National Principals Month

2016 #ThankAPrincipal Video Contest Winners Announced

The results are in! Over 62 videos were submitted from schools across the country for the 2016 National Principals Month video contest, and we have three winners! The contest called for students to make a short video giving “props” to their principal—telling us why they love their principal and what he or she means to the students, school, and community. Each of the winning schools will receive a $200 Best Buy gift card.

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Reflections—A Principal’s Lasting Impression

As a principal, we know you’re a game changer. It is your hard work that ensures your students’ succeed academically and prepares them to leave your building to make a positive impact in your community.

As National Principals Month concludes, we at National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) want to say thank you for your leadership, diligence, and dedication to student achievement.

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Thomas J. Dodd Named 2017 NASSP National Principal of the Year

What better way to celebrate National Principals Month than NASSP naming Thomas J. Dodd of Colorado the 2017 National Principal of the Year! In a surprise ceremony at his school, Dodd was presented with this honor after 11 years of working as the principal at Lesher Middle School in Fort Collins, CO.

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Happy National Principals Month

As our organizations focus on educators and their leadership, we are reminded every day of their excellence in the community. We are also aware that all too often principals, who are key to the success of our students, schools, and teachers around the nation, are not given the appreciation or support they deserve. (more…)

Celebrate National Principals Month

As we all know, principal leadership is an essential fuel within schools that ultimately determines optimal student and school performance and success. But we also know that principals and the work they do in schools around the country are too often overlooked. (more…)

#ThankAPrincipal Video Contest is Back

This October marks another year celebrating National Principals Month, which means another year of amazing dance moves and lip syncing from our video contest entries.

To celebrate National Principals Month, we are encouraging principals and advisers to get their students involved in creating a video that speaks to all the great things their principal does for the school and community. (more…)

National Principals Month Video Contest Winners Announced

The results are in! Over 50 videos were submitted for the 2015 National Principals Month video contest, and four winners have been selected (two schools tied for third place). The contest called for students to make a one- to two-minute video giving “props” to their principal—telling us why they love their principal and what he or she means to the students, school, and community. The winning schools will each receive a $200 Best Buy gift card.

First place: Henry Hudson Regional School, New Jersey

These students painted a memorable picture of life before and after the arrival of their current principal, Lenore Kingsmore. (more…)

National Principals Month: #ThankAPrincipal Recap

National Principals Month made its mark across the country throughout the month of October. The annual celebration recognizes the essential role that principals play in making a school great.

On the national and state level, resolutions were passed in honor of the month, and more than 14 schools hosted Department of Education officials for shadowing visits. As a combined celebration for both National Principals Month and Connected Educators Month, a series of Twitter chats for connected principals (#CPchat) were held in October to provide school leaders with the opportunity to connect and learn from each other. (more…)

A Special School Visit from the U.S. Department of Education

Guest post by Shawn DeRose

On Tuesday, October 27th, I had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Jean Yan, education research analyst at the U.S. Department of Education, at my school in honor of National Principals Month. Prior to her visit, I asked about her experience in education and what she hoped to see while shadowing me as the principal of Glasgow Middle School.

The day began before sunrise with the monitoring of Kiss-N-Ride (parent/student drop off) at the front of the building. Dr. Yan served as a “greeter” alongside another staff member welcoming students as they entered the school. (more…)

Advocacy Update

Take Action on ESEA

Congress may be on recess, but NASSP is working hard to ensure principals have a voice in ESEA reauthorization. Working with the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the American Federation of School Administrators, NASSP sent a detailed letter to lawmakers on Capitol Hill outlining our concerns and priorities going forward with the ESEA conference report. Make a difference today and tell your members of Congress to do what’s right for school leaders and students!

National Principals Month Resolutions

Resolutions celebrating National Principals Month recently passed in the House and Senate. Thanks to Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) for sponsoring their respective resolution. (more…)