What is National Principals Month?

National Principals Month recognizes the essential role that principals play in making a school great. Each October, NASSP, NAESP, and AFSA seek to honor these unsung heroes for their tireless efforts in pursuit of excellence in education.

National Principals Month is marked by national and state resolutions supporting the event, as well as acknowledgements from top government officials. However, the most important National Principals Month celebrations are the ones that take place in schools and communities across the country.

In fact, several states have officially recognized October as National Principals Month with a congressional resolution.

Recognition Programs

There’s a lot to celebrate in October! 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.

Digital Principals of the Year (NASSP)

For principals optimizing educational technology, the Digital Principal of the Year program has three winners, announced at the end of October.

National Distinguished Principals Program (NAESP)

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

Spread the Word

Use our social media toolkit to celebrate principals and spread the word about this special month. Also view our calendar to see the various activities celebrating principals throughout the month.

Post our National Principals Month ad in your organization’s newsletter during the month.

About the Organizations

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

With the 100th anniversary of NASSP being celebrated this year, NASSP continues its longstanding commitment to achieving the goal of great leaders in every school committed to the success of each student. NASSP acts as the leading voice for middle and high school leaders, helping to advance principals and education through its nationwide advocacy efforts, research, and peer-tested professional resources and tools.

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 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.