It’s time to shine the spotlight on exceptional principals in this year’s search for The Outstanding Principals (TOP) of the Philippines, organized by the Leadership Strategies for School Managers (LESSM) program. Now on its second year, TOP highlights the achievements of exceptional Filipino principals all over the country who have led their schools to excellence, built a community of achievers and trailblazers, and demonstrated excellent models of institutional management
Aside from giving them recognition and making their success stories known, the awards program also provides a venue for nominees and awardees to share their expertise and best practices with one another.
Nominations for TOP are now being accepted. There are five categories for which outstanding principals may be nominated:
Category 1: Instructional Leadership
Nominees will be judged based on the ability to realize the school’s philosophy, implement a curriculum that works, and produce impressive graduates.
Category 2: School Management
Nominees must show how the school has grown into an institution in education, and how the budget is efficiently utilized to finance the operations of the school.
Category 3: Mentoring
How nominees boost faculty morale, handle conflict situations, and transform ordinary teachers into outstanding ones will be the parameters for this category.
Category 4: Client Relations
Do the nominees know what parents want? Are parents generally satisfied with the school? How are difficult parents dealt with? Nominees in this category will be judged according to these concerns.
Category 5: Community Involvement
This category is for principals who go beyond the walls of the school to help its students. Nominees must elicit the community’s support for the school, promote student learning through community building, as well as build relations with the local government.
To qualify, the nominee should be an active school principal for at least three school years, and a permanent resident of the Philippines. Supporting documents such as newspaper or magazine clippings, signed testimonials, web articles, endorsement letters, and certifications, among others may be submitted along with the nomination form. The nomination form may be downloaded here . Information about the school should also be included in the nomination.
Submit six sets of the nomination form and supporting documents to: AHEAD Professional Network, 337 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Deadline for submission is on December 19, 2014.