80 years, the NYC Elementary School Principals Association has provided
a voice for the concerns and issues of the city’s elementary school
Principals. We are the largest independent educational professional association
in the city. Our mission is to improve working conditions of our members
as well as to advocate for the educational needs of the 1.1 million children
who pass through our schools.
should I join and pay dues to a separate organization of elementary school
principals when I am a dues paying member of CSA?
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: When NYCESPA speaks, it speaks with
a voice comprised of 700 members. Our collective voice at meetings with
the Department of Education, at CSA, with other associations and with
the media is stronger than the voice of an individual. You contribute
to and draw upon the strength of NYCESPA's total membership, the largest
independent professional association in the city.
do we need an independent organization?
WE HAVE A UNIQUE ROLE: Elementary school principals participate
in the development and implementation of programs for children during
their most critical formative stages. Elementary school principals, who
have the largest pupil per supervisor ratios, also serve as a leader and
children’s advocate in their communities. We tackle a myriad of
social problems that affect children who are too young to successfully
cope with them. We confront these challenges with the smallest proportion
of available resources. We confront them willingly, enthusiastically,
OK. So NYCESPA plays an advocacy role for elementary school principals.
What else does the organization do?
NYCESPA PROVIDES SUPPORT AND PROGRAMS FOR YOUR PROFESSIONAL GROWTH:
NYCESPA offers an end to the isolation principals may face in
their schools. After all, while a school may have 30 teachers, the school
only has one Principal; opportunities for networking with other school
leaders on the average school day are rare. NYCESPA offers many forums
for Principals to meet to discuss mutual issues in a spirit of collegiality.
NYCESPA sponsors regular professional development programs in each of
the five boroughs throughout the year including our annual leadership
conference. In addition, NYCESPA’s members receive a $75 rebate
when they join the National Association of Elementary School Principals
(NAESP), the premier national professional association. Each year, NAESP
hosts an leadership conference as well that provides its members with
the opportunity to attend dozens of workshops and network with thousands
of school leaders across the nation.
is the most pressing issue facing NYC elementary school Principals face
in terms of work conditions?
NYCESPA IS FIGHTING AN UNFAIR SALARY STRUCTURE: NYC Elementary
School Principals are still paid based on the idea that elementary schools
are easier to run. This unjust salary structure should be abolished. NYCESPA
has adopted a position that calls for a rational salary structure keyed
to objective criteria rather than school level. We continue to press CSA
to contractually implement this position.
I’m convinced! How do I join?
Contact NYCESPA’s Executive Director Pierre Lehmuller at (212) 823-2046
or e-mail him at Pierre@csa-nyc.org.