New Principals Conference

June 22, 2020 10:00 AM to June 23, 2020 3:00 PM
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New Principals Conference

The New Principals Conference, June 22-23 is co-sponsored by the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP) and the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MoASSP).  


Mike Rutherford, a nationally recognized speaker and author, will be our featured presenter on Day One.  Rutherford provides high-value training and development experiences for educators through his work as a teacher, speaker, author, and consultant. He has been the lead consultant on the Missouri Leadership Development System (MLDS) recently launched by Missouri to provide professional development for new school leaders. Mike’s work focuses on high-performance teaching and learning, leadership development, creating and leading team-based organizations, and results-based organizational improvement.   He has created and developed numerous award-winning educational programs for students, teachers, and education leaders including The Artisan Teacher™, Developing the Artisan Teacher™, The Artisan Teacher:  A Field Guide to Skillful Teaching™, Creating the Learning Centered School™, Skillful Observation and Coaching Laboratory™, LeaderNext™, and Requisites of a Leader™.   Formerly a high school chemistry teacher, coach, and middle school principal, Mike received his BA in Education from Indiana State University, his MA in Educational Administration from Fayetteville State University, and his Doctor of Education degree from Morehead State University.



Dr. Todd Whitaker, internationally recognized speaker and author, will be our featured speaker on Day Two. Whitaker has been fortunate to be able to blend his passion with his career. Recognized as a leading presenter in the field of education, his message about the importance of teaching has resonated with hundreds of thousands of educators around the world. Todd is a professor of educational leadership at the University of Missouri and professor emeritus at Indiana State University. He has spent his life pursuing his love of education by researching and studying effective teachers and principals.

Prior to moving into higher education, he was a math teacher and basketball coach in Missouri. Todd then served as a principal at the middle school, junior high, and high school levels. He was also a middle school coordinator in charge of staffing, curriculum, and technology for the opening of new middle schools.

One of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness, Todd has written over 40 books including the national best seller, What Great Teachers Do Differently. Other titles include: Dealing With Difficult Teachers, Ten-Minute In-service, Your First Year, What Great Principals Do Differently, Motivating & Inspiring Teachers, and Dealing With Difficult Parents.

In addition, regional Leadership Specialists from the Missouri Leadership Development System(MLDS), a two-year required program for re-certification, will lead introductory activities with the statewide cohort of new principals. Exemplary principals from across Missouri will also be on-hand to present key information in critical areas for new principals.

Conference Bundle for New Principals

MoASSP is proud to be a key contributor to the Missouri Leadership Development System (MLDS).  Every new principal in Missouri is required to participate in a two-year mentoring program and the MLDS professional development program fulfills that requirement. MoASSP's role in the new MLDS is to provide two specific and strategic opportunities for new principals. The first opportunity is the statewide New Principal's Conference and the second opportunity will be integrated into the MoASSP Spring Conference held each March. Therefore, MoASSP has bundled the cost of both conferences into a single fee at a savings of $199 over registering for each conference individually. In addition, participants are encouraged to join MoASSP for the 2020-2021 membership year (July 1 through June 30). 

New principals and assistant principals should register for both the New Principal Conference in Columbia and the MoASSP Spring Conference, March 28-30, 2021, at the Lodge of Four Seasons at the Lake of the Ozarks. There will be a special professional development session designed specifically for the statewide cohort of new principals during the spring conference. It will provide the opportunity to reconnect with the network of new principals from the New Principals Conference. 



2020 New Principals Conference
June 22-23
Online or Virtual 

2021 MoASSP Spring Conference
March 28-30, 2021
Lodge of Four Seasons

Lake Ozark, MO


$249.00 Member Price - New Principals Conference ONLY

$249.00 Non-Member Price - New Principals Conference ONLY

$399.00 Non-Member Bundle Price - New Principal Conference and MoASSP Spring Conference

$399.00 Member Bundle Price - New Principal Conference and MoASSP Spring Conference