K-8 Principals Advocate to Improve ESEA Policies that Sustain School Improvement

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Principals push for policies and programs that ensure they have the authority and autonomy to lead effective learning communities during NAESP's annual legislative conference.

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In order to advocate for new policies that will give principals the tools they need to function as effective school leaders, K-8 educators from around the nation will gather for the National Association of Elementary School Principals' (NAESP) annual legislative conference to discuss the upcoming reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). During NAESP's Federal Relations Conference, which takes place Feb. 7-8 in Alexandria, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., participants will meet with legislators to discuss the principal’s role in federal law, specifically protecting principals’ critical and unique role as the primary catalysts for shaping long-term school improvement, promoting principals’ vision for education reform, and preserving the principalship through high-quality professional development, especially for early career principals.

WHO: Elementary and middle-level educators and leaders from across the nation.

WHAT: Advocating for federal policies that recognize principals as key factors contributing to student learning as a part of NAESP’s Federal Relations Conference.

WHEN and WHERE: Wednesday, Feb. 8—Legislative appointments at various congressional offices on Capitol Hill.

WHY: Learn more about principals’ priorities for ESEA reauthorization, including sustained school improvement, the core competencies of effective school principals, and ongoing professional development, especially for early career principals.

HOW: To interview principals about ESEA, contact Kaylen Tucker at 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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