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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.

Principals on PDK Poll Results: We Cannot Sustain the Reality of an Undervalued Teaching Profession

Reston, VA – NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti issued the following statement on the release of the 50th Annual PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools:

Principals see firsthand the effects of our nation’s choice to drain the educator talent pool by underpaying and undervaluing teachers rather than to replenish the pool. This reality is completely unsustainable. We cannot be comfortable with the stunning contradiction that a majority of Americans both recognizes the importance of the teaching profession and want their own kids nowhere near it. The recent series of teacher strikes and the public support for more should wake us up to the need to invest more purposefully and creatively in the professionals who do nothing less than build our collective future.

While the school-security poll results are not new, their re-release is well timed with the recent conversation about the use of Title IV funds to arm teachers. School security experts, SROs, and educators all believe there are more effective ways to protect students in schools than to arm teachers. And we can now add parents to that list by a two-thirds majority. We hope this consensus will finally allow for a more reasonable, less divisive conversation about keeping students safe in school that revolves around research-tested practices like those identified in the Framework for Safe and Successful Schools. 

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 Condemns Proposal to Use Federal Funds for Guns in Schools

Reston, VA—NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti issued the following statement on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s proposal to allow gun purchases and firearm training for educators with federal funds appropriated under Title IV, part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act:

“NASSP condemns in the strongest possible terms DeVos’s proposal to use Title IV funds for guns. It’s a perverse distortion of Title IV’s goal of enhancing student learning. Under the guise of flexibility, the secretary continues to abdicate her responsibility to advance sound, research-based efforts to safeguard students and ignores the consensus of educators and experts who have addressed the Federal Commission on School Safety since its inception.”

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 Reasserts Opposition to Arming Educators in Response to Safety Commission Meeting

Reston, VA –  NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti issued the following statement in response to the August 1 Federal Commission on School Safety meeting in Arkansas:

“Proposals to arm educators are borne of a desperate concern for the safety of students. As educators in rural Arkansas pointed out yesterday, delayed law-enforcement response to remote areas adds a layer of urgency to the concern. But arming educators is the too-simple default response to a complex issue that will put students at greater risk, not make them safer.

“The only gun in a school should be in the hands of a school resource officer (SRO), a law enforcement officer who is highly and specifically trained to work as a member of the school community both to protect the students and educators and contribute to overall school goals. And any policymaker—from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to the local school board—who advocates for arming school officials should both find the will and identify the resources to place an SRO in each school.”

The Case Against Arming Teachers

Consider the concrete realities of school shootings. They happen quickly — anywhere from 12 seconds to six minutes in incidents since 1997. We would be asking a teacher to quickly transition to SWAT member, arrive on the scene, assess the situation, overcome the severe nervousness that naturally accompanies a deadly-force incident, and take immediate action before blood is shed—including their own or their students’.

Meanwhile, schools would endure the daily risk that accompanies more guns in schools, as evidenced by the 30+ cases of accidental discharge of approved guns in schools since 2014. Not surprisingly, a leading school insurance company was aware of the risk when they refused to cover any Kansas schools that allowed teachers to carry firearms.

More broadly, however, the excessive hardening of schools compromises the very purpose of a school. Making the school a fortress only creates a fortress mentality for both teachers and students. Training teachers as SWAT members forces their focus to shift from a student’s potential for achievement to their potential for violence.

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.

Principals Applaud Bipartisan Action to Reauthorize Perkins CTE Act

Reston, VA – NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti issued the following statement on President Trump’s signing of the bill to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Techinical Education Act:

We commend Congress and the Trump administration for the bipartisan reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act. While advocating for the bill, NASSP shared a platform with entities with whom we might disagree on other policies. Different sectors of the education and business communities sometimes fail to see eye-to-eye on what schools should do and how they should do it. But there is no disagreement on CTE. Educators in K–12 and higher education, small business owners, other members of local communities, and large corporations all share a common view on the need to invest in students now to be tomorrow’s digital age workers, technicians, inventors, and entrepreneurs. We are encouraged that Congress shares that view as well.

In corresponding more closely with the current CTE environment, this overhaul corrects some of the unintended challenges of building CTE programs. It provides flexibility for the use of funds to address career shortages in local communities and encourages partnerships with local employers and business leaders. It further provides funds for principals and teachers to retool and build the skills they need to sustain these programs—consistent with the spirit of CTE.

With new flexibility in funding and monitoring to ensure all students are treated equitably, the new Perkins bill will help empower students to choose their path toward their dreams rather than having the path selected for them. That is the promise of today’s CTE. And I would suggest it is the promise of public education. It fulfills the potential of each student with high-quality learning in a real-world context. Their success contributes mightily to our nation’s collective prosperity and to the future we all share. We are grateful to Congress for this bipartisan action, and we are hopeful that it sets a precedent for the work ahead on other education bills.

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.

