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Live Event on April 21, 2021
On-Demand through June 18, 2021

Your leadership matters

Learn how to strengthen your leadership to lead your school and educators toward long-term success.

Teamwork is key

Gain actionable strategies to motivate your team and collaborate with educators to better serve students.

Certificate course program

Our optional certificate course program will reinforce the key practices you learn for just $25.

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Featured Speakers

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  • Baruti Kafele, ASCD Author and Presenter

    Transformational School Leader and Author

    Baruti Kafele

    Baruti K. Kafele has distinguished himself as a master teacher, successful four-time principal, and transformational school leader. Principal Kafele is also a nationally renowned educational consultant and motivational speaker. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, NJ, he was named East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, and he was a finalist for New Jersey State Teacher of the Year. As a middle and high school principal, he led the transformation of four different New Jersey urban schools, including Newark Tech, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to national recognition, and which was recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of America's best high schools.

    He is the author of 11 books, including The Aspiring Principal 50, and his five ASCD best sellers—Is My School a Better School BECAUSE I Lead It?, The Teacher 50, The Principal 50, Closing the Attitude Gap, and Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School & in Life. He is the recipient of more than 150 educational, professional, and community awards, including the prestigious Milken National Educator Award and the National Alliance of Black School Educators Hall of Fame Award.

  • Salome-Thomas-EL-500x611

    Nationally Acclaimed Teacher Turned Principal

    Principal EL

    Salome Thomas-EL, also known as Principal EL, has been a teacher and principal in Philadelphia, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., since 1987. He is currently the head of school at Thomas Edison Public Charter School in Wilmington. He received national acclaim as a teacher and chess coach at Vaux Middle School, where his students have gone on to win world recognition as eight-time National Chess Champions.

    Principal EL was a regular contributor on "The Dr. Oz Show" and is the author of the best-selling books, I Choose to Stay and The Immortality of Influence (Foreword by Will Smith). Principal EL speaks to groups across the country and frequently appears on C-SPAN, CNN, and NPR Radio. He received the Marcus A. Foster Award as the outstanding School District Administrator in Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania's distinguished Martin Luther King Award. Reader's Digest Magazine recognized Principal EL as an "Inspiring American Icon," and he has appeared on GMA and Oprah Radio! With Joseph Jones and T.J. Vari, he coauthored Passionate Leadership: Creating a Culture of Success in Every School; Building a Winning Team: The Power of a Magnetic Reputation and the Need to Recruit Top Talent in Every School; and Retention for a Change: Motivate, Inspire, and Energize Your School Culture.

  • Joseph Jones School Superintendent and Author

    School Superintendent and Author

    Joseph Jones

    Joseph Jones is the superintendent of the New Castle County Vocational-Technical School District in Delaware. Jones is a former high school social studies teacher, assistant principal, and principal. As principal, he was named the Delaware Secondary Principal of the Year and, during his tenure, Delcastle Technical High School was the first high school to receive the state's Outstanding Academic Achievement Award. Currently, he works closely with local and state leaders on student achievement and accountability and has spearheaded an aggressive and successful campaign to ensure student success. Joseph is also an adjunct professor, teaching and designing curriculum, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels for various universities. He presents nationally on topics of school leadership and is the cofounder of the leadership development institute, TheSchoolHouse302. Along with T.J. Vari, he co-authored Candid and Compassionate Feedback: Transforming Everyday Practice in Schools.

  • T J Vari Assistant Superintendent and National Presenter

    Assistant Superintendent and National Presenter

    T.J. Vari

    T.J. Vari is the assistant superintendent of Secondary Schools and District Operations in the Appoquinimink School District in Delaware. He is a former English teacher and department chair, middle school assistant principal, and principal. He holds several honors and distinctions, including his past appointment as president of the Delaware Association for School Administrators, his work with the Delaware Association for School Principals, and accepting the Paul Carlson Administrator of the Year Award. His efforts span beyond the K–12 arena into higher education, where he holds adjunct appointments and teaches courses at the masters and doctoral levels. He is a national presenter on topics of school leadership and the cofounder of TheSchoolHouse302, a leadership development institute.


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The conference cancellation processing fee does not apply to this event. Cancellation notices must be received in writing by 9:00 a.m. U.S. eastern daylight time on April 20, 2021.

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Access to live symposium (if registered by 9:00am U.S. eastern daylight time on April 20, 2021)
Access to archives through June 18, 2021

Registration & Certificate Program


Access to live symposium (if registered by 9:00am U.S. eastern daylight time on April 20, 2021)
Access to archives through June 18, 2021
Certificate: ASCD Foundations of Principal Leadership

Register as a Team and Save!

Register four people and the fifth registration is FREE!

Every fifth person who registers from your school or district may attend this event at no cost. All team members must register at the same time and for the same event. All five registration forms must be mailed together along with the Team Registration Cover Sheet.

Team Registration Cover Sheet

Registration Form

Certificate Course Program

Symposium Schedule

All times listed for the live symposium are U.S. eastern daylight time (EDT). The symposium schedule is subject to change.

01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Opening General Session

02:00 PM - 02:10 PM

Session Break

02:10 PM - 02:50 PM

Breakout Sessions

02:50 PM - 03:00 PM

Session Break

03:00 PM - 03:40 PM

Breakout Sessions

03:40 PM - 03:50 PM

Session Break

03:50 PM - 04:30 PM

Breakout Sessions

04:30 PM - 05:15 PM

Closing General Session

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