List of Principal Leadership Award Winners

Principal Leadership Award

The purpose of the Herb Kohl Wisconsin Principal Leadership Award is to recognize and support excellence in Wisconsin school administration. The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation's goal is to support Wisconsin principals in pursuit of their unrealized goals for their schools or professional development. The 12 public school Kohl Leadership Award recipients and the 12 schools of those principals will each receive $6,000 grants from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation and will be recognized at a spring banquet. 

The Wisconsin elementary and secondary Principal of the Year will be selected from the Leadership award recipients.

Nomination Process

Nominations will only be accepted online at the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation website. Once nominated, a principal will receive an email notification of his or her nomination, and also receive a link to begin the application process.

Principals must be nominated for a Kohl Leadership Award to be eligible to compete for a Leadership Award. Principals can be nominated by students, parents, other teachers, community members, or administrators. Because the program's purpose is to recognize the contributions of Wisconsin school building administrators, assistant principals (including administrative or supervisory roles such as Dean of Students), district administrators and superintendents are not eligible.

Additionally, previous Herb Kohl Principal Leadership Award recipients are ineligible, however, an applicant who has previously received a Kohl Student Scholarship when in high school or a Principal Fellowship is still eligible.  Principals who have been nominated in the past but not selected as a Leadership Award recipient may re-apply if nominated. Nominations must be submitted on the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation website on or before October 8, 2019 at 5:00 pm. 

Nominations open September 1, 2019!

Application Process and Timeline

September 1, 2019
We will make available and begin accepting nominations. 

October 8, 2019
All nominations are due and must be submitted by 5:00 pm

January 3, 2020
All applications are due and must be submitted by 5:00 pm. 

February 2020
All applications will be sent to judges. 

March 2020
Winners of the OWL will be announced.  

March 2020
The Elementary and Secondary Wisconsin Principals of the Year will be selected from the 12 OWL winners. 

April 2020
Banquets will be held around the state of Wisconsin honoring the OWL winners. 

Other Information

For those wishing to nominate a private or religious school administrator please visit www.wcris.org.

Who can nominate a principal? Anyone may nominate an administrator for this award: Teacher, Parent, Colleague, Friend, Student, etc.  

If you have any questions about this award please contact Jena Sebald at [email protected]

FAQ

Who is this award for?

This award is for School Principals. We have a separate award for Associate Principals. For Superintendents/District Administrators please visit the WASDA website. 

What about private schools?

The nomination on this website is for public schools. For those wishing to nominate a private or religious school administrator please visit www.wcris.org.