National Principal of the Year

That’s a Wrap: National Principals Month Comes to a Close

This October, NASSP, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) continued the annual tradition of highlighting principals across the nation during National Principals Month. All month long, students, parents, teachers, fellow school leaders, and even entire states—with 29 of them submitting congressional resolutions, along with the House and Senate—celebrated the impact that principals have on their students and school communities and thanked them for their unrelenting commitment and hard work. (more…)

Congratulations to Dr. Lucas Clamp, 2019 National Principal of the Year

Each year, the NASSP Principal of the Year program recognizes outstanding middle level and high school principals who have made amazing contributions to their profession and to students’ learning. Earlier this year, NASSP announced its three finalist and has selected Dr. Lucas Clamp, principal of River Bluff High School in Lexington, South Carolina, has been selected as the 2019 National Principal of the Year winner! (more…)

Meet the 2019 Principal of the Year Finalists

NASSP is excited to announce the 2019 NASSP National Principal of the Year finalists. The selected principals hail from South Carolina, Illinois, and Montana and exemplify how truly important the role of the school leader is to school and student success.

Our extraordinary finalists are: (more…)

That’s a Wrap for this Year’s National Principals Month

 Our month-long celebration of National Principals Month has concluded and schools across the country took the opportunity to say “thank you” to their principals in really meaningful ways.

Video Contest

One way was through the student video contest, which challenged students to create fun short videos telling us why they love their principal. This year’s winners are: (more…)

Amplifying the Voices of Principals in Washington, D.C.

Guest post by Alan Tenreiro

A few weeks ago, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with John King, the acting U.S. secretary of education, and other educational and political leaders to discuss how best to amplify the voices of educators—principals, in particular—in public policy discussions.

This is no small challenge. Countless think tanks, policy centers, and other special interest groups—most far more savvy and better funded than educators—compete for a place at the policy table. Yet, as NASSP regularly reminds us, there is no substitute for hearing from actual voices from the field. (more…)

Advocacy Update

Inside the Beltway

What’s going on in Washington?

Last week, Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) introduced a crucial loan forgiveness bill that would help combat principal turnover. The Recruiting and Retaining Effective School Leaders Act (H.R. 3925) is enthusiastically supported by NASSP, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators. The bill would provide loan forgiveness over a seven-year period to principals who work in schools where at least 30 percent of the students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch. Last Thursday, November 5, the NASSP Board of Directors took to Capitol Hill to advocate for this bill and for the needs of school principals. Education Week covered the bill and NASSP’s support. (more…)

Alan Tenreiro Named 2016 NASSP National Principal of the Year

Alan TenreiroKicking off National Principals Month with a bang, NASSP named Principal Alan Tenreiro the 2016 National Principal of the Year today in a surprise assembly at his school.

Tenreiro has been principal of Cumberland High School in Cumberland, RI, since 2012, and has already made a huge impact.

Attending the ceremony today was Gov. Gina Raimondo, Sen. Jack Reed, Rep. David Cicilline, Rhode Island Education Commissioner Ken Wagner, numerous state and local officials, students, teachers, and Tenreiro’s family.

Under Tenreiro’s leadership, Cumberland High School has seen increases in academic achievement, graduation rates, and the number of students gaining admission to some of the best colleges and universities in the country. (more…)