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School Leaders Gather in Chicago for 2018 National Principals Conference

July 9, 2018

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 […]

Leading Education Organizations Release Guidance to Safe Schools Framework

June 28, 2018

Groups encourage School Safety Commission to build on consensus around evidence-based policies and best practices. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Reston, VA–The author organizations of the Framework for Safe and Successful Schools have released a series of new resources as supplements to the Framework. The resources are intended to advance the adoption of the Framework in states […]

Principals Condemn Border Policy That Forcibly Separates Children From Families

June 20, 2018

Reston, VA – NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration border policy to forcibly separate children from their families: “School leaders recognize the faces of traumatized children. We sit with them as they relive painful experiences, isolate themselves, and act out for their inability to manage effects of deeply damaging […]

Nation’s Principals Respond to Trump School Safety Proposal

March 12, 2018

Reston, VA – NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s school safety proposal: While we appreciate that the Trump administration has continued to search for school safety solutions in the wake of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, their proposal to arm teachers and other school personnel […]

Statement in Response to Shooting at Stoneman High School

February 15, 2018

Reston, VA – NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti issued the following statement in response to the tragic shooting at Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida: It is difficult to express my anger and feeling of futility in writing yet another response to yet another school shooting. Or to express my deep sadness in offering consoling and […]

Students and School Leaders Selected to Advance Student Voice Efforts on National Student Leadership Committee

December 15, 2017

Reston, VA – The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has announced its roster for the Student Leadership Advisory Committee to support the association’s efforts to build student engagement, service, leadership, and voice: Esther Abiona, Student, Early College High School at Delaware State University, Dover, DE Devlin Andrews, Student, Coventry High School, Coventry, RI Melissa […]

South Carolina School Leader Named 2018 NASSP National Principal of the Year

October 20, 2017

Watch the video of the surprise announcement on NASSP’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/principals Chapin, SC – Dr. Akil E. Ross, Sr., principal at Chapin High School in Chapin, SC, has been named the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) 2018 National Principal of the Year. The announcement was made during a surprise assembly at the school […]

Nation’s Principals to Congress: Pass DREAM Act

September 5, 2017

Reston, VA – Today’s announcement that the Trump administration will end DACA plunged 800 thousand young people-many of them our students-back into fear and uncertainty about their futures. That condition severely compromises their ability to learn, not to mention their peace of mind and their very survival. Our attention must now turn to Congress to […]

NASSP announces 2018 National Principal of the Year Finalists

August 11, 2017

Reston, VA – Three principals—one from South Carolina, Illinois, and Georgia—are finalists for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)’s 2018 National Principal of the Year (POY) award. They will be recognized at the Principals Institute on September 24–27, which will be attended by dignitaries, policymakers, and industry peers. Jack Baldermann, Westmont High School, Westmont, […]

NASSP members elect new President-Elect, plus 8 new board members

July 26, 2017

Philadelphia, PA – The members of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) have elected a new president-elect, Christine Handy, principal of Gaithersburg High School in Gaithersburg, MD, and eight additional school leaders to serve on the 24-member NASSP Board of Directors. Dr. Christine Handy believes in creating an equitable environment that cultivates student […]

NASSP Recognizes Great School Leaders with Distinguished Service and Membership Star Awards

July 10, 2017

Winners from TX, MD, ND, and LA to be honored at special event at National Principals Conference Reston, VA – The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has recognized four winners from Texas, Maryland, North Dakota, and Louisiana with the Distinguished Service to NASSP, Distinguished Service to Education, and Membership Star awards for their […]

NASSP Announces Its Digital Principals of the Year

June 5, 2017

Outstanding representatives of technology leadership hail from Alaska, New Jersey, and Oregon Reston, VA – The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is excited to announce its 2017 Digital Principals of the Year (DPOY). Each of these school leaders has excelled at effectively using technology to support teaching, learning, and school management in order […]

Principals Urge Congress to Reject Trump Budget and Stay True to ESSA

May 24, 2017

Reston, VA – JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, issued the following statement on President Trump’s budget proposal for FY 2018. “The president’s FY 2018 budget proposal is a detrimental blow to states working diligently to develop Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans and to the school leaders who will implement them. The […]

School Improvement Efforts Continue at 26 Breakthrough Schools

April 27, 2017

Reston, VA – Spearheaded by the leadership of highly effective school leaders, 26 middle level and high schools recognized by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) as Breakthrough Schools from 2011-14 have been redesignated for 2017. NASSP recently evaluated these schools and determined that they have sustained their student achievement rates since their initial […]

Veteran Social Entrepreneur Wayne L. Firestone Tapped to Lead Newly Formed National Honor Society Scholarship Fund

