NAESP, in cooperation with Corwin Press and Eye on Education, is pleased to offer a unique opportunity to meet nationally recognized educational authors. Authors will be available to sign their books in the NAESP Bookstore immediately following their presentations.
Friday, April 9
3:30 p.m.—4:15 p.m.
Book Signing: 4:15 p.m.—4:30 p.m.
Daniel L. Duke, Ed.D.
Differentiating School Leadership: Facing the Challenges of Practice
The literature on school leadership is dominated by a one-size-fits-all perspective. In his presentation, Duke will use examples of practicing principals to challenge this notion. His basic argument is straightforward: The focus of school leadership must vary with the context and circumstances if it is to be effective. Duke’s work with the first university-based training program for school turnaround specialists alerted him to the unique challenges facing principals who take over chronically low-performing schools and must produce dramatic improvements quickly. Duke will discuss each of the four leadership challenges from his new book, Differentiating School Leadership: Facing the Challenges of Practice, focusing in particular on school turnaround leadership. (Corwin Press)
Jennifer L. Hindman, Ph.D.
People First: The School Leader’s Guide to Building and Cultivating Relationships with Teachers
As an instructional leader, do you sometimes feel like a lone captain of your ship? Come learn how building relationships can get all hands on deck. This session focuses on cultivating strong working relationships between teachers and instructional leaders (principals, assistant principals, supervisors, and teacher leaders). In this interactive session, research-based ideas from the field will be modeled and shared so that instructional leaders can use or adapt the strategies to their setting to positively influence the climate and student achievement within the school. Participants will leave the session with strategies they can implement immediately and ideas they can adapt for use in their instructional settings. (Eye on Education)
Saturday, April 10
4:30 p.m.—5:15 p.m.
Book Signing: 5:15 p.m.—5:30 p.m.
Carol Ann Commodore, Ed.D.
Beyond School Improvement: The Journey to Innovative Leadership
As educators, we need to develop schools and learning opportunities that prepare our students to be successful in an unpredictable global world. This creates a challenge for leaders—to help their school organizations improve at the same time they help them innovate. The authors’ book builds the case for both improvement and innovation. Leaping to innovation requires courageous conversations. These conversations are the context in which the change elements and attributes of innovation lead to essential leadership practices. Commodore will assist participants in distinguishing the different mind-sets it will take to lead into the future and in identifying the four essential practices needed to create leadership that nurtures both improvement and innovation, often in paradoxical contexts. (Corwin Press)
Joseph A. Hendershott, M.Ed.
Reaching the Wounded Student
Based on the Hendershott’s book, Reaching the Wounded Student,this session will provide participants with the understanding of why so many children today are hurting, lost, and not achieving in the classroom. Through that understanding, educators can start the process of reaching their students’ wounds so that they can be successful in school, in society, and in the rest of their lives. Hendershott is passionate to start a new cycle in the lives of these children so that they will then pass it on for generations to come. This session provides an opportunity to take time and reflect on the profession or calling of an educator and realize the power and influence we possess as teachers. We will explore ways to encourage wounded children through alternative discipline techniques that are geared toward changing behavior and boosting esteem to promote achievement in and out of the classroom. (Eye on Education)
Sunday, April 11
3:30 p.m.—4:15 p.m.
Book Signing: 4:15 p.m.—4:30 p.m.
Lizette Howard, Ph.D.
Poverty is NOT a Learning Disability: Equalizing Opportunities for Low SES Students
While this presentation examines multiple strategies that contribute to the overall success of a typical school, it also includes specific recommendations for achieving and managing successful change in low socioeconomic environments. Leaders and teachers will be excited by the practicability of the concepts and strategies offered in the presentation to affect change at their schools. All too often, programs, books, and coursework do not provide participants with workable strategies that are immediately applicable to the schools or classrooms. Participants will be prepared to affect change immediately and construct an instructional environment that limits learning disabilities identification to students who are truly learning disabled. Participants also will learn teaching and learning strategies teachers and administrators can use to alter the classroom environment to address students’ individual needs and enable low-achieving students from poverty to compete successfully in regular classrooms. (Corwin Press)
Teach My Kid—I Dare You! The Educator’s Essential Guide to Parent Involvement
Does your school always seem to be looking for a way to improve relationships with parents? Does your school have enough parental involvement? Many schools have found that by planning for parents to be a primary and valued part of the educational process, school achievement goes up. With new NCLB requirements regarding planning for parental improvement, this session will review 50+ ideas to increase involvement. The session will also review skills 21st century educators need to deal with today’s parents. Participants who use the session material should witness an increase in both the quantity and quality of parent interactions. Material will include what schools across the country are doing to improve. (Eye on Education)