Outstanding Finalists Named for 2019 NASSP National Principal of the Year

Principals from IL, MT, and SC to be recognized at Principals Institute in September

Reston, VA – Three principals—one each from Illinois, Montana, and South Carolina—are finalists for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) 2019 National Principal of the Year (POY) award.

Lucas Clamp, @LucasClamp, River Bluff High School, Lexington, SC

Lucas 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. One student stated that he “maintains a warm and secure climate in which both students and staff are held to high standards,” and the results reflect this. For instance, a commitment to closing the achievement gap with African American students prompted teachers to provide unique, differentiated learning experiences and intervention. 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. The overall graduation rate has also increased to 94.1 percent. Lucas 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.

Paul Kelly, @EGPrinciPaul, Elk Grove High School, Elk Grove Village, IL

In a majority-minority school where a significant portion of students live in poverty, Paul Kelly has created a positive school culture based on his mantra of “challenge, support, and patience.” During his tenure as principal, nearly half of economically disadvantaged students were proficient or advanced in reading/ELA, despite 500 students living in densely populated mobile home parks that lack a park area or library. Nearly 60 percent were proficient in math. While the Latino population and poverty rate both tripled, AP participation quadrupled, with more than 50 percent of the Class of 2017 receiving a passing score on an AP exam. His focus on giving everyone a voice and being what one staff member referred to as “a champion of bold ideas,” has led to high levels of student success at his school, with graduates now at colleges like Stanford, UPenn, and Northwestern.

Hannah Nieskens, @NieskensJD, Whitehall 6–12, Whitehall, MT

With her emphasis on a school staff and community vested in the success of all students, Hannah Nieskens took a small, rural school where almost half of the students are economically disadvantaged and worked hard to offer opportunities available at larger, suburban schools.  When she became principal, Whitehall High School (WHS) was ranked 99th of 166 high school in the state, as measured by the ACT. After her first year, WHS ranked 25th, and last year, it ranked 6th. In the middle school, students scoring proficient and advanced in math has increased 31 percent in the three years Hannah has been principal. In reading, the increase was 45 percent, and the amount of F’s issued by teachers decreased by 63 percent. On top of this, 2/3 of students in each class are on the honor roll, and office discipline referrals decreased by 84 percent. Crediting data-based instruction, teachers and parents alike praise Hannah’s reformation efforts to ensure every learner has the proper support while making learning gains.

“Education should empower students to have a voice in building the future they will lead,” stated NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “Each of these extraordinary school leaders has found creative ways to help kids succeed and have proven themselves to be powerful multipliers of effective practice.”

These three finalists will be recognized at the 2018 NASSP Principals Institute, an event that convenes all state principals from 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. The institute will be held in Washington, D.C., September 23–26, 2018, and will involve a series of professional development activities and meetings with congressional members.

The 2019 National Principal of the Year will be announced in October during National Principals Month.

About the POY program

The NASSP Principal of the Year program honors State Principals of the Year from 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. Out of these exceptional school leaders, three are selected as finalists and one is ultimately selected for the National Principal of the Year award. The award recognizes outstanding middle level and high school principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions to the profession.

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 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.

New York Principal Elected to Lead National Principals Organization Board

Seven principals join NASSP Board as Peter Kruszynski of Lancaster (NY) Middle School assumes role of President-Elect

Chicago, IL – Peter Kruszynski, principal of Lancaster Middle School in Lancaster, NY, has been elected to serve as President-Elect of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Seven school leaders from across the country were also elected to serve four-year terms on the 24-member NASSP Board of Directors.

Kruszynski has spent the last 18 of his 36 years in education as principal of Lancaster Middle School, where he has actively supported the professional growth of all the assistant principals who have worked with him by collaborating with them and being available to assist or consult on sensitive or controversial topics. Of the nine assistant principals who have worked at his school, five are currently principals and one is at the district office. His efforts have helped to create a principal pipeline in his own district, cultivating leaders that then continue to serve students throughout the district community.

Kruszynski has been an NASSP board member as well as a board member for the School Administrators Association of New York (SAANYS). He was president of SAANYS from 2009–2010 and president of the Lancaster Administrators and Supervisors Association from 2000-2015. In 2012, Kruszynski was named Western NY Middle School Principal of the Year and this year, he earned the NYS Outstanding Educator Award. He has a BS, MS, and Certificate of Advanced Study and New York State Administrative Certification from the State University College at Buffalo.

“Research has shown how essential principal leadership is to student success,” Kruszynski said. “I am honored to be NASSP’s president-elect and to serve our nation’s amazing school leaders who are working to ensure that all students succeed in fulfilling their greatest potential.”

