|SWMAESP Distinguished Principal Ed Elsea|
|NAESP President Mark Terry|
|Principal Bill Powers presenting session on Twitter.|
|SWMAESP Distinguished New Principal Tracy Daniels.|
How about a conference "top 10" to put it all in perspective:
- Each district recognizes a "Distinguished" Principal, Assistant Principal, and New Principal.
- Practical application workshops: Workshops are put on by fellow principals. The information can be taken back and used immediately in our own school settings.
- Common threads: Most workshops are about common things going on in all schools right now. (RTI, standards based grading, intervention, enrichment, PLC, etc.)
- Connecting with old friends - Spring conference is sometimes the only time of the year we see each other. Even principals that work within 30 miles.
- Connecting with vendors - There is protected time to visit the exhibit hall and touch base with vendors and/or make new vendor connections.
- Current legislation(or lack of): Information is shared during business meetings to let us know what is going on in legislation.
- Prizes! Vendors and our organization give away prizes throughout the conference. An Ozark principal won an iPad!
- Meeting other principals: This is huge! There is always something to learn from principals around the state.
- Networking - you never know when you are going to need a connection in another district. Whether you are looking for a job or want to observe a school that is doing something you would like to do, there is not place better than a resort of colleagues to make those connections.
- HAVE FUN! There is social time built in when everyone can just let loose and have a good time.