Over February break, Brian Pickering, Gib West, and Steve Bartsch attended the 2016 Conference of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). The conference theme was “Ignite: Connect. Innovate. Thrive.” Over 3,000 principals and assistant principals from around the country were in attendance.
The NASSP celebrated its 100th anniversary with a luncheon that featured Rick Wormeli, one of the first Nationally Board Certified teachers in America and a leader in the competency-based education and standards-based grading movements. ConVal High School is currently in a multi-year process to phase in competencies.
Among the many inspirational conference speakers was Robert Putnam, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University who, in June of 2015, had delivered a guest presentation on education and economic opportunities at ConVal.
The 2016 NASSP conference also included a model school showcase with administrators, teachers, and students from 18 high performing schools that are sustaining student-centered school improvement.