April 18, 2017

Firestone will oversee expansion of program to make college dreams accessible to high-performing students Washington, DC – Wayne L. Firestone has been named the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the recently incorporated National Honor Society Scholarship Fund (NHS Fund). In this role, Firestone will maximize the impact of the annual scholarship associated with the nation’s […]

New Jersey School Leader Named 2017 NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year

April 10, 2017

Brad Currie honored at the launch of National Assistant Principals Week Reston, VA – Brad Currie, assistant principal at Black River Middle School in Chester, NJ, has been named the 2017 National Assistant Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). The announcement kicks off the 2017 celebration of National […]

Trump Budget Abandons the Nation’s Public Schools

March 16, 2017

Reston, VA–JoAnn Bartoletti, Executive Director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, issued the following statement on the President’s education budget request for fiscal year 2018. “The President’s proposed budget abandons the nation’s public schools at a time when states are working to implement the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act […]

NASSP Announces Three Finalists from New Jersey, Nevada, and Virginia for NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year

March 15, 2017

Reston, VA – The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has announced the names of three exceptional assistant principals from across the United States as finalists for NASSP’s 2017 National Assistant Principal of the Year. Brad Currie (@bradmcurrie), Black River Middle School, Chester, NJ Brad Currie is all about making meaningful connections among people. […]

Rescinding Guidance on Transgender Student Rights Makes Kids Less Safe

February 23, 2017

Reston, VA – The National Association of Secondary School Principals issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s rescinding of the Guidance Related to Civil Rights Protections for Transgender Students: “It is disheartening that the Trump administration’s first education action is designed to make students less safe. “In our May 2016 position statement on supporting transgender […]

Rescinding Guidance on Transgender Student Rights Makes Kids Less Safe

February 23, 2017

Reston, VA – The National Association of Secondary School Principals issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s rescinding of the Guidance Related to Civil Rights Protections for Transgender Students: “It is disheartening that the Trump administration’s first education action is designed to make students less safe. “In our May 2016 position statement on supporting transgender […]

NASSP and Overcoming Obstacles Join Forces to Promote Life Skills Education Throughout K-12 Continuum

February 17, 2017

                                     NASSP and Overcoming Obstacles Join Forces to Promote Life Skills Education Throughout K–12 Continuum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:Vincenzo Capone, Overcoming Obstacles, 877-840-9606 ext. 132, vinnycapone@overcomingobstacles.orgBob Farrace, NASSP, 703-860-7252, farraceb@nassp.org Reston, VA – NASSP and Community for Education Foundation, nonprofit […]

NASSP Statement on Betsy DeVos Nomination Hearing

January 20, 2017

Reston, VA – It is to be expected that some in the education community will agree with Betsy DeVos’s education positions, and others will not. What is unexpected, and frankly disappointing, is that three and a half hours of Senate HELP committee testimony produced no new information about the nominee’s policy positions. The drumbeat of non-answers […]

NASSP Statement on Nomination of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education

November 23, 2016

Reston, VA – NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti issued the following statement on President-Elect Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education: NASSP congratulates Betsy DeVos on her nomination as the next U.S. Secretary of Education. We look forward to working with her and the new administration toward our common goal of educating each […]

NASSP Honors Three Principals for Technology Leadership

October 24, 2016

2017 Digital Principal of the Year honors awarded to leaders in Missouri, South Dakota, and Pennsylvania Reston, VA — Three extraordinary and tech-savvy school leaders have been selected as 2017 NASSP Digital Principals of the Year for integrating digital media in their efforts to improve instruction, student achievement, and their own leadership. The winners will […]

Colorado’s Tom Dodd Named National Principal of the Year

October 17, 2016

Fort Collins, CO – Dr. Thomas Dodd of Lesher Middle School in the Poudre School District, Fort Collins, CO, has been named the 2017 National Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). The award was announced today at a surprise assembly at his school attended by local dignitaries and […]

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

September 28, 2016

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 […]

Principals Applaud Department of ED for Support of Leadership in ESSA Title II Guidance

September 28, 2016

Reston, VA – The American Federation of School Administrators, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals–representing the nation’s 120,000 school leaders–issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED’s) release of guidance on Title II, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Our […]

Principals Applaud House for Passage of Bill to Modernize Career/Technical Education

September 14, 2016

Reston, VA – The National Association of Secondary School Principals issued the following statement on the House of Representatives’ passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 5587): We applaud the House of Representatives for their bipartisan support and passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the […]

Statement of the Title IV, Part A Coalition on the Release of the 48th Annual PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools

September 1, 2016

Will Congress again limit school funding and perpetuate what Americans say is the biggest problem confronting schools? Washington, D.C. – The Title IV, Part A Coalition, which advocates for maximum funding for the flexible block grant found in the Every Student Succeeds Act and is comprised of more than 75 national organizations, released the following […]

