NASSP Urges Congress to Pass Appropriations Bill With High Levels of Education Funding

Reston, VA—The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) applauds the high levels of education spending included in the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Committee FY 2022 bill, and encourages the House of Representatives at large to approve this funding.  “This funding provides a significant increase over spending levels […]

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Nation’s Secondary School Principals Advise Education Secretary Cardona on Title IX Discrimination Regulations

Reston, VA—Middle level and high school principals around the country are asking the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to immediately rescind the 2020 amendments to Title IX regulations on sexual harassment to remove onerous training, reporting, and confidentiality requirements that have infuriated parents, led to further traumatization of students, and greatly frustrated educators who want […]

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NASSP Celebrates ‘Student Leaders Making History’

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), through its National Student Council (NatStuCo) program, is thrilled to host the annual National Student Council Conference, which brings together student council members and advisers from across the country to sharpen their leadership skills and build their peer networks. This year’s theme, “Student Leaders Making History,” will […]

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Award-Winning School Leaders to Meet With Congress

On June 23, 16 State Principals of the Year (POY) and Assistant Principals of the Year (APOY) from 13 states will be speaking to their members of Congress and staff to discuss the most pressing issues in education as they prepare to start school this fall. These school leaders from around the country will be […]

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Marcus Belin, Trevor Goertzen, and Cindy Sholtys-Cromwell Named 2021 NASSP Digital Principals of the Year

Reston, VA—The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) announced today that Marcus Belin of Huntley High School in Huntley, IL; Trevor Goertzen of Spring Hill Middle School in Spring Hill, KS; and Cindy Sholtys-Cromwell of Kelso Virtual Academy in Kelso, WA, are being recognized as the 2021 NASSP Digital Principals of the Year (DPOY). Each […]

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NASSP Applauds Biden Administration’s FY 2022 Budget Proposal

RESTON, VA—On behalf of the nation’s middle level and high school principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) issued the following statement on President Biden’s FY 2022 budget proposal and the allocation of $2.148 billion toward Title II of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act, a $5 million increase over the FY 2021 allotment: “Research shows a strong […]

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Ross Ann Hill Named 2021 Rynearson National Adviser of the Year

Reston, VA—Ross Ann Hill, National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) adviser and teacher at Idalou Middle School in Idalou, TX, has just been named the 2021 NJHS Rynearson Adviser of the Year by the National Junior Honor Society. This award is supported by NJHS’s parent organization, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). “As an […]

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Ysmeli Rosa Named 2021 National Honor Society Adviser of the Year

Reston, VA—Ysmeli Rosa, National Honor Society (NHS) adviser at Gregorio Luperon High School for Science and Mathematics in New York, NY, has just been named the 2021 NHS Rynearson Adviser of the Year by the National Honor Society. This award is supported by NHS’s parent organization, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). “NHS […]

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Donna Tippin Named 2021 National Elementary Honor Society Adviser of the Year

Reston, VA—Donna Tippin, National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) adviser and teacher at Bryant Elementary School in Tampa, FL, has just been named the 2021 NEHS Adviser of the Year by the National Elementary Honor Society. This award is supported by NEHS’s parent organizations, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the National Association […]

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Terry D’Imperio Named 2021 National High School Adviser of the Year

Reston, VA—Terry D’Imperio, leadership teacher and student council adviser at Livonia Middle/High School (Livonia MHS) in Livonia, NY, has been named the 2021 Warren E. Shull High School Adviser of the Year by National Student Council (NatStuCo). This award is supported by NatStuCo’s parent organization, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).   D’Imperio has […]

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Indio High School Principal Named NASSP Advocacy Champion of the Year

Reston, VA—Derrick Lawson, principal of Indio High School in Indio, CA, has been named the 2021 Advocacy Champion of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Lawson was inspired to act after he noticed that virtual attendance had dropped to as low as 70% (down from 94%) during the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

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Outstanding Achievement Award Conferred to 500 National Junior Honor Society Members

Reston, VA—The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is excited to recognize 500 NJHS students with the Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA), which grants $500 to each recipient in a college savings account. The NJHS OAA is supported by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). The OAA program celebrates 500 of the highest-achieving middle level […]

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Petra Davis-Johnson Named 2021 National Middle Level Student Council Adviser of the Year

