The 2015 National Leaders Conference was held February 22-24, 2015, at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, VA.


National Leaders Conference 2015: Principals Take Action on ESEA

Nearly 200 principals from around the country convened in Washington, D.C., for NAESP’s 2015 National Leaders Conference. During the two-day event (February 22-24), principals met with top education thought leaders and spoke out on key policy issues, including the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  

NLC couldn’t have happened at a better moment: both the House and Senate are currently reworking ESEA, and during NLC, principals met with lawmakers to advocate for key provisions of it. Those included:

  • Opposing Title I “portability;”
  • Supporting the Principal Training and Recruitment Act of 2015;
  • Opposing the House ESEA bill; and
  • Including early childhood education as a title in ESEA.

Principals prepared for these Capitol Hill visits with a series of sessions on education policy issues, starting with a discussion between political commentators Pat Buchanan and Eleanor Clift. Principals then studied change leadership and communications, first with a case study guided by June West of the University of Virginia’s Darden School, and second, with intensive interview coaching from Nan Tolbert. Monday’s sessions wrapped up with a presentation from Jack Jennings, a longtime Congressional staffer and education policy expert. Jennings gave principals a snapshot of his hot-off-the-presses book, Presidents, Congress, and the Public Schools.

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