Research Brief Released at NPC

The second brief in an intensive research project between NASSP and the Learning Policy Institute to identify the causes and impact of principal turnover was released in July at the National Principals Conference in Boston. The first brief, Understanding and Addressing Principal Turnover, which was released in March 2019, looks at which schools are vulnerable to turnover and offers five key strategies to reduce it. The second brief in the series, Principal Turnover: Insights From Current Principals, draws on evidence from focus groups consisting of current administrators to better understand the challenges principals face and highlight ways to support principals and increase their retention. The brief is available now at Still to come in the series is a third brief and final report of findings and policy recommendations.

Celebrating State POYs and National POY Finalists

NASSP will honor the State Principals of the Year and the three national finalists at the annual Principals Institute in Washington, D.C., held September 30 to October 3. The event offers honorees the opportunity to attend a series of professional development activities with their peers and meet with their respective members of Congress. Each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools, and the Department of Defense Education Activity selected one middle level or high school principal for the accolade. During Principals Institute, the three finalists for the 2020 National Principal of the Year award—Kerensa Wing of Collins Hill High School, GA; Lindsa McIntyre of Jeremiah E. Burke High School, MA; and Joey Jones of Robert Frost Middle School, MD—will be recognized, and the winner will be announced later in October during National Principals Month. Visit for more information.

October Is National Principals Month

NASSP, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators come together next month to recognize and honor the contributions of school leaders in helping students succeed. The 2019 National Principals Month will also address primary concerns facing principals today—namely, principal turnover and retention. Leadership continuity reinforces a positive culture that fosters both teacher and student success. Based on the research from NASSP and the Learning Policy Institute, this focus will examine strategies and advocacy efforts to help retain great leaders. For information on events throughout the month, visit