Reston, VA—Petra Davis-Johnson, science teacher and activities director at Las Flores Middle School (LFMS) in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, has been named the 2021 Warren E. Shull Middle Level Adviser of the Year by National Student Council (NatStuCo). This award is supported by NatStuCo’s parent organization, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).  Davis-Johnson […]

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NASSP Applauds American Families Plan, Urges Inclusion of School Leaders

On behalf of the nation’s middle level and high school principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) issued the following statement on the American Families Plan proposed by President Joe Biden during his address before a joint session of Congress on April 28: “We are thrilled to see the Biden administration’s continued commitment […]

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$25K National Honor Society Scholarship Awarded to Philadelphia High School Senior Sheyla Street

Reston, VA—The National Honor Society (NHS) is excited to announce that Sheyla Street, a senior at Central High School from Philadelphia, has been selected as the National Winner of the esteemed and competitive $25,000 NHS Scholarship. Street was chosen from nearly 10,000 applicants. The NHS Scholarship program is supported by NHS’s parent organization, the National […]

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Newly Released Biden Budget Lauded by NASSP

On behalf of the nation’s middle level and high school principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) issued the following statement on President Joe Biden’s FY 2022 budget proposal that calls for a $102.8 billion investment in education: “It is uplifting to see the Biden administration continue to prioritize our nation’s students and […]

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President’s American Jobs Plan Lauded by NASSP

RESTON, VA—On behalf of the nation’s middle level and high school principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) issued the following statement on the Biden administration’s American Jobs Plan, which calls for historic investments in education infrastructure and workforce: “We applaud the Biden administration’s plan for greatly needed federal investment in school facilities, […]

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NASSP Calls on Cardona to Reverse Testing Requirement for This School Year

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) submitted a letter on Friday, March 12, to U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, calling on him to reconsider the Department of Education’s February decision to continue requiring states to conduct annual assessments and, instead, provide a blanket federal waiver for the 2020–21 school year standardized testing requirement. […]

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NASSP States Need for Racial Justice and Digital Equity in Schools

RESTON, VA—The killing of Breonna Taylor a year ago on March 13, 2020, drew light to systemic racism across the country, prompting new examination of inequities in institutions like K–12 schools. The board of directors for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), following an open call to members for public input, recently adopted two new […]

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NASSP Applauds Passage of $1.9 Trillion Relief Package

RESTON, VA—On behalf of the nation’s middle level and high school principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) issued the following statement on Congress’ final passage of the president’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package:  “We thank the thousands of principals and school leaders from across the country who advocated for this bill because […]

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NASSP Congratulates Dr. Miguel Cardona

RESTON, Va.— On behalf of the nation’s middle level and high school principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) congratulates Dr. Miguel Cardona on his confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Education.  “Secretary Cardona’s experience as a public school teacher, principal, district administrator, and state education commissioner equips him to appreciate how policy translates into day-to-day […]

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NASSP Applauds Release of First Round of CDC Guidance on School Reopening

Reston, VA—NASSP CEO Ronn Nozoe issued the following statement on today’s release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on guidance for reopening schools: “The guidance signals a refreshing approach to the discussion about reopening schools. Principals want their students and educators safely back in their respective buildings, actively engaging in in-person learning […]

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Veteran Education and Policy Leader Ronn Nozoe Selected as New NASSP Chief Executive Officer

Reston, VA—The Board of Directors of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has selected Ronn Nozoe as NASSP’s chief executive officer. Nozoe, who brings significant experience in education, policy development at state and federal levels, and nonprofit leadership, will join NASSP on December 1, 2020. A lifelong educator, Nozoe has served as associate […]

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NASSP Selects Three Finalists for 2021 National Principal of the Year

Reston, VA—The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) today named Adam Clemons, Richard Gordon, and Michelle Kefford as the finalists for the 2021 NASSP National Principal of the Year (POY) award. These three school leaders have been selected for their exemplary work in ensuring the success and well-being of students and adults in their […]

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NASSP Members Select Wisconsin Principal Gregg Wieczorek of Arrowhead Union High School to Serve as President-Elect

