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IGNITE15 - NASSP Conference
February 19-21, 2105 at the San Diego Convention Center

TNASSP Winter Conference
January 15-16, 2015 at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Click here to see the speakers and Agenda for the 2015 conference
and to download your registration form.


Congratulations to our 2014 Tennessee
Principal of Year Award Winners

High School Principal of the Year
Scott Porter - Alcoa High School

Middle School Principal of the Year
John Ash - Central Middle High Magnet in Murfreesboro, TN

Assistant Principal of the Year Applications are now available online at


OCTOBER has been declared
National Principal Appreciation Month!
Be sure to let your principals know how valuable they are.



Blackman High School Recognized by
Distinguished School Administrator Honor Roll

Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL) has named Mrs. Stephanie Ham, Lead Librarian for Metro-Nashville Public Schools, to TASL’s Distinguished Administrator Honor Roll. Librarian Cami Townsel nominated Mrs. Ham for this honor. She is to be commended for his support of school libraries.

The Distinguished Administrator Honor Roll recognizes administrators in Tennessee who have been particularly supportive of a school’s library program. The award, in the form of a certificate, will be presented at the Awards Banquet during this year’s TASL conference in Murfreesboro on October 24th. Completion of some activity or support that enhances the school media program is required in order to receive this award.

Mrs. Ham has been a strong advocate for libraries in Metro-Nashville Public Schools. According to librarian Cami Townsel, Mrs. Ham advocates for school libraries and promotes the role of school librarians as instructional designers. Mrs. Ham handles large district initiatives as well as the needs of individual schools. Ms. Townsel is particularly grateful for new carpeting and shelves at Martin Luther King Academic Magnet School.

School librarians recognize how crucial the support of a good administrator is in developing and maintaining a quality library program that benefits all students. Metro-Nashville Public Schools is to be commended on having an honoree like Mrs. Ham.

Announcement from U. S. Department of Education’s Principal Ambassador Fellowship Program.

Dear Principal,

We are pleased to announce that at the urging of our two national organizations, the US Department of Education has begun the creation of the Principal Ambassador Fellowship program. The program will be administered by the department similar to the successful Teacher Ambassador Program. This year, three principals will be selected to serve as advisors to Secretary Arne Duncan and the departmental staff to, as the Secretary has described the role, “provide input on policy from the principal’s perspective.”

The program will begin in 2013 as a pilot to focus on developing and refining the fellowship program going forward. The fellowship will require approximately 20 hours per month from Ambassadors. Principals will not be required to fulfill the fellowships in Washington, DC, and will be able to remain in their schools. However, the pilot program may require some travel for in-person meetings. Subsequent years will require the principals to relocate to Washington, DC, for the year-long fellowship.

Details are in development, but here’s what we currently know:
• The department will open the application process in the beginning of May and last approximately four-six weeks.
• Principal Ambassadors will be selected in October 2013 for the 2013-2014 year.
• The application process will be similar to the Teacher Ambassador Program and require principals to have served in their schools and in their current positions for a certain length of time, along with recommendation letters to accompany the application.

Because the application requires a tight turnaround during a challenging time of the year, we are giving principals this advance notice to begin preparing materials now. We hope you will consider this opportunity, and if you are fortunate to be a principal selected to serve as an Ambassador, you can expect the full support of NAESP and NASSP. We are eager to work with the Department of Education in bringing principals to the table and letting their voices be heard.


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