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NASSP and National Student Clearinghouse Collaborate to Help Principals Examine Effective Efforts for Postsecondary Success

HERNDON, VA (May 21, 2019)—The National Student Clearinghouse and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) announced today that they are collaborating to help principals examine how high school programs and policies lead to postsecondary success.

With the Clearinghouse’s nationwide secondary and postsecondary student data, principals can see exactly how each of their school’s graduates continue their formal learning beyond high school. Principals can also identify their most effective efforts that lead to students’ postsecondary success.

“The data provided by the Clearinghouse gives us access to how many of our students attend postsecondary institutions upon graduation, which is a valuable data tool we use to look at trends,” said Matthew Elder, assistant principal of Orange Vista High School in Perris, California. “We look at the institutions our students are attending and the timeframe when they attend those institutions. This information allows us to make our site’s postsecondary plans each year to narrow our focus for our students and staff.”

“Principals always want to know how well their graduates are doing in their postsecondary journey. But they too often have to rely on survey data, which provides a very limited and sometimes inaccurate picture,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn D. Bartoletti, who also serves on the Clearinghouse Board of Directors. “Collaborating with the Clearinghouse, NASSP can both provide principals access to a comprehensive set of objective data and help them maximize the use of that data to assess their own high school programs.”

“Working in a collaborative fashion with NASSP allows the Clearinghouse to have a greater understanding of the needs of secondary school principals and to address their most pressing challenges,” said Rick Torres, President and CEO of the Clearinghouse. “Our mutual efforts will better inform the nation’s K–12 leaders about student pathways to strengthen schools and help education go further with innovative approaches that meet reporting, research, verification, transcript, and data exchange demands across the K–20 to workforce continuum.”

Clearinghouse staff will host thought leadership conversations at the July 2019 National Principals Conference and the September 2019 NASSP Principal’s Institute Meeting. The two organizations will work together on joint articles, a national co-branded survey, sharing strategic information on each other’s websites, and webinar and strategy sessions to benefit secondary school leaders.

The Clearinghouse regularly works with educational organizations, including state and local agencies and principals throughout the country, to accurately assess the efforts of schools and outreach programs to help millions of students succeed each year and determine college and career readiness. Each fall, the Clearinghouse produces the High School Benchmarks report, which breaks down the nationwide data by school type (public, private, and charter) as well as demographic details.

Using the High School Benchmarks Report, high schools and school districts can conduct an apples-to-apples comparison between their school’s college enrollment, persistence, and graduation rates and those of similar schools across the country. The outcomes data is also formatted in percentile rankings, allowing schools to assess their performance relative to that of similar schools. The data empowers principals and administrators with accurate, reliable data to chart student success throughout college, answering such questions as:

  • How well are we preparing our students to get into college?
  • How many of our graduates enroll in college and graduate?
  • How well are we preparing our students to succeed once they are in college?
  • How do our school’s postsecondary education rates compare to other schools with similar populations?

Contact Todd Sedmak to set up an interview with the principal of a case-study school or a Clearinghouse official.


About the National Student Clearinghouse®

The National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit formed in 1993, is the trusted source for and leading provider of higher education verifications and electronic education record exchanges.

The Clearinghouse serves as a single point of contact for the collection and timely exchange of accurate and comprehensive enrollment, degree, and certificate records on behalf of its more than 3,600 participating higher education institutions, which represent 98 percent of all students in public and private U.S. institutions. The Clearinghouse also provides thousands of high schools and districts with continuing collegiate enrollment, progression, and completion statistics on their alumni.

Through its verification, electronic exchange, and reporting services, the Clearinghouse saves the education community cumulatively over $750 million annually. Most Clearinghouse services are provided to colleges and universities at little or no charge, including enhanced transcript and research services, enabling institutions to redistribute limited staff and budget resources to more important student service efforts. Clearinghouse services are designed to facilitate an institution’s compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, The Higher Education Act, and other applicable laws. The Clearinghouse has signed the Student Privacy Pledge and is the first recipient of ikeepsafe.org’s FERPA compliance badge, which was awarded to its StudentTracker for High Schools service.

For more information, visit www.studentclearinghouse.org.

About NASSP

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high-quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor SocietyNational Junior Honor SocietyNational Elementary Honor Society, and National Student Council.

