NASSP Advocacy Conference

2020 Conference Cancelled

Due to the intensifying developments that have occurred over the past week regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in deference to principals’ need to monitor the crisis locally, we have decided to cancel the 2020 NASSP Advocacy Conference.
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At the NASSP Advocacy Conference and Capitol Hill Day, hundreds of school leaders have the opportunity to speak to their members of Congress in a unified voice and advocate on behalf of critical education issues. The conference brings together state education leaders, including NASSP State Coordinators; state principal association executive directors, officers, and staff; and volunteer advocates from around the country.

Registration is free and open to principals, teachers, parents, or anyone willing to advocate for school leaders and the students they serve!

The 2020 NASSP Advocacy Conference has been cancelled. Please check back soon for information regarding the 2021 NASSP Advocacy Conference.


Dear NASSP Advocacy Conference attendees,

Due to the intensifying developments that have occurred over the past week regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in deference to principals’ need to monitor the crisis locally, we have decided to cancel the 2020 NASSP Advocacy Conference.

To all our registered attendees and members, we thank you for your patience as we observed the ever-evolving situation and tried to make the best decision in the interest of your health and safety. Ultimately, continuing with the conference became logistically untenable as several states enacted restrictions legally prohibiting state employees from nonessential travel, speakers and presenters cancelled their attendance, and reports emerged that access to the Capitol Complex could be restricted in the coming weeks.

The conference and joint NASSP-NAESP Capitol Hill Day are sources of great pride for our organization. It is the preeminent annual opportunity for school leaders to speak in a unified voice to their members of Congress and directly influence education policy. We regret that we will not have the opportunity to advocate in person on Capitol Hill this March, but we are making plans for additional in-person and remote advocacy actions in 2020 to ensure the voice of school leaders is heard loud and clear by our federal elected officials. Expect us to follow up in the coming days about alternative virtual Advocacy Conference programming and opportunities to take action. Please contact Amanda Karhuse karhusea@nassp.org and Greg Waples waplesg@nassp.org with any immediate questions about the conference cancellation, and stand by for more information coming soon.

The nation’s students, educators, school leaders, and all their families are in our thoughts as we grapple with the spread of the coronavirus. We will continue to monitor the situation for our events beyond March. The safety of every single student and educator across the country continues to be our top priority, and NASSP will make decisions based on the best information available.

Sincerely,

JoAnn Bartoletti
NASSP Executive Director



Have other questions? Contact Amanda N. Karhuse, director of advocacy for more information on registering for the 2020 NASSP Advocacy Conference.

NASSP is the leading organization and voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States. NASSP connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. Our goal is to advocate on behalf of the nation’s 115,000 school leaders to ensure the success of each student. As such, we believe it is our duty to bring the issues of the principalship to the halls of Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, the White House, and the national news media. Together, NASSP, school leaders, and our advocates nationwide play a vital role in crafting federal, state, and district policies that support the achievement and success of every student. It is critical that these decisions are informed by the experience and expertise of the nation’s school leaders.