October Is National Principals Month

Oct. 1, 2021—Throughout 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 together to celebrate National Principals Month, recognizing and honoring school leaders for their work and unrelenting commitment to their students, staff and school communities.  

The past year and a half has ushered in some dark days, yet principals across the country have persisted as beacons of light. With every new challenge, they’ve risen to the occasion and led their learning communities forward with the bold leadership it deserves because they are the experts in what their students and schools need.

Over the course of the month, school leaders across the country will participate in various activities ranging from meeting with policymakers to engaging in robust discussions online. 

If you’re interested in participating in an event, connect with one of the AFSA, NAESP, or NASSP team members whose contact information is listed below.

Principal Shadowing Visits with Legislators
These will occur throughout the month of October. Learn more

National Principal of the Year
Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, 4:00 p.m. ET
Online: nasspawards.d2virtual.com
The NASSP National Principal of the Year is announced in October and recognizes an outstanding middle level or high school leader. Learn more

NAESP National Distinguished Principal Program
Thursday and Friday, Oct. 7 – 8, 2021
Capital Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC
The NAESP National Distinguished Principals program celebrates outstanding elementary and middle-level administrator winners from each state during an event in October. Learn more

NAESP Twitter Chat: Easy Tips to Be a Principal Advocate
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, 8-8:45 p.m. ET
Follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #NAESPchat.

Virtual Capitol Hill Briefing: On the Front Lines: Principals Leading Through the Pandemic
Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, 3-4 p.m. ET
Register (Open to press)

Learn more about these activities and National Principals Month at www.principalsmonth.org.

You can also follow the celebration on Twitter at #ThankAPrincipal.

Kaylen Tucker, NAESP
ktucker@naesp.org, 703-518-6257

Regina Grossman, NASSP
media@nassp.org, 305-807-8085

Nick Spina, AFSA