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New Principals Conference

The New Principals Conference, July 19-20, in Columbia, MO, is co-sponsored by the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP) and the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MoASSP).  Dr. Todd Whitaker, an internationally recognized speaker and author of more than 30 books, will be our featured presenter.  His message about the importance of effective leadership and quality teaching has resonated with hundreds of thousands of educators around the world. He is one of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness.  Prior to moving into higher education, Todd served as a principal at the middle school, junior high, and high school levels.
In addition, facilitators from the new Missouri Leadership Development System (MLDS), a two-year required program for re-certification, will lead introductory activities with the statewide cohort and the regional cohorts of new principals. Exemplary principals from across Missouri will also be on-hand to present key information in critical areas for new principals.

New principals and assistant principals should register for both the New Principal Conference in Columbia and the MAESP Leadership Conference, March 3-6, at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in the Lake of the Ozarks. There will be a special professional development session designed specifically for the statewide cohort of new principals during the spring conference. It will provide the opportunity to reconnect with the network of new principals from the New Principals Conference.

Conference Bundle for New Principals

MAESP is proud to be a key contributor to the Missouri Partnership for Mentoring New Leaders and the launch of the new Missouri Leadership Development System (MLDS).  Every new principal in Missouri is required to participate in a two-year mentoring program and the MLDS professional development program fulfills that requirement. MAESP's role in the new MLDS is to provide two specific and strategic opportunities for new principals. The first opportunity is the statewide New Principal's Conference and the second opportunity will be integrated into the MAESP Leadership Conference held each March. Therefore, MAESP has bundled the cost of both conferences into a single fee at a savings of $179 over registering for each conference individually. In addition, participants are encouraged to join MAESP for the 2017-2018 membership year (July 1 through June 30). First year members will receive a 25% discount off the active membership rate.


Conference Dates and Locations

2017 New Principals Conference
July 19-20
 CBO Event Center at The Elks Lodge & Battle High School
Columbia, MO 

2018 MAESP Leadership Conference

March 3-6
Tan-Tar-A Resort
Osage Beach, MO

New Principals Conference Agenda

July 19th 
Location:  CBO Event Center at The Elks Lodge - 4747 E Elk Park Dr., Columbia, MO  65201

 10:00 – 10:15                         Introductions and Welcome

10:15 – 10:45                         Overview of Missouri Leadership Development System (MLDS)

Facilitated by Mike Schooley, MAESP Executive Director and Phil Lewis, MOASSP Executive Director

10:45 – 12:15                          So, you want to be a principal. Why?

Facilitated by Jim Masters, Leadership Development Coordinator, DESE

This brief session will ask you to explore your reasons for choosing to be a building leader and provide compelling information on the critical nature of the challenge you have accepted                                              

The Role of Today’s School Leader

Facilitated by Jennee Gregory, Northwest MO Leadership Specialist, and Annette Cozort, Southwest MO Leadership Specialist

The job of a modern-day principal has transformed into something that would be almost unrecognizable to the principals of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s and even 1990s.  During this session, participants will engage in learning and conversation that deeply defines the role of today’s principal.  Principals will walk away with new insight and a greater understanding of the leadership behaviors and skillsets needed to successfully lead Missouri schools.

 12:15 – 1:00                          Lunch Break

 1:00 – 5:00                            What Great New Principals Do Differently!

                                                Dr. Todd Whitaker, University of Missouri

5:00 – 6:30                             Reception


July 20th 
Location:  Battle High School - 7575 E St. Charles Rd., Columbia, MO  65202

8:15 am                                  Agenda for the Day (Brief overview)

8:30 – 10:00                          A New Hat! 

New building administrators must become aware of the roles they influence in their buildings. Numerous roles are areas they influenced as teachers; however, a broader perspective to inform their increased responsibilities will be needed beginning on day one. In this session, leaders will work through the various roles of an administrator, look at the transition to building administrator, and reflect on their individual areas of strength and concern.

Facilitated by Tom Okruh, Southeast MO Leadership Specialist, Gena Heart of Missouri Leadership Specialist, and Lynn Proctor, Northeast Missouri Leadership Specialist

Transitioning for Success

Facilitated by John Edgar, South Central MO Leadership Specialist and Alan Bancroft, Central MO Leadership Specialist

Let us help you ensure a great first impression with your students, staff, and parents.  We will help you identify and address the most critical potential land mines that you may encounter as you transition to the role of building leader.

10:00 – 11:00                         Great Leaders Surround Themselves with Great Leaders

Research affirms the most impactful professional learning is sustained over time and embedded in collaborative teams.  Participants will join your regional MLDS cohort to develop a Professional Learning Network of like-minded leaders to enhance your learning and grow leadership capacity all year long.  Get a sneak peek into the MLDS Learning Experiences and be inspired for a year of collaborative learning.

11:10 – 12:10                          Principal Panel of Current Principal Practitioners


12:10 – 12:45                          Lunch

12:45 – 1:45                            Breakout Sessions (Elementary, MS, HS)

Participants will have the opportunity to meet by school level with a current practitioner

 2:00 – 3:00                             Closing Activities

Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals
3550 Amazonas Drive
Jefferson City, MO  65109

Phone: 573-638-2460
Fax:  573-556-6270

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