Happy National Assistant Principals Week

Apr 05, 2021
Thank you APs

It’s a great time to honor the enormous contributions assistant principals make to student success. This year, our celebration takes on even greater significance as we recognize all that assistant principals have conquered amid the pandemic and consider what their ever-expanding and evolving role might look like moving forward. Through it all, our assistant principals have demonstrated unwavering leadership. 

AWSP Facebook Prompt

Visit our Facebook page, find the post about AP Week, and leave us a comment. We'll pick a handful of our favorites. We'll send a gift card to you and your AP if we select your comment as a winner. 

AP Leadership Matters

AWSP Executive Director Dr. Scott Seaman wrote an article on the importance of your role as a school leader. Scott shares that his favorite role in education was his time as an assistant principal. He writes, "As an assistant principal, I was instantly thrown into relationships with students that were literally life saving. These were students who knew they could turn to me for anything and everything life was throwing their direction. I provided a space for healing, calming, recovering, affirming, and hope."

He goes on to write about the importance of the AP role as a career in itself, and not a stepping stone into the principalship: "Of course we need great people to aspire to the principalship and that will happen naturally, but we also need great people to stay in a role where they fit best and where they are needed the most. We need to acknowledge that staying in an AP role is not only acceptable, but encouraged." 

AP Week Events

Thank An Assistant Principal

If you have an AP, thank them for the difference they make for your school! Thank them with one of NASSP's appreciation activities!

Send an E-Card

If ever there was a time to express how much your AP means to you and your school community, this is it.Browse the wide selection of e-cards, add your message, and schedule the delivery—it’s that easy!


Use #APWeek21 on Twitter and Instagram to share your words of appreciation, celebratory images, and other acknowledgments of the great work APs do year-round.

Need help getting started? Check out these sample social media posts.

Appreciation Ideas for School Leaders

Gratitude is a gift that always fits. Show your APs how much you value their contributions with one of these suggested activities for principals.

Activity Ideas for Parents, Teachers, and Students

Everyone can get involved during AP Week! Take a look at a few ideas for how parents, teachers, and students can show appreciation for their assistant principals.

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