RESTON, VA—Members of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) have selected Gregg Wieczorek, principal of Arrowhead Union High School in Hartland, WI, as the organization’s new president-elect. NASSP members also elected five school leaders to serve on the 24-member NASSP Board of Directors beginning August 1, 2020. “Over the past four years, we’ve witnessed Gregg’s passion and commitment […]

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“Overwhelmed” and “Unsupported,” 45 Percent of Principals Say Pandemic Conditions Are Accelerating Their Plans to Leave the Principalship

Reston, VA—Forty-five percent of principals report that pandemic working conditions are accelerating their plans to leave the profession, according to a poll conducted August 14–19 by the  National Association of Secondary School Principals  (NASSP). The departures will exacerbate an already challenging principal attrition crisis.  In total, 46.3 percent of principals—the largest percentage of the 1,020 […]

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NASSP CEO JoAnn Bartoletti to Retire at End of 2020

RESTON, VA—NASSP Executive Director and CEO JoAnn D. Bartoletti has announced her plans to retire, effective January 1, 2021, ending a nine-year tenure of significant advancement for the organization. Upon taking the reins of NASSP in 2011, Bartoletti set the course for revolutionizing program and service offerings. She drew NASSP into progressive education circles with […]

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NASSP Statement on White House-Senate COVID-19 Funding Proposal

Reston, VA—NASSP CEO JoAnn Bartoletti issued the following open statement to policymakers who support the soon-to-be-released White House-Senate COVID-19 funding proposal: To the policymakers who support this proposal, our message is simple: You should be ashamed of yourselves. We are angry and we are frustrated with your failure to take the current crisis seriously as […]

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NASSP Statement on the Coronavirus Child Care and Education Relief Act

Reston, VA—NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti issued the following statement on the Coronavirus Child Care and Education Relief Act: The Coronavirus Child Care and Education Relief Act (CCCERA) is not a service just to schools. Stabilizing our schools will begin to stabilize our communities upended by COVID-19. Local communities desperately want their schools to reopen. […]

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NASSP Adopts the No Kid Hungry Campaign as 2020–21 National Student Leadership Initiative

Reston, VA—The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) today announced it has adopted the No Kid Hungry campaign as its national student leadership initiative for the 2020–21 academic year. Together with its Student Leadership Advisory (SLA) Committee, a group of 14 student and school leaders—along with Share Our Strength, the parent organization that facilitates the No Kid Hungry campaign—NASSP will leverage student […]

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With Nearly Half of Principals Considering Leaving, Research Urges Attention to Working Conditions, Compensation, and Supports

While teacher shortages continue to be a critical issue in the United States, a lesser known but equally important shortage is also hampering the country’s efforts to provide quality educational opportunities for students — principal shortages. Nationally, nearly one in five principals leave their schools each year and the average tenure of a principal is […]

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NASSP Names Washington State Principal as 2020 Advocacy Champion of the Year

Reston, VA—Erika Burden, PhD, principal at Westwood Middle School of Cheney School District in Spokane, WA, has been named the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ (NASSP) 2020 Advocacy Champion of the Year for her significant contributions in advancing the policy agenda of NASSP and advocating on behalf of all school leaders to strengthen America’s public schools […]

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NASSP Names Wisconsin Assistant Principal as 2020 NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year

Reston, VA—The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has named Debra Paradowski, assistant principal at Arrowhead Union High School in Hartland, WI, as the 2020 NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year (APOY). The 2020 APOY announcement comes during NASSP’s annual celebration of National Assistant Principals Week. “Deb provides positive learning experiences for our students by empowering […]

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$25K National Honor Society Scholarship Awarded to Scranton, PA, High School Senior Madison Lucey

Reston, VA—The National Honor Society (NHS) is excited to announce that Madison Lucey, a senior at Commonwealth Charter Academy from Scranton, PA, has been selected as the National Winner of the esteemed $25,000 NHS Scholarship. Lucey, who was chosen from nearly 7,000 applicants, was awarded late last month during a surprise virtual presentation attended by her principal, Tony Rusnak; […]

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Assistant Principals From Missouri, Utah, and Wisconsin Named Finalists for 2020 NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year

Reston, VA – The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) today named Jon Fitzgerald, Audrey Fish, and Debra Paradowski as the finalists for the 2020 NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year (APOY) award. Each year, NASSP recognizes outstanding middle level and high school assistant principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students. These assistant principals […]

