NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, DISCOVERY EDUCATION, AND THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF EDUCATION COLLABORATE TO HOST GREAT LEADERS SUMMIT Bob Farrace, National Association of Secondary School Principals703-860-7257FarraceB@nassp.orgChristina Scripps, Discovery Education240firstname.lastname@example.orgChris Atkins Godack, Johns Hopkins University School of Education410email@example.com– Unique professional development event will provide principals the leadership skills and knowledge to support the digital transition in their schools –Silver Spring, Md. (December 18, 2013) – The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), Discovery Education and the Johns Hopkins University School of Education today announced a new professional development collaboration. Together, these leading organizations will create and deliver a unique professional development event providing participating principals the leadership skills and knowledge needed to create dynamic digital learning environments in their schools. Entitled the Great Leaders Summit, this event will be held July 20-24, 2014 at Discovery Education's global headquarters in Silver Spring, Md.During this five-day event, attendees will participate in a variety of interactive sessions led by expert facilitators from NASSP, Discovery Education, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. School leadership and educational technology experts will explore a variety of topics during the Great Leaders Summit, including:Leading school culture change;Strategic decision making;Using social media to tell school success stories;The future of educational technology in schools, andIntegrating educational technologies and digital content into classroom instruction at the school level.“NASSP is proud to collaborate with Discovery Education and the Johns Hopkins University to further our mission of promoting excellence in middle and high school leadership,” said Executive Director of NASSP, JoAnn Bartoletti. “This summit will facilitate the growth of critical skills today’s principals need to serve as visionary technology leaders and effect meaningful change in their schools.”Space in this exclusive professional development event is limited. For more information, including registration information, visit www.nassp.org/GreatLeaders.“Principals play an incredibly vital role in creating a school culture that supports academic achievement,” said Henry M. Smith, EdD, Program Manager for the Online Educational Leadership Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. “The Great Leaders Summit will provide an excellent forum in which principals from around the world can gather and expand their knowledge of how to create the authentic learning environments students need for college, careers and citizenship.”In existence since 1916, NASSP is the preeminent organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and aspiring school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries. Discovery Education is the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms around the globe. Founded in 1909 as the College Courses for Teachers, the Johns Hopkins University School of Education addresses some of the most challenging problems facing education today through world-class graduate and doctorate programs, research and development activities, external partnerships with school systems, and other activities.“We are thrilled to work with NASSP and Johns Hopkins University to produce and host this one-of-a-kind professional development event,” said Scott Kinney, Senior Vice President of Discovery Education. “As the transition to dynamic digital learning environments continues, collaborations like this become even more important to ensuring the critical stakeholders in supporting student achievement have the knowledge they need to effect change.”For more information about NASSP programs and initiatives, visit www.nassp.org.For more information about Discovery Education services and resources, visit www.discoveryeducation.comFor more information about the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, visit http://education.jhu.edu/ About NASSPThe National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world. The association provides research-based professional development and resources, networking and advocacy to build the capacity of middle level and high school leaders to continually improve student performance. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.About Discovery EducationDiscovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Available in over half of all U.S. schools, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.About the Johns Hopkins University School of Education Established in 2007, the Johns Hopkins University School of Education (SOE) has quickly taken its place as a national leader by preparing educational leaders and developing research-based models of instruction that are making lasting improvements in student achievement – from early childhood to the adult learner. Grounded in the Johns Hopkins University tradition of research and innovation, SOE is ranked second among graduate schools of education by US News & World Report and receives more funded research than any other graduate school of education in the United States. The school includes three research and development centers: the Center for Research and Reform in Education, the Center for Social Organization of Schools and the Center for Technology in Education. The SOE’s nationally recognized Division of Public Safety Leadership provides graduate and undergraduate programs in management and conducts applied research in various areas of public safety leadership. More than 1,500 SOE students are enrolled at the University’s Homewood campus in Baltimore and two off-campus centers located in the Baltimore-Washington area. For more information: www.education.jhu.edu.