How Can You Maximize Your Time at the #NPC17: Do it all!!

Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 2.44.24 PMI am so looking forward to heading to Philly for the first ever PreK-12 Principal Conference a.k.a The National Principals’ Conference (#NPC17).  As my Assistant Principal (Kim Corbidge- @KCorbidge)  and I were deciding how to maximize our three days, we began to formulate a plan…”Let’s do it ALL”!

Last year #NAESP16 was awesome in DC and I even did some presenting:

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Our Plan of Attack

So, before even downloading the app, we scoured Twitter to see what we could find from our “Tweeps”…the must attend sessions from the people we learn from everyday from a distance!  Next, we looked at the strands and the types of presentations. We LOVE the variety:  Connectathon, Regular Presentations, the Innovations Lab, and EdCamp.  We wanted to make sure that we attended some of each. Next, we downloaded the app.  One of us looked at the speakers, while the other scrolled through the sessions offered on each day.

At first, we were trying to stay together (we are still doing that for some), but decided the divide and conquer method was the best!  We have even decided to keep breakfast simple and bring our own yogurt, cereal and snacks, so we can hit the ground running in the morning! We are #FitLeaders, so we need to make sure we get in our workouts too! Soooooo much to do and sooooo little time!

Before even attending sessions it is a must for us to connect with Joe Mazza, Tony Sinanis and Vicki Day…my #twitter mentors!  I would love to see Ms. Missouri, Beth Houf and some newer tweeps: Lindsy Stumpenhorst and Jessica Cabeen!  Also some old friends: Ben Gilpin, Jimmy Casas, Jeff Zoul, Brad Gustafson, Dan Butler, Todd Nesloney, Joe Sanfelippo, Theresa Stager, Melinda Miller, Kathy Melton and SO many more!

Here is our schedule:

Saturday–Get in, get registered and settled! Then attend the #Phillies game. It is Mike Schmidt Bobble Head Night! Go Phillies!!

Sunday–We are going to start bright and early at 7:30amScreen Shot 2017-07-07 at 1.49.26 PM.png with a Connectathon session: “#PrincipalsInAction”

Next, we can’t miss Eric Sheninger at 9:00 with “Digital Leadership”.

At 10:30, we will see you all in the Ballroom for Sherry Turkle’s opening session.

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At 1:00 Kim is going to “15 Free Tech Tools”, while at 1:15 I am venturing to “Every Child, Every Day!”

At 2:15 and 2:30 respectively we are going to EdCamp and “Redesigning Faculty Meetings”.

At 3:45 it’s either “Building a Culture Conducive to Change” AND/OR “Yes…And! Creating an Uncommon Partnership to Enhance Innovation in Education”.

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We are excited to cap off our day with a Happy Hour to learn about Future Ready Schools!Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 2.00.37 PM.png

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Monday–Early risers again with two sessions at 7:30-“Tips and Tools to Help with Work-Life Balance” and “Today is the Day..Be Memorable!”

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At 9:00, as our state NAESP rep, I am heading to the Zone 1 Meeting and Kim will be checking out “Creating Schools and Classrooms that are Future Ready”.

We will see you all in the ballroom to hear Mike Schmoker speak in his Thought Leader session.

From 12:30-2:00 We are going to spend our time in the Innovations Lab checking out mini sessions on Makering, Google, Connected WT documents.  We LOVE the Innovations Lab!

At 2:15 we are going to “Lead Like a Pirate” with our girls Beth Houf and Shelley Burgess.

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We have to cut out just a few minutes early to go back to the Innovations Lab to check out how to produce our own Hollywood Quality School Videos!

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To end our day, we are heading to Maggiano’s for Delaware Leader’s Social! If you are unable to make this, my faves #MomsAsPrincipals are also doing a social at 5:30!  : )


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Kim is beginning her day with “This is Us–Ideas to Expand Your Leadership” and I will be heading to the NAESP State Rep breakfast and meeting from 8-10:00.

At 9:00, Kim is heading to “#KidsDeserveIt” and then we are meeting for the conference THROWDOWN at 10:30am!

We will finish our day and our conference with Kevin Carroll in the ballroom.  Our big, yellow school bus will pick us up (we have a huge team of Principals and District Admin coming from Cape Henlopen) at 2:00PM and drive us the two hours back home to the Delaware Beaches!

While this is certainly not a comprehensive list and I think I keep missing @jeff_zoul,  I hope we will be able to get a lot out of our time in Philly.  Make sure you are…img_0222.jpg

Kim and I certainly will!  We hope to connect with you over the next few days!