National Summit for Principal Supervisors

School district leaders, education service providers, colleges and universities from across the nation will share programs, initiatives, products and services practices that support the work of principal supervisors.

Two types of presentations are scheduled and will be delivered in the format of concurrent sessions:

Panel Presentations

Comprised of up to three presenters from different districts, colleges, and/or partner organizations who will present similar topics

  • Presenters are to limit formal presentations to approximately 15 minutes as each session will only run for 60 minutes. This will encourage discussion between presenters and participants.
  • Our goal is to maximize the sharing of important ideas and information.
  • All rooms will be arranged conference-style to facilitate discussion.
  • Individuals and groups are encouraged to submit proposals in areas that focus on informing the audiences according to the conference strands identified in the tabs on the left.

Breakout Sessions

Form the core of the conference and feature a successful practice, program, or key issue

  • Presenters use active learning techniques to engage participants.
  • Breakout sessions may be presented by multiple presenters with approximately 45 minutes for presentations. This will allow time for discussion between presenters and participants.
  • Our goal is to maximize the sharing of important ideas and information.
  • All rooms will be arranged conference-style to facilitate discussion.
  • Individuals and groups are encouraged to submit proposals in areas that focus on informing the audiences according to the conference strands identified in the tabs on the left.


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Strand: The Changing Role of the Principal Supervisor

Effective Deployment of Principal Supervisors

Target Audience: Superintendents, District Administration, Principal Supervisors and Aspiring Principal Supervisors
Description: District leaders and experts in the field of educational leadership and reform discuss best practices and lessons learned from how they have deployed principal supervisors and aligned district resources to support strategic initiatives. Topics such as span of control, expertise and skills matching are encouraged.

Defining the Role of the Principal Supervisor

Target Audience: Superintendents, District Administration, Principal Supervisors and Aspiring Principal Supervisors
Description: This session provides districts with an opportunity to understand and define the role of the principal supervisor and what districts can do to make the role clearer.

Juggling Multiple Roles: Setting Priorities and Making the Best Use of Your Time

Target Audience: Superintendents, District Administration, Principal Supervisors and Aspiring Principal Supervisors
Description: This session takes a look at a cross section of responsibilities of the principal supervisor, from administrative to operational leader, and how to prioritize and juggle the constant demands of district priorities while ensuring adequate time is spent in with principals to impact the quality of teaching and learning. This session also addresses the need for district staff to balance their time commitments between schools considered high needs versus high performing.

Balancing the Principal Supervisor Roles of Coach and Evaluator

Target Audience: Superintendents, District Administration, Principal Supervisors and Aspiring Principal Supervisors
Description: This session helps principal supervisors think through when and how to balance their role as coach and supervisor.

The Principal’s Perspective on the Effects of the Changing Role of Principal Supervisor

Target Audience: Superintendents, District Administration, Principal Supervisors and Aspiring Principal Supervisors
Description: This session helps principal supervisors think through the impact of their work on those they supervise.

Best Practices for Redesigning the Central Office

Target Audience: Superintendents, District Administration, Principal Supervisors and Aspiring Principal Supervisors
Description: District leaders and experts in the field of educational leadership and reform will discuss best practices on how to marginalize the expertise and resources of the central office staff to strategically connect the work of principal supervisors to better support schools.

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Strand: Developing a Strong Principal Supervisor

Building a Better Bench

Target Audience: Superintendents, District Administration, Principal Supervisors and Aspiring Principal Supervisors
Description: This session focuses on the role of human resources and human capital. Are district’s doing enough to strengthen the principal pipeline?

Building Effective Layers of Support

Target Audience: Superintendents, District Administration, Principal Supervisors, Aspiring Principal Supervisors and Principals
Description: This session affords district staff and principal supervisors an opportunity to hear from other districts as to how they utilize and align resources and support staff—such as principal coaches—to provide multi-faceted support for both new and experienced principals.

Employing Better Learning through Structured Teaching

Target Audience:   Superintendents, District Administration, Principal Supervisors and Aspiring Principal Supervisors
Description:   This session helps to support principal supervisors in how to support their principals in identifying key challenges in low performing or challenging schools/classrooms where student achievement data suggest student performance on targeted indicators are consistently declining.

How to Support Principals in High Needs Schools with Special Populations

Target Audience:   Superintendents, District Administration, Principal Supervisors and Aspiring Principal Supervisors
Description:   This session offers Principal Supervisors with a focus on leveraging resources within the district to support high needs schools with special populations.

A Model Approach to Enhancing Leadership Skills through Professional Development

Target Audience:  Superintendents, Talent Development Officers, Human Resource Administration, Principal Supervisors and Aspiring Principal Supervisors
Description:   This session will help Talent Development Offices, principal supervisors and district administrators develop a need to work together to create targeted professional development opportunities that are job-embedded and skills based. This session discusses various instruments to guide districts in the development of key programs.

Developing the Instructional Know-How of the Principal Supervisor

Target Audience: Superintendents, District Administration, Principal Supervisors and Aspiring Principal Supervisors
Description: This session provides principal supervisors with an instructional lens to understand the instructional shifts and the level of instructional know-how they need to support principals.

Developing Indicators of School Improvement

Target Audience:   Superintendents, District Administration, Principal Supervisors and Aspiring Principal Supervisors
Description:   This session focuses on specific look-fors to support principals around key performance indicators and establishing a preliminary plan at the start of the school year to track and meet expected targets throughout the year.

Ways ESSA Funding is Being Used to Support Principal Supervisors

Target Audience: Superintendents, District Administration, Principal Supervisors, Budget Officers,  and Aspiring Principal Supervisors
Description: This session provides districts with an opportunity to understand how ESSA funding can be used to expand initiatives to support the role of principal supervisors.

