Advocacy

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.


Across the country, more than 8 million students are missing so many days of school that they are academically at risk. Chronic absence—missing 10 percent or more of school days due to absence for any reason, whether excused, unexcused, or as a result of suspensions—can translate into third-graders being unable to master reading, sixth-graders failing subjects and ninth-graders dropping out of high school. In this episode we speak with Hedy Chang, executive director of Attendance Works, about the causes of chronic absence, its impact on student success, and what policies and practices can fix it.

In this inaugural guest episode of NAESP HQ, NAESP Executive Director Dr. L. Earl Franks, CAE, discusses the results of the association's recently released report, The Pre-K–8 School Leader in 2018: A 10-Year Study. The survey of school leaders offers insights on the students they serve, attitudes about the current education climate, and the successes and challenges faced by today's working principals.

Michelle D. Young, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) and a Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at the Curry School of Education (University of Virginia). In this episode we talk with Dr. Young about the state of principal preparation and opportunities for principals to advocate for research-based leadership standards to improve how principals are prepared, developed, supervised and evaluated.

Charles Best leads DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit website which enables anyone to help a classroom in need. Charles launched the organization in 2000 at a Bronx public high school where he taught history for five years. To date, teachers at more than 80% of all the public schools in America have created classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org, and more than 3 million people have given to those projects. DonorsChoose.org is one of Oprah Winfrey's "ultimate favorite things" and made the cover of Fast Company as one of the "50 Most Innovative Companies in the World," the first time a charity has received such recognition. In this episode, we talk with Charles about the trajectory and evolution of DonorsChoose.org, Charles’ advice on leadership and advocacy, and DonorsChoose.org’s partnership with NAESP.

Hear a quick update on NAESP's advocacy priorities this fall, including professional development funding for principals in the FY19 budget bill, preschool development grants, and how you can take part in National Principals Month this October by having a member of Congress "shadow" you at your school.

How can a state systematically recruit topflight talent into the principal profession and then develop systems of supports to keep them? Tennessee has made a bet that doing this right is key to advancing quality teaching and boosting student outcomes. In this episode, we sit down with Paul Fleming, Assistant Commissioner of Teachers and Leaders at the Tennessee Department of Education. Paul discusses Tennessee's efforts to develop and grow high-impact school leader programs that intentionally recruit, prepare, develop and support principals.