Literacy Proponents Celebrate Proposed Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Advocates for Literacy, a coalition of over 60 organizations focused on increasing the federal commitment to improve literacy instruction through evidence-based practices, strongly supports the proposed $195 million for the Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN) program—referred to as comprehensive literacy development grants—in the House of Representatives’ Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS-Education) appropriations bill. Advocates for Literacy believes a strong federal commitment to literacy is imperative and is pleased that the House Committee on Appropriations has proposed an increase in funding for LEARN by $5 million over the FY 2019-enacted level.

LEARN supports states in a comprehensive, systemic approach to strengthen evidence-based literacy and early literacy instruction for children from early learning through high school and supports districts’ capacities to accelerate reading and writing achievement for all students. Additionally, LEARN helps states and districts support high-quality professional development for teachers, librarians, principals, specialized instructional support personnel, and other educators to improve literacy instruction for struggling readers and writers, including English-language learners and students with disabilities.

At a time when only 35 percent of fourth-grade students, 35 percent of eighth-grade students, and 37 percent of 12th-grade students performed at or above the proficient level on the reading assessment of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)—the Nation’s Report Card1—funding to support and improve literacy instruction is imperative. Advocates for Literacy is grateful to the House appropriators for recognizing the importance of high-quality reading and writing instruction to a quality education by proposing $195 million for LEARN in FY 2020, an increase of $5 million over the enacted FY 2019 level.

About Advocates for Literacy

Advocates for Literacy is a coalition of over 60 organizations that supports improved literacy instruction through comprehensive birth through grade 12 state-led literacy plans that target struggling and economically-disadvantaged students with low-performing English language arts assessment scores.

Members include:

Academic Language Therapy Association
ACT
Advocacy Institute
Alliance for Excellent Education
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Federation of Teachers
American Occupational Therapy Association
Association for Career and Technical Education
Association on Higher Education and Disability
Association for Middle Level Education
CAST
Center for the Collaborative Classroom
Council of Administrators of Special Education
Council for Exceptional Children
Early Care and Education Consortium
Easterseals
EDGE Consulting
Education Northwest
Every Child Reading
First Five Years Fund
First Focus Campaign for Children
Grimes Reading Institute
Higher Education Consortium for Special Education
HighScope Educational Research Foundation
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters
Institute for Educational Leadership
International Dyslexia Association
International Literacy Association
Institute for Educational Leadership
Keys to Literacy
Knowledge Alliance
Learning Ally
Learning Disabilities Association of America
Learning First Alliance
Literacy How, Inc.
National Adolescent Literacy Coalition
National Association of Elementary School Principals
National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (formerly the National Title I Association)
National Association of School Psychologists
National Association of Secondary School Principals
National Association of State Boards of Education
National Association of State Directors of Special Education
National Black Child Development Institute
National Black Justice Coalition
National Center for Families Learning
National Center for Learning Disabilities
National Council of Teachers of English
National Down Syndrome Congress
National Down Syndrome Society
National Education Association
National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform
National Rural Education Association
National Urban Alliance for Effective Education
National Women’s Law Center
National Writing Project
Nemours Children’s Health System
Parents as Teachers
Reading Partners
Reading Recovery Council of North America
Scholastic Inc.
School Social Work Association of America
TASH
Teach Plus
TESOL International Association
The Arc
United Way Worldwide
WestEd
ZERO TO THREE

1Fourth- and eighth-grade reading scores come from the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and 12th-grade reading scores come from the 2015 NAEP.

NASSP Statement on Education Tax Credit Proposal

Reston, VA–NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti issued the following statement on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s new “Education Freedom” tax credit proposal:

There is a well-established case against tax credits, vouchers, and other schemes to privatize public education. They fail to improve achievement and succeed only in diverting scarce public dollars from the public’s own schools. This proposal, however, is particularly tone deaf. Principals across the United States are struggling to attract and retain teaching talent that is discouraged by inadequate pay and crumbling work conditions. These challenges will only intensify as public school enrollment increases over the next decade. Mobilizing behind a scheme to further starve public schools and 9 in 10 American students of the resources they need is not only unresponsive, but insulting, and it reflects this administration’s persistent disdain for public education.

About NASSP

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high-quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor SocietyNational Junior Honor SocietyNational Elementary Honor Society, and National Student Council.

Nominations Now Open for 2019 National Junior Honor Society Outstanding Achievement Award

Student essay, new to the nomination requirement

Reston, VA – To help students jump-start their higher education goals, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) will recognize 500 middle level students with the NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award and a 529 college savings account valued at $500. NJHS advisers can submit nominations through February 25 for students who demonstrate the five pillars of excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship.

The NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award, instituted in 2016, addresses the importance of early college planning. Research shows that students with at least $500 saved for education are three times more likely to enroll in college—and are four times more likely to graduate from college—than their counterparts with no college savings accounts.

“By awarding a college savings fund, NJHS aims to emphasize the importance of college aspirations for our student members,” said Nara Lee, director of National Honor Societies at the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), which founded and administers NJHS.

NASSP established NJHS in 1929, following its establishment of the National Honor Society in 1921, and is the nation’s premier organization recognizing outstanding middle level students.Today, it is estimated that more than 1 million students participate in official Honor Society activities. Membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop their leadership further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

New this year, students will be required to write and submit an essay on citizenship. The essay topic asks students: “What does good citizenship mean to you, and why is it important as a pillar of NJHS?” Students are asked to elaborate on the question and use examples from their personal lives or school experiences.

To provide additional details on the award criteria and changes to the 2019 NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award nomination process, NJHS will hold an informational webinar for advisers on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. (ET). NJHS advisers can visit www.njhs.us/oaa to register for the webinar.

Recipients of the 2019 NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award will be announced in the spring. For more information on the NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award and to submit a nomination, please visit www.njhs.us/oaa.


About NASSP

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for principals and other school leaders across the United States. NASSP seeks to transform education through school leadership, recognizing that the fulfillment of each student’s potential relies on great leaders in every school committed to the success of each student. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor SocietyNational Junior Honor SocietyNational Elementary Honor Society, and National Student Council.

NASSP Statement on Final Report of Federal Commission on School Safety

Reston, VA –NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti issued the following statement on the final report of the Federal Commission on School Safety:

It is puzzling that the Federal Commission on School Safety would spend seven months and untold tax dollars on rediscovering well-known school safety strategies, in part a subset of the more comprehensive Framework for Safe and Successful Schools. In any case, we welcome the Commission’s voice to our common call for greater attention to the mental health both of our students and to those who might do them harm.

Yet the Commission compromises its own credibility by staying mute on the issue of firearm access and other prevention efforts that reduce the need to turn schools into fortresses. Guns in the wrong hands is a common element in school shootings. The Commission’s failure to address that element—with even the most sensible and noncontroversial recommendations–is nothing short of willful ignorance. Equally obtuse is the Commission’s guidance for arming school personnel–remarkably the only federal guidance this administration does not perceive as intrusive and burdensome, on a notion rejected by a consensus of education organizations and the educators, parents, and students they represent.

Rescinding Discipline Guidance

There is no disputing that racial disparities persist in suspensions and expulsions, and the evidence shows that schools that address the true causes of the gaps see a more positive culture and fewer violent incidents. In schools that adopt restorative practices in place of exclusionary practices, minority students see more time in school, resulting in higher achievement and fewer referrals to juvenile justice systems. The guidance encouraged many schools to find ways to help students succeed rather than react to behaviors that accelerate their failure, and therefore direct students on a path to prosperity rather than prison. There should be no argument that these effects are good things. But in strikingly convoluted and sadly predictable fashion, the Commission asserts without foundation that this non-binding guidance makes school less safe. The conclusion is offensive, it’s infuriating, it’s nonsensical, and it will assuredly lead to the result the administration wanted all along.

Secretary DeVos in particular has demonstrated time and again her dexterity in undoing efforts to enforce the rights of vulnerable student populations. Yet this discipline-disparity crisis is not one she can just kick to the states or private-school-voucher away. The secretary must now act with purpose to fulfill the Department’s expressed mission of “prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.” Otherwise she cements her status as a champion among the defenders of the status quo she so often derides. Without the force of law, the guidance could quietly persist to exercise persuasive influence and provide principals cover as they do the right thing often against strong political headwinds. By proposing to rescind the guidance, this administration only intensifies the headwind, sending a clear and dismissive message to our most vulnerable students.

About NASSP

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high-quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor SocietyNational Junior Honor SocietyNational Elementary Honor Society, and National Student Council.

DonorsChoose.org Partners with Nation’s Principals to Advance Best Practices in Crowdfunding for Schools

New resources will provide school leaders with a better understanding of how crowdfunding can support innovation for other strategic priorities.

RESTON, VA—Today, DonorsChoose.org, the leading non-profit crowdfunding platform in K-12 education, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), which represents nearly 20,000 school leaders around the country, have announced a partnership to support strategic crowdfunding for schools. The two organizations are coming together to educate principals on the topic of crowdfunding, and to foster helpful collaboration between school leaders and teachers — to both encourage teacher-driven innovation, and to ensure alignment with school and district goals and initiatives.

“Most schools remain under-resourced to meet the learning goals to which students aspire, but the success of DonorsChoose.org reminds us that a well of public generosity is available for projects that are well-articulated and connected with larger goals,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “This NASSP-DonorsChoose.org partnership will make the most of that opportunity by connecting teachers’ and advisers’ projects to the principal’s overarching vision for the school, increasing the projects’ chances for success.”

To date, more than 80,000 public schools across the U.S. have received $750 million in funding through DonorsChoose.org.The partnership includes the creation of an online toolkit for principals to leverage DonorsChoose.org to support their school’s priorities. The principal toolkit will help to spark conversations between principals, teachers, and advisers through case studies of principals who have been creative in bringing resources into their schools.

“Teachers often find the best success when they have supportive administrators who provide encouragement, inspiration, and opportunities to align on school goals,” said Charles Best, founder, DonorsChoose.org. “We’re excited to collaborate with NASSP to help public school educators make the most of DonorsChoose.org for their school communities.”

DonorsChoose.org will also provide direct support to the schools led by the NASSP 2018 State Principals of the Year, and schools with National Honor Society or National Student Council affiliations.

About DonorsChoose.org

DonorsChoose.org is the leading platform for giving to public schools. Teachers across America use the site to create projects requesting resources their students need, and donors give to the projects that inspire them. Since its founding by a Bronx teacher in 2000, more than 3 million people and partners have given $750 million to projects reaching 30 million students. Unique among education funding platforms, the DonorsChoose.org team vets each project request and ships resources directly to the school. Every donor receives photos of their project in action, thank-yous from the classroom, and a cost report showing how every dollar was spent. DonorsChoose.org was the first charity to make the top 10 on Fast Company’s list of the Most Innovative Companies in the World. Visit www.donorschoose.org to learn more.

About NASSP

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high-quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor SocietyNational Junior Honor SocietyNational Elementary Honor Society, and National Student Council.

Washington College Increases First-in-the-Nation Automatic Scholarship for National Honor Society Students to $18K Annually

Chestertown, MD – College just became more affordable for National Honor Society (NHS) graduates enrolling at Washington College. The liberal arts college in Chestertown, Maryland, which is the only institution of higher education in the country that offers an automatic scholarship to NHS students, announced an increase in its scholarship award from $15,000, to $18,000 annually.

The increase reflects Washington College’s ongoing commitment to make higher education accessible to all students, especially those who demonstrate promise as tomorrow’s leaders. To qualify, students must be NHS members at the time of admission to the College. The scholarship is awarded for up to four years, contingent on the student maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

“We are so proud to offer this opportunity to National Honor Society students,” said Lorna J. Hunter, WC’s Vice President for Enrollment Management. “These scholars are poised to build a strong campus community and use their experience here as a platform for lasting service and leadership. They are extremely deserving of our support, and we are honored to welcome them to our campus.”

“We are delighted that Washington College recognizes the value NHS students bring to their campus,” said Nara Lee, Director of the National Honor Society, a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. “The students’ proven commitment to scholarship, leadership, service, and character places them on a path to lifelong contribution in every community they enter. NHS welcomes Washington College as a partner who invests in the potential of these extraordinary students and is committed to cultivating a strong pipeline of tomorrow’s citizen-leaders.”

Washington College has been offering an automatic scholarship to NHS students for more than 20 years. According to the NHS, it is the only institution of higher education in the U.S. to do so.

The scholarship increase will take effect for students enrolled for the Fall 2019 semester, with an application deadline of November 15 for Early Decision, December 1 for Early Action, and February 15 for Regular Decision. Visit washcoll.edu/academic-tuition-scholarships for more information about Washington College Academic Tuition Scholarships.

About Washington College

Founded in 1782, Washington College is the tenth oldest college in the nation and the first chartered under the new Republic. It enrolls approximately 1,450 undergraduates from more than 35 states and a dozen nations. With an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning in the arts and sciences, and more than 40 multidisciplinary areas of study, the College is home to nationally recognized academic centers in the environment, history, and writing. Learn more at washcoll.edu

About National Honor Society

A program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921. Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada.

