Washington, DC—To enable strong implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), New Leaders urged the U.S. Department of Education to develop and release Title II guidance to support state and district efforts to leverage these resources to strengthen teaching, leading, and learning in classrooms and schools across the country. We also encouraged the Department to use the variety of non-regulatory policy tools at its disposal—technical assistance, targeted communications, resources, and other support—to clarify, reinforce, and elevate the importance of school leadership.
In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., we provided our ideas for meaningfully incorporating leadership into forthcoming non-regulatory resources and other federal supports for states, districts, and schools.
Of note, this feedback builds on a letter from March 23, 2016, in which New Leaders—along with the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and the Wallace Foundation—called for ESSA guidance on school leadership, noting how critical such a resource would be for fostering a greater focus on and stronger investments in leadership at the state and local levels.