Rhode Island First Year Principal Award

As part of its continuing efforts to recognize and celebrate outstanding educational leadership, the Rhode Island Association of School Principals annually honors the “First Year Principal” in the state. RIASP established this award in recognition of the excellent work done by those new to the principalship.

Superintendents, central office administrators, principals, other building administrators and teachers may nominate for First Year Principal.

A RIASP selection committee will review all submitted documents and select two finalists.  The selection committee will conduct site visits to the finalists’ schools in late November/December.

RIASP Now Accepting Nominations for 

 First Year Principal of the Year 

As has been our practice, each year the Rhode Island Association of School Principals seeks nominations for a very special award designed to recognize a highly effective first year principal, K-12.  At this time, we ask that you consider nominating someone for our First Year Principal of the Year Award. 

All nominees must meet the following criteria:

RIASP member currently, and having had been a member for one (1) full year 

Principal for one (1) complete year

Nominees would therefore currently be active principals, and in their second full year.

Letters of nomination may be emailed to Sherry at sarliapuhacz@riasp.org.  The one to two page letter of nomination should reference the candidate's leadership capacity, and at least one particular accomplishment achieved during their first full year.  

Once nominated, we (RIASP) will contact your nominee and forward the application packet to them.  The application packet is quite comprehensive,  so it is advantageous to nominate a candidate in timely fashion.  

A RIASP selection committee will review all completed nomination packets.  At least two (2) finalists shall then be identified.  For validation purposes, the selection committee will then conduct school visits, and shall ultimately select the Rhode Island First Year Principal of the Year. 

Finally, if you are aware of an outstanding First Year Principal, please do not hesitate to nominate them.  The sooner the better.  The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, __________,2018.  Again, send letters of nomination to Sherry at sarliapuhacz@riasp.org.  



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Robert Littlefield, Executive Director 

Sherry Arlia-Puhacz, Adm. Asst. 

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