Leaders We Need Now
NAESP worked with the American Institute of Research to conduct focus
groups with elementary school principals about school and professional
changes occurring through 2020-21, a year when most schools experienced
significant crises. We wanted to know how schools and the profession were
changing from the perspective of principals, who were leading the change,
and what policy supports principals believed were necessary to support
To learn more about principals’ opportunities for professional learning,
NAESP teamed up with the Learning Policy Institute to conduct a national
principal study surveying 1,000 principals. The results are outlined in a
new report, “Elementary School Principals’ Professional Learning: Current
Status and Future Needs.”
This guide encourages elementary principals to deepen their own knowledge
and skills related to Pre-K–3rd grade, and to provide specific guidance
for principals to become more effective leaders on behalf of young
A practical resource designed for new and experienced principals. It is a
distillation of the role of the principal, informed and shaped by
experienced principals in diverse schools across the country.
Since the 1928 publication of its first 10-year study, The K-8 Principal,
NAESP has been collecting data on the climate, challenges, and conditions
that mark the principalship.
The Principal’s Guide to Building Culturally Responsive Schools
presents recommendations for four leadership competencies that are meant
to guide school leaders in their work to ensure equity for all students.