What Is National Principals Month?
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.
Keep the momentum going by placing our National Principals Month ad in your organization’s newsletter.
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.
Outstanding elementary and middle level administrator winners from each state are celebrated during an event in October.
About the Organizations
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.
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.
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.