October is National Principals Month, and the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators and other educational groups are taking part in a weeks-long salute to the men and women who run America's schools.
"Principals don't have a job, they have every job in the building," said Council of School Supervisors and Administrators President Mark Cannizzaro. "They do what's needed to make a school successful and to help students succeed. Please join us in giving them a special thank you this month for all that they do for our children and our nation."
The National Association of Secondary Principals (NASSP), The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) have planned several events, including a day for politicians to watch principals at work!
The week of October 16 – 20 has been designated National Principal Shadowing Month, when school leaders are asked to invite elected officials to spend the day in school, following principals as they go about their duties.
NASSP, NAESP, and AFSA are sponsoring several national events, including a contest in which students produce a one-to-two-minute video praising a principal's work. Winners receive a $200 Best Buy gift card.
The groups will also offer a series of webinars on several topics, including "Creating a Mindful School" (Oct. 4), "LeadLearner Strategies for Building Innovative Schools" (Oct. 11), and "Leading the Learning: A Conversation on Culturally Responsive Leadership" (Oct. 19).
NASSP, NAESP, and AFSA will also sponsor several national events, including naming the National Principal of the Year, recognizing three techno-savvy Digital Principals of the Year, and naming new members from every state to the National Distinguished Principals Program.
Locally, CSA will be on hand later in the month when the New York City Council issues a proclamation in council chambers recognizing National Principals month and CSA as representing our city's principals.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, in conjunction with the School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS), the New York State Federation of School Administrators (NYSFSA) and CSA plans to issue a proclamation marking the observance of New York State Principals Month.
The proclamation notes principals' responsibilities, the important roles they play in a community and their commitment and dedication. It was unclear what date the proclamation would be issued.
Several organizations will be hosting month long observances on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Everyone is encouraged to use the #ThankAPrincipal hashtag on posts.
For more information, including draft invitation letters for politicians, go to www.principalsmonth.org.