Tennessee Principals Association

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The Tennessee Principals Association (TPA) was founded in 1939 as a support system for Tennessee school leaders.  Over the decades, TPA has evolved as the premier professional association for K-8 Tennessee principals as well as district leaders.

2019 Tennessee Principals Conference

Don’t Forget! To save the date and set aside funds inyour 2019 budget for the 2019 Tennessee Principals Conference, to be held November 17-19, at the historic PeabodyHotel in Memphis, Tennessee!  Furtherinformation coming SOON!

The mission of the Tennessee Principals Association is to support, empower, and connect Tennessee Principals.


During school hours, you work tirelessly to support staff and keep your school running smoothly, ensuring a safe and enriching learning environment in which every child can succeed. After dismissal, you’re still on the job. Teachers look to you for leadership and guidance. Parents come to you with questions and concerns. Students consider you a role model.

You do it all, and you love it. But even principals require support. TPA and NAESP are committed to providing the resources you need to serve your students, school, and community to your full potential.

2017–2018 Events

March 30, 2018
 Applications due for National Distinguished Principal Award

May 14-18, 2018
State Executive Directors Meeting (Essex, VT) – by invitation

June 1-3, 2018 
Board of Directors Summer Planning Meeting (Nashville, TN)

July 9-11, 2018
NAESP National Principals Conference (Orlando, FL)

October 11-12, 2018
National Distinguished Principals Program (Washington, DC)

December 2-4, 2018
2018 Tennessee Principals Conference (Pigeon Forge, TN)


  • Professional Membership
  • Professional Liability Coverage ($2 million)
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Advocacy in Washington
  • TPA Publications: TN Principal Journal & TNPRIN News
  • NAESP Publications: Principal Magazine, Communicator e-newsletter, Principal Insights
  • Professional Networks
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  • SUPPORT Tennessee Principals to enhance professional skill level
  • EMPOWER Tennessee Principals to build leadership capacity
  • CONNECT Tennessee Principals to expand professional networks
  • DEVELOP long-term financial infrastructure to enable TPA to become the premier education leadership association for Tennessee Principals