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1st National Search for TEN OUTSTANDING PRINCIPALS (TOP)

Rationale

Shape. Change. Inspire.

The school manager’s role is complex and vital. Beyond educational leadership, the school manager oversees all other aspects of school operations—administration, financial management, marketing, human resource development, community relations, even security and maintenance. Now more than ever, school managers face seemingly insurmountable challenges—the lower paying capacity of parents affected by the economic crisis, declining student performance, and the lack of good teachers, among others.

In the midst of such trials, Filipino principals still manage to lead their schools to excellence. It is to recognize such courageous and dedicated efforts that AHEAD Professional Network (AHEADPro), a division of AHEAD Learning Systems, Inc., established the Ten Outstanding Principal (TOP) Awards.

The Award

TOP recognizes the exceptional efforts of school principals in catalyzing positive change in their respective school communities. The award aims to serve as an inspiration to school managers as they strive to mentor their teachers and mold their students into well-rounded and innovative global citizens amidst social pressures, financial limitations, and environmental challenges.

School principals active in the said capacities during schoolyear 2012-2013, having served in the same capacity for at least three years prior to the said schoolyear, are eligible for the award and should be nominated by their respective schools. AHEADPro will not accept nominations submitted by individuals.

Nomination Categories

The nomination must highlight the nominee’s exceptional achievements in any of the following categories:

Category 1: Instructional Leadership

Produces impressive graduates
Realizes the school’s philosophy
Implements a curriculum that works

Category 2: School Management

Growth from a small school to an institution
Wise budgeting for the school
Efficiency in operations

Category 3: Mentoring

Turns ordinary teachers into outstanding teachers
Boosts faculty morale
Handles conflict situations in the school

Category 4: Client Relations

Knows what parents want
Deals well with difficult parents
Generates maximum parent satisfaction

Category 5: Community Involvement

Gets the community to help the school
Promotes student learning through community building
Builds relations with local government

Submission of Nominations

Nominating schools should submit the following to the Board of Judges:

Accomplished nomination form (3 copies)
Comprehensive resume/curriculum vitae of the nominee (3 copies)
One-page write-up (single space) on the nominee and why the nominee deserves the award (3 copies)
Supporting documents and materials, as applicable; preferably submitted in a clear book for ease of reading (3 copies)

Supporting documents may include, but are not limited to:

testimonials (from students, parents, teachers, community leaders, local government officials, etc.)
photographs (with explanations/captions)
copies of citations and awards

All nomination materials should be placed in an envelope and addressed to: The Panel of Judges, TOP Awards, AHEAD Professional Network, 337 Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.

The deadline for the submission of nominations is on August 29, 2012, Friday, at 6 p.m. Mailed nominations should be postmarked on August 29, 2012.

Selection of Winners

AHEADPro will form an Awards Committee that will serve as the Panel of Judges for the Award. The decision of the Panel of Judges will be considered final and cannot be appealed.

Prizes

The winning school principals will receive cash prizes, plaques of recognition, and the opportunity to be featured on major publications.

Announcement of Winners

The winner of the TOP Awards will be announced on or before October 1, 2012. The awarding ceremonies will be held at a date and venue to be announced later.

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