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Principals Respond to New GLSEN Survey Report on Harassment of LGBT Students

Reston, VA – NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti issued the following statement on the release of the GLSEN report From Teasing to Torment: School Climate Revisited: The principal’s primary responsibility is to create and sustain a school environment in which each student is known, accepted and valued, cared for and encouraged to be an active and […]

Navigating LGBT Issues

The Amazon TV show Transparent, centered around a transgender parent, earned an Emmy this year. Brilliant scientist Alan Turing, a gay man involved in national security, was the subject of a major motion picture in 2014. During the first Democratic presidential debate, Hillary Clinton proclaimed that society needed to do more to prevent discrimination against […]


NASSP Launches Support Network for LGBTQ+ School Leaders October marks LGBT History Month, which was founded in 1994 by a Missouri high school history teacher named Rodney Wilson. School leadership can often feel isolating, especially for principals and assistant principals who are LGBTQ+. NASSP announced during Pride Month in June the creation of a new […]

Future Technologies in Special Education: October 2020

Principal Leadership: October 2020

Features Future Technologies in Special Education. Using artificial intelligence in the classroom Building Relationships. Supporting your staff amid a pandemic Critical Thinking During COVID. Finding facts and planning are keys to good leadership Advocacy for All. Helping those who can’t help themselves Why Student Belonging Matters. And how schools can support it Roundtable Recognizing Complex […]

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KidWind Educator Named Wisconsin 2020 Energy Educator of the Year The Wisconsin K–12 Energy Education Program named Dick Anderson the 2020 Energy Educator of the Year for his dedication to the Wisconsin KidWind Challenge. The challenge is a hands-on competition that engages middle level and high school students in wind energy science and design. Anderson […]

Portrait of JoAnn Bartoletti

A Letter From the Executive Director

As school leaders, we hold a persistent belief: Students perform best in a secure, supportive environment where they are free to be their authentic selves. It’s an essential condition for their learning, for their best performance, and for their ability to fulfill their greatest potential. I would argue that principle applies to all of us. […]

2019 State Principals of the Year

Each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools, and the Department of Defense Education Activity will select one middle level and one high school principal to represent their state. State winners are selected from applications submitted to the state associations. Each state’s selection process and […]

Addressing Current Controversies and Political Matters in the Classroom

Teachers have reported an increase in divisive rhetoric in the classroom surrounding religion, gender, race, and immigration. A 2016 survey conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center found that 80 percent of teachers surveyed reported feeling fearful for marginalized student groups, and 40 percent of teachers observed derogatory language directed toward minority students. One Tennessee […]

Advocacy Agenda

The first transgender person to be featured on the cover of Time magazine was actress Laverne Cox in 2014. This is often referred to as the “transgender tipping point” in America, when society really started paying attention to conversations around gender identity. While transgender and nonbinary people have existed throughout history, we have reached a […]

Principal Leadership

Features Addressing Disproportionate Discipline. Build equity by studying data and understanding the need for change Leadership for a Strong School Counseling Program. Five strategies for advising students Leading as Learners in Rural Schools. Engaging stakeholders to avoid burnout Write Club: The Revolution. Make writing meaningful and fun again (for teachers and students) Teacher Evaluations. Promoting […]