NAESP’s new advocacy podcast will focus on the policies, legislation and laws impacting principals – from the halls of Congress, to state capitols, to local school boards. Guests will include principals, researchers, advocates, policymakers, and transformational leaders in the field. Topics will include funding, research, emerging trends, advocacy, and ideas that are changing the education landscape. Tune in and we hope you’ll learn something new and come away thinking about policy and advocacy in a new light.

In this episode of NAESP HQ, NAESP Executive Director L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE, speaks with NAESP Associate Executive Director of Advocacy and Policy Danny Carlson about the impact of the CARES Act on K-12 schools, and how principals can use their voices to guide funding decisions.

In this episode, we talk with Damaries Blondonville and Dr. Melissa Ellis from Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) about their work with the Wallace Foundation’s Principal Pipeline Initiative. The conversation keys in on how PGCPS has developed and grown a high-impact principal pipeline that intentionally recruits, develops, and supports principals across the county.

Principals play a critical role in supporting a seamless continuum of learning for children across pre-k through the third grade. To do this, they must support transitions from pre-k settings to elementary schools, as well as support developmentally appropriate teaching. In this episode, we speak with Laura Bornfreund and Abbie Lieberman from New America to discuss the importance of the principal in supporting early education and why so few school leaders are equipped to meet these challenges.

American Institute for Research (AIR) researchers Dr. Matthew Clifford and Dr. Cortney Rowland join this episode to discuss what research shows works to effectively recruit and prepare principals and what professional development they need to be successful.

A growing problem in school districts across the country, teacher shortages negatively impact school climate, culture, and student learning by undermining teacher quality and stability in the classroom. To address this, states have been working on multiple fronts to ensure schools are sufficiently staffed with the teachers they need. In another guest episode of NAESP HQ, NAESP Executive Director L. Earl Franks provides a brief overview of how NAESP and other national education groups are collaborating with states to reverse the trend on teacher shortages. 

In this episode, we sit down with community school experts to learn more about the community school model and how it encourages partnerships between the school and other community resources. We also discuss how principals who utilize the community school model boost academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement, leading to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.

Arne Duncan served as U.S. secretary of education under President Barack Obama from 2009 until 2015. Prior to his appointment, Duncan served as the CEO of the Chicago Public Schools from June 2001 through December 2008, becoming the longest-serving big-city education superintendent in the country. In this episode, Mr. Duncan sits down with us to reflect on his tenure as secretary of education and to share with us his ideas of where we go from here.

Linda Darling-Hammond, President and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute, is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University where she founded the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education

Guest: Dr. Stephanie Hirsh, executive director of Learning Forward. Learning Forward has more than 10,000 members and 40 state and provincial affiliates focused on building the capacity of leaders to establish and sustain highly effective professional learning. In this episode, we discuss professional learning and explore these questions.

Sarah Silverman is a Senior Vice President at Whiteboard Advisors, a strategic consulting and communications firm. For over a decade, she has advised state leaders on education, assisting with the development of state policies that transform teacher and leader preparation, evaluation, and training. Prior to joining Whiteboard Advisors, she led the National Governors Association Education Division’s work on early care and K-12 education systems. Her research and writing have focused on the impact of state and national policy on social justice activism, teacher beliefs, talent management, early care and education, and ethics of education. In this episode, we talk with Sarah about the major trends in Edtech innovation, what we can learn from “big data” in K-12 education, ESSA implementation, and how these issues impact principals.