Nomination & Selection 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. We are currently accepting nominations for the 2021 Herb Kohl Leadership Award.
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 school district 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 Teacher 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.
A principal does not need to be an Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA) member to be eligible for a Principal Leadership Award.
AWSA will review each applicant’s packet for necessary materials and completeness. Successful applicants' materials will be forwarded to a State Selection Committee. Representatives of the Kohl Educational Foundation, CESAs and MPS, the Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, and state education-related associations serve on the State Selection Committee. Applicants nominated for the 2020 award, and have reached the Statewide Selection Committee level, will be contacted in early 2020. Award recipients will be notified of their selection by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation in early March, 2020. AWSA will choose the public school Elementary and Secondary Principal of the Year from among recipients of the Herb Kohl Leadership Award. For more information on the Principal of the Year Award go to www.awsa.org/recognition-and-awards.