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What Is National Principals Month?

“There is no other profession in the world where you can touch, mold, and mentor so many lives than the educational profession. I absolutely love my job!” —Kevin Armstrong, Principal, DuPont Hadley Middle School, Tennesse

National Principals Month is a month-long event that occurs each October, where school leaders are put in the spotlight for their endless commitment to the principalship.

AFSA, NAESP, and NASSP—as well as district leaders, policymakers, parents, students, teachers, and school leaders—come together to not only celebrate these heroes of education, but also recognize that they need continued support from the communities they serve.

Through nationwide advocacy at local, state, and federal levels; evidence-based research initiatives that lead to positive change in the principalship; and appreciation events of every size, National Principals Month seeks to honor our principals for their significant impact on the success and well-being of our nation’s students.

And this is no small-scale occurrence: our event has made its way to the Senate and House of Representatives to officially recognize October as National Principals Month.


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Recognition Programs

The celebrations don’t stop there! The following recognition programs for principals are also celebrated during National Principals Month.

National Principal of the Year (NASSP)

The NASSP National Principal of the Year is announced in October during a surprise ceremony at the winner’s school.

National Distinguished Principals Program (NAESP)

Outstanding elementary and middle level administrator winners from each state are celebrated during an event in October.


About the Organizations

The American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA)

AFSA promotes the professional, occupational, and economic interests of public school principals, administrators, and supervisors nationwide. As the only national education union for school administrators, it provides labor relations and professional services along with other support for its members.

The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

NAESP advocates for the support that elementary and middle school principals need to be successful leaders—to achieve the highest results for children, families, and communities.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

NASSP is the leading organization of and voice for principals and other school leaders across the United States. NASSP seeks to transform education through school leadership, recognizing that the fulfillment of each student’s potential relies on great leaders in every school committed to the success of each student.