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Cultivating Common Purpose
NEASC Leadership Conference
November 20-22, 2024

Connecting our learning communities around shared purpose is not just a choice, but a necessity. As educational leaders in a world of diverse cultures, values, and conflict, it is more important than ever to put the well-being of students at the center of everything we do. By encouraging diplomacy and candor in our schools, we can build common ground and shift conversations toward meeting the needs of all students. We know there is a deep connection between student well-being and academic success; as leaders, we must cultivate compassionate learning communities that empower students to navigate the complexities of the world beyond school with empathy and resilience.

Bringing a global community of K-12 school leaders together for three days of deep collaborative learning, the NEASC Leadership Conference promises to deliver a dynamic exchange of insights and ideas on how to bridge divides. From addressing implicit biases to fostering courageous conversations on sensitive topics, attendees will gain practical tools and frameworks to promote empathy and unity.

Main Conference

Thursday, November 21 - Friday, November 22

Keynote speakers, short talks from leaders highlighting innovative practice, concurrent sessions, and networking opportunities including meals and an evening reception will be included. Conference sessions will explore best practices for creating student-centered purpose such as:

  • Building inclusive school cultures
  • Managing difficult conversations and conflict
  • Fostering student agency and engagement
  • Media literacy/information and disinformation
  • Leveraging technology for educational equity
  • Engaging with diverse stakeholders


Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
606 Congress Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Reserve your hotel room.
Discounted event rates available November 19-23, 2024.

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View the full schedule

The schedule is subject to change.
Details are updated regularly to reflect the latest information.

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Registration is open - save your spot today!  

Early bird registration ends September 13th:
NEASC members: $475 / Non-members: $575
Price increases after September 13th:
NEASC members: $550 / Non-members: $650

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Wednesday, November 20

We are offering an engaging day of pre-conference workshops before the main conference activities begin. 

  • 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Workshops
  • 12:00–12:45 p.m. Lunch
  • 4:00–5:30 p.m. Reception

Pre-conference workshops: $169
Please note that main conference registration is required to attend the pre-conference. Workshop fee is in addition to conference registration.

neasc2024 pre A speakers
Strategic Roadmapping

Using ACE to Move from Foundations to Impact on Learning

  • Andreas Koini, Head of School at Antwerp International School, Belgium
  • Lucy Gowdie, Head of School at the Inter-Community School in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Trillium Hibbeln, Director for Accreditation and School Improvement, NEASC Commission on International Education

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neasc2024 pre B speakers
A Collective Vision for Student Success

Creation, Implementation, and Assessment of your Vision of the Graduate/Portrait of the Learner

  • Alyson Geary, Director for Accreditation and School Improvement, NEASC Commission on Public Schools
  • A panel of school leaders will join Alyson

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neasc2024 pre C speakers
Educational Leadership in the Age of AI

Empowering Schools to Leverage AI with Tools, Policy, and Strategy

  • Shandor Simon, Director of Technology, Beaver Country Day School
  • Christina Lewellen, Executive Director for Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools
  • Eric Hudson, Facilitator, and Strategic Advisor, Consultant

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neasc2024 pre D speakers
Assessment as Revelation, Not Destination


  • Abby Benedetto, Deeper Learning Coach, Core Shifts
  • Kelly Camak Niccolls, Director for School Leadership and Outcomes for Cheney Public Schools, WA

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