What Should High-Quality Principal Preparation Programs Look Like?

Principals need high-quality preparation to ensure they are ready to take on the perpetual evolving challenges associated with school leadership today. But, what does high-quality principal preparation look like? …

Join us, December 18th, for our fourth and final webinar series highlighting principal preparation. A panel of researchers and practitioners will highlight how the PSEL and NELP standards and district partnerships are being used to prepare new principals for their role as school leaders. This webinar will include Q&A with the presenters and will be available for future viewing.

This a partnership webinar with AACTE, who will host the webinar on their platform. NASSP will help market the webinar.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 3:00PM - 4:00PM

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Presenter Information: 

Joan AuchterJoan Auchter, Director, Professional Learning
National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
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Joan Auchter leads the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) professional development ensuring that principals, assistant principals, and aspiring middle and high school leaders have the research, information, programs and conferences that enable them to successfully lead their schools. Prior to joining NASSP, Ms. Auchter was the Chief Learning Officer at Cricket Media, an education company that connects children across the globe to learn together. A lifelong educator, Ms. Auchter also served as the Chief Program and Innovation Officer at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the Executive Director of the GED Testing Service.  She has also held positions with the College Board, West Virginia’s State Department of Education and the Logan County Board of Education. 

Timothy DrakeTimothy Drake, Assistant Professor /Researcher
North Carolina State University
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Timothy A. Drake, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Education Leadership and Policy at North Carolina State University. He is also Project Director for the Wallace Foundation's University Principal Preparation Initiative (UPPI). His research focuses on the policies and practices that shape teacher effectiveness and principal preparation and development. 

Jarmon FlowersJarmon Flowers, Graduate Assistant/Principal
William & Mary, School Leadership Institute
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Jarmon is a doctoral student in the Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership Program for K-12 Administration at William & Mary. He is a graduate assistant in the School Leadership Institute, which provides professional development to administrators and teachers across the state of Virginia. He has earned degrees and certifications from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of Minnesota. Prior to the doctoral program, Mr. Flowers served as a principal, assistant principal, instructional coach, and teacher. Additionally, he has presented at multiple conferences and participated in several professional institutes focused on advocacy, leading, teaching and learning. His research interests include professional identity of educational leaders, principalship, equity and rural education. Outside of academia, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and reading.


Call for Entries: 2020 AACTE Awards

Award winners will be honored at the 2020 AACTE Annual Meeting, February 28 – March 1 in Atlanta, Georgia, during the general sessions.

Future Annual Meetings

  • 2021 – February 26-28, Washington State Convention Center | Seattle, WA
  • 2022 – March 4-6, New Orleans Marriott | New Orleans, LA
  • 2023 – February 25-27, JW Marriott Indianapolis | Indianapolis, IN

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 2019

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.

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