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NASSP Applauds U.S. House for Passing Bill to Fight Teen Vaping Epidemic

Reston, VA—NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti issued the following statement on the House passage of the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act. “NASSP applauds the US House of Representatives for passing H.R. 2339, the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act. The teen vaping epidemic is one of the largest public health crises facing schools. School […]

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2020 State of the Union Response

“Once again, President Trump squanders a State of the Union opportunity to bolster the success of public schools by proposing only to enrich private schools at public expense. With a fresh infusion of funds siphoned from public services, private entities would enjoy expanded ‘education freedom’ to admit the students they find desirable. But for the 90-plus percent of U.S. students who attend […]

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NASSP Partners With Credly to Offer Digital Badging to Members of National Honor Societies

Reston, VA—The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has partnered with Credly to offer digital credentials to student members of the National Honor Society and the National Junior Honor Society. Providing a verified, shareable digital credential ensures that students are recognized for their membership and affiliation in a way that aligns with modern technology […]

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NASSP Presents Rep. Rosa DeLauro With 2019 Congressional Champion Award

Reston, VA—The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is proud to present the 2019 Congressional Champion Award to Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) for her ongoing commitment to introducing legislation and supporting policies aimed at benefiting school leaders and the students and faculty in their schools. The award was presented by JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP, as […]

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NASSP Names Georgia School Leader as 2020 National Principal of the Year

Suwanee, GA—Kerensa Wing, principal at Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, GA, has been named the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) 2020 National Principal of the Year. The announcement took place at a surprise ceremony at her school, held as part of the 2019 celebration of National Principals Month. “We are proud to honor Kerensa Wing, […]

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NASSP Honors New York and Pennsylvania School Leaders for Commitment to Education and Membership

Reston, VA – NASSP is proud to recognize Carol Conklin-Spillane, a superintendent of schools in New York, with the NASSP Distinguished Service to Education Award; and Frank Majikes, a principal in Pennsylvania, with the NASSP Membership Star Award. As part of its vision to promote excellence in middle level and high school leadership, the National Association of Secondary School […]

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NASSP Statement on FDA’s Proposed Regulations on Flavored E-Cigarettes

Reston, VA—NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti issued the following statement on the FDA’s proposed regulations on flavored e-cigarettes: The nation’s principals applaud the Trump administration for hearing their call and taking decisive action to clear the market of flavored e-cigarettes. Principals consider e-cigarette use one of the greatest public health threats facing schools, and every […]

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NASSP Statement on the 2019 PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools

Reston, VA—NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti issued the following statement on the release of the 2019 Phi Delta Kappa Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools: “We are in a full-blown crisis, and it’s only getting worse. Half of teachers are seriously considering leaving the profession. They’re telling their own kids that an […]

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NASSP Names Three Outstanding Finalists for 2020 National Principal of the Year

Reston, VA—The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) today named Joey Jones, Lindsa McIntyre, and Kerensa Wing as the finalists for the 2020 NASSP National Principal of the Year (POY) award. Each of these principals has succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions—including student wellness, collaborative leadership, innovation, and […]

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NASSP Releases New Framework to Promote Effective School Leadership

Reston, VA – The vision of effective school leadership just became clear and practical with the release of Building Ranks, an actionable framework developed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the leading organization of and voice for principals and other school leaders across the United States. Building Ranks provides a cohesive and accessible picture of the […]

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NASSP Names 2019 Digital Principals of the Year

Reston, VA – The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) today named Beth Houf, Chris Lehmann, and Allison Persad as the 2019 Digital Principals of the Year (DPOY). Each of these principals exhibit bold, creative leadership in their drive to harness the potential of new technologies to further learning goals. Beth Houf (@BethHouf), Fulton […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Education Groups Cheer Major New Investment in Professional Learning

Washington, D.C., April 30, 2019 – Major national associations representing K-12 educators praised the House Subcommittee on Appropriations for Labor-HHS-Education for proposing a $500 million increase in fiscal year 2020 for Title II-A, the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants. This program provides states and school districts with funds to engage in professional learning, including allowing states to set aside […]

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NASSP Names 2019 National Assistant Principal of the Year

