National Principals Month — October 2019

Advocating for Principals, With Principals

Every year in October, the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) join forces to celebrate our nation’s principals for their tireless dedication to their students and the schools they serve.

This year, National Principals Month is shifting focus and using its platform to advocate on behalf of principals. These school leaders fight every day to give their students the best education and it’s time we advocate for them and with them.

Lend your voice this October to honor, celebrate, and advocate for principals everywhere.

Social Media Toolkit

Calendar of Events

  • Advocacy
  • Shadowing Week
  • Twitter Chats
  • Webinars

A Message From Our Organizations’ Presidents

Check out our 2019 National Principals Month Video Contest Winners!

Davison Avenue Intermediate School
Principal Rachel Gross
Lynbrook, NY

Rocky Run Middle School
Principal Amy Goodloe
Chantilly, VA

Catholic High School
Principal Lisa Harvey
Baton Rouge, LA

Click here to view all 2019 student video contest submissions

Schedule a Shadowing Visit

You know that outstanding school leaders make for outstanding schools, but it’s not always easy to communicate to elected officials the numerous ways that good principals enhance their school communities. That’s why the most powerful way to convey this message to policymakers is simply to let them see for themselves.

Fill out the form below to contact your member of congress today! Learn more here.

Find your congressional contact information on and Once you’ve identified a staff person to contact, use this interactive template invitation that will auto-fill as your type. Click “Send” to email your member of Congress and ask them to participate in the shadowing program.