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Washington Post Principal of the Year Award

Award to a Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC
Principal for Extraordinary Work in Education

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Washington Post - Washington Post Educational Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/31/18 11:59 PM (ET) Receipt of private school nominations and all finalist materials

Description:

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Award of $7,500 to a Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC principal in the Washington, DC metropolitan area to acknowledge their extraordinary work within preK-12 education. The funding source seeks to recognize those principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment. The Washington Post hopes to encourage excellence in school leadership and to contribute in a substantive way to the improvement of education in the Washington metropolitan area.

Principal Award Nominees (in grades pre-kindergarten through 12) must:
- Manage effectively.
- Demonstrate and encourage creativity and innovation.
- Foster cooperation between the school and the community.
- Maintain a continuing dialogue with students and parents
as well as faculty and staff.
- Keep abreast of developments in the field of education.
- Encourage team spirit.
- Demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment.
- Continue to play an active role in the classroom.
- Maintain their position as principal throughout the 2018-19 school year.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182577

Number of Grants:

One Principal of the Year Award

Estimated Size of Grant:

The winning finalist will receive a signature trophy, a $7,500 monetary award, a feature spot in a page ad that runs in The Washington Post newspaper, a profile in The Washington Post and on washingtonpost.com.

Term of Contract:

All winners and finalists should remain under embargo until mid-April 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Principals from the following regions are eligible for nomination:
- District of Columbia
- Maryland: Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties.
- Virginia: Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William and Staff ord counties; Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park cities.

Nominees must be full-time principals (in grades prekindergarten through 12) in an accredited school in one of the jurisdictions above. Each nominee must have a minimum of five years' experience as a principal, three of which must be in the school or school system in which he or she is currently serving. Nominees must be serving as an adminstrator for the 2018-19 school year.

Pre-Application Information:

Nominations for the Principal Award may be submitted by teachers, students, former students, parents, administrators or the general public. Principals may not nominate themselves.

2017-2018 Program Timeline
- 10/16/2017: Call for nominations. Materials shared with jurisdictions and files posted online.
- 01/31/2018 at 11:59 PM (ET): Deadline for all nomination sheets and packets
- 03/05/2018: The Washington Post to notify the winning Principal. All winners and finalists should remain under embargo until mid-April 2018.
- 04/13/2018: Promotion activities begin. Winner features posted online on the Washington Post website.
- 04/16/2018: The Washington Post article appears in print.

The winner will be notified by The Washington Post on Monday, March 5, 2018.

*Timeline subject to change based on shifting editorial deadlines; jurisdictions will be notified if there are any deviations from the above timeline.

Principals must first be nominated and one finalist for each category will be selected by their local school system. Nomination deadlines are set by the individual school system. Specific information can be obtained from the school system’s awards coordinator or superintendent’s office.

Public Schools:
Each participating public school system will receive and screen nominations and will select one finalist from each eligible jurisdiction, in accordance with the criteria and nomination process. For further information, contact your local school superintendent’s office.

District of Columbia Public Charter Schools:
The District of Columbia Public Charter School Board will receive and screen nominations and select one finalist, in accordance with the criteria and nomination process. For further information, contact the Public Charter School Board.

Private Schools:
In accordance with the criteria and nomination process, an independent committee of educators and community leaders will screen nominations and make the final selection of a finalist from the private schools. Private school nominations must be uploaded to the Washington Post.

All finalist materials are to be submitted to The Washington Post Dropbox by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For further information, please contact:
The Washington Post Community Relations Department
202.334.4917
edufoundation@washpost.com

District of Columbia Public Charter Schools:
- Nominations should be sent to:
District of Columbia
Public Charter School Board
3333 14th Street NW, Suite 210
Washington, D.C. 20010
- For further information, contact the Public Charter School Board at 202.328.2660.

Private School nominations and all finalist materials are to be submitted to The Washington Post Dropbox: https://dbinbox.com/WP_Educational_Foundation

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties;   Virginia: Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford counties; Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park cities.;   Washington, DC