Spending Bill Directs Education Department to Focus Attention on Principal Professional Development

Despite several disappointing cuts, the recently approved federal spending measure included report language that AFSA, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NASSP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NAESP) strongly advocated for throughout 2014 that supports and recognizes the importance of school leaders, their continuously expanding role and the pressing need for their professional development.

In a joint statement, AFSA, along with NASSP and NAESP said, “The inclusion of language in the omnibus that identifies principals’ vital and expanding role in learning is a clear mandate by Congress that we need greater investment in principal development. This is a great first step in improving the instructional leadership capacity in our nation’s schools. We will continue the momentum to ensure that the Department of Education provide states with guidance as Congress directs.”

Read the the full statement below and check out ED Weeks coverage of the statement here.

                


Spending Bill Directs ED to Focus Attention on Principal Professional Development

Principals orgs to continue advocacy to ensure investment in principals

Contact: Bob Farrace, NASSP director of public affairs, 703-909-4661, farraceb@nassp.org

Statement from the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP):

“The inclusion of language in the omnibus that identifies principals’ vital and expanding role in learning is a clear mandate by Congress that we need greater investment in principal development. This is a great first step in improving the instructional leadership capacity in our nation’s schools. We will continue the momentum to ensure that the Department of Education provide states with guidance as Congress directs.”

The spending bill H.R. 83 includes the following language:

“The Department should recognize that the roles and responsibilities of principals continue to expand, including the implementation of State-led teacher evaluation systems, college and career-ready standards and new on-line assessments, so they must be afforded specialized opportunities for professional learning and growth targeted to their role as instructional leaders. Therefore, the Department should provide guidance to SEAs on ensuring that sufficient professional development opportunities are provided to principals in order to help them improve instructional leadership capacity.”

While funding for professional development is currently an allowable use of funds under Title II of ESEA, the Department of Education recently found that districts use only an average of four percent of these dollars for principal development, falling far short of what principals need to meet the increased demands placed on them as the organizational and instructional leaders of their schools. With this language in the spending bill, Congress and the president recognize that an investment in the principal is an investment in learning.

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About AFSA
The American Federation of School Administrators is the exclusive union for administrators, professionals and supervisors advocating for excellence and equity in all of our schools, workplaces and communities. AFSA members are leaders in their schools and communities and are charged with the privilege and responsibility of helping to mold our nation’s students into successful, mindful individuals. As school leaders, AFSA members are constantly advocating for better public schools and systems of education. AFSA members are active in the labor movement and proudly stand in solidarity with all trade unionists and school administrators.

About NASSP
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and more than 36 countries around the world. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.

About NAESP
Principals are the primary catalysts for creating lasting foundations for learning. Since 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) has been the leading advocate for elementary and middle level principals in the United States and worldwide. NAESP advances the profession by developing policy, advancing advocacy and providing professional development and resources for instructional leadership, including specialized support and mentoring for early career principals. Key focus areas include pre-K-3 education, school safety, technology and digital learning, and effective educator evaluation. For more information about NAESP, please visit www.naesp.org. NAESP administers the National Principals Resource Center, the American Student Council Association, and the President’s Education Awards & American Citizenship Awards Programs.