NASSP Comments on PDK Poll on Public Attitudes Toward Public Schools

August 31, 2016

Reston, VA – The National Association of Secondary School Principals issued the following statement in response to the 48th Annual Phi Delta Kappa International Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools: Americans sent a clear message that they want their public schools to deliver far more than successful test takers. Fortunately, we have the […]

AFSA, NAESP, NASSP, and New Leaders Congratulate 201617 Principal Ambassador Fellows and Call on Federal Officials to Continue Prioritizing Leadership

August 25, 2016

Alexandria, VA – The American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and New Leaders congratulate Dr. Jean-Paul Cadet, Monifa McKnight, and Dana Nerenberg on their selection as 2016-17 Principal Ambassador Fellows at the U.S. Department of Education (USED). Dr. Cadet, the […]

NASSP Comments on ACT/Exelencia Report on Condition of Hispanic Student Achievement

June 29, 2016

Reston, VA – The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) issued the following statement on the report, The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015: Hispanic Students, released today by ACT and Excelencia in Education: More than half of Hispanic students leave school each year without the skills they need to succeed in the next […]

Three Top School Leaders Selected as 2017 National Principal of the Year Finalists

June 27, 2016

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has named three exceptional school leaders from across the United States as finalists to contend for NASSP’s 2017 National Principal of the Year. The finalists will be recognized during a September awards program to be attended by dignitaries, policymakers, and industry peers. Tom Dodd, Lesher Middle School, […]

Principals Groups Express Disappointment Over Senate’s Proposed Reduction in Professional Development Funds

June 10, 2016

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) issued the following statement on the Senate Appropriations Committee reduction of funding for Title II of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the primary source of federal funding for educator professional […]

Denver-Area Senior Awarded Prestigious National Honor Society Scholarship

May 19, 2016

Kali Horn of York International School Wins More Than $15K in Awards for Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character Reston, VA — Kali Horn, a senior at York International School in Thornton, CO, has been named the national winner of the 2016 National Honor Society (NHS) Scholarship. She was awarded the $15,500 prize during a surprise […]

Principals Applaud Obama Administration for Guidance on Transgender Students

May 13, 2016

Reston, VA — On behalf of the nation’s middle level and high school principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) expresses its gratitude to the White House and the U.S. Department of Education for their recent guidance on the treatment of transgender students in schools. We are proud that the guidance is already […]

NASSP States Support for Rights of Transgender Students

May 10, 2016

Public may comment on position statement through June 10 prior to final Board consideration Reston, VA – The Board of Directors of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has stated its intent to adopt a position statement in support of the rights of transgender students in schools. The statement will be open for public […]

Principals Groups Celebrate Assistant Principals Week, April 11–15

April 15, 2016

Reston, VA – The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) have declared the week of April 11–15, 2016, as National Assistant Principals Week to honor and recognize the contributions of assistant principals to the success of students in […]

NASSP and NAESP to Host Joint National Principals Conference in 2017

March 21, 2016

Principals in elementary, middle, and high schools will gather in Philadelphia in July  Reston, VA – For the first time, the nation’s principals of schools across the Pre-K-12 continuum are planning to embark on professional learning together, as the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) combine […]

West Fargo School Leader Named National Assistant Principal of the Year

February 26, 2016

Holly Ripley announced as the nation’s top AP during NASSP’s Ignite ’16 conference Reston, VA — Holly Ripley of West Fargo High School in West Fargo, ND, has been named the 2016 NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year for her success in raising student achievement and leading a culture in which students thrive. The […]

Jostens Announces Extended Partnership with NASSP

February 25, 2016

Partnership increases support of recognition and development of school leaders Orlando, FL – Jostens, the leading provider of publications, jewelry, and consumer goods serving the K-12 and college market, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) today announced a new multi-year strategic partnership agreement to expand support of school leaders through recognition and […]

NASSP Names Finalists for National Assistant Principal of the Year

February 21, 2016

Leaders from Oklahoma, South Carolina, and North Dakota to vie for top honor Reston, VA – Three exceptional school leaders have been named finalists in the 2016 NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year program for their success in raising student achievement and leading a culture in which students thrive. The three finalists will be honored […]

NASSP Honors Three Principals for Technology Leadership

January 11, 2016

2016 Digital Principal honors awarded to leaders in Ohio, New Jersey, and Hawaii Reston, VA – Three extraordinary and tech-savvy school leaders have been selected as 2016 NASSP Digital Principals for integrating digital media in their efforts to improve instruction, student achievement, and their own leadership. The winners will be recognized at NASSP’s Ignite ’16 […]

Principals Groups Applaud Senate Passage of New Education Bill

December 9, 2015

Bipartisan Education Bill Recognizes Principal’s Key Role and Provides New Flexibility Statement on the Senate passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) from the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP): Principals will celebrate the elimination of No […]

