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 worked to build partnerships with members of Congress, the Department of Education, and the White House to advance policy priorities on behalf of principals.

Current NAESP Advocacy Priorities

  • Secure robust federal funding for programs like Title II, Part A that support the preparation, training and support of principals
  • Advocate for professional development and mentoring programs that strengthen principals' knowledge of early childhood education and providing federal funding streams for high-quality early education.
  • Support 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.

Recruiting, Preparing and Building the Capacity of Effective Principals: Eight Evidence-Based Recommendations for Federal Policymaking

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: