Draft National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) Standards

In November of 2015 the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) were approved by the NPBEA. These standards, formerly known as the ISLLC standards, articulate the knowledge and skills expected of school leaders. Subsequently, a committee was convened to develop a set of national educational leadership preparation standards (NELP) that align to the PSEL standards.

The NELP preparation standards have been approved by NPBEA and are now being finalized based upon a review and approval by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). When approved by CAEP, the NELP preparation standards will replace the 2011 Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards and be used to guide the design, accreditation review, and state approval of preparation programs for principals and superintendents. Institutions going through the CAEP accreditation process will have 18 months from the time the NELP standards are finalized to transition to the new NELP standards and assessments.

Learn more about the NELP standards and how they were developed and then review copies of the draft standards for both building leaders and district leaders.  Background on NELP Draft Standards Development 

To access the draft NELP standards visit: http://bit.ly/1N8q6gn or click below:
Draft NELP Standards-District Level

Draft NELP Standards – Building Level


NPBEA Formally Acquires New Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL)

Ed leadership coalition will launch efforts to incorporate new standards into principal prep and evaluation programs

(February 11, 2016, Washington D.C.)-The National Policy Board for Education Administration (NPBEA) has officially assumed ownership of the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) 2015, solidifying NPBEA’s role in the education community as the leading voice for and steward of effective principal practice.

NPBEA voted to acquire the standards at its fall meeting from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), which owned the standards under their previous name, the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards. The two groups collaborated to update the standards, which NPBEA voted unanimously to adopt on November 2, 2015.

This modernized set of standards—the first update since 1998–sets a framework for excellence upon which leadership preparation programs can ensure that candidates are prepared to meet the complex demands of educational administration.  Central to the new standards is a focus on student learning, upon which all the standards are based. “They stress the importance of both academic rigor as well as the support and care required for students to excel,” the report document says. “The Standards reflect a positive approach to leaders that is optimistic, and emphasizes development and strengths, and focuses on human potential.”

“Leaders in higher education and principals at all levels of the K-12 continuum engaged in a thoughtful, deliberative process based on the reality of the contemporary principal’s work,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, NPBEA president and executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. “Our consensus is that the new standards are aspirational, reflect the complexity of school leadership, and filter the principal’s work through a lens of student-centered practice. They recognize the importance of cultural responsiveness in the context of a role that addresses the needs of each student.”​

NPBEA will now turn its attention to advocating for the adoption of the standards for university, district, and state-level principal development programs. NPBEA will encourage leaders of university programs and other principal preparation programs to use the standards to review their curriculum and expectations for.  The coalition will also advocate for their adoption by state-level education policymakers in principal evaluation programs.

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The National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) is a national consortium of major organizations interested in the advancement of school and school-system leadership.  Member organizations collaborate to represent the educational administration profession and improve the preparation and practice of educational leaders at all levels. Member organizations include: the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the School Superintendents Association (AASA), the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA), and the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).

Webinar on the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders 2015: Introduction and Implications

(Held January 20, 2016: NASSP)

Description: The 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), formerly known as ISLLC standards, aims to ensure district and school leaders are able to improve student achievement and meet new, higher expectations. They are intended to help challenge the profession, professional associations, policymakers, institutions of higher education, and other organizations that support educational leaders and their development to strive for a better future.

Presenters: Beverly Hutton, Deputy Executive Director of Programs/Services at the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) (Co-Chair) and Dr. Mark Smylie, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago (Co-Chair) and Visiting Professor, Leadership, Policy and Organizations at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University.

Video Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMFgGsynM14&feature=youtu.be

Download PowerPoint Slides: PSEL WebinarPowerPointSlides

NPBEA Board Members Elected!

The NPBEA is pleased to announce that the following NPBEA members were elected to serve in the following positions effective July 1, 2016:

Chair:  James Berry

Executive Director
National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA)
Eastern Michigan University
John W. Porter Building, Suite 304
Ypsilanti, MI  48197
Phone: (734) 487-0255
Email: jberry (at) emich (dot) edu

Treasurer:  Gail Connelly

Executive Director
National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
1615 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 518-6264
E-mail: gconnelly (at) naesp (dot) org


Updated NPBEA By-laws!

In addition NPBEA members voted in newly-adopted Bylaws  – see link below:

View revised NPBEA 2015 By-laws

Stay tuned!  The NPBEA will be developing a strategic plan over the coming months as we work together to revitalize NPBEA  and strengthen the continuum of preparation and practice for educational leaders.