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

The Washington Post Principal of the Year Award

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The Washington Post

Deadline Date:

01/24/22 11:59 PM ET Receipt for finalist materials. Nomination deadlines are set by the individual school systems.

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Award of $7,500 to a Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC principal in eligible locations to acknowledge outstanding contributions to PreK-12 education. Nominations must be submitted to the local school system prior to the deadline. The award is intended 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.

Nominees must be principals in an accredited school in one of the following jurisdictions:

  • 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 Stafford counties; Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park cities.

Nomination Criteria:

Nominees must be principals who:

  • 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 2021-22 school year.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182577

Number of Grants:

The annual awards recognize a Principal of the Year and one fi nalist from the other local school systems.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The winning finalist will receive a signature trophy, a $7,500 monetary award, a feature spot in a ½ page ad that runs in The Washington Post newspaper, a profile in The Washington Post and on washingtonpost.com. All other finalists will receive a certificate of appreciation from The Washington Post.

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 fi ve 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 2021-22 school year.

Pre-Application Information:

Jurisdictions will have until Jan. 24 to submit their nominated finalists to The Washington Post. All materials must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday, January 24, 2022. A winner will be selected and notified on March 7.

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

Principal nominations must first be submitted to the local school system and one finalist will be selected by the local school system as a nominee for The Washington Post Principal of the Year Award. 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. All school system finalists are under embargo until mid-April 2022.

2021-22 Program Timeline
- 10/11 Call for nominations. Materials shared with jurisdictions.
- 1/24 Deadline for nomination sheets and packets.
- 03/07 The Washington Post to select and notify the winning Principal and Teacher. All winners and finalists, including individual jurisdiction finalists, should remain under embargo until mid-April 2022.
- *04/18 Promotion activities begin. Winner features posted online on washingtonpost.com.
- *04/19 The Washington Post feature appears in print

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 following Washington Post Dropbox. Deadline for receipt of private school nominations is 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday, January 24. 2022.

The Washington Post Principal of the Year Award: https://www.washingtonpost.com/pr/2018/10/16/washington-post-principal-year-award/

About The Washington Post Teacher and Principal of the Year Awards: https://www.washingtonpost.com/pr/2021/10/14/about-washington-post-teacher-principal-year-awards/

Contact Information:

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

Washington Post Dropbox: https://bit.ly/WPTeacherPrincipalAwards2022

For further information, please contact:
The Washington Post
Community Relations Department
202.334.7969
community@washpost.com

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

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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 Staff ord counties; Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park cities.;   Washington, DC

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