NAESP Provides a "Principals' Perspective" to the Future of American Education at 2015 Annual Conference in California

Jul 21, 2015, 09:00 ET from ITN Productions

LONDON, July 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

The "Principals' Perspective" news program launched at the National Association of Elementary School Principals' recent Best Practices for Better Schools annual conference, which was held in Long Beach, California, June 30 to July 2 2015. An in-depth online program created by ITN Productions in partnership with NAESP, "Principals' Perspective" is designed to promote the actions of NAESP in seeking to keep teachers and students engaged in educational activity using a range of innovative techniques.

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Speaking to ITN Productions, renowned artist, entrepreneur, and keynote speaker at NAESP Conference, Erik Wahl argued that principals are the "catalysts" for inspiration and innovation in the elementary education system. "The kids are going to be fine; the kids are going to be creative. It's the teachers that we need to keep engaged and safe, and I think that's the principal's job - as the leader - to do more, and to be more, and to dream more," he said.

"Principals' Perspective" is the launch pad for an extensive online communications campaign by NAESP designed to recharge and recalibrate the future of education. As educational consultant Dr. Diane Metz told ITN Productions, "Coming to a conference like his, you're with the people who are making the difference right now. So you get to collaborate with them, huddle up with them, talk about school, talk about what's working and what's not working."

Prominent themes in the news program include the growing relevance and use of digital technologies in the classroom in order to cater to a younger generation of internet-savvy learners. Encouraging collaborative and creative learning is another key goal of "Principals' Perspective," which features a range of news items, interviews with leading figures in the field, and sponsored editorial profiles of businesses and organisations concerned with the development of elementary school education. These profiles include the work of digital classroom software developers SMART Technologies, online literacy programmers myOn, personal learning platform creators DreamBox Learning, publishers McGraw-Hill Education, and Middlebury Interactive Languages.

This year NAESP is working closely with Californian Congresswoman Susan Davis as she seeks to promote the values and interests of the nation's school principals. With Congress looking to update the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Davis declares that "it is our responsibility to ensure that principals are provided with appropriate professional support, to ensure high academic achievement for all of their students." To address this need, Davis champions the Principal Recruitment and Training Act, devised in partnership with NAESP, to provide professional development training programmes for school principals. "There has never," Davis reminds us, "been a great school without a great principal."

This campaign for progress, innovation, and engagement informs much of the motivation behind "Principals' Perspective." Presented by Page Hopkins, the program is designed for members of the education sector, and explores the relationship between the current educational system and possible legislative reforms to it in the near future. The communications partnership between NAESP and ITN Productions intends to demonstrate the ongoing challenges to America's love of learning, and the methods of ensuring that this does not disappear in coming generations.

You can watch "Principals' Perspective" in full at: http://www.naesp.org.

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About NAESP
Principals are the primary catalysts for creating lasting foundations for learning. Since 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) has been the leading advocate for elementary and middle level principals in the United States and worldwide. NAESP advances the profession by developing policy, advancing advocacy and providing professional development and resources for instructional leadership, including specialized support and mentoring for early career principals. Key focus areas include pre-K-3 education, school safety, technology and digital learning, and effective educator evaluation. For more information about NAESP, please visit http://www.naesp.org. NAESP administers the National Principals Resource Center, the American Student Council Association, and the President's Education Awards & American Citizenship Awards Programs.

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