principals month

A National Principals Month for the Books!

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

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.


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.


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…)

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!