Media Advisory: 2010 National Conference on Education in Phoenix, Ariz., Feb. 11-13

2010 National Conference on Education hosted by the American Association of School Administrators

Thursday, Feb. 11, to Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 (pre-conference event on Wednesday, Feb. 10)

Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Conference Information:

Media Registration:
Members of the press who wish to attend must complete a complimentary press pass, available at or by contacting AmyVogt, public and media relations director, at Reporters may also register on-site at the Conference Information Kiosk.

The National Conference on Education is the annual meeting of current and aspiring school system leaders in the United States. The conference will address critical issues affecting public education, including education reform, federal stimulus funding, budgeting in the new economy and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as No Child Left Behind.

Education reporters are encouraged to attend for the latest information on national trends and issues affecting education and leadership, including assessment and accountability issues, pay-for-performance concepts, fiscal operations strategies and cost-containment practices, raising student achievement, educating the total child and superintendent/school board relations.

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education (Feb. 12)
  •  Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers (Feb. 11)
  • Geoffrey Canada, president and chief executive, Harlem Children’s Zone (Feb. 12)
  • Mika Brzezinski, co-host, Morning Joe, and news anchor, MSNBC (Feb. 13)

“Thought Leader” speakers will evaluate how global, national and state issues will impact schools and communities. Speakers will include:

  • Neil Howe, expert on generational differences (Feb. 11)
  • Diane Ravitch, professor at New York University and senior fellow at the Brookings Institute (Feb. 11)
  • David Berliner, regents professor of education at Arizona State University (Feb. 12)
  • Anthony Jackson, head of the International Studies Schools Network and the Asia Society (Feb. 12)
  • Dennis Sparks, emeritus executive director of the National Staff Development Council (Feb. 12)
  • John Medina, developmental molecular biologist, professor and author (Feb. 13)

“Dare To” speakers will inspire attendees with their stories. Speakers will include:

  • Greg Bell, author of Water the Bamboo: Unleashing the Potential of Teams and Individuals
  • Jason Ryan Dorsey, expert on bridging the four generations now working in education.

Pre-conference event:

  • The AASA District & School Showcase Pre-Conference on Feb. 10 will feature teams from 24 high-achieving school districts and schools where the superintendent and local school staff have made remarkable strides in transforming their school systems.


  • Several awards presented during the conference will recognize outstanding school leaders. The 2010 National Superintendent of the Year will be announced at an awards ceremony before the first general session on Feb. 11.

The NCE Marketplace will feature approximately 300 exhibits showcasing the latest educational products and services.

Video and Audio Taping: Video and audio taping are not allowed at the conference without prior permission from AASA.

Contact: Amy Vogt, public and media relations director, 703-875-0723,

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