National Principals Month

Enter the Student Video Contest and #ThankAPrincipal

October is National Principals Month(NPM), a celebration of school leaders and the work that they do all year to ensure school and student success. To show their appreciation, students are invited to send their principals e-cards, plan celebrations for them, and post about them on social media using #ThankAPrincipal. (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…)

A Principal’s Day Through the Lens of an Advocate

I started my day at Loudoun County High School (LCHS) in Leesburg, VA, feeling excited and a little nervous at the same time. Although I spend most of my days speaking on behalf of principals and advocating for their interests on Capitol Hill, I myself have never been an educator. And the last time I sat in a high school classroom was more than 20 years ago.

I was thrilled that LCHS Principal Michelle Luttrell was so quick to accept my request to shadow her for a day as part of our annual National Principals Month celebration. (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…)

Advocacy Update

There’s Still Time to Participate in National Principals Month!

Another National Principals Month (NPM) is officially in the books, but you can still enjoy the month’s events on the NPM website. There you can find student video contest winners, a recording of the NPM Capitol Hill event, recordings of webinars, and much more. Afraid you missed your chance to recognize your principal now that October is over? Don’t worry—you can still send your school leaders e-cards, or use #ThankAPrincipal on social media. Help us honor principals all year. (more…)

Advocacy Update

This Week During National Principals Month

National Principals Month (NPM) is almost over, but we still have some informative events to help you wrap up the month!

October 30 webinar: Collaborative Leadership: 6 Influences That Matter Most (more…)

Advocacy Update

This Week in National Principals Month

The last full week of National Principals Month (NPM) is loaded with activities and opportunities for school leaders!

October 23 webinar: State Efforts to Elevate Principals

  • Join us for a special webinar hosted by the Council of Chief State School Officers as we examine what the next steps are for states implementing their ESSA plans. The webinar will also offer a unique look into different ways NASSP works to help all principals. You can register for the event here.

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Advocacy Update

This Week in National Principals Month

As October continues, so do the numerous events for National Principals Month (NPM). That is why each remaining Advocacy Update in October will feature a breakdown of the upcoming events of the week so you don’t miss out on these special opportunities:

October 16–20: Shadowing Week (more…)

Advocacy Update

This Week in National Principals Month

As October continues moving along, so do the numerous events for National Principals Month (NPM). That is why each weekly Advocacy Update in October will feature a breakdown of the upcoming weekly events so you don’t miss out on these special opportunities:

October 11

  • 8:00–9:00 p.m. Principals and Personal Wellness—During this Twitter chat, we will address the common stressors for education leaders, as well as provide recommendations for becoming a healthy school leader. Please follow #ThankAPrincipal to participate.

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Happy National Principals Month!

We know how important school leaders are to the success of their schools and students, yet they often don’t get the appreciation that they deserve for their efforts. Because we believe in the critical role of principals, our organizations—NASSP, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators—have once again declared October as National Principals Month. (more…)