U.S. House Passes National Principals Month Resolution, NAESP Celebrates Principals

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On Wednesday, Oct. 21, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H. Res. 811, a congressional resolution to designate October 2009 as National Principals Month. Rep. Susan Davis, D-California, introduced the resolution, which honors elementary, middle, and high school principals for their passion and dedication to students across the country. The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) worked together with Davis’ office to craft the resolution’s text.

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

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H. Res. 811, a congressional resolution to designate October 2009 as National Principals Month. Rep. Susan Davis, D-California, introduced the resolution, which honors elementary, middle, and high school principals for their passion and dedication to students across the country. The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) worked together with Davis’ office to craft the resolution’s text.

“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.
The resolution encourages U.S. residents to observe National Principals Month with appropriate ceremonies and activities that promote awareness of school leadership in ensuring that every child has access to a high-quality education.

In tandem with recognizing National Principals Month, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) is recognizing the nation’s best K-8 principals Oct. 22-23 at the National Distinguished Principals program in Washington, D.C.

The NDP program, which is held in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education and sponsored by VALIC, will feature an address by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the awards banquet. NAESP and the U.S. Department of Education started the program in 1984 to recognize 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.

NAESP is proud to honor these dedicated education professionals. A list of the 2009 NDPs and their biographical information can be accessed at http://www.naesp.org/2009_NDP.aspx.

Established in 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (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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