NPM Capitol Hill Briefing: Principal Pipelines, Not Just a Pipe Dream

The role of the principal has expanded significantly in recent decades, which has brought new demands from parents, faculty and legislators. To meet these demands, principals must be prepared to enter the profession with the necessary skills to effectively manage a variety of tasks to ensure success within their school. Quite simply, there are no great schools without great principals. But how do we ensure that principals are prepared to drive success in their schools? What does effective principal preparation look like and what are districts currently doing that have yielded positive results?

To help answer these questions, the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) invite you, or another member of your staff, to a briefing on Thursday, October 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Hart 902, titled “Principal Pipelines, Not Just a Pipe Dream.” This briefing will feature principals, researchers and other practitioners sharing firsthand knowledge of the importance of pipelines as a proper form of principal preparation, and how the federal government can support states as they implement these pipelines. You can find additional details in the attached document.


902 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

Remarks and Presentation

Matthew Clifford
Principal Researcher, the American Institutes for Research


Denisa Superville
Staff Writer, EdWeek


Robert Motley
Principal of Atholton High School, Columbia, MD
NASSP President-Elect and AFSA Member

Ryan Daniel
Principal of Chillum Elementary School, Hyattsville, MD
NAESP Member

Damaries Blondoville
Senior Project Manager, Office of Talent and Development
Prince George’s County Public Schools

Lunch will be served.

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Register by Wednesday, October 16

The event will be livestream from each host organization’s Facebook page

Watch AFSA’s Livestream

Watch NAESP’s Livestream

Watch NASSP’s Livestream


If you have any questions, please contact Zach Scott at, Danny Carlson at, or Nick Spina at