The NASSP Policy & Advocacy Center is fueled by the grassroots activism of thousands of principals, school leaders, educators, and citizen advocates across the country. Our advocates stand up for federal and state policy that supports education leaders and enables them to create great schools that provide quality education for all students. To receive advocacy alerts, newsletters, conference information, and more, click the Sign Up button below.

State Coordinators

NASSP state coordinators are principals and assistant principals who serve as the lead volunteer advocate and primary point-of-contact for advocacy in all 50 states. They work in collaboration with NASSP and lawmakers to promote and support federal, state, and local policy that will benefit students, educators, and school leaders.

Interested in learning more about advocacy efforts in your state and getting involved? Click on your state in the map below to find your state coordinator’s contact information.



Advocacy Champion of the Year

Typically presented annually at the NASSP Advocacy Conference, this award honors outstanding and significant contributions in advancing the policy agenda of NASSP and advocating on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student.

2021 Advocacy Champion of the Year

Derrick Lawson
Principal, Indio High School—Indio, CA

NASSP is thrilled to award Derrick Lawson, principal of Indio High School in Indio, CA, with the third annual Advocacy Champion of the Year Award for his outstanding contributions in elevating the voice and influence of school leaders in federal, state, and local policy and public discourse. Throughout much of his 28 years as an elementary, middle level, and high school principal, he has worked to build relationships with his state and federal elected officials and their staffs, becoming a trusted resource on issues affecting education. Keep up with Lawson’s advocacy by following him on Twitter at @derrickLawson62.

Resources to Help You Advocate

State Affiliates

Find resources for state affiliates or learn how to contact your own state principals organization.

Advocates on Twitter

Use the #PrincipalsAdvocate hashtag to share your advocacy efforts with the world.