2018 Summer Leadership Conference

Renaissance Asheville, NC

Developing a School Culture That Thrives

Dates:  June 24-26, 2018

Location: Renaissance Hotel

31 Woodfin St, Asheville, NC 28801.



Summer Conference RegistrationEarly Bird Rate through May 1, 2018
Rate after May 1 , 2018
Superintendents' Retreat RegistrationEarly Bird Rate through May 1, 2018
Rate after May 1 , 2018


Hotel Blocks are now open, see information below.


Keynote Speakers


About Todd Whitaker:

Dr. Todd 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.  One of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness, Todd has written over 30 books including the national best seller, What Great Teachers Do Differently. Other titles include: Dealing With Difficult Teachers, Ten-Minute Inservice, Your First Year, What Great Principals Do Differently, Motivating & Inspiring Teachers, Dealing With Difficult Parents, and his most recent book, School Culture Recharged, which was co-authored with Steve Gruenert.

Todd Whitaker

About Baruti Kafele:

A highly-regarded urban public school educator in New Jersey for over twenty years, Principal Baruti Kafele distinguished himself in the classroom and as a school leader. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, NJ, Principal Kafele was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.  As a middle and high school principal, he led the transformation of four different New Jersey urban schools, including “The Mighty” Newark Tech, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to national acclaim, which included U.S. News and World Report Magazine recognizing it three times as one of America’s best high schools.  A prolific writer, Principal Kafele has written extensively on professional development strategies for creating a positive school climate and culture, transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations, motivating Black males to excel in the classroom and school leadership practices for inspiring school-wide excellence. In addition to writing several professional articles on these topics for popular education journals, he is the author of eight books which include his national best-sellers, Closing the Attitude Gap, Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life and The Principal 50. His newest book, The Teacher 50 was recently released in September, 2016.

Baruti Kafele

About Muriel Summers:

Muriel started her career in the field of education 33 years ago. During that time she has served as a classroom teacher, demonstration teacher, instructional resource teacher, assistant principal, and principal. She has received numerous awards in the field of education from Teacher of the Year to Principal of the Year. In 2009, she was named as one of the North Carolina Women to Watch. Muriel presents at national, state, and local conferences and consults with school districts nationally and internationally. Most recently her influence has been felt in Canada, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, China, Thailand, Denmark, Puerto Rico, and India.  As principal of A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School, Muriel Summers and her staff created the first leadership elementary school in the nation using FranklinCovey’s 7 Habits program as a foundation. A.B. Combs is a diverse elementary school, boasting children from 64 countries. By recognizing that each student possesses unique gifts and talents, and building on students’ strengths rather than their weaknesses, Muriel and the other faculty guide students at A.B. Combs to continually achieve high levels of academic performance year after year.

Muriel Summers



Hotel Blocks are now open.  More options may be added later in the Fall. (See Below)


Asheville Networking Opportunities

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NC School Superintendents' Association Summer Leadership Retreat Agenda June 24, 2018

1:00PMRegistration at the Renaissance
2:00PMWelcome and Opening Remarks

NC School Superintendents' Association Summer Leadership Retreat Agenda June 25, 2018

8:30AMSummer Conference Registration Begins at Renaissance
7:30AM Breakfast and meetings for City Schools, Large School Districts, Low Wealth Schools and Small Schools
8:30 -9:30 AMSuperintendent panel Discussion
10:00AMSuperintendent Quarterly Meeting
12:00PMSuperintendent Luncheon

(Times subject to change)

2018 Summer Leadership Conference Agenda June 25, 2018

1:00-1:15PMWelcome to Asheville Mr. Robert Beatty, author Serafina Book Series
1:20-1:30PMSpeaker Invited
1:30-2:30PMTodd Whitaker
2:45-3:30PMBaruti Kafele


Asheville Networking Opportunities

2018 Summer Leadership Conference Agenda June 26, 2018

8:30-9:15AMBreakout Sessions A Multiple Sessions Featuring Best Practices from NC Schools
9:30-10:15AMBreakout Sessions BMultiple Sessions Featuring Best Practices from NC Schools
10:30-11:15AMBreakout Sessions CMultiple Sessions Featuring Best Practices from NC Schools
11:30AM-12:15PMBreakout Sessions DMultiple Sessions Featuring Best Practices from NC Schools
1:00-1:30PMLeading to Change “Hope, Fear, and the Secret Life of Bees: It Takes One To Make An Impact”
1:30-2:30PMMuriel Summers

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Hyatt Place  

Asheville Hyatt Place

Hyatt Place     Tel: +1 828 505 8500

Cost:     $179  

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Room Block Deadline: May 27, 2018.

Hotel Indigo

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Cost:  $179.00

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Deadline: May 20, 2018.


Hilton Garden Inn

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Group Code:  WSA

Cost: $179

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Deadline: May 26, 2018


Four Points by Sheraton

Four Points by Sheraton

 Cost: $129

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Deadline: June 5, 2018