NAESP Forms Principal-Led Coronavirus Task Force

The group will advise NAESP on the state of affairs in school communities, reveal schools’ common challenges, and support a peer-to-peer network for school leaders.

March 2020, Volume 43, Issue 7

On Thursday, March 20, NAESP formed the NAESP National Coronavirus Task Force to advise the response of school leaders during this unprecedented time. The goal of this group is to advise NAESP on the state of affairs in school communities, reveal schools’ common challenges and solutions, and support a peer-to-peer network of support for school leaders. 

About the Task Force

NAESP will use the task force’s advice and recommendations to create resources and supports for NAESP members and the nation’s school leaders, as well as to inform NAESP’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill. 

The task force members were selected based on their outstanding leadership to NAESP, in addition to their state, regional, and national colleagues. 

Here are the members of the task force: 

  • Chair: NAESP President Dave Wick    
  • Center for Innovative Leadership Fellows: Hamish Brewer and Andy Jacks    
  • NAESP Staff: Danny Carlson         
  • Zone 1: Liz Garden, Massachusetts 
  • Zone 2: Missie Patschke, Pennsylvania         
  • Zone 3: Ryan Daniel, Maryland
  • Zone 4: Kristal Pollard, Mississippi 
  • Zone 5: Jessica Hutchison, Illinois
  • Zone 6: Allyson Apsey, Michigan
  • Zone 7: Jessica Cabeen, Minnesota 
  • Zone 8: Edgardo Castro, New Mexico
  • Zone 9: Rachael George, Oregon     
  • At Large: James Edmond Jr., Wisconsin

Up-to-Date Resources

The supports, resources, and best practices that come from the task force will be added to the NAESP Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources page. Check back often, as new guidelines and resources will be posted daily. Currently, you’ll find updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Education, and other education stakeholders. Plus, we’ve created easy-to-read, shareable graphics that you can pass along to members of your school community.


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