NASSP Launches Support Network for LGBTQ+ School Leaders
October marks LGBT History Month, which was founded in 1994 by a Missouri high school history teacher named Rodney Wilson. School leadership can often feel isolating, especially for principals and assistant principals who are LGBTQ+. NASSP announced during Pride Month in June the creation of a new national support network—open to all principals and assistant principals who identify under the LGBTQ+ spectrum. NASSP invites LGBTQ+ administrators to help us develop this supportive network; to join, complete the confidential form at www.nassp.org/LGBTQcommittee.
NASSP Celebrates Principal of the Year Finalists
NASSP is pleased to announce three finalists for the National Principal of the Year (POY) program: Adam Clemons from Piedmont High School in Piedmont, AL; Richard Gordon from Paul Robeson High School for Human Services in Philadelphia; and Michelle Kefford from Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, FL. Every year the POY program recognizes outstanding middle level and high school principals from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools, and the Department of Defense Education Activity. From these state winners, three finalists are named as contenders for the National Principal of the Year award. The NASSP National Principal of the Year will be announced at a virtual recognition event on October 21, 2020. For more information about the program, visit www.nassp.org/poy.
NHS Scholarship Application Process Opens
Since 1946, the National Honor Society (NHS) has awarded more than $19 million to outstanding senior NHS members through the NHS Scholarship, administered by NASSP. The organization plans to distribute $2 million more during the 2020–21 school year to 600 exceptional students who make a difference in their schools and communities through their commitment to scholarship, service, leadership, and character. With funds ranging from $3,200 to $5,625—and $25,000 for the national winner—this scholarship could make a big difference in your students’ postsecondary aspirations. The application process is now open, with student applications, adviser certifications, and recommendations due December 1. Students must have a verified account in order to be eligible. Visit www.nhs.us/scholarship for more information.
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