"Ramping Up for the Next Decade"

July 13-18, 2019 New York City

Are you ready?

The beginning of the 21st Century brought great hope and limitless promise.  We are now 20 years into fulfilling those aspirations. Which promises have we kept? Which dreams have been deferred or destroyed?  How prepared were we in 2000? Now?

Do we have leaders who learn from the past, understand the present, and embrace the future? Leaders who dare to see what others cannot see? Will we stay stuck in place or re-think and innovate?

NPLI 2019 focused on the changes and challenges being forecast for 2020-2030 and what that will mean for “getting an education.”

We looked at the bigger picture. What kind of world is being created? How different will it be from what we have now?

We have four arenas of interest. Each will generate forecasts for the future with implications for schools.

  • How will we live? What will our daily life look like? How will education be defined? Will individual growth be supported? Are we headed toward a utopia or a dystopia?

  • What will we value? How will success be measured? Will we have heroes? Are there “higher principles” that cannot to be ignored such as justice, equity, and opportunity?

  • Who will have power? Who will be in charge? Will the gaps between rich and poor worsen? Is “security” winning its tense tightrope with “liberty”? What impact for changing demographics

  • Can we harness technology? Will it enrich our lives? Or, will the future be driven by furious change that knows no boundaries or limits? Will we command technology or will it control us?

Presenters included: Obama mentor and community organizer Jerry Kellman; emotional intelligence scholar Marc Brackett; educational leaders Michael Hinojosa, Rashid Davis and Verta Maloney; NY Times editor Aisha Harris; activists Roy Juarez and Matthew Diaz; inventors and innovators Nathan Adkisson and Caleb Harper; thought leaders Stan Litow, Fernando Gomez-Baquero, Julie Samuels, Santiago Rincon-Gallardo, Consuelo Kickbusch; and Lieutenant General Leslie Smith.

We are pleased and proud to announce that AASA, The School Superintendents Association partnered with the National Principals Leadership Institute in the planning, preparation and conduct of NPLI 2019.

Download the 2019 Brochure for complete program information.

Download the 2019 NPLI Schedule


Location: The Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, 165 W. 65th Street, Plaza Level (take the staircase/escalator/elevator up from the street level.)

We met at the theater at 8AM every morning for breakfast and sign-in - except July 16th - for expeditionary learning.

The Institute concludes at 12:30PM on Thursday, July 18th.

Registration includes:

  • All sessions and special activities

  • Five breakfast, three lunches

  • Personalized leadership consultation

  • A day of expeditionary learning

  • Collection of team solutions

  • The regular registration rate per participant is $1,850

  • Teams of 5 or more are eligible for a special fee - please contact us

Register (Pay with Credit card)


check and purchase order information:

Please complete your online registration (ABOVE) and mail your check to:

National Principals Leadership Institute

740 Broadway, Suite 1203

New York NY 10003

(Make check or purchase order payable to National Principals Leadership Institute. For NYC schools, our NYC Vendor Number is NAT158229)


Questions? Contact us

Program Manager Jason Benjamin

Email: jbenjamin@npli.org

Phone: (212) 524-4616

CEO Lew Smith

Email: lewsmith@npli.org

Phone: 212-524-4616