Prohibiting Student Protest Challenges the Very Purpose of School

By JoAnn Bartoletti 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 discuss. Courts have affirmed and reaffirmed that students do not check their First Amendment rights at the schoolhouse gate, and speech cannot be curtailed unless […]

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Discipline: Perhaps the Greatest Gift to Students

Every aspect of the school day is mandated by outcomes. Standardized testing, IEPs, core curriculum standards all are funneled to one goal: marked educational improvement. We talk about educational vision to see beyond the day-to-day scope of operations within the school environment and to foreshadow the ultimate goals for our prospective schools. What about discipline? […]

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10 High-Yield Actions to Improve Student Attendance

According to the U.S. Department of Education, more than 6.5 million students nationwide—or 13 percent of all students—are chronically absent, defined as being absent 15 or more school days during the school year. This includes: More than 3 million high school students, or 18 percent of all high school students  22 percent of black and […]

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Transgender Students

To acknowledge concerns related to marginalization and institutional bias associated with transgender students; state the association’s opposition to legislation and policies that discriminate against transgender students; and to provide recommendations for federal, state, and local policymakers and school leaders on how to better support transgender students in the K-12 education system. According to the American […]

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Student Data Privacy

To provide policy recommendations to ensure the protection of student privacy and appropriate use of student data to improve teaching and learning in the classroom. Data-driven decision making has become a tenet of high-performing schools and is essential to transforming teaching and learning in the classroom. The Data Quality Campaign states that “data is one […]

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Title III—Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students

WHY TITLE III MATTERS Principals and school leaders should know about a competitive discretionary grant program run by the Department of Education called the National Professional Development Project that was originally authorized in No Child Left Behind. This grant program supports professional development activities to improve classroom instruction for English learners and assists educational personnel […]

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NASSP Statement of Values

Preamble The principal is the school’s leader and promotes equity and excellence in education for each student. This leadership is vital to every aspect of education–academics, the arts, athletics, cocurricular activities, and general administration. As the Association that represents these leaders, NASSP presents this statement of values for our staff, our members, and the broader […]

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Addressing Disproportionate Discipline

Decades of research show that students of color are more likely to receive exclusionary discipline practices—such as office discipline referrals or suspensions—than their white counterparts, according to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. The Children’s Defense Fund revealed that suspension rates for black students were two to three times higher than those […]

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Legal Matters: January 2020

The bubbly drinks have been consumed. The confetti has fallen. At the dawn of this new decade, it’s time to turn our attention to more serious matters—specifically, legal literacy. Along with your personal New Year’s resolutions, consider cultivating a legally literate faculty and staff. Unlike resolutions to hit the gym or to read more, this […]

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Cyberbullying: January 2020

Hey Google, tell me about my teacher. What educators’ “digital footprints” tell students, parents, colleagues, and community members about them can influence how they are perceived—and, ultimately, this information might shape how students interact with teachers in the classroom. Students are curious about teachers’ personal lives, so they may search for them on social media […]

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