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Strand: Leading a New Generation of Principal Supervisors

Breaking the District Communication Barriers

Target Audience: Superintendents, District Administration, Principal Supervisors and Aspiring Principal Supervisors
Description: District leaders and experts in the field of educational leadership and reform discuss efforts to identify barriers and target efforts within district divisions to align resources around a single purpose: student achievement. This session will also focus on ways to involve all stakeholders, specifically principals, in the feedback loop to better target the needs of schools.

Working with a Flawed Principal Evaluation Tool

Target Audience: Superintendents, District Administration, Principal Supervisors and Aspiring Principal Supervisors
Description: Participants in this session will reflect and examine the challenges of their current principal evaluation tool. Presenters will explore specific attributes or leadership look-fors that should be an area of focus throughout the calendar year during the coaching and evaluation cycle of principals.

Engaging Principals through the Peer Review Process

Target Audience: Superintendents, District Administration, Principal Supervisors and Aspiring Principal Supervisors
Description: This session focuses on having principal supervisors conduct interrater-reliability walkthroughs with principals to calibrate effective teaching practices.

Effectively Evaluating Principal Supervisors

Target Audience: Superintendents, District Administration, Principal Supervisors and Aspiring Principal Supervisors
Description: This session will provide evaluation systems that will effectively gauge the progress and impact principals and principal supervisors are making in schools.This session will also discuss how principals and principal supervisors evaluations reflect progress toward district strategic objectives.

Session 1

Topic Files
Breathing Life Into The ‘I’ Of Instructional Leadership  
Principal Supervisors Building the Capacity of Principals to Lead Learning  
Model, Encourage, and Support Effective Communication Strategies  
Three Critical Features of Successful Principal Network Meetings  
Development Using the Leadership Learning Toolkit  
Leading Learning: Principal Leadership Development  
It’s A New Day & New Way in Brevard  
Driving Support & Improvement Using Principal Supervisor Dashboard  

Session 2

Topic Files
Managing Cohesive Instructional Change Across Buildings  
Coaching and Developing Turnaround Leader Actions  
Creating Systems Change Through an Aligned Approach to District, School Leader and Teacher Development  
Racial Bias and the Principal Supervisor  
The Hawaii DOE Leadership Institute : A Systemic Approach to Leadership Development  
How are the children?  
Using Learning Walks to engage in coaching with leaders and staff  
Leadership Development through a Learning Stance: Using Inquiry to Guide Principal Instructional Leadership  
Meaningful Leadership Development Through Executive Coaching
Improving Instructional Leadership in Florida  
Principal Coaching and Support: Tools for Supervisors Canceled
Leading the Transformation of the Instructional Role  
A Model Approach to Enhancing Leadership Skills through Professional Development  
Leadership Tracking System of the Future  
Mentoring to Meaning; Coaching to Collaboration  

Session 3

Topic Files
Effective Community Engagement Practices for Principals  
Creating a Culture of Coaching to Transform the Learning Environment in the High School Setting  
Shifts that Support Instructional Change  
Strategic Redesign of the Principal Support and Principal Supervisor Model  
Redesigning Central Office Support for School Improvement – Moving Further, Faster  
Making Coaching Work for Principal Supervisors  
Standards In Practice: How Principal Supervisors Create an Ecosystem of Leadership Development  
Finding the Coaching in Supervision  
Using Indicators of Success to Inform District Instructional Initiatives: Taking a Closer Look at Balanced Literacy  
Job-Embedded Leadership Development through Coaching and Modeling
Differentiated Schools / Differentiated Supports: How Philadelphia Supports Principals Across Many School Models  
Principal Professional Learning Communities Canceled
A Practical Review of the Work of Secondary Principal Supervisors in an Urban School District
Going Beyond Test Scores: Replicating Success at Scale  
Distributing Leadership to Academic and Operational Teams
Supporting Principals Using Teacher Effectiveness Data  

Session 4

Topic Files
Growing Leader Practice: Observing principal-led Data Discussions
Finding Time for Principal Supervision in Schools
Teaching Conditions Matter: Creating Stability and Growth in Our Schools
Make Data a Verb: Using Qualitative and Quantitative Data to Maximize Effect Principal Practices.  
Everything that a principal wants from their principal supervisor, but was afraid to ask!  
Building the Capacity of Principals to Lead the Improvement of Instruction  
Coaching-Based Supervision for Principal  
Building Culture One Person At A Time  
It Takes A Village  
The Time Is Now: Leading for Equity and Access  
Improving Instruction: Supervisors Learning Alongside Principals
It Takes A Village – Supporting the Principalship in High Needs Schools  
Default Leadership Stances: Helping leaders to understand their leadership perspective to improve the flexibility in their practice.  
Building a Bench of Superintendents and System-Level Leaders: A NYCDOE leadership development program
Coaching Principals Using the Transformation Cycle

Session 5

Topic Files
The Coaching Evaluator: Can It Work?  
In Your Own Time: Leveraging Blended Models to Maximize Learning  
Get Ready, Get Focused, GO!
How Deep is Your Bench?  
Differentiating Support to Effectively Coach & Supervise Principals  
Developing Central Office Leadership in the Pilot Florida Implementation Network  
Building Principal Supervisor Knowledge for Instructional Improvement in Dallas  
What District and School Leaders Need to know about Monitoring and Supporting Special Education Programs
Growing Principals: Blending Support and Evaluation to Develop Strong School Leaders
How You Can Know That Your SEL Initiative is Making a Difference
Developing Secondary School Principal Supervisors in Urban Settings: Balancing Urgency with Respect
The Leadership Engine: School Leader Matchmaking for Stronger Pipelines