Meghan Redmond honored during National Assistant Principals Week Reston – The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has named Meghan Redmond, assistant principal of Chief Ivan Blunka School in New Stuyahok, AK, the 2019 National Assistant Principal of the Year. Her award announcement is made during NASSP’s annual celebration of National Assistant Principals Week. […]

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New Research Project Looks at the Causes and Impacts of Principal Turnover, and Solutions

Report indicates high-poverty schools hit hardest by principal churn Reston, VA—Principals are a key in-school factor associated with student achievement. When principals leave, it can disrupt school progress, increase teacher turnover, and stall student achievement. A new study developed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals(NASSP) and the Learning Policy Institute (LPI) reviews existing research to identify why […]

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Literacy Proponents Denounce Proposed Budget Cuts

Administration’s Third Attempt to Eliminate Comprehensive Literacy Program WASHINGTON, DC—Advocates for Literacy, a coalition of over 60 organizations focused on increasing the federal commitment to improve literacy instruction through evidenced-based practices, strongly opposes the elimination of the $190 million Literacy for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN) program—referred to as Comprehensive Literacy Development Grants—in the […]

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NASSP and Learning Policy Institute Launch Intensive Research Initiative on Principal Turnover

Yearlong research partnership will examine school leadership issues that affect student success Reston, VA—The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the Learning Policy Institute (LPI) today announced an intensive research project to identify the causes and impact of principal turnover nationwide. This comprehensive examination of principal turnover will produce recommendations for policymakers at all levels of […]

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NASSP Announces Finalists for 2019 National Assistant Principal of the Year

Winner to be revealed during National Assistant Principals Week, April 8–12, 2019 Reston, VA– The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has announced three assistant principals from across the United States as finalists for NASSP’s 2019 National Assistant Principal of the Year. Each year, NASSP recognizes outstanding middle level and high school assistant principals […]

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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, […]

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NASSP Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

Reston, VA –NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti issued the following statement on President Trump’s 2019 State of the Union Address: While his explicit mentions were few, the president actually said quite a bit about education in tonight’s State of the Union address. His opening reflections on our nation’s great accomplishments–the liberation of Europe, the moon […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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NASSP Emphasizes Impact of Teachers on Student Achievement

Reston, VA – The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has just released a new position statement highlighting the vital role teacher quality plays in student success and outlines recommendations for federal, state, and district policymakers to improve teacher recruitment, preparation, evaluation, and professional development. NASSP’s recommendations include: Fully funding Title II, Part A […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Statement of Educator and School Leadership Organizations on Title II-A Funding in House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bills

Washington, DC—”We are pleased that the Senate Appropriations Committee allocated $2.05 billion, preserving the current funding level, for the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program (Title II-A) in its FY 19 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies bill. “Overwhelmingly approved by a bipartisan Congress, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides opportunities for […]

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Principals Condemn Border Policy That Forcibly Separates Children From Families

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 […]

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Leading Education Organizations Release Guidance to Safe Schools Framework

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 […]

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NASSP Announces Digital Principals of the Year

Outstanding representatives of technology leadership hail from Delaware, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania Reston, VA – The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is excited to announce its 2018 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 to drive […]

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Orange, NJ, Senior Selected for Top Honors in the 2018 NHS Scholarship Program

Jenny Rodriguez of Orange High School wins prestigious National Honor Society scholarship Reston, VA – Jenny Rodriguez, a senior at Orange High School in Orange, NJ, has been selected as the 2018 national winner of the prestigious National Honor Society (NHS) Scholarship. Selected from among more than 15,000 applicants, Rodriguez received the award at a surprise […]

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NASSP Names 2018 National Assistant Principal of the Year

Erica Page honored at launch of National Assistant Principals Week Reston, VA – The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has named Erica Page, assistant principal of Pelion High School in Pelion, South Carolina, the 2018 National Assistant Principal of the Year. Her award announcement kicks off NASSP’s annual celebration ofNational Assistant Principals Week. When […]

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Nation’s Principals Respond to Trump School Safety Proposal

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 […]

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NASSP Announces Finalists for 2018 National Assistant Principal of the Year

Winner to be revealed during NASSP’s Assistant Principal Week April 9-13, 2018. 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 2018 National Assistant Principal of the Year. Jennifer Hogan, Hoover High School, Hoover, AL (@Jennifer_Hogan) […]

