For the first time ever, the NASSP Board of Directors is opening nominations to all active members in good standing who are currently serving as principals or assistant principals. This unique opportunity is your chance to step forward as a board of directors candidate and be a national advocate for middle level and high school education!

What Does Being an NASSP Board Member Mean? 

Image of Raquel Martinez, principal of Isaac Stevens Middle School and member of the NASSP Board of Directors
Raquel Martinez, principal of Isaac Stevens Middle School and member of the NASSP Board of Directors

For current board member Raquel Martinez, principal of Isaac Stevens Middle School in Pasco, WA, being on the NASSP Board of Directors “means I have a voice for secondary school principals. It means that I get to share out what exactly is happening in real life with others, and it means that [I’m] a representation of my colleagues.” That might include being on an advocacy team and having conversations at the Capitol with elected officials, or it might mean initiating conversations with colleagues at the local level. It’s a responsibility Principal Martinez doesn’t take lightly. 

What Does It Take? 

With the call for nominations, NASSP is looking for strategic leaders with public policy advocacy at the state, local, and federal level who are willing to commit to a three-year term. By serving on the board, you would play a key role in the organization’s direction while supporting current school leaders as you leverage your professional network of educators, business leaders, and policymakers. You will be encouraged to share NASSP’s vision with your connections in order to make meaningful changes in our communities and impact broader policies.

Members work together to accomplish the board’s work, and each member’s unique passions and skill sets help further that mission. “I’ve been able to collaborate and network with other principals across the United States,” Martinez says, “How often do you get to do that? What’s happening on the east side versus what’s happening on the west side. Bouncing ideas off of one another.” That collaborative energy has brought her closer to her peers.

Why Should You Nominate Yourself? 

Serving on the board is a major undertaking, but you’ll have support and guidance every step of the way. NASSP leadership recognizes that learning is fundamental to our growth and development at both the individual and organizational level. We’re committed to assisting our members and board of directors to be the best they can be for students and for education.

For Principal Martinez, it’s also about knowing you have a voice in the organization. “It’s just another way to support your colleagues on the work that they’re doing.”

The NASSP Board of Directors selection process is competency-based in addition to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Complete your nomination by May 17, 2021.

1 Comment

  • I am in my 3rd year as the building Principal. My school is in lower Alabama and is a 9-12 traditional high school. I am very interested in serving on the board for NASSP. I will complete my nomination and look forward to hearing from someone.
    I attended the National Principal’s Conference in Boston and it was the best PD I have attended in my 28 years in education.

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