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Sarbanes Meets with Maryland's Assistant Principal of the Year, Reintroduces Measure to Train and Empower Principals in America's Schools

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U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today met with Everett Davis, Assistant Principal at Montgomery Village Middle School, who was named the 2013 Maryland Assistant Principal of the Year. Mr. Davis, a graduate of Montgomery County public schools and the University of Maryland at College Park, has taught for 13 years in the Montgomery County public school system.

Each year, the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals reviews applications from assistant principals around the state and chooses the most impressive candidate. As the 2013 winner, Mr. Davis is participating in the National Association of Secondary School's Assistant Principals Week, along with other winners from around the country.

"We count on principals to create the best environment for learning in our schools -- not only as administrators, but also as instructional leaders," said Congressman Sarbanes. "Mr. Davis is a stellar example of a public servant who has dedicated his life to helping Maryland students learn the skills they need to succeed in their education."

The passage of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) changed the role of principals in schools across the country, mandating they serve as organizational leaders accountable for student achievement, as well as the broader goals of the legislation. Without the proper training, many principals have fallen short of the federal benchmarks set by NCLB.

In an effort to ensure principals have access to the training they need, the Congressman reintroduced the Instructional Leadership Act -- a measure that would establish innovative programs to provide principals with training in leadership skills, and encourage states to develop and incorporate standards of instructional leadership into the certification and training of school principals.

The proposal would provide grants to state and local educational agencies to establish programs that enhance instructional leadership and incorporate instructional leadership standards into certification requirements; define the concept of a highly qualified principal; and create a mentoring program for new principals to help them succeed.

Congressman Sarbanes is dedicated to providing America's schools with the resources they need to educate the next generation of our country's workforce. Before coming to Congress, he served for seven years with the Maryland State Superintendent as liaison to the Baltimore City Public Schools


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