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Connect. Innovate. Thrive.

Connect. Innovate. Thrive.

Ignite ’16 is the only professional development event devoted exclusively to the unique needs of middle level and high school administrators.

In just three days, you will make valuable connections, learn proven leadership techniques, and take home practical solutions to carry you and your school to success.

You are leading learning for students every day. At Ignite ’16, step out of your office and get the insight you need to:

  • Close the achievement gap
  • Build teacher and leadership capacity
  • Enhance stakeholder engagement


Critical Leadership Questions for Inspiring Schoolwide Excellence
Baruti Kafele, Consultant and Author

Building a learning environment that inspires schoolwide excellence can never be overstated; particularly in lower-performing schools. School leaders will be challenged to look critically within themselves relative to how they inspire energy, excitement, and enthusiasm for learning. In his inimitable style, Kafele will lay out the touchstones for maintaining strong leadership habits, inspiring excellence and collaboration in others, and engaging an entire school community in striving to be the best.

Defying Myths in Rural Education
Daisy Dyer Duerr, NASSP Digital Principal and Consultant

Rural education leaders face authentic challenges daily. In this session we will address how to bring success to our rural schools—from creating a thriving Bring Your Own Device program to fostering a culture where education is essential in a community where most students will be the first to go to college in their family. Be prepared to leave this session and become a rural education success story.

Building Leadership in Yourself and Others
Major General Peggy C. Combs, U.S. Army, Fort Knox, KY

The role of the assistant principal continues to evolve into a leader who provides the vision, commitment, and experience to improve student achievement. Responsible for more than 1,000 Senior Army ROTC programs nationwide, Major General Peggy Combs knows exactly what it takes to effectively develop young leaders—while also excelling as a leader herself. Come to this session ready to learn the importance of critical thinking skills and how to get on the path to fully developing your role and improving your school.

The Knowledge, Courage, and Moral Imperative to Lead
Rick Wormeli, National Educational Consultant

Middle school students require informed leaders who provide developmentally appropriate learning. Come take a provocative look at what we know today about middle level learning and the leader’s role in making it happen. You’ll take a look at effective practices and build the courage to bring them to life in your building. This task calls for candor and a moral imperative to do what’s right by the next generation of amazing thinkers.

Advance. Learn. Inspire.

At Ignite, the learning never stops.

Thought Leaders: Robert Putnam, PhD, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, and Sekou Andrews, poetic voice and inspirational speaker, will energize and inspire you to advance your career, students, and school.

School Showcase: Glean specialized knowledge from the administrators, teachers, and students from 18 high performing schools that are sustaining student-centered school improvement.

100th Anniversary Lunch Featuring Todd Whitaker and Rick Wormeli: Gear up for a no-holds-barred conversation with two education leaders as we celebrate 100 years of NASSP.

Why Attend

As a school leader, you rarely have a chance to step out of your office and focus on your own professional development. So when you do, make it count.

  • The speakers will inspire you and give you the kind of detailed insight you need to enact real change in your own school.
  • Connecting with other school leaders will give you invaluable real-world strategies for success.
  • The exhibit hall will show you all of the latest technologies that you can take back to your classroom.

There is no better place than Ignite ’16 to expand your knowledge and advance your career, students, and school. Watch the Ignite ’15 highlights video to see for yourself.


Conference Giveaway

Register for Ignite ’16 by February 12 and enter our drawing for one of two prizes! Learn more »

Conference Registration Rates




with 1 year NASSP Membership at reduced rate of $215

without NASSP membership

Nonmember Associate

with 1 year associate membership at $85
(for district personnel and teachers)

Retired Member


Daily Rates

Member & Retired Member

(up to 2 days)


(up to 2 days)

Save More with a Team DiscountThree or more attendees receive a discount of $50 each. Read More

Each individual must be from the same district and complete a separate set of all registration forms. For the team discount to apply, all forms must be mailed, emailed, or faxed together to NASSP, along with complete payment. (Does not apply to retired or daily rates.)

Cancellation PolicyRequests for cancellation must be submitted in writing to Showcare and postmarked by February 12, 2016. No refunds will be granted after the deadline. All cancellations will incur a $50 processing fee. For information, contact conference registration at

**Join NASSP now and use promo code IGNMEM16 to receive the membership discount. Joint dues are required in select states.

How does social media impact your school?

In this digital age, there is no longer a question when it comes to social media: Educators must be fully prepared and equipped to handle any potential ramifications arising from such widespread online exposure.

At the Social Media, Educators, and Digital Footprints panel, you will learn how to prepare and guide teachers in the use of social media, real life situations affecting teachers and principals who use social media, and the legal implications for schools and districts.

Discover. Learn. Innovate.

Innovation abounds in the Ignite ’16 exhibit hall, where leading-edge education companies will work with you one-on-one to develop personalized solutions to address your daily needs.

Discover the latest products, services, and technology that are transforming schools around the country and learn how they can benefit your students, staff, and school.


Several contentious debates continue to emerge throughout the education sector with major implications for students and educators.

Some of these debates stem from the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, the role of high-stakes testing, the efficacy of teacher evaluation systems, and so much more. During this engaging panel, key education thought leaders will answer questions and engage in a thought-provoking discussion on these controversial issues. (Sponsored by the J. Lloyd Trump Foundation.)

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
6000 West Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee, FL 34746

Room rate: $224/night (+13% tax)
Ask for the 2016 NASSP Conference rate

Room reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis until sell-out or January 25, 2016.

You can also contact the Gaylord Palms at 877-491-0442 to reserve your room.

Walt Disney World discounted prices are available to Ignite attendees. Click below to learn more.

If you have any questions regarding housing, please email Karol Harris at

Join the “Unconference” Movement

NASSP Edcamp
Edcamp events bring together K–12 educators for collaboration and learning. Back by popular demand, NASSP Edcamp will provide five hours of spirited and unbridled collaboration. With no preset agenda, you will be free to tackle the issues keeping you up at night and hash out innovative solutions with your peers.

Traditionally seen in the tech world, Hackathons bring people together to conquer specific challenges through creative problem solving. Ignite ’16 will host two Hackathons—one for middle level leaders and another for assistant principals—where participants will divide into groups to tackle some of the most pressing education issues of the day.

Become an Exhibitor or Sponsor

Ignite ’16 provides unrivaled access to thousands of school leaders with buying power from across the country.

For more information or to reserve your booth, contact Jason Vranich at 717-430-2357 or

Exhibit space assignments: Once returning exhibitors have been assigned in priority point order, space is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

At Ignite ’16, you will…

RECHARGE your batteries
ENRICH your leadership skills
GAIN INSIGHT and innovative solutions