Principal leadership matters.
AWSP and AWSL exist to ensure each and every student has highly effective, visionary, sustainable, and anti-racist school leaders who work to build equitable systems that have historically oppressed people, especially people of color.
Sustainable organizational change takes time.
Education reform policies enacted over the past 15 years created an extremely complex environment for principals with no redefinition of their role. Our goal is to reduce principal turnover, which can harm the culture, systems, and learning for students in our schools.
Supporting and investing in school leaders is the best, most cost-effective way to ensure high-quality, effective schools.
We must support the longevity and effectiveness of school leaders by purposefully including them in decision-making, and by increasing the staffing allocation for principals in order to support their unsustainable workload. Compensation should be increased in order to attract and retain principals, specifically to prevent constant turnover in the schools where steady leadership is needed most, especially small, rural schools.