State and National Education Leaders To Convene in State College

October 11, 2013


TO:                 News Editor/News Director


CONTACT: Sheri L. Thompson, Director of Communications

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State and National Education Leaders To Convene in State College

(Harrisburg, PA)—More than 400 elementary, middle level and secondary school principals, assistant principals, supervisors, school-related vendors and other education leaders will convene in State College for the 21st annual state conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) to be held October 27-29, 2013 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

 “This year’s conference once again provides administrators opportunities to engage in professional development that puts teaching and learning at the forefront of each experience. Attendees will gain skills and knowledge through a number of venues including workshops, trainings, seminars and presentations from national and international keynote speakers. As a member of PA Principals Association, and as an attendee at our conferences, I look forward to the opportunity to network with fellow administrators across the state in an effort to learn and grow as a professional,” said Curtis E. Johnson, 2013 conference committee chairperson.

A few of the awards to be given out at the conference include the National Distinguished Principal and the Assistant, Middle Level and High School Principals of the Year. These will be given during PA Principals Association’s 29th annual banquet from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 (President’s Hall).

In addition to the more than 65 vendors exhibiting their products for schools and classrooms in the Exhibit Hall (President’s Hall, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013), keynote addresses and a multitude of informational breakout sessions will be presented to attendees by three nationally known speakers as well as educators from across the Commonwealth during the 2 ½-day conference. Dr. Todd Whitaker will present “Have You Shifted Your Monkey Today?” on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 1:30-2:45 p.m. at the First General Session (Dean’s Hall).

On Monday, October 28, Charlotte Danielson will present “Making the Most of Teacher Evaluation” from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at the Second General Session (Dean’s Hall). Also, speaking on Monday is Will Richardson, who will present “Rethinking Education in a World of Ubiquitously Networked, Self-Directed Learners and Makers” from 1:30-2:45 p.m. at the Third General Session (Dean’s Hall).

On Tuesday, Oct. 29 at PA Principals Association’s annual business meeting (8:15-9:15 a.m.), PA Principals Association President Kurt J. Nyquist will ‘pass the gavel’ to Dr. William T. Ziegler, principal of Pottsgrove High School in the Pottsgrove School District, Pottstown, Pa., making him the 2013-2014 PA Principals Association president. In addition, Acting PA Secretary of Education, Dr. Carolyn C. Dumaresq, has been invited to speak on Tuesday, Oct. 29.