Building upon the substantive foundation established in 2016, we invite school districts, universities and other leaders in education to submit a proposal to present at the second annual Summit for Principal Supervisors. In response to attendee feedback and the rapid changes in leadership roles and practices the theme for 2018 was:


banner-presentations2Educators, educational leaders, principal supervisors and aspiring principal supervisors are invited to submit a proposal for presentation that addresses how programs, initiatives and/or practices in the areas of professional development, school improvement, legislation/policy, finance, leadership, human resources, and organizational culture are aligned and related to internal consistency, focus, and coherence in how districts define and support the work of principal supervisors. We are especially interested in receiving proposals that provide clear, convincing data that the program/initiative is effective in aligning strategic goals for supporting and evaluating principals with the structure and management of their supervisory and support systems. Presentations that provide practical approaches to guiding school principals through important transitions such as implementing Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Common Core and the newly developed standards for Principal Supervisors are of particular interest.

Please note an important change to this year’s invitation to submit a proposal: Private sector providers, are required to partner with a school district and/or university to be considered. The proposal must be submitted by the school district and/or university and must be practical, demonstrative and focused on the professional development of the audience. In short, presentations must not be sales pitches.

Presentations are across eight topical strands are scheduled and will be delivered in the format of concurrent sessions.

2018 Topical Strands were:

  1. Leading the Charge for School Turnaround
  2. Next Steps for Central Office Transformation
  3. Social Emotional Learning – Improving Self to Improve Achievement
  4. The Changing Role of The Principal Supervisor – Balancing the Role as Evaluator and Mentor
  5. Leading Outside the Box – Research, Policy, and Innovation
  6. From Teacher to Leader
  7. Moving the Needle: Advancing Diversity in Leaders and Leadership
  8. Principal Autonomy – Changing, Developing, Leading

Breakout Sessions form the core of the conference offerings 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 60 minutes for presentations; allowing time for discussion between presenters and participants to maximize sharing of important ideas and information.
All rooms will be arranged in conference-style to facilitate discussion. Presenters planning to utilize video/audio during presentations must come prepared with the technology to do so.
Individuals and groups are encouraged to submit proposals in the following areas that focus on informing the audiences identified below:

Download 2018 Presentations

Topic Files
Avoiding Principal Burnout  
Balanced Performance Mgmt for Principals  
Chronic Absenteeism  
Coaching Principals Fitzgerald Cronin Peters  
Finding the Exit How to Successfully Depart School Turnaround Status  
Grappling with Principal Autonomy as District Leadership  
How to Coach Principals to Lead for Sustainable Instructional Improvement  
Presentation Dance Steps  
Principal Supervisor and Support Model Leading with Data to Develop the Instructional Leadership Team  
Principal Supervisory Conference  
Re Imagining the Role of the Principal Supervisor  
Rigorous Texts Tasks and Talk Creating This Reality in Your Classrooms Broward  
School Turnaround Principal Superintendent  
Systems Engineering  

Strand 1: Leading the Charge for School Turnaround

strand1District leaders and experts in the field of educational leadership and reform are invited to submit proposals discussing research-based planning, implementing, and evaluating schools to close the achievement gaps and foster school turnaround.

Strand 2: Next Steps for Central Office Transformation

strand2Proposals submitted under this strand might address ways in which Districts and their leaders transform the role of the Central Office to that of service centers for better teaching and learning. Of particular interest, are proposals that outline steps, strategies, best practices and lessons learned through transforming Districts’ central offices.

Strand 3: Social Emotional Learning – Improving Self to Improve Achievement

strand3Critical topics that proposals in this strand might address are state and district-wide initiatives, teacher processes and student outcomes related to the integration of social-emotional learning in teaching and learning.

Strand 4: The Changing Role of The Principal Supervisor – Balancing the Role as Evaluator and Mentor

strand4Proposals submitted under this strand might address the evolution of principal supervisors from evaluators to coaches/mentors. Among the key issues that might be addressed are recruitment, preparation, induction of qualified principal supervisors and principals; and the changing professional development practices to support the emergent role of the principal supervisor.

Strand 5: Leading Outside the Box- Research, Policy, and Innovation

strand5Proposals submitted under this strand might address the rapidly-evolving educational, social, and political contexts in which novel approaches to school improvement are being advanced alongside innovative models for creating new schools and innovating communities.

Strand 6: From Teacher to Leader

strand6Critical topics that proposals in this strand might address include: developing and evaluating district leadership programs; measuring readiness for leadership; matching leaders to leadership positions; decreasing the shortage of teachers to create a strong pipeline of principal supervisors.

Strand 7: Moving the Needle: Advancing Diversity in Leaders and Leadership

strand7Among the key issues that might be addressed in this strand are evolving ideas of diversity, equity, and inclusion in educational leadership. Proposals that explore a model for strategic diversity leadership; recruitment and development of under-represented groups; and examines systems of accountability and performance management for these efforts are of interest.

Strand 8: Principal Autonomy- Changing, Developing, Leading

strand8Critical topics that proposals in this strand might address are the successes and challenges district leaders may face in providing the highly effective principal with increased autonomy and authority to operate his or her school in a way that produces significant improvements in student achievement and school management while complying with constitutional requirements.



It is our intent that the Annual Summit serves K-12 Superintendents, District Leadership Staffs Aspiring Principal Supervisors and Principal Supervisors nationwide by providing a forum for the presentation, consideration, and discussion of the role of the Principal Supervisor. This year, concurrent breakout sessions will be arranged to facilitate the exchange of information around understanding and maximizing the role of the Principal Supervisors.

You may submit more than one program for presentation. The title and a description of up to 150 words should summarize and accurately reflect the content of what you are proposing for the session. As you develop your proposal, think about real and concrete results, what your colleagues most want to know, and how your session can be interactive and involve conference attendees in the session.
The format for presentations is one of a concurrent breakout. Each session will run for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. Presentations must be focused on education. Sales presentations will not be accepted.
The deadline for submitting a proposal is December 15, 2017. The receipt of all proposals will be acknowledged by e-mail within a week of submission. Accepted and declined proposals will be acknowledged via email by January 12, 2018.

Selected presenters must make presentation slides available for upload to the conference’s website. Slides must be submitted electronically no later than April 6, 2018. Submission details will be provided with notification of acceptance of your presentation.