NASSP and Learning Policy Institute Launch Research Initiative

In order to better understand major issues facing principals today, NASSP and the Learning Policy Institute have launched an intensive three-year research project. In the first year, the research will focus heavily on identifying the causes and impact of principal turnover nationwide. The effort will help pinpoint the reasons why principals leave and provide direction for how federal policymakers, states, and districts can best invest their resources to retain leadership talent and advance student learning. NASSP released the project’s first brief, a review of the literature on principal turnover, at its 2019 Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C., this March.

Building Ranks Workshop Offers Leadership Growth

The education landscape challenges school leaders with increasingly complex requirements to meet the needs of each child and adult in their learning community. Building Ranks, an actionable leadership framework created by NASSP, defines the “what” and “why” of effective school leadership—and upcoming workshops will bring Building Ranks to life by showing you “how.” Workshop sessions will introduce you to the two foundational domains of successful leadership: Building Culture and Leading Learning. Comprising 15 dimensions such as equity, relationships, innovation, collaborative leader­ship, and global-mindedness, these domains will guide you in tailoring your practice to your unique education setting in order to achieve a dynamic community of care and learning. Choosing either a half-day or full-day format, you will foster your personal leader­ship growth, identify professional strengths and challenges, hear firsthand experiences, and walk away with strategies and resources. Visit for more information, and contact Jo Franklin, associate director of professional learning, at [email protected] to get started.

Hear From Influential Thought Leaders at NPC19

The National Principals Conference brings together world-class thought leaders every year to share their knowledge and experience with attendees. This year’s conference features George Couros, author of The Innovator’s Mindset and leading educator in the areas of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. Also on the schedule are Tracey Wilen, Tommy Welch, and David Geurin, offering a session on how to be disruptive leaders who help your students prepare for careers in a digital world. Finally, Geoffrey Canada, author and children’s advocate, presents a session on creating a culture of caring that ensures each child succeeds. Register for NPC19 at to hear from these leaders in person.