National Policy Panel Briefing

On October 18, AFSA, NAESP, and NASSP will host the 2023 National Principals Month policy briefing on Capitol Hill. School leaders and policymakers will discuss the current state of K-12 education and the importance of supporting critical federal programs that help our schools. Speakers will share the importance and impact of funding key programs in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

  • Title I: Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged;
  • Title II: Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High-Quality Teachers, Principals, or other School Leaders; and
  • Title IV: 21st Century Schools and health and behavioral health program funding

Note: all attendees must RSVP using this form no later than Tuesday, October 10. Names will be submitted in advance to the Senate Appointment Desk. If you are tentative to attend, RSVP now so your name is included.

United States Capitol Building, Room: SVC 203-02
Washington, DC
Wednesday, October 18
10:30am – 12:00pm (coffee and light breakfast served)

Opening Remarks:

  • Dr. Earl Franks, NAESP Executive Director
  • Dr. Leonard Pugliese, AFSA President
  • Ronn Nozoe, NASSP CEO
  • Ruth Ryder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Programs, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Invited: Senator Tina Smith (D – MN)


  • Moderator: Melinda George, Chief Policy Officer, Learning Forward
  • Liza Caraballo-Suarez, NAESP President and Principal, PS 120 The Magnet School of Architecture, Engineering, and Design, Brooklyn, New York
  • Felicia Thomas-Williams, NASSP State Coordinator and Principal, West Middle School, Brentwood, New York
  • Dr. Sean Nichols, Vice President of the Administrators Association of the St. Louis Public Schools, AFSA Local 44, and Former Principal of Sumner High School and Director of Fresh Start Academy, St. Louis, Missouri