October Proclaimed National Principals Month in Alabama

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a proclamation designating October as Principals Month in the state, recognizing the vital role of principals in fostering quality education and their dedication in creating a positive learning environment. The Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS) submitted the proclamation on behalf of three principals' associations, emphasizing the significance of principals in shaping the academic landscape and inviting everyone to celebrate their contributions throughout the month.
Oct 5, 2023 by Alyssa Godfrey, Director of Communications

Montgomery, AL – October 2, 2023:  Governor Kay Ivey signed a proclamation declaring October as Principals Month in Alabama. The proclamation was signed during a ceremony at the state capitol.

The Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS) submitted the proclamation on behalf of its three principals’ associations: the Alabama Association of Elementary School Administrators (AAESA), the Alabama Association of Middle School Principals (AAMSP), and the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals (AASSP). Principals who are members of these organizations attended the proclamation signing.

Governor's Principals Month Proclamation Signing

The proclamation recognizes the important role that principals play in leading their schools and ensuring that every student has access to a high-quality education. Principals are responsible for setting the academic tone for their schools, developing and maintaining rigorous academic and curricular goals, and working collaboratively with teachers, parents, and other stakeholders to create a positive learning environment for their students.

“Principals are the heart and soul of our schools. They work tirelessly to create safe and supportive learning environments where students can thrive. Principals Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the hard work and dedication of principals across Alabama. Principals Month also serves as a reminder of the importance of their leadership and their role in our students’ success,” comments CLAS Executive Director Dr. Vic Wilson. “I encourage everyone to join us in celebrating Principals Month by thanking the principals in our communities for everything they do!”

October is National Principals Month, which is an annual recognition program sponsored by the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). For more information about Principals Month, visit   

National Principals Month 2023 Proclamation Signed by Governor Kay Ivey

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 thirteen 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.