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NASSP Seeks Feedback on Special Education and LGBTQ+ Students and Educators

A person drawing and pointing at a We Want Your Feedback Chalk IllustrationCalling all educators! Your review and your voice is requested. AACTE is proud to work collaboratively with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) in the Learning First Alliance coalition. Our colleagues at NASSP, alongside their Board of Directors recently stated its intent to adopt two new position statements on LGBTQ+ Students and Educators and Supporting Principals as Leaders of Special Education—and your feedback is critical. Public comments are open now through March 31.

LGBTQ+ Students and Educators
Individuals in the LGBTQ+ community continually experience historic marginalization and institutional bias. This statement seeks to affirm support for the rights, safety, and identity of all LGBTQ+ students, educators, and school leaders. It also outlines NASSP’s opposition to legislation that discriminates against these individuals, as well as provides recommendations for policymakers on how to better support LGBTQ+ students and educators.
Read the statement.

Supporting Principals as Leaders of Special Education
A survey of more than 3,500 principals administered through the RAND American Educator Panels found that only 12 percent felt “completely prepared” to support the needs of students with disabilities. This statement highlights the important role of principals in implementing inclusive and effective special education services, and offers policy recommendations to support additional training and ongoing professional development for school leaders.
Read the statement.

Included in the position statements are guiding principles and recommendations for federal policymakers, state policymakers, district leaders, and school leaders. AACTE also contributed our research report, Special Education Tenets of Clinical Practice, to the resource section of the Supporting Principals as Leaders of Special Education statement.


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Jacqueline Rodriguez

Jacqueline Rodriguez

Vice President, Research, Policy, and Advocacy, AACTE