South Carolina School Leader Recognized as 2019 National Principal of the Year

River Bluff High School’s Dr. Lucas Clamp honored during National Principals Month

Lexington, SC – Dr. Lucas Clamp, principal at River Bluff High School in Lexington, South Carolina, has been named the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) 2019 National Principal of the Year. The announcement took place at a  surprise ceremony at his school attended by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, State Superintendent Molly Spearman, Congressman Joe Wilson, and numerous local dignitaries. The announcement is part of the 2018 celebration of National Principals Month.

Dr. Clamp was selected as the founding principal of River Bluff High School in 2011 and spent the next two years designing an innovative high school experience. Central to that experience, River Bluff’s modular scheduling allows students to create schedules with instructional periods of varying sizes mixed with independent learning time. Early in his tenure, Dr. Clamp led the launch of two Centers for Advanced Study–the Center for Media Arts, Design and Production and Center for Law and Global Policy Development–which provide honors level courses designed to connect learning and hands-on experiences within these fields. Hands-on learning is central to Dr. Clamp’s vision, leading to River Bluff becoming the first South Carolina school to adopt the project based–learning model provided by EL Education.

Dr. Clamp fosters a culture that stems from a unique desire to connect with each person, developing their skills and talents, and believing their individual and collective contribution to a local and global community will change the world. River Bluff students meet weekly in small groups called a CREW (Creating Relationships, Exploring Within)  that focus on academic drive, character development and establishing shared understandings. The CREW experience helps students build confidence in a safe environment that allows them to learn, reflect and identify their own quality work.

The panel of judges was particularly impressed with Dr. Clamp’s focus on student connections as a catalyst for confidently leading their own education. “Luke is a champion for community building and for groups that are often disenfranchised–which can be a challenge for principals serving communities with wide economic diversity,” said Annette E. Wallace, Assistant Superintendent of Worcester County (MD) Board of Education, who served as a judge. “His strategy for creating a robust culture and welcoming community while building River Bluff High School was visionary. He models the kind of intentional behavior it takes to include all children and amplify their voices through a variety of clubs, organizations, and informal structures. Luke will be a passionate voice for principals in the coming year.”

With a commitment to closing the achievement gap, Dr. Clamp prompted teachers to provide unique, differentiated learning experiences to Black students in particular, and over three years scores have risen from 42.9 percent to 68.6 percent in ELA and 65.8 percent to 87.9 percent in math. Dr. Clamp has also strived to ensure teachers feel supported. He facilitates teacher collaboration by working with lead teachers and works with the scheduling team to ensure that teachers have one hour of collaborative planning time built in their schedules for every course that two or more teachers teach.

Prior to joining Lexington County as an assistant principal in 2006, Dr. Clamp taught chemistry and environmental science and coached football and baseball at Irmo High School. Later as the Dean of Studies for Smaller Learning Communities, he developed curriculum for incoming freshmen, a Peer Mentoring Program, Peer Tutoring Center and school-wide staff development.

Dr. Clamp received his bachelor’s degree in science from Clemson University and his master’s degree, educational specialist degree in educational administration and doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Carolina. He is also a graduate of the South Carolina State Department of Education Developing Aspiring Principals Program.

“You can’t have real student learning without real student empowerment, and Dr. Clamp shows us what empowering students can really achieve,” stated JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. “As a powerful multiple of effective practice, he dedicates his focus to the student and uses compassionate relationships to build trust, provide support, and give them the resources they need to take control of their own education.”

“Dr. Clamp is a true champion for all children,” said Lexington School District One superintendent Dr. Gregory Little. “I am thrilled that the hard work, dedication, and commitment he demonstrates on a daily basis is being recognized by such a prestigious award.”

“South Carolina is blessed with tremendous school leaders and we could not be more proud that Dr. Luke Clamp will represent our state and nation as the 2019 National Principal of the Year,” said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. “Dr. Clamp has set a climate at River Bluff that supports teachers and fosters student learning. There is no one more deserving of this honor.”

The NASSP National Principal of the Year (POY) program annually recognizes outstanding middle level and high school principals who have made exemplary contributions to their profession and to their students’ learning. Each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity, and the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools selects one principal to represent their state. Of these, three finalists are named as contenders for the award, with one being recognized as the NASSP National Principal of the Year.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Luke Clamp has been named the 2019 NASSP National Principal of the Year,” stated Beth Phibbs, executive director of  the South Carolina Association of School Administrators, which first identified Dr. Clamp as 2018 state principal of the year. “He is an outstanding school leader and will represent his district, our association and NASSP well throughout the year.  South Carolina is extremely proud to have back to back national winners!”

