The Principal as Advocate

Topics: Advocacy and Legislation

Although policies made at the local, state, and federal level can profoundly impact schools, it doesn’t have to be a one-way street. School leaders are perfectly positioned to both know what educators need, and to effectively communicate with policy-makers. We sat down with two principals to discuss how they stay engaged with lawmakers, and what steps school leaders can take to embrace the role of principal advocate.

Joshua Gill is principal of Ayaprun Elitnaurvik Elementary School in Bethel, Alaska, and a 2023 National Distinguished Principal.

Samantha Walder is principal of Tea Area Legacy Elementary School in Tea, South Dakota, and a 2023 National Distinguished Principal.

David Griffith is associate executive director of policy and advocacy at NAESP.