News and Announcements

Celebrate National Principals Month

As we all know, principal leadership is an essential fuel within schools that ultimately determines optimal student and school performance and success. But we also know that principals and the work they do in schools around the country are too often overlooked. (more…)

Holly Ripley Is 2016 NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year

Please join us in congratulating Holly Ripley.

Ripley, assistant principal of West Fargo High School in West Fargo, ND, has been named the 2016 NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year. Surrounded by fellow administrators and other education leaders from around the country, Ripley was honored with the designation at NASSP’s national conference, Ignite ‘16, during the NASSP 100th anniversary luncheon.

Every year, this recognition is given to a middle level or high school assistant principal who has demonstrated schoolwide curriculum success (more…)

NASSP at 100: Let the Celebration Begin!

As schools continue to settle in following the winter break, I extend to you and all principals across the nation our best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2016. This year is a special one for NASSP—2016 marks the 100th anniversary of NASSP’s founding by a small group of principals who gathered in Detroit to create a network of support for school leaders facing common challenges. This mission has remained a constant through a century’s worth of events and evolution. The effects of the Great Depression, World War II, the “happy days” of the 1950s, the civil rights movement, the Cold War, the digital revolution, and 9/11 all reverberated in schoolhouses. They prompted school leaders to provide reassurance and optimize teachable moments and they worked to build the future one student at a time. (more…)

Why Are You Proud to Be a Principal?

Help celebrate NASSP’s 100th anniversary by entering our selfie contest! Starting this month, we’re asking school leaders to participate by sharing on social media what being a principal means to them.

To enter the contest, principals can take a photo of themselves with a written answer to the question, “Why are you proud to be a principal?” and #NASSP100. The photo should be shared on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #NASSP100.

Photos must be shared on social media by March 31, 2016. (more…)

Principals, School Counselors, and U.S. Army Gather for Leadership, Professional Development

It was a meeting of great minds in education this past fall at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Thirty-seven secondary school principals and school counselors joined senior Army leaders and education experts for the third annual U.S. Army Leadership and Professional Development Symposium, a collaboration between the U.S. Army and NASSP. During the three-day meeting, Army and education leaders (including former NASSP president G.A. Buie) discussed best practices in leadership development and exchanged ideas about improving the state of education for students and schools.

New to the 2015 symposium were representatives from the American School Counselor Association. As the school counselors joined the ranks of their principal colleagues, the group of educators drew energy and new ideas from their peers, also drawing on the perspective and experiences of Army leaders in attendance. (more…)

Congressional Resolution Honors NASSP’s 100th Anniversary

Everyone is getting in on NASSP’s 100th anniversary. Principals are celebrating the history of their profession and NASSP’s continued growth into a new century. Student leaders from several generations are fondly remembering how NASSP helped them amplify their voices and build their leadership skills.

And now, Congress is joining the celebration.

H.Res.570, a resolution recognizing 2016 as the year of the 100th anniversary of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, was introduced on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and into the federal record on December 17—just in time for NASSP’s 2016 celebration. (more…)

National Principals Month Video Contest Winners Announced

The results are in! Over 50 videos were submitted for the 2015 National Principals Month video contest, and four winners have been selected (two schools tied for third place). The contest called for students to make a one- to two-minute video giving “props” to their principal—telling us why they love their principal and what he or she means to the students, school, and community. The winning schools will each receive a $200 Best Buy gift card.

First place: Henry Hudson Regional School, New Jersey

These students painted a memorable picture of life before and after the arrival of their current principal, Lenore Kingsmore. (more…)

Massive Budget Deal Advances with Several Key Education Increases

After two short-term continuing resolutions (CR) to keep the government running past October 1, it appears that lawmakers have reached an agreement on a $1.149 trillion spending deal for FY 2016. Since the deal was filed early Wednesday morning, the soonest that the House can vote on this legislation is Friday, which means another short term CR will need to be passed to keep the government open through December 22. That should give lawmakers on the House and Senate more than enough time to drum up support from their respective caucuses and get a bill to President Obama’s desk before the New Year.

As a previous School of Thought blog post explained, a two-year budget deal was passed on October 27 that lifted the sequester caps for defense and non-defense discretionary programs. (more…)

A Historic Day for Students, Teachers, and Principals as the Senate Votes to Replace NCLB

After years of partisan bickering and months of bipartisan negotiations, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is finally set to be reauthorized. On November 30, the House Education and the Workforce Committee released the final conference report to reauthorize ESEA. This version of ESEA will be known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177) and will completely replace the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and the ESEA flexibility waivers.

NASSP has been advocating for a new law to replace NCLB since it technically expired in 2007, and had even formed a task force years before that to draft recommendations on how to improve the law for the nation’s middle level and high school principals. After reviewing the text of the Every Student Succeeds Act, NASSP, along with the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), was pleased to send a letter in support of the bill to the leaders of the House and Senate education committees. (more…)

Principal Ambassador Fellowship Applications Open

The U.S. Department of Education is now accepting applications for the third cohort of principals to participate in the Principal Ambassador Fellowship program. Created in 2013, the program is meant to recognize the important impact that a principal has on instructional leadership, the school environment, and talent management. It is modeled on the Teaching Ambassador Fellowship program, which allows local leaders to contribute their knowledge and experience to the national dialogue about public education and learn more about education policy at the federal level.

Principals participating in the third cohort would serve during the 2016-17 school year. (more…)