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Governor Ivey Signs Proclamation Declaring October as Principals Month

by Susie Ellison | Oct 09, 2018


Montgomery, AL, October 3, 2018 -
A proclamation by Gov. Kay Ivey announcing October as Principals Month was signed October 3, 2018, at a Proclamation signing at the state capitol building. Outstanding principals and CLAS members from around the state were present to accept the proclamation.

October is designated annually as National Principals Month to recognize the essential role that principals play in school achievement and student success. A nationwide celebration of the principalship, National Principals Month is an initiative of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

Many activities will take place during National Principals Month, including individual school celebrations across the country. The month-long celebration culminates with the announcement of the NASSP National Principal of the Year.

“Studies show that principal leadership is second only to strong instruction when it comes to impacting student achievement. October is a month to celebrate the hard work and dedication of principals across Alabama,” explained Vic Wilson, Ed.D., executive director of the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools.  

Visit the National Principals Month website at and search #ThankAPrincipal on social media for more information about activities taking place across the nation.

About NASSP:

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States and 35 countries around the world. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high-quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.

About NAESP:

Principals are the primary catalysts for creating lasting foundations for learning. Since 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) has been the leading advocate for elementary and middle level principals in the United States and worldwide. NAESP advances the profession by developing policy, professional development, and resources for instructional leadership including specialized support and mentoring for early career principals. Key focus areas include pre-K-3 education, school safety, technology and digital learning, and effective educator evaluation. For more information about NAESP, please visit

NAESP administers the National Principals Resource Center, the American Student Council Association, and the President's Education Awards & American Citizenship Awards Programs.

About CLAS:

CLAS, the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools was founded in 1969 by a small group of school leaders to provide targeted professional development and support for Alabama’s public school administrators. CLAS now serves ten affiliates representing each type of public school/school system leader. CLAS provides the framework to connect dedicated school administrators and other successful leaders with a network for professional growth and support.  CLAS is the premier professional development provider for administrators in public schools in the state of Alabama.

Photo: Alabama Governor’s Proclamation signing

(Front Row L-R) Frances Finney, Principal, Fultondale Elementary School; Katrina Akers, AASSP Assistant Executive Director; Gov. Kay Ivey; Dr. Autumm Jeter, Principal, Magnolia Elementary School; April Tucker, Director of Federal Programs, Cullman County Schools. (Back L-R) Dr. Farrell Seymore, Principal, Opelika High School; Todd Markham, Principal, Buckhorn High School; Rickey Darby, AAESA Assistant Executive Director; Dr. Vic Wilson, CLAS Executive Director.