Herb Kohl

Educational Foundation, Inc

Accept a Nomination

If you have been nominated for a 2019 award, start your application today!  The three people you choose to write letters of recommendation will not be able to submit their letters until you have completed and submitted your application. We recommend that you complete and submit your application at least two weeks in advance of the deadline to allow time for your recommenders to upload their letters. Once you've submitted, your recommenders will receive an email that provides information on how to submit their comments.

Public school nominees will be emailed a link to the Kohl Principal Leadership Award application. In order to provide all nominees an equal opportunity, they must follow all instructions in the application form. 

Nominees will be evaluated on the following:
1.  Personal educational philosophy;
2.  How they work to raise achievement for all students;
3.  Innovative projects/programs;
4.  Commitment to their community;
5.  Unrealized goals for their schools or professional development; and
6.  Positive impact on students and staff.

Each nominee must submit three letters of recommendation. Letters may come from current or former students, parents, community members, colleagues in a professional association not directly linked to the nominee’s school or district, or university or college professors.  Letters should enhance the nominee’s application by illustrating specific examples of the principal’s skills and contributions, knowledge, or attributes emphasized in the application materials.


Kohl Principal Leadership nominees for the 2019 award must submit their completed applications online no later than Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 11:59:59 p.m. Central Time. 

The Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA) will review each applicant’s packet for necessary materials and completeness. Successful 2019 applicants' materials will be forwarded to a State Selection Committee in early 2019. 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. The committee will convene in late January, 2019, to score applications.  Applicants who are selected to receive a Leadership Award will be contacted by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation in early March, 2019.