The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has declared the week of March 31-April 4, 2014 as National Assistant Principals Week to honor and recognize the contributions of assistant principals to the success of students in schools across the United States. The week will culminate with a keynote by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the gala honoring the 2014 NASSP/Virco State and National Assistant Principals of the Year.
Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) are expected to introduce a US Senate resolution to formally recognize National Assistant Principals Week.
“Assistant principals play a vital role in the positive strides that students in our nation’s schools make every day, and this week is about officially honoring and celebrating them for their dedication to that challenging role,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “NASSP has a variety of activities planned to highlight assistant principals this week, and we hope all members of the school community find ways to celebrate the wonderful assistant principals in their own school.”
NASSP will host all of the 2014 State and National NASSP/Virco Assistant Principals of the Year for the Assistant Principals Forum in Washington, DC. During the forum, assistant principals will travel to Capitol Hill to meet with their members of Congress to discuss the challenges facing school leaders today, and participate in a variety of professional development and networking opportunities with NASSP staff and their peers. The forum will culminate with a keynote address by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the gala honoring the Assistant Principals of the Year. (Friday, April 4, 2014, 6:45 p.m. at the Hyatt Crystal City, Arlington, VA; contact Caroline Hailey for press credentials.)
Other planned activities include a daily Facebook contest intended to celebrate assistant principals and a Twitter chat moderated by 2014 NASSP/Virco National Assistant Principal of the Year Courtney Voshell of Dover (DE) High School. The Twitter chat will draw on research from the Wallace Foundation and will discuss how assistant principals can make more time to be instructional leaders.
NASSP is also offering free e-cards so that principals, teachers, students, and parents can send a note of gratitude to their assistant principal.
For more information or for ideas on how principals, assistant principals, teachers, students, and parents can celebrate AP Week in their own schools and communities, visit www.nassp.org/apweek.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and more than 36 countries around the world. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.