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National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Executive Director Named Learning First Alliance Chair

Gail Connelly brings more than 25 years of leadership in public education to LFA

Washington, D.C. – July 2, 2012 – The Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of 16 leading education associations with more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America’s public schools, has named Gail Connelly, the National Association of Elementary School Principals’ Executive Director, as the 2012/13 chair of LFA’s Board of Directors. Connelly has served on the NAESP executive team for almost 30 years and has been the organization’s executive director since 2007.

During Connelly’s tenure with NAESP, the association has more than doubled in size to become the largest advocacy organization dedicated solely to serving elementary- and middle-level school leaders in their commitment to all children. Connelly led the development of NAESP’s
(1) Vision 2021: Transformations in Leading Learning and Community; (2) The progression of Leading Learning Communities and Leading Early Childhood Learning Communities: What Principals Should Know and Be Able to Do; (3) National Mentor Certification Program;
(4) National Distinguished Principals Program; and (5) the National Principals Resource Center.

Beginning as an English teacher, Connelly’s career has encompassed all levels of organizational leadership, development, and management for educational nonprofits, including a U.S. Presidential Advisory Council on Innovations in Education, the American Council on Education, and the Florida Mental Health Association. She has served as a strategic planning, management, and fundraising consultant for several national and state organizations, including the National PTA.

“Gail Connelly embodies so many of the qualities that are of paramount importance to our organization,” said Cheryl Williams, executive director of the Learning First Alliance. “Over the past 30 years she has built invaluable expertise in working with educational leaders, communities, parents and schools toward the common goal of improving our nation’s public education system and guaranteeing every child a quality education. We look forward to Connelly’s leadership on our board.”

About The Learning First Alliance
The Learning First Alliance is a partnership of 16 leading education associations with more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America’s public schools. Alliance members include: the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Association of School Administrators, American Association of School Personnel Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, American School Counselor Association, Association for Middle Level Education (formerly National Middle School Association), International Society for Technology in Education, Learning Forward (formerly National Staff Development Council), National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of State Boards of Education, National Education Association, National School Public Relations Association, National PTA, National School Boards Association and Phi Delta Kappa International. The Alliance maintains, a website that features what’s working in public schools and districts across the country.

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