its subsidiary partners.

See What You Missed in 2018

Visit the Learning Center to watch video recordings from previous Annual Meetings. Welcome Sessions and Speaker Spotlight Sessions are public, while other recordings are available only to conference registrants.

Keynote Panel
Opening Session Keynote Panel
Diane Ravitch
Closing by Diane Ravitch
Major Forums
Five Deeper Dives Sessions
70th Annual Meeting Highlights