About NAESP's Advocacy Program
The voice of principals must be heard in the current national discourse about the state of education. NAESP's Advocacy and Government Relations team has taken great care to build partnerships with the Department of Education, the White House, and members of Congress based on civil discourse: We only support decisions and policy recommendations when they serve the interests of elementary and middle-level principals, and we present vigorous, but respectful, disagreement when they do not, offering instead constructive and informed alternatives.
Current NAESP Advocacy Priorities
- Secure federal funding for professional development and mentoring programs that will strengthen principals' knowledge of early childhood education.
- Require models of school improvement reform to judge principals based on training, expertise, and time afforded in the school building rather than simply relying on student assessment scores.
- Ensure that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) draws from the experiences of local principals and educators who know students best.
Leadership Matters, a joint NASSP/NAESP report compiling years of compelling research on school leadership, aims to debunk once and for all the notion that principals and assistant principals have only a tangential effect on student and school success. The conclusion is clear: School leaders are a vital component of successful school environments, and their voices deserve to be heard.
The following research was referenced to develop NAESP’s policy recommendations:
- Leithwood, K., Anderson, S., Wahlstrom, K. & Seashore Louis, K. (2004). How Leadership Influences Student Learning. Retrieved from Wallace Foundation website: http://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/school-leadership/key-research/Documents/How-Leadership-Influences-Student-Learning.pdf
- Wallace Foundation. (2013). The School Principal as Leader: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching and Learning. Retrieved from Wallace Foundation website: http://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/school-leadership/effective-principal-leadership/Documents/The-School-Principal-as-Leader-Guiding-Schools-to-Better-Teaching-and-Learning-2nd-Ed.pdf
- Mitgang, L., & Gill, J. (2012). The Making of the Principal: Five Lessons in Leadership Training. Retrieved from Wallace Foundation website: www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/school-leadership/effective-principal-leadership/Documents/The-Making-of-the-Principal-Five-Lessons-in-Leadership-Training.pdf
- Mendels, P. (2012). The Effective Principal. Retrieved from Wallace Foundation website: http://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/school-leadership/effective-principal-leadership/Documents/The-Effective-Principal.pdf
- Shelton, S. (2012). Preparing a Pipeline of Effective Principals: A Legislative Approach. Retrieved from Wallace Foundation website: http://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/school-leadership/state-policy/Documents/Preparing-a-Pipeline-of-Effective-Principals-A-Legislative-Approach.pdf