Advocacy

A Busy July for Congress

Following the July 4 recess, Congress returns with a laundry list of bills and policies to complete prior to August—and a limited amount of time in which to do it. As of now, there have been no indications from either chamber that Congress is planning to eliminate August recess, so the time crunch to complete these projects is significant. The House may have the easier path of both chambers, as their main goal is to pass all 12 appropriations bills by the end of the month. While this is still a difficult task, House Democratic leadership has a path forward and work has already begun. (more…)

What the Pandemic Means for Summer Learning—And How Policymakers Can Help

RAND’s Catherine Augustine discusses a new report on the summer learning policy landscape and what lies ahead for summer programs

This article first appeared on The Wallace Foundation’s blog. It has been republished with permission.

This is a challenging and uncertain time for everyone. Schools are beginning to adapt to the realities of the current crisis brought on by the global coronavirus pandemic, but what about summer learning programs? Summer programs have always played an important role in supporting students who fall behind academically, but with so many young people across the country losing vital learning time, they may be important than ever. Yet organizers of summer programs face a host of unknowns, including whether they will be able to serve students at all in the coming months and, if so, how. (more…)

Dr. Erika Burden Named NASSP Advocacy Champion of the Year

Erika Burden, PhD, principal at Westwood Middle School in Spokane, WA, has been honored as the NASSP Advocacy Champion of the Year.

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NASSP Plays Pivotal Role in First Steps to Secure COVID-19 Response Funding for Schools

As schools across the country are forced to prolong closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), educators and districts need resources as they continue to find ways to serve their students. Fortunately, schools should soon see some additional federal dollars to help them navigate these uncharted waters. Congress recently introduced a third COVID-19 supplemental package, S. 3548, the CARES Act. This bill is a $2 trillion relief bill that will provide funds for a variety of different areas to aid businesses, organizations, education institutions, and individuals as they all respond to the current upheaval caused by COVID-19. (more…)

Principal Recovery Network Briefs Congress on Capitol Hill

Last week, the NASSP Principal Recovery Network (PRN) hosted their first-ever public event, speaking directly to members of Congress and their staffs at a briefing event on Capitol Hill. School leaders shared emotional stories about the tragic shootings that unfolded in their buildings. They inspired attendees as they described the heroism displayed by students, educators, and first responders on the day of the incident, as well as the resilience of their communities in the weeks, months, and years that followed. (more…)

Read This, Save Lives: Creating Safer Classrooms for LGBTQ+ Students

I was a curious student who spent my free periods talking to teachers, and I could find my way around the library blindfolded. But for most of my life, I absolutely dreaded going to school. (more…)

Be the Advocate Education Needs

The annual 2020 NASSP Advocacy Conference heads to the Washington, D.C., metro area this March. Time is running out to secure your free registration and guarantee your chance to advocate on Capitol Hill for better education across America. (more…)

Your Voice Matters

During the annual 2020 NASSP Advocacy Conference, hundreds of principals, administrators, teachers, and other advocates from across the country storm the Washington, D.C., metro area to fight for better education—and you don’t want to miss it. (more…)

NASSP Presents 2019 Congressional Champion Award

As an organization, NASSP’s primary goal and vision is to have great leaders in every school committed to the success of each student. To achieve our mission, NASSP needs support from federal legislators who are willing to introduce, support, and pass legislation aimed at benefiting school leaders and the students and faculty in their schools. NASSP presents its Congressional Champion Award to policymakers who have gone above and beyond in supporting policies that support this vision and are making it a reality. Congressional Champion Award recipients have shown themselves to be exceptional allies of principals and public education during their tenure as elected officials. (more…)

Make Your Voice Heard This National Principals Month

National Principals Month (NPM), celebrated annually throughout the month of October, highlights the hard work of principals across the country and all they do to support their educational communities. This year, the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) are taking that initiative a step further—calling attention to pressing issues facing the principalship and what policymakers can do to support principals and educators. (more…)