Five Highlights from Trailblazing Leadership Week

A week of leadership, learning, and recognition for dedicated school and student leaders ends today. Here we share some of the experiences that made them feel seen and heard as they were honored for blazing trails in education.

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NHS Gala Celebrates Outstanding Student Leaders

For a select group of young people, it was a night to remember in Washington, DC. Inside a hotel ballroom Monday evening, with proud advisers, parents, and principals in attendance, NASSP honored the 25 winners of the 2022 National Honor Society (NHS) scholarships. The event kicked off this year’s National Student Leadership Week, whose theme […]

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NASSP Members Tell U.S. Secretary of Education That American Rescue Plan Worked

At a day-long meeting yesterday at the U.S. Department of Education, around 60 school leaders shared their experiences using COVID-relief funding to help their students and offered their perspectives on the challenges that remain. They also participated in workshops on student wellness, equity, and educator burnout, among other topics. The convening kicked off NASSP’s Trailblazing […]

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Why Student Protests Are a Valuable Learning Opportunity

At Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, CO, you could say we’re victims of our own success when it comes to student protests. One thing we emphasize in our school is that students need to have a voice. In the grand scheme of things, the school is their school. It’s not my school, it’s not […]

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Beth Houf

Embracing the School Leadership Journey

A question that I’m asked many times is how I manage the work-life balance of being a principal. I try not to laugh in response because most times I feel like I’m barely keeping it together. Each day is a juggling act, and some days are much more about surviving than thriving. As I reflect […]

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Gregg Wieczorek

Home-State School Visits Included on Wieczorek’s Tour

NASSP President Gregg Wieczorek’s latest stops on Leading Forward: The Listening and Learning Tour included two school visits in his home state of Wisconsin as well as stops in Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee during February and March. Below are brief highlights from the latest stops.

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Tutus for Tuesday: Raising Money and Spirits

National Honor Society (NHS) chapters consistently find creative ways to serve their schools and communities. In this post, we hear from Elisa Grossman, NHS adviser at Fort Myers High School in Fort Myers, FL, and Khadiza Alam, NHS president. To celebrate February 22, 2022 (Twosday), this chapter made and sold tutus to raise money for […]

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Derrick Lawson

Bearing Bad News: A Tough but Necessary Part of the Job

My school, Indio High School in Indio, CA, has faced many challenges over these past two years. Throughout the pandemic, we have lost members of our school community: a beloved student, a coach, a teacher, and a teacher’s spouse. Many of our students live in intergenerational homes, where COVID-19 spread and led to the death […]

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5 U.S. presidents who were also teachers

John Adams(1797–1801) After graduating from Harvard at 19, Adams taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Worcester, MA. While he found positive behavior reinforcement more effective than punishment, he probably wouldn’t have gotten away with calling his students “little runtlings” today.

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Robert Motley

My School’s History of Honoring Black History

This year marks the fourth year of my principalship at Atholton High School (AHS) in Columbia, MD, where I began my career as a teacher over 20 years ago. Back then, to celebrate Black History Month (BHM), I remember the whole school would gather for an assembly where students stepped, rapped, danced, and sang to […]

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