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An Oklahoma student was sent home because school officials believed her dreadlocks distracted from a respectful environment. A school in Ohio faced criticism for banning “Afro puffs” and small twisted braids, and a North Carolina school came under scrutiny when students were forbidden from wearing African head wraps. A boy in Mississippi was suspended after […]

Policy & Advocacy Center Newsletter: November 2019

Get the news and tools you need to advocate for your school.   View this email online.     Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) Named NASSP Congressional Champion During NPM National Principals Month came to a close last month, with school leaders around the country widely heralded for their consistent and tireless efforts to create positive […]

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 […]

Principal Leadership: December 2018

Features School Turnaround Requires Uprooting Deep Issues. Restoring a struggling school requires good planning, realistic goals, and self-aware persistence Inequity in Grading. Correcting variable grading policies can transform an entire school How to Improve Staff Satisfaction. Four questions every principal should be asking Integrating Musicals Into Your Curriculum. This approach to interdisciplinary learning hits all […]


NASSP Brings LGBTQ Support to Capitol Hill NASSP brought its support for LGBTQ students to Capitol Hill for an October 4 briefing in cooperation with the Human Rights Campaign. NASSP President Christine Handy moderated the panel discussion of students and school leaders that underscored the importance of school culture and revealed the policy support principals […]

Principal Leadership: November 2018

Features Science Education Ratchets Up the Speed. Making the ‘S’ in STEM successful NASSP Publishes Building Ranks for School Leaders. This new resource provides valuable information on building culture and leading learning Building Strategic and Sustainable University Partnerships. One urban district’s journey with tailored academic programs Measuring What Matters in Schools. Everything you do in school is quantifiable—really! Broadcast […]


NASSP and HRC Promote LGBTQ Student Inclusion NASSP and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) have partnered to highlight principals’ important role in striving for educational equity, with a focus on safety and inclusion for LGBTQ students. HRC’s “2018 LGBTQ Youth Report” found that only 26 percent of LGBTQ students feel safe in their classrooms, and […]

Policy & Advocacy Center Newsletter: October 2018

Get the news and tools you need to advocate for your school. View this email online.     It’s National Principals Month! Will you advocate with us? October is National Principals Month, and we need your help to highlight the great work of America’s principals, assistant principals, and school leaders along with their crucial role […]

Legal Matters: October 2018

Employment law relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning and/or queer (LGBTQ) employees continues to evolve. In the February 2018 issue of Principal Leadership, we wrote about a 7th Circuit Court decision (Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin), which ruled that discrimination based on sexual orientation is sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights […]

Principal Leadership: October 2018

Features NASSP’s 2018 National Assistant Principal of the Year: Erica Page. Her motto? “ALL in for ALL Students” Building a High-Performing School System. As Maryland schools fall behind in student achievement, research offers tools for improvement Boosting the Potential of Professional Development. Be as conscientious with PD as you are with staff hiring Teacher-Driven Curriculum […]