Principals Gather in Nation’s Capital to Impact ESEA Reauthorization

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In addition to legislative visits, NAESP’s National Leaders Conference agenda includes the release of new findings on principal evaluation.

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Principals will advocate on Capitol Hill for ESEA reauthorization policies that will help them improve schools.

Principals from across the nation will meet in Washington, D.C., at the National Association of Elementary School Principals’ (NAESP) National Leaders Conference (NLC) July 13-15 to advocate on behalf of all school principals for a meaningful reauthorization of ESEA. Highlights include the following activities, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, unless otherwise noted:

ESEA Reauthorization. Principals will advocate on Capitol Hill for ESEA reauthorization policies that will help them improve schools by: strengthening professional development for principals, especially focusing on early education and mentoring; recognizing the core competencies of school leadership; giving all principals the authority and autonomy to lead learning communities; preserving the integrity of targeted formula grants; and supporting state and local assessments that include growth models and multiple measures of student performance.

Principal Evaluation Research Panel. Leading researchers from the American Institutes for Research and Johns Hopkins University will discuss their findings on the state of principal evaluation and identify leading indicators that could enhance effective evaluation practices at the elementary and middle school levels. Panelists include Matt Clifford, senior research scientist for the American Institutes for Research, and Steven M. Ross, professor of education at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Research and Reform in Education. As a result of this research, NAESP will launch a joint initiative with the National Association of Secondary School Principals to develop national principal evaluation guidelines that will serve to guide state and district practices and inform federal and state policymakers. (Thursday, July 14, 9:15-10 a.m., Columbia C)

Address by Education Advocate Jamie Vollmer. An award-winning champion of public education and the author of the highly acclaimed book, Schools Cannot Do It Alone, Jamie Vollmer will discuss how to increase support for public schools. (Friday, July 15, 8:45-9:30 a.m., Columbia AB)

Note: Principals may be interviewed on July 14 after their congressional appointments or at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill on July 15. For more information about these policy issues, to interview principals about their congressional meetings, or to locate principals from particular states or districts, please contact Kaylen Tucker (ktucker(at)naesp(dot)org or 703-518-6257).

Established in 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) serves elementary and middle school principals in the United States, Canada, and overseas. NAESP leads in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle-level principals and other education leaders in their commitment to all children.


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