Inside the Beltway
What’s going on in Washington?
Last week, Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) introduced a crucial loan forgiveness bill that would help combat principal turnover. The Recruiting and Retaining Effective School Leaders Act (H.R. 3925) is enthusiastically supported by NASSP, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators. The bill would provide loan forgiveness over a seven-year period to principals who work in schools where at least 30 percent of the students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch. Last Thursday, November 5, the NASSP Board of Directors took to Capitol Hill to advocate for this bill and for the needs of school principals. Education Week covered the bill and NASSP’s support. (more…)
Kicking off National Principals Month with a bang, NASSP named Principal Alan Tenreiro the 2016 National Principal of the Year today in a surprise assembly at his school.
Tenreiro has been principal of Cumberland High School in Cumberland, RI, since 2012, and has already made a huge impact.
Attending the ceremony today was Gov. Gina Raimondo, Sen. Jack Reed, Rep. David Cicilline, Rhode Island Education Commissioner Ken Wagner, numerous state and local officials, students, teachers, and Tenreiro’s family.
Under Tenreiro’s leadership, Cumberland High School has seen increases in academic achievement, graduation rates, and the number of students gaining admission to some of the best colleges and universities in the country. (more…)
Each year, NASSP recognizes outstanding principals as State Principals of the Year. From that pool of winners, we select finalists who are eligible to become the National Principal of the Year.
The accomplishments of these principals are always impressive, and the three 2016 NASSP National Principal of the Year finalists are no exception. They truly serve as an example of just how influential a principal can be.
Patricia Fry (@pshsprincipal), principal of Plymouth South High School in Plymouth, MA, reported for duty 10 years ago to find that behavioral issues were prevalent, the school’s accreditation was at risk, the building was overcrowded by approximately 400 students, and the failure/dropout rate was a major concern. By empowering teachers and encouraging consistency, Fry was able to decrease inappropriate student behaviors and make academics a priority. Making college and career readiness a key goal, she also created an incentive program to encourage students to take AP classes—which resulted in the program’s significant growth and Plymouth being selected as an AP Honor Roll district in 2014. (more…)