Spread the Word About Our Schools

Topics: Advocacy and Legislation

Public schools are the foundation of growth and well-being for communities. They are hubs that create a safe, supportive space for students and their families.

Every day, school leaders, teachers, and staff enter their school buildings committed to helping their students find success academically, socially, and emotionally. But success does not come from schools alone. It hinges on school leaders and teachers building strong relationships with families to ensure they have an active role in their child’s learning.

One way to do this is through transparency in education—especially in a time when families want more than anything to be heard. When families understand the “why” behind the decisions school leaders and teachers make related to student learning, it helps them feel like welcomed, respected members of the team. It also shows them that schools are doing their absolute best to prioritize their children’s achievement and happiness.

The more families are included in educational decisions, the better the outcomes for students. By engaging families and sharing student data with them, they can better understand learning goals and how their children are progressing toward those goals.

Join the Campaign

We are all #HereForTheKids. That’s why you do what you do as passionate school leaders, and that’s why NAESP is here to support you in your efforts.

Nine out of 10 children in the U.S.—about 50 million students—attend public schools, so when we support public schools, we are supporting the majority of America’s children. As we gear up for Public Schools Week from Feb. 26 to March 2, we encourage you to join us in speaking out about the value of public education. Part of the larger #HereForTheKids campaign, the annual initiative is led by the Learning First Alliance, of which NAESP is a founding member organization, and it creates a platform for Americans to join together and express their support for public education.

This year, we are focusing on how schools adapt to create engaging and personalized learning and how important it is for school leaders to be transparent with families and policymakers about unfinished learning in their communities to get support for what schools need most.

Public education is the bedrock of our society, and its future is at stake. We need you to share your school’s story to ensure a strong future for public education. Use #PublicSchoolProud, #PSW24, and #HereForTheKids to spread the message to others in your personal and professional networks.

L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE, is executive director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals.