• AACTE 70th Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD

Celebrate National Principals Month

AACTE celebrates National Principals Month this October! The key to student success is a great school, and the key to a great school is a great principal. Please join us in this opportunity to say “thank you” to principals across the nation and to recognize their valuable contributions in your local community.

National Principals Month gives us the chance to honor and reflect on the roles of school leaders and the importance of preparing them well. AACTE members across the country are working to advance principal preparation through a variety of initiatives and partnerships. For example, AACTE member institution Colorado State University will host a 2-day School Leadership Institute this fall to survey new principals about ways to enhance university-based preparation programs and support school leaders in their critical first year on the job. Many other institutions are participating in AACTE’s new Principal Preparation Program Learning Community Topical Action Group, a member-led collaborative exploring issues and promising practice in principal preparation.

As part of our ongoing efforts to promote high-quality principal development , AACTE will host a multi-part webinar series themed “Principals as Transformation Leaders” starting this week. The webinars are offered in partnership with Colorado State University and The Wallace Foundation. (Please join our webinar this Thursday, October 12, on the changing roles and responsibilities of principals!)

“AACTE is excited to again share emergent research and exemplary practice in principal preparation with our members this fall,” said Amanda Lester, AACTE associate director of member engagement. “Through these initiatives, we look forward to increasing awareness about the roles of principals and the critical work they do every day to ensure student success.”

In support of member institutions that prepare school leaders, AACTE participates in the University Council for Educational Administration and the National Policy Board for Educational Administration and is a communications partner for the Wallace Foundation’s Principal Pipeline Initiative to support the preparation of principals.

AACTE joins the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and American Federation of School Administrators in recognizing the important work of principals in making schools great this month and throughout the year.

To learn more, visit principalsmonth.org. Be sure to #ThankAPrincipal this month!


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Jerrica Thurman

Director of Marketing & Communications, AACTE

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