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Statement in Response to Shooting at Stoneman High School

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 […]

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College-Access Specialist Selected to Lead National Honor Societies

Nara Lee to expand National Honor Societies’ efforts to connect students with postsecondary opportunities Reston, VA – The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) selected Nara Lee, a highly regarded advocate for college readiness and access, as the new Director of Honor Societies. Lee’s 15 years in the K–12 and higher education space includes leadership positions […]

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Ed Leadership Groups Lament Trump FY 2019 Budget Proposal’s Elimination of Support for Educator Development

Washington, DC – America’s students–and America’s future–are at risk in the Trump administration’s proposed FY 2019 budget. The greater than 5 percent reduction in the US Department of Education will further starve school systems across the country already projected to be constricted by the recent tax law overhaul. We are especially disappointed by the elimination of […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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NASSP Publishes Findings from American Express Principals Path to Leadership Initiative

Three key themes of effective principal preparation practices are identified and shared with the broader education community Reston, VA – October 5, 2017 – The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has released a new report on the American Express Principals Path to Leadershipinitiative. The report articulates the experiences and practices being gathered from the five programs […]

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Prohibiting Student Protest Challenges the Very Purpose of School

Reston, VA – In response to the current cotroversy over student-athletes taking a knee during the national anthem, NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti issued the following statement: The current controversy over athletes taking a knee during the national anthem has reignited the debate over appropriate student expression. In terms of student rights, there seems little to […]

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Principal and Ed Leader Groups Applaud Senate for Restoring Title II

Washington, DC – Leading groups representing teachers and principals applaud the Senate Appropriations Committee for providing funding for Title II, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program, at $2.1 billion. The Administration’s FY18 budget request and the House bill eliminated funding for this important section of the […]

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Nation’s Principals to Congress: Pass DREAM Act

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 […]

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NASSP announces 2018 National Principal of the Year Finalists

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, […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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NASSP Announces Its Digital Principals of the Year

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 […]

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

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 […]

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School Improvement Efforts Continue at 26 Breakthrough Schools

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 […]

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NASSP Awards $20K Scholarship to Senior From Rural Colorado High School

Gavin Arneson of Clear Creek High School in Evergreen, CO, wins prestigious National Honor Society scholarship Reston, VA–Gavin Arneson, a senior at Clear Creek High School in Evergreen, CO, is the national winner of the National Honor Society (NHS) Scholarship. The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the parent organization of NHS. Described […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Trump Budget Abandons the Nation’s Public Schools

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 […]

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

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. […]

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Rescinding Guidance on Transgender Student Rights Makes Kids Less Safe

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 […]

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Rescinding Guidance on Transgender Student Rights Makes Kids Less Safe

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 […]

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

NASSP and Overcoming Obstacles Join Forces to Promote Life Skills Education Throughout K–12 Continuum Reston, VA – NASSP and Community for Education Foundation, nonprofit publisher of the Overcoming Obstacles Life Skills Education Program, have created a new strategic partnership to infuse life skills education more consistently throughout the school experience. The announcement comes in anticipation of […]

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NASSP Statement on Betsy DeVos Nomination Hearing

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 […]

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

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 […]

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NASSP Honors Three Principals for Technology Leadership

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 […]

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Colorado’s Tom Dodd Named National Principal of the Year

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 […]

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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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

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 […]

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NASSP Comments on PDK Poll on Public Attitudes Toward Public Schools

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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, […]

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

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 […]

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Denver-Area Senior Awarded Prestigious National Honor Society Scholarship

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 […]

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Principals Applaud Obama Administration for Guidance on Transgender Students

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 […]

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NASSP States Support for Rights of Transgender Students

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 […]

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Principals Groups Celebrate Assistant Principals Week, April 11–15

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 […]

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NASSP and NAESP to Host Joint National Principals Conference in 2017

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 […]

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West Fargo School Leader Named National Assistant Principal of the Year

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 […]

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Jostens Announces Extended Partnership with NASSP

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 […]

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NASSP Names Finalists for National Assistant Principal of the Year

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 […]

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NASSP Honors Three Principals for Technology Leadership

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 […]

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