NAESP Joins National Call to Action on Inclusive School Values

NAESP has joined nine leading national education organizations to reaffirm inclusive values across the nation in response to reports of increased incidents of bias and violence in our nation's schools and communities. The national call to action affirms the right of all students to attend school in an environment free from fear, violence, and intimidation, and calls educators to proactively support all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, ability, gender identity, or documentation status.

A National Call to Action: Make Our Schools' Values Known

We come together as national education organizations in the wake of troubling reports of bias incidents and violence occurring in schools across the nation in recent days.

We applaud the many schools and school districts that have already taken meaningful steps to develop and support positive school climate in their communities. And we urge all education stakeholders to support all students, especially those who face bias incidents in their schools.

We call upon our constituents and all education leaders to:

  • Publicly reaffirm the inclusive values that are the foundation of healthy learning cultures;
  • Lead a conversation with their school community on the core values of respect and inclusion at the heart of all learning; and

Consider posting a statement regarding these core values throughout their schools and/or all the schools within their district.

These actions should specifically affirm the right of all students, regardless of race, color, national origin, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or religion to be educated in an environment free from fear, violence, and intimidation.

The School Superintendents Association (AASA) American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) National School Boards Association (NSBA) National PTA