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.

U.S. Capitol Building Visitors Center, 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
  • Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
  • Ruth Ryder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Programs, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education


  • Moderator: Melinda George, Chief Policy Officer, Learning Forward
  • Dr. 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. Carey Cunnigham, AFSA General Executive Board Member and President, St. Louis Association of School Administrators, Local 44, AFL-CIO