NASSP Bulletin

NASSP Bulletin

Official Journal of the National Association of Secondary School Principals
Published in association with the National Association of Secondary School Principals

Pamela Salazar University of Nevada Las Vegas, USA

eISSN: 19301405 | ISSN: 01926365 | Current volume: 100 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly
NASSP Bulletin is the award-winning official journal of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). As a peer-reviewed journal, NASSP Bulletin publishes scholarly and research-based knowledge that informs practice, supports data-driven decisions, and advances the vision and performance of middle level and high school principals. NASSP Bulletin features a wide range of articles of enduring interest to educators to help promote student learning and achievement, provide insight for strategic planning and decision making in schools, and provide research and contemporary perspectives on educational reform and policies. NASSP Bulletin is also used as a resource and a teaching text by professors of educational leadership who are involved in preparing new school administrators, by school district leaders at all levels and their professional staffs who are concerned about professional development and by new and veteran school leaders and teacher leaders.

NASSP Bulletin is an award-winning scholarly journal that informs practice, supports data-driven decisions, and advances the vision and performance of middle level and high school principals.A peer-reviewed journal, NASSP Bulletin is published quarterly in March, June, September, and December. Because NASSP Bulletin features a wide range of articles of enduring interest to educators, members typically retain their copies for many years and revisit them often for research. NASSP Bulletin is also used as a resource and a teaching text by many of the professors of educational administration who are involved in preparing administrators new to the field.

Board Members
Eric Anctil University of Portland
Vincent A. Anfara, Jr. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Margaret Basom San Diego State University, USA
Catherine M. Brighton University of Virginia, USA
Kermit Buckner East Carolina University
Tammie M. Causey University of New Orleans
Stephen P. Covert Ni River Middle School
Michael E. Dantley Miami University, Ohio
Thomas R. Guskey University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Donald G. Hackmann University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Sandra Harris Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
Robert R. Heath University of Houston, USA
Richard Hunter University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bruce Anthony Jones University of South Florida, USA
Leslie S. Kaplan Education Consultant
Robert J. Krajewski University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
Qi Li Beijing Normal University
Jean Madsen Texas A&M University, USA
Dotty Merrill Nevada Association of School Boards
Tonya R. Moon University of Virginia, USA
Meredith Mountford Florida Atlantic University
William A. Owings Old Dominion University, USA
George E. Pawlas University of Central Florida
George Perreault University of Nevada
Vicki N. Petzko University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Linda Quinn University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA
Al Ramirez University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, USA
James Rinehart Eastern Kentucky University
Pamela Salazar University of Nevada Las Vegas, USA
Dawn M. Shinew Washington State University, USA
Linda C. Tillman The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Associate Editors
Paul Goldman University of Oregon, Eugene
James Howard Washington State University, USA
Joan U. Kingrey Washington State University, USA
Forrest W. Parkay Washington State University, USA
Paul E. Pitre Washington State University, USA
Dennis Ray Washington State University, USA
Gay Selby Washington State University, USA
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    New Submission Guidelines (Fall 2009)

    NASSP Bulletin is a peer-refereed journal that contributes scholarly and research-based knowledge which informs practice, supports data-driven decisions, and advances the vision and performance of middle-level and high school principals. NASSP Bulletin articles are timely and professionally thought provoking, and they emphasize effective administration and leadership in middle-level and secondary schools.

    Priority Topics: Each issue of the NASSP Bulletin contains research and scholarly articles on a variety of issues and themes. Articles on the following topics will receive priority for review:

    Academic Success for Disadvantaged and Underrepresented Students

    Accountability in the Classroom

    Family and Community Partnerships

    Funding and Equity

    Legal Issues in Education

    Safe Schools

    Literacy in the Middle Level and in High School

    Organizational Learning in Schools

    Instructional Leadership in Schools

    Professional Development and Research-Based Best Practices

    School Reform and Change in Schools

    NASSP Bulletin publishes research and scholarly articles on a wide variety of topics and issues related to effective leadership and administration in schools. Authors should feel free to submit manuscripts exploring other topics germane to leadership in middle-level and secondary schools, that are empirical, conceptual, and theoretical in nature and scope and that provide policy and legal analyses and reviews of research and practice, all of which inform effective leadership vision, practice, and administration.

    Manuscript Submission (Updated Fall 2009): Manuscripts submitted for publication in the NASSP Bulletin should not exceed 30 double-spaced pages (excluding references, illustrations, tables, and figures) and should be submitted online through Sage Track: You will need the following items to complete your online submission: manuscript, author contact information, 60- to 80-word abstract, 3 to 5 keywords, and a cover letter. The cover letter should include the following information: (1) a statement of commitment to publish the manuscript in the journal; (2) the title of the manuscript; (3) contact information for each author of the manuscript, including title and institutional affiliation, mailing address, telephone number(s), e-mail addresses, and fax numbers; and (4) a 40- to 50-word biographical paragraph for each author.

    Please refer to the author guide, found at, for assistance with the online submission process.

    Manuscript Format and Guidelines: All copy should be typed, double-spaced, and printable on 8-½ × 11 inch white paper. Manuscripts accepted for publication by the NASSP Bulletin must follow appropriate style guidelines contained in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th Edition. All manuscript notes, references, tables, and figures appearing at the end of the manuscript must conform to the APA guidelines. Manuscripts not conforming to APA guidelines will not be reviewed.

    Copyright: In submitting manuscripts to NASSP Bulletin, authors certify that their work has not been published previously and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors are required to sign a statement of original work and a copyright release. This requirement protects the rights of the publisher and those of its authors from copyright infringement. Authors must seek the express permission of Sage Publications to republish their NASSP Bulletin article in other venues and must comply with all requirements attendant with such a request.

    Previously Copyrighted Work: Authors are responsible for the accuracy of references, quotations, and tables and must obtain all necessary permission to use previously copyrighted work.

    Peer-Review Process: Manuscripts submitted to NASSP Bulletin undergo three major stages of review:

    • Editorial review by staff editors to assess the appropriateness of the manuscript for the journal;
    • Peer review by two or more members of the editorial board of the journal who are recognized scholars and experts in the area or content of the manuscript; and
    • Final editor review to determine the suitability of the manuscript for publication based upon peer review.

    All manuscripts are "blind reviewed," and authors should make every effort to guarantee that the manuscript contains no information that provides self-identification.

    Acknowledgment and Publication Decision: All manuscripts are acknowledged upon receipt. Authors should allow at least 3 to 4 months for the review process to be completed. Publication decisions will be communicated to authors through mailed correspondence.

    Book Reviews: Books for review should be sent directly to the editor. The editor commissions the writing of such reviews. While we welcome suggestions for books to review, unsolicited book reviews will not be considered for publication.

    This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

    As a professor of education administration, you're probably always on the lookout for new ways to stay on the cutting edge-for sharing important resources with your students and meeting your own professional goals. At the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), we offer a wide variety of the most current research, information, and resources to assist you and to supplement the essential instruction that you provide to your students.

    NASSP Mission
    The National Association of Secondary School Principals--the preeminent organization and the national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and aspiring school leaders-provides it members with the professional resources they need to serve as visionary leaders. NASSP promotes the intellectual growth, academic achievement, character development, leadership development, and physical well-being of youth through its programs and student leadership services.

    For more information, visit the NASSP website at

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