2021 National Leaders Conference

National Leaders Conference - February 21-24, 2021

NAESP’s National Leaders Conference (NLC) gathers elementary and middle-level principal leaders from across the country to build attendees’ leadership skills, knowledge around how federal policies and programs impact principals and schools, and how to advocate on these issues. This year’s NLC will be virtual, which provides an opportunity for all NAESP members to participate. Sessions will include discussions on how education funding will be impacted by COVID, education policy priorities in states, and what to expect on K-12 issues from the new Administration and Congress in 2021.

Keynoting this year’s NLC is Charlie Cook, Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report, widely considered to be one of the nation’s most respected and impartial analyst of American politics, elections and political trends. With his encyclopedic knowledge, memorable stories, quick wit, and meaningful insights, Charlie Cook focuses on the broad implications of the latest election results and forecasts what to expect in upcoming elections.

We look forward to you joining us for this year’s NLC.

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Financial Turmoil & Opportunities
Presenter: Dr. Marguerite Roza, Director, Edunomics Lab; Research Associate Professor at Georgetown University
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Federal Advocacy Update
Presenter: Danny Carlson, NAESP Associate Executive Director of Policy & Advocacy
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2021 Education Policy Trends
Presenter: Jeremy Anderson, President, Education Commission of the States
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*For inquiries and updates, please contact Katie Earley, Manager of Professional Learning Projects, at kearley@naesp.org