Nomination & Selection Process
To be eligible to compete for a Leadership Award, principals should 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, central office administrators and superintendents are not eligible. The window for nominating principals for the 2020 award closed on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. We are currently accepting nominations for the 2021 Herb Kohl Principal Leadership Award.
Previous Kohl Outstanding Wisconsin Leadership Award recipients are ineligible, however principals who were nominated previously but not selected may re-apply if nominated. Principals who previously received a Kohl teacher fellowship or a student scholarship when in high school are eligible to apply if nominated. Nominations must be submitted online.
Jurisdictions/Dioceses are welcome to internally nominate principals.
Successful 2020 applicants' materials will be reviewed by a Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools (WCRIS) selection committee. The committee will choose principal recipients in January, 2020, and applicants will be notified of their selection in early March, 2020. Principal recipients will be honored and will receive certificates representing their awards at a regional award luncheon held in the spring of 2020.