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Washington Post Principal of the Year Award

Award to a Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC Principal
of Grades PreK-12 to Recognize Exemplary Work in Education

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Deadline Date:

02/04/19 11:59 PM (ET) Receipt of private school nominations and all finalist materials

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Award of $7,500 to a Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC principal to acknowledge exemplary work within PreK-12 education in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. This award program is intended to recognize principals who demonstrate leadership and create an exceptional educational environment.

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 2019-20 school year.

Most educators will agree that the level of excellence a school achieves is directly related to the level of leadership provided by its principal. It is the combination of the principal’s ability to manage, their interest in staff and students, their respect for learning and vision of the future that set the stage for the school’s efforts to educate children. The Washington Post Principal of the Year Award seeks to recognize those principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment.

In presenting this award, 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182577

Number of Grants:

One (1) finalist will be selected as The Washington Post Principal of the Year.

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 https://www.washingtonpost.com/.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nominees must be full-time principals (in grades prekindergarten through 12) in an accredited school in one of the jurisdictions below. 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 administrator for the 2019-20 school year.

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.

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.

2018-2019 Program Timeline
- 10/15: Call for nominations. Materials shared with jurisdictions and files posted online.
- 02/04: Deadline for nomination sheets and packets.
- 03/11: The Washington Post to select and notify the winning Principal and Teacher. All winners and finalists should remain under embargo until mid-April 2019.
- *04/15: Promotion activities begin. Winner features posted online on washingtonpost.com.
- *04/16: The Washington Post feature appears in print

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

The winner will be notified by The Washington Post on Monday, March 11, 2019.

*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 Monday, February 4, 2019.

More information: https://www.washingtonpost.com/public-relations/teacher-principal-awards/?utm_term=.abe33cfa1187

Contact Information:

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

District of Columbia Public Charter School nominations should be sent to:
District of Columbia
Public Charter School Board
3333 14th Street NW, Suite 210
Washington, D.C. 20010
202.328.2660

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

The Washington Post Community Relations Department
202.334.4917
community@washpost.com

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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