The seven additional school leaders elected to the board for two-year and four-year terms include:

  • Raashad Fitzpatrick, Principal, Gaffney High School, Gaffney, SC
  • Alan Long, Principal, Jefferson County High School, Louisville, GA
  • Raquel Martinez, Principal, Isaac Stevens Middle School, Pasco, WA
  • Margaret Robinson, Assistant Principal, Har-Ber High School, Springdale, AR
  • Gwendolyn Taylor, Principal, Huntington Middle School, Warner Robins, GA
  • Becky Waters, Principal, Moorcroft Senior High School, Moorcroft, WY
  • William Ziegler, Principal, Pottsgrove High School, Pottstown, PA

The new board members were elected during the association’s Member’s Assembly, held this year at the National Principals Conference in Chicago, IL, July 11-13. All board terms are effective July 12, 2018, as is Kruszynski’s post of president-elect. Kruszynski will be serving under NASSP President Christine Handy until July 12, 2019, when he will succeed to the NASSP presidency.

For a complete roster of the NASSP Board of Directors, please visit www.nassp.org/who-we-are/board-of-directors.

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.

School Leaders Gather in Chicago for 2018 National Principals Conference

Reston, VA – Around 3,000 principals and assistant principals from across the country will converge on Chicago July 11-13 for the 2018 National Principals Conference™ (NPC) hosted by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Programming will focus on three key themes—Leading Learning, Building Culture, and Designing the Future—and will feature three keynote addresses by thought leaders in education, including University of Pennsylvania professor Scott Barry Kaufman, who is a pioneer in the concept of grit, and Adolph Brown, president and CEO of the Virginia-based Business & Education Leadership Authority. One keynote address will be delivered by three successful practicing principals and previous recipients of the NASSP Digital Principal of the Year award: Dwight Carter, New Albany High School, New Albany, OH; Carrie Jackson, Timberview Middle School, Fort Worth, TX; and Bill Ziegler, Pottsgrove High School, Pottstown, PA.

Renowned champion of empowered learning Will Richardson will also be speaking at NPC. To provide insight into the backgrounds of Parkland students who gained prominence in the aftermath of the tragic February 14 shooting, principal Ty Thompson will discuss how Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School promotes student voice and empowers students to amplify their voices for issues that matter to them.

On the policy front, the fourth annual “The State of American Education” session will feature a conversation about the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act between Michael Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the Education Trust’s Lillian Lowery. John Merrow, well-known former education correspondent for PBS NewsHour will moderate.

To complement the high-powered presentations, principals will engage in informal learning in a model makerspace, where they can participate in the same kind of tinkering and inventing that advance the learning of student across the country; and an unconference-style Edcamp, in which participants identify the topics of interest and lead conversations among interested colleagues. In addition, more than 100 unique exhibitors will connect K-12 school leaders with the best products, solutions, and technology that they need to revolutionize their schools in the area labeled the “HUB.”

Contact Sam Gonzalez for press passes at sam@marketingdesigngroup.com or 360-720-4333.

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.

Policy & Advocacy Center Newsletter: July 2018

NPC18 Starts Today! The 2018 National Principals Conference is officially underway in Chicago, and hundreds of school leaders from around the country are discussing some of the most pressing education issues facing our nation. Featured sessions include:
  • “Empowering Students to be Active Citizens,” with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Principal Ty Thompson
  • “Education and the Path to One Nation, Indivisible,” an expert discussion on civil rights and equity in education
  • “The State of American Education,” a crossfire-style debate between two national education policy thought leaders, moderated by former PBS News Hour education correspondent John Merrow
Click here to view all of the advocacy and policy sessions taking place at NPC18 this year, and follow NASSP on Facebook for livestreams of select sessions.

This Month’s Top Advocacy Issues

House and Senate Move Forward With Labor-HHS-Ed Appropriations Bills Earlier this year, congressional leaders in both the House and Senate stated their intent to pass all 12 appropriations bills to avoid another end-of-year budget package—a process often referred to as “regular order,” which hasn’t been done since 1996. In late June, House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-Ed) both released their spending bills. Both bills have positive allocations for some of NASSP’s top priorities. Title II of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was flat funded in both the House and Senate bills at $2.1 billion—a promising result after the House bill sought to eliminate the program completely in FY 2018, and President Trump has called for the program’s elimination in both his FY 2018 and FY 2019 budgets. Another key program for NASSP is Title IV of ESSA, which sees different increases in both bills. Title IV would see a $100 million increase in the House bill and a $125 million increase in the Senate bill. For a more detailed breakdown of the budget allocations in each bill, please visit our latest Advocacy Update. Currently, the Senate bill is awaiting a floor vote, while the House bill needs to be marked up in the Appropriations Committee. Stay tuned to the NASSP Policy & Advocacy Center for future updates.

Take Action

Join the attendees at NPC18 in advocating to members of Congress and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for public education and school safety priorities. Click here to make your voice heard and tell your officials that essential programs like Title II and Title IV of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) must be fully funded, and real solutions for school safety must be prioritized in 2019.

Collaborations

NASSP joined other co-authoring and 100-plus endorsing organizations and individuals in releasing new supplemental materials to the 2013 Framework for Safe and Successful Schools. This national education coalition also continues to advocate for the Department of Education’s School Safety Commission to incorporate the Framework’s guidance and expertise into any actions the administration plans to take on school violence.

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