NCPAPA & NCASA: Principals & Assistant Principals' Advocacy Guide

It has never been more important for your voice to be heard, and time and time again when we meet with legislators about education, they say they are not hearing from principals in their districts.

NCPAPA and NCASA have worked together to provide valuable resources for principals and assistant principals to enable them to advocate for themelves on issues that directly effect them. Below you will find numerous resources that provide school leaders with valuable tools like:

  • Legislative complex maps
  • NC legislator and education committee lists
  • Video guide for successful advocacy with lawmakers
  • Resource information on the Prinicpal Pay issue 
  • and more…

Your influence is needed to help our legislators understand why we need to improve the way principals are paid in our state. Use these resource materials to setup a meeting with your legislator and make your voice heard today!

Helpful Guidance & Tips To Advocate

In addition to sharing priorities with local lawmakers, school leaders should prepare to make informed decisions about all candidates and then vote in the Nov. 5th General Election that will be critical in shaping the future of public education in NC. Consider implementing a non-partisan voter education drive in your district ASAP to boost the numbers of educators who can vote and encourage your staff, eligible students, and their parents to research all statewide, local legislative, and other candidates and then vote for those who support public schools. Here are some resources to assist with this effort:

Advocacy Tips and Guidance Video
Listen To What Some Principals Had To Say About The Importance Of Education Advocacy!

Check out NCASA’s Public School Matters Podcast for more analysis and insights on education policy.

Why Should You Advocate?

Education is at a crossroads right now. It's an election year, and we need to get our voices heard, because our legislators' ears are wide open right now and we need to make sure that we are getting the message out there. That we have got to fight for public schools, and fight for all kids!

Ms. Ashley Faulkenberry

Principal, Trent Elementary School, Craven County Schools & 2022-23 NC Southeast Regional Principal of the Year

I think the importance of advocating is not to be short-sighted. Don't just think of what's on my to-do list and what I need to get done today. But rather, what can I do today that will make a difference for future principals five and six and seven years down the road that will allow us to recruit and retain the best principals in North Carolina.

Dr. John Lassiter

Principal, Hertford Grammar School, Hertford County Schools & 2022-23 NC Northeast Regional Principal of the Year


To download a hard copy of the maps, click HERE.

NC Legislative Building

16 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC

NC Legislative Office Building

300 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC

(Located in Halifax Mall)

NC Department Of Public Instruction Building

301 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC

(Located in Halifax Mall)


There are three parking locations that are in close proximity to the buildings attendees will be visiting:

LOCATION 1: Lot 75

Located in the 300 block of North Salisbury Street in the ground Level of the parking deck

329 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC

LOCATION 2: Green Square Parking Deck

Located at the corner of Edenton and McDowell streets in the 2nd and 3rd level of parking deck 77

120 W. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC

LOCATION 3: Visitor Parking – NC State Archives Building

Located directly across the street from the NC State Archives and at the corner of Jones and Wilmington Streets

101 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC

Additional Parking Information:
Visitor Information:
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