Principals Groups Applaud Progress on ESEA Reauthorization

November 17, 2015

Statement from the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP): On behalf of the nation’s 100,000 principals, our organizations commend leaders of the congressional education committees for taking the next step toward reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education […]

Loan Forgiveness Bill Would Incent Great School Leaders to Work in High-Needs Schools, Principals Groups Say

November 4, 2015

Statement from the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), representing the nation’s nearly 100,000 principals: We applaud the House, specifically Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA), for introducing the Recruiting and Retaining Effective School Leaders Act, which will encourage prospective […]

Rhode Island’s Alan Tenreiro Named National Principal of the Year

October 5, 2015

Cumberland Principal Praised for Fostering Culture of Achievement Alan Tenreiro of Cumberland High School in Cumberland, RI, has been named the 2016 National Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). The award was announced today at a surprise assembly at his school attended by Gov. Gina Raimondo, Sen. Jack […]

American Express Awards Approximately $2.5 Million in Grants to Five Innovative Principal Leadership Programs

October 2, 2015

American Express and the National Association of Secondary School Principals today announced the five winners of the Principals Path to Leadership grant, a giving program created to expand effective principal preparation programs. The winners—selected from more than 70 applicants—will receive a total of approximately $2.5 million to increase their capacity and impact over the next […]

Principals Groups Congratulate Principal Ambassador Fellows and Commend USED

September 9, 2015

Cumberland Principal Praised for Fostering Culture of Achievement Alan Tenreiro of Cumberland High School in Cumberland, RI, has been named the 2016 National Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). The award was announced today at a surprise assembly at his school attended by Gov. Gina Raimondo, Sen. Jack […]

Jonathan Mathis to Direct NASSP National Honor Societies

August 27, 2015

NASSP today announced the appointment of longtime strategic education leader Jonathan Mathis as its director of National Honor Societies. With 15 years of experience in secondary and higher education administration, Mathis will bring a broad range of expertise to NASSP’s Student Programs department. Mathis comes from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), where […]

Joan Auchter to Direct NASSP Professional Development Efforts

August 27, 2015

NASSP today announced the appointment of longtime education administration leader Joan Auchter as its director of professional development. With more than 20 years of experience and leadership in the education field, Auchter will bring a depth of knowledge to NASSP’s Professional Development department. Auchter comes from Cricket Media, where she served as chief education officer […]

Three Top School Leaders Selected as National Principal of the Year Finalists

July 20, 2015

Finalists to be honored at Capitol Hill event; winner announced during National Principals Month The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has named three exceptional school leaders from across the United States as finalists for 2016 NASSP National Principal of the Year. The finalists will be honored during a September awards breakfast to be […]

Principals Groups Applaud Senate Passage of ESEA Bill

July 17, 2015

Statement from the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP): Our three organizations, representing the nation’s nearly 100,000 principals, applaud the Senate for its passage of the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177), which includes many of our […]

NASSP Leads Delegation of U.S. Principals to China to Build Leadership Skills and Relationships

July 2, 2015

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is bridging the globe to conduct a July series of Great Leaders Summits in China. The summits are a program of the NASSP Chinese Affairs Center (CAC) launched earlier this year. The standards-based summits will introduce the CAC as a provider of elite professional development for school […]

Personalization, Not Equipment, Is Key to School Safety

May 21, 2015

NASSP statement on the National Center for Education Statistics Public School Safety and Discipline report NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti issued the following statement on the report Public School Safety and Discipline: 2013–14, released today by the National Center for Education Statistics. Student safety is the primary concern for all school leaders, and it is […]

NASSP Names Finalists for National Assistant Principal of the Year

February 25, 2015

Three exceptional school leaders have been named finalists in the 2015 NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year program for their success in raising student achievement and leading a culture in which students thrive. Jessica Ainsworth, Lithia Springs High School, Lithia Springs, GAFacing some of the lowest student achievement scores and graduation rates in the […]

GOP Proposal to Reauthorize ESEA Does Too Little to Promote Equity

February 2, 2015

Some laudable elements, but provisions dilute support for principals The American Federation of School Administrators, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals—representing school leaders in the nation’s 100,000 elementary, middle, and high schools—issued the following statement is in response to the discussion draft by Sen. Lamar Alexander […]

NASSP Honors Three Principals for Technology Leadership

January 25, 2015

2015 Digital Principal honors awarded to leaders in Maryland, Michigan, and Pennsylvania Three extraordinary and tech-savvy school leaders have been selected as 2015 NASSP Digital Principals for integrating digital media in their efforts to improve instruction, student achievement and their own leadership. The winners will be recognized at the Ignite ’15 conference in San Diego […]