Meeting/Event Information

Assistant Principals Conference 2017


October 17, 2017
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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Overhills Mansion
916 S Rolling Rd
Catonsville, MD 21228

Former NASSP Principal of the Year Jason Markey from East Leyden High School outside of Chicago keynotes a hands-on presentation for assistant principals this year.


This session will focus on working with your ideas for your school and using principles of innovation to empower teacher leaders and push the level of personalization and student engagement in your school.  Come prepared with issues to address and problems to solve.


The design of the day is intended to allow all attendees to work on common problems of practice in your schools and use the design thinking process to prototype solutions. The goal is for all to leave with both a process and mindset to be able to make an impact back at your school


Throughout the day, Jason will provide examples of how he approached building a culture of innovation, personalization, and engagement at East Leyden High School with examples of its impact on students.


Come ready to think big and push through existing barriers taking your school to the next level!


We will have an array of interesting and engaging concurrent sessions during the morning along with several exhibitors to share their business with you.  See concurrent session descriptions below.


We end the day with a luncheon celebration for the 2017 Assistant Principal of the Year who will be named just prior to the conference.  We should get you on the road home by 2:30 PM--our venue is only minutes from Route 95.


Participants will have a choice of several MASSP branded conference gifts as a way to remember the conference.


Concurrent Session Descriptions:

1)  Cecilia Roe from MSDE presenting about the new bridge plans

2)  Mary Gable or a member of her staff from MSDE will present an overview of the new ESSA accountability plan

3)  Establishing a Culture of Student Discourse”

How can you as a leader create and support a culture of student to student academic discourse in classrooms? This session describes how school administrators, a speech pathologist and English Language Learner specialist collaborated and trained staff to increase student language skills and academic achievement through school-wide discourse over the last four years.


4)  Peer Coaching and Changing School Culture

  • This summer, our team attended the MD Peer Coaching Collaborative training through MSDE. We have used this training to establish a “pineapple” culture at CHS, where teachers welcome each other in their classrooms and use each other to grow as professionals. We would like to share our process for initiating this program and what we’re doing to sustain it. Our overall vision is to transform our culture at CHS to “a community of teachers who seek support from each other to take risks and grow as professionals to improve student learning.”

5)  Student Observation as Practice:  Insight and Empowerment

Students as daily participants have keen insight into the instruction that they experience each day.  This session will examine ways to involve students in the observation process and how to share these insights with teachers as part of the post observation process to drive instructional decisions.

6) An Approach to Customized Education: Learning While Leading

This session explores how personalized learning, a student-centered approach to learning, can leverage trusted and caring relationships with teachers; students’ strengths, interests and needs; targeted instruction, support and practice; flexible learning environments; connections to the real world; and technology and data to better prepare students for college, career and life. This approach is gaining momentum around the country and shows early signs of boosting achievement for traditionally underserved students. A recent report from RAND Corp found that students in personalized classrooms who start out behind actually show the highest rate of growth in achievement, advancing from below grade-level performance to at or above grade-level within two years. Presenters will discuss how educators and administrators can leverage technology, professional learning, and other resources to better benefit traditionally underserved students and engage their families. This session will feature several presentations, with time reserved for questions and discussion with the audience.


$120.00 Member ticket includes lunch and conference gift

$170.00 To be used if your are NOT a member of MASSP or MAESP

$200.00 Exhibitor Ticket: Exhibit times before event, at breaks, and at lunch

$80.00 Ticket to be used only by AP conference committee members and presenters

$80.00 Only to be used by presenters

$120.00 Tickets for members of MAESP: Includes lunch and conference gift