With sponsorship from Jostens, each state winner is eligible to enroll in the McKinsey Management Program for School Leaders, a leading-edge, online program that offers breakthrough content covering the most important aspects of organizational leadership.

For more information on the POY program, please visit www.nassp.org/poy.

About NASSP

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high-quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor SocietyNational Junior Honor SocietyNational Elementary Honor Society, and National Student Council.

About Lexington County School District One

Lexington County School District One serves more than 26,800 students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 with more than 3,747 employees and 30 schools (17 elementary schools, 7 middle schools, 5 high schools, 1 technology center). The district also has an alternative learning program called Alternative Educational Services. As one of the fastest–growing school districts in the state, ranking sixth in total enrollment, we are proud of the excellent academic reputation we have established. During the past 10 years (2008–2018), the district grew 5,052 students, an average of 505 new students per year.

NASSP Leads the Discussion About School Safety and Advocacy Efforts

School leaders impacted by gun violence gathered
to share valuable insights and support

Reston, VA – NASSP is leading the discussion about school safety and effective legislation by launching the new NASSP Policy & Advocacy Center; issuing position statements on key education topics; hosting congressional briefings; meeting with members of Congress; and amplifying the voices of school leaders, teachers, and students across the country. Additionally, NASSP continues its work on Capitol Hill, advocating for strong, decisive action and policy change to end gun violence in schools.

As part of its commitment to supporting school leaders, NASSP provides resources principals need to deal with this timely and difficult topic. Featured in the September issue of Principal Leadership magazine, produced to provide secondary school principals with content and information to support their growth and the success of their schools, is a special roundtable discussion between three school and district leaders who have dealt with active school shooters and violent school perpetrators. They are: Warman Hall, principal at Aztec High School in New Mexico; Dale Marsden, superintendent of the San Bernardino City Unified School District in California; and George Roberts, community superintendent in Baltimore County Public Schools and former principal at Perry Hall High School in Baltimore. Throughout the roundtable discussion,these leaders provide insight into their experiences and best practice advice to other principals who might be wondering how they can best support their students, staff, and community.

An excerpt from the article: “My advice to the principal would be, start with relationships, keep your main focus on healing for at least a year or more. Be patient on the other areas that might come with academics. I think that you continue the good work going forward for young people; oftentimes we can get out of balance between support and the consequences of such an event.” – Dale Marsden, superintendent of the San Bernardino City Unified School District in California.

NASSP fully realizes that one roundtable article cannot fully delve into all the issues surrounding school safety that affect the role of the principal and other education stakeholders, but the association is committed to providing school leaders the tools, information, and resources they need to thrive within their community. The additional articles within the September issue ofPrincipal Leadership focus on additional school safety matters. NASSP will continue to cover the school safety issue in Principal Leadership throughout this academic year—and beyond.

To that end, in September (23-26), the Principals Institute will convene each of the 50+ State Principals of the Year for hands-on advocacy training, culminating in a Capitol Hill Day, during which they meet with their respective members of Congress about key education issues. Key message points during those visits will be reducing gun violence and school safety.

“NASSP is committed to helping school leaders ensure that schools are safe, equitable places where all students are able to learn, grow, and thrive,” stated NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “And as the first line of defense against policies that fly in the face of what we believe as educators, it’s important for school leaders to tell their stories and engage in actions that support our schools.”

The special section, “Dealing With Active Shooters” from September’s Principal Leadership

attached to this release. Please contact NASSP Director of Public Affairs Bob Farrace for additional information. You can learn more about NASSP’s advocacy efforts moving forward in the Advocacy Agenda column in the September issue of Principal Leadership as well.

Principal Leadership magazine is provided to all NASSP members and is a monthly publication that addresses the unique needs and challenges of school leaders. Click here to access the September issue. Back issues are available online and accessible by members only. School leaders can find out more about membership, access to Principal Leadership magazine and how to become a member at: www.nassp.org/membership.

About NASSP

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for principals and other school leaders across the United States. NASSP seeks to transform education through school leadership, recognizing that the fulfillment of each student’s potential relies on great leaders in every school committed to the success of each student. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor SocietyNational Junior Honor SocietyNational Elementary Honor Society, and National Student Council.