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Let’s Hear it for Principals!

The U.S. Congress has just passed a resolution to designate October National Principals Month, to honor the hard work and passion of elementary, middle, and high school principals through the country.

The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) worked together with Rep. Susan Davis (D-California) to draft the text of the resolution.

“As the federal government continues to emphasize the role of principals as the catalysts for school reform efforts, it is only appropriate for the U.S. Congress to recognize these dedicated professionals in the month when the brightest and best among them are being honored,” said NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly.

As part of National Principals Month, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) recognized 63 of the nation’s best K-8 principals National Distinguished Principals program Oct. 22-23 in Washington, D.C. The awards ceremony featured an address by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Started in 1984 by NAESP and the DOE, the National Distinguished Principals program recognizes public and private school principals who make superior contributions to their schools and communities. The distinguished principals are selected by NAESP state affiliates, including the District of Columbia, and by committees representing private and overseas schools.

Check out the list of 63 principals honored this year, and find out more about the NAESP blog, “ThePrincipal’s Office.”

Established in 1921, NAESP serves more than 25,000 elementary and middle school principals in the United States, Canada, and overseas. NAESP leads in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle-level principals and other education leaders in their commitment to all children.

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