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NASSP and LPI Launch New Research Initiative


Seeking to better understand the major issues facing principals today, NASSP and the Learning Policy Institute (LPI) have launched an intensive new yearlong research partnership focused on school leadership. LPI is leading the research effort with assistance from WestEd. Together, they will analyze existing data, conduct original research, and produce policy recommendations.

The research will focus heavily on identifying the causes and impact of principal turnover nationwide. About 1 in 5 principals leave their school each year. The rate is higher in schools in lower-income communities, which have an average principal retention rate of 79 percent, compared with 85 percent in higher-income communities, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Education in July 2018. This discontinuity in leadership often impedes school success by disrupting growth plans before they come to fruition and has a negative impact on teacher satisfaction and student achievement. The effort will help identify the reasons principals leave and provide direction for how federal policymakers, states, and districts can best invest their resources to retain leadership talent and advance student learning.

NASSP will release the project’s first brief, a review of the literature on principal turnover, at its 2019 Advocacy Conference on March 19 in Washington, D.C. NASSP will release a second brief at the 2019 National Principals Conference in July and the third brief as well as a final report this fall.

You can view the official press release announcement here.


School Infrastructure Funding Package Passes Committee, Heads to Full House Floor

Last month, the Rebuild America’s Schools Act, H.R.865, passed out of the House Education and Labor Committee on a party line vote of 26-20. Introduced by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), the legislation would invest more than $100 billion into critical improvements for some of our country’s most under-resourced schools. Chairman Scott and the Democrats on the committee indicated that they intend to push for a vote on the full House floor quickly, which could take place as soon as later this month.

NASSP strongly endorses the Rebuild America’s Schools Act and will continue to advocate for swift and substantive federal support to improve school infrastructure. We encourage our advocates and stakeholders to contact their representatives and senators and ask them to pass H.R.865 and S.266 immediately. The time is now for a robust investment in the future of our schools, educators, and students, and we need Congress to act.

For more on this issue, read NASSP’s position statement on School Facilities.


Principals and Teacher Strikes: How Districts Can Make the Job More Manageable - via


Our nation’s educators deserve respect and support as they work to help students become their best selves. Derogatory remarks like this are the exact opposite and harm all educators in this noble endeavor


Very excited to hear from some of our country’s preeminent leaders on education policy today at the event. Supporting equitable schools and access to high quality education for all students is a core priority for .


One year later, our thoughts are with the Parkland community as many still search for a sense of normal. asked how the Parkland tragedy has changed the debate and how it shaped the lives of those affected. Read more: .

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Zachary Scott   @zachscott33
Greg Waples   @GWaples

Take Action

March 25–29 is National Public Schools Week! Help us highlight the great work being done every day in America’s public schools by asking your representative to co-sponsor a resolution to officially recognize the week. You can also highlight the great work your school is doing on social media by using the hashtag #PSW19.


Other News

Join us as we celebrate National Assistant Principals Week, April 8–12, to recognize assistant principals for their contributions to our schools. Get more ideas about how to celebrate here.

NASSP partnered with the Human Rights Campaign on their annual Time to THRIVE conference in February. Read our recap blog here.

The annual NASSP Advocacy Conference is taking place March 19 followed by the annual NASSP and NAESP Capitol Hill Day on March 20. You can follow the events and join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #PrincipalsAdvocate.

Be sure to register for the 2019 National Principals Conference. Taking place July 18–20 in Boston, the conference will bring together principals from across the country to network and share best practices. Register today!


In This Month’s Principal Leadership

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This month’s Principal Leadership highlights the importance of ensuring students in every state and district have access to effective literacy instruction. Read the column to find out more about advocating for literacy.

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