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Registration Is Open for the 2019 NASSP Advocacy Conference!

Are you ready to take the next step as an advocate for school leaders and public education? Then consider joining hundreds of school leaders and other education advocates from around the country for the 2019 NASSP Advocacy Conference, taking place March 18–20!

At the conference, you’ll learn critical skills that you can use to advocate with policymakers on behalf of your school, educators, and students. Attendees will also hear from education policy experts and thought leaders, attend receptions and networking events, and participate in a full day of meetings on Capitol Hill with your state’s members of Congress and their staff.

If you can get to Washington, D.C., you can join us for this special opportunity. There is no registration fee to attend. Register now to make your voice heard! Need more information before deciding? Contact us at with questions.


DeVos Releases New Title IX Guidance, Raises the Bar for Proving Sexual Assault

Last month, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos introduced new proposed rules for dealing with sexual assault that have far-reaching consequences for both college campuses and K–12 schools. The proposed guidance is open for a 60-day public comment period and, once finalized, will replace the Obama administration’s 2011 directive under Title IX. Among the changes that will have a direct impact on K–12 education, the new rules seek to narrow the definition of sexual harassment and assault—currently “unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature”—to “unwelcome conduct on the basis of sex that is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it denies a person access to the school’s education program or activity.”

Women’s groups, education organizations, and activists have voiced concern or outright condemnation toward the new guidance. Speaking with Politico, NASSP Director of Public Affairs Bob Farrace said, “The implicit message from ED is that ‘we’re taking this whole sexual assault thing way too far,’ and we’re concerned the proposed guidance will both deter victims from coming forward and slow the momentum on education and prevention that school leaders have begun to build.”

For more on what the new Title IX guidance means specifically for K­–12 schools, take a look at this recent article from Education Week. The guidance is now open for a 60-day public comment period, which will close on January 27, 2019.


There are some great comments from State Coordinator in this article about teacher evaluations & how they have dramatically changed the principal's job: via


Great points in this article from members and . Both are excellent leaders that are dedicated to protecting each and every one of their students!


We just had a room full of Alabama school leaders make their voices heard with their members of Congress. Want to join us and tell your representatives to fund public education? Click here to send a message!


Are you interested in advocating on behalf of school leaders, educators, and students? Attend the 2019 NASSP Advocacy Conference, March 18–20, 2019: .

For more advocacy tweets, join us on social media by following NASSP and the advocacy staff on Twitter:

NASSP   @nassp
Amanda Karhuse   @akarhuse
Zachary Scott   @zachscott33
Greg Waples   @GWaples

Take Action

Do you have a personal or professional connection with a current or incoming member of Congress or their staff? If so, tell NASSP about that connection! We’re looking to identify advocates who can speak with key lawmakers on behalf of school leaders in the 116th Congress, and we need your help to do it.


Other News

Do you know who the NASSP State Coordinator is in your state? Check out the interactive map in the Policy & Advocacy Center to connect with principals leading grassroots advocacy efforts for school leaders.

Registration has officially opened for NASSP’s 2019 National Principals Conference. Taking place July 18–20 in Boston, the conference will bring together principals from across the country to network and share best practices. Register today!


In This Month’s Principal Leadership

This month’s Principal Leadership features an article about coaching “turnaround” leaders for low-performing schools, written by Trish Brennan-Gac and Catherine Barbour from the American Institutes for Research.

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