My last night at NASSP reminded me how fortunate Walsworth is to help advisers and students create yearbooks. It allows us the opportunity to work with people whose purpose every day is to make a difference in the lives of our children.
I went to dinner Saturday night with principals from West Virginia, Texas and Missouri. I don’t know what was more enjoyable – the fantastic meal or the great company. The conversation was lively, insightful and encouraging.
With more than 200 exhibits lining the aisles at NASSP in Phoenix, principals had plenty of shopping opportunities when not attending sessions. Companies, schools and other organizations offered solutions to virtually every educational need – with the possible exception of how to stop deep budget cuts.
If you needed sport equipment or scoreboards, you could find a selection. Looking for a leadership skills program? Several choices were available. Most were highly specialized with their products. Others, like Jumbo Jack’s Cookbooks and Student Planners, were more diversified.
More than 2,000 administrators arrived in Phoenix to attend the National Association of Secondary School Principals Annual (NASSP) Convention, “Unleash the Extraordinary,” planned this year to focus on the importance of skilled leadership.
The challenge facing principals today, according to Steven Pophkal, NASSP president, require school leaders to “see each boy and girl as a unique individual, develop their respective strengths and to unleash the extraordinary in each child.”