Happy National Principals Month!

This October, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) are leading the celebration of National Principals Month to recognize and applaud principals for their vital contribution to our nation’s schools and their students.

National Principals Month is about celebrating the critical role principals play in raising student achievement and improving schools, while also reminding the public of the need for greater support in leadership development to ensure principals have the resources they need to be successful.

Celebrations are happening in schools around the nation, and there are plenty of ways for all to get involved.

A number of high-ranking officials from the US Department of Education (ED) will shadow principals in the Washington, DC area. Principals are encouraged to follow their lead and invite a member of Congress or a state legislator to shadow them for a day to see the work they do first-hand.

NASSP is also urging state principal associations to encourage state elected officials to proclaim October to be National Principals Month.

Students are invited to put their multimedia skills to good use and enter a video contest sponsored by NASSP and SchoolTube. Students create one-to-two minute videos that explain why they love their principal, what their principal means to them, their school and their community, and/or anything else that gives their principal props for their outstanding commitment to education.

NAESP is also sponsoring a contest where students, educators and parents are asked to draw a picture, snap a photo or create a video, song, poem or other form of artwork that celebrates their principal. Entries can be uploaded to NAESP’s Facebook page.

Another great way to show your principal you appreciate all they do is by sending them an e-card.

There is no shortage of other ways to celebrate principals this month, and the National Principals Month website has may additional ideas on how you can join in on the fun with NASSP and NAESP and show principals they are appreciated. Be sure to add your celebrations to the interactive wall on the website.

Remember, the key to student success is a great school, and the key to a great school is a great principal. Happy National Principals Month!

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