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Feb 16, 2024
Decatur City School's Shannon McCaskey Honored as Alabama's 2024 NAESP National Distinguished Principal

Mrs. Shannon W. McCaskey, principal of Frances Nungester Elementary School, has been named Alabama's 2024 National Distinguished Principal by AAESA, in recognition of her transformative leadership and dedication. Her innovative programs have significantly elevated the educational experience and community involvement at the school.

Jan 26, 2024
Springville High School Principal Named Alabama's 2024 High School Principal of the Year

Dr. Gregory Deval Moore Jr., principal of Springville High School, has been named Alabama's 2024 High School Principal of the Year by the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals. This prestigious award recognizes Dr. Moore's outstanding leadership, innovative programs, and his significant impact on the school's culture and academic achievements.

Jan 26, 2024
Opelika Middle School Principal Named 2024 AASSP Middle School Principal of the Year

Opelika Middle School Principal Mr. Alan Keith York has been honored as Alabama's 2024 Middle School Principal of the Year by AASSP. This prestigious award recognizes his outstanding leadership and innovative contributions to education at both the local and state levels.

Jan 19, 2024
Dothan Preparatory Academy Assistant Principal Charles Longshore Named 2024 Assistant Principal of the Year

Mr. Charles Longshore, Assistant Principal at Dothan Preparatory Academy, has been named the Alabama Assistant Principal of the Year by the AASSP for his transformative work in school culture and student engagement. He will represent Alabama in the national selection for the 2024 NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year.

Dec 7, 2023
Crystal Aycock Named CLAS Secretary of the Year

Crystal Aycock has been named the CLAS Secretary of the Year, a recognition of her exceptional contributions at the Blount County Learning Center. The award is sponsored annually by Simbli by eBOARDSolutions.

Nov 27, 2023
District Nominees for Alabama's NAESP National Distinguished Principal Recognized

AAESA, CLAS, and Renaissance Learning proudly announce the selection of the district nominees for Alabama's NAESP National Distinguished Principal. These individuals were nominated for their outstanding contributions to educational leadership.

Nov 13, 2023
High School Principal of the Year Finalists Selected

The Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals (AASSP) has announced the finalists for the 2023-2024 High School Principal of the Year. These exceptional educational leaders will contend for the prestigious award, recognizing their outstanding leadership and contributions to secondary education in Alabama.

Nov 13, 2023
Middle School Principal of the Year Finalists Selected

The Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals (AASSP) has announced the finalists for the 2023-2024 Middle School Principals of the Year. These exceptional educational leaders will contend for the prestigious award, recognizing their outstanding leadership and contributions to middle school education in Alabama.

Oct 5, 2023
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.

Jul 17, 2023
Whitney Miller-Nichols Joins CLAS Staff as Director of Governmental Relations

Whitney Miller-Nichols has been selected to be the Director of Governmental Relations for CLAS at the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS). With a background in education, policy development, and communications, Whitney brings extensive experience and a passion for advocating on behalf of Alabama's school leaders to her new role.

Jun 27, 2023
Piedmont Elementary School Principal Brigett Stewart Receives 2023 CLAS Leadership Award

Brigett Stewart, principal of Piedmont Elementary School, has received the 2023 CLAS Leadership Award from the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS). Recognized for her exceptional leadership and commitment to education, Mrs. Stewart has made a significant impact in her local community and beyond, earning her the prestigious award and a $1,000 check sponsored by Horace Mann Companies.

Jun 27, 2023
Tuscaloosa City Schools Chosen for 2023 CLAS Little Red School House Award

Tuscaloosa City Schools has been awarded the prestigious CLAS Little Red School House Award for 2023 in recognition of their innovative summer learning programs, which aim to bridge educational gaps and provide engaging opportunities for students. The district's commitment to academic excellence and collaboration has positioned them as a model for other schools and systems in Alabama.

Jun 27, 2023
Dr. Heath Grimes Chosen as Recipient of the 2023 Dr. James A. Street Award

Dr. Heath Grimes, Superintendent of Russellville City Schools, has been honored with the prestigious Dr. James A. Street Award for 2023 by the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS). His exceptional contributions include advocating for English Learner (EL) funding, establishing a statewide organization for EL education, and crafting legislation for equitable accountability.

CLAS Recognizes Schools of Distinction and Announces Banner Schools
May 8, 2023

The Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS) recently honored 32 Schools of Distinction and named the 8 CLAS Banner Schools across eight State School Board Districts during an awards luncheon in Montgomery, Alabama. These schools were recognized for their exceptional programs and commitment to student success.

CLAS Banner School Awards Ceremony
May 1, 2023

Join the livestream on May 8 at Noon as we celebrate these amazing schools!

Mar 30, 2023
Florence Assistant Principal Melanie Harris Named Alabama’s 2023 NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal

Melanie Harris, assistant principal of Hibbett Intermediate School in the Florence City School System, has been named 2023 Alabama National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year by the Alabama Association of Elementary School Administrators (AAESA)

Feb 24, 2023
Crestline Elementary School Principal Karissa Lang Named Alabama’s 2023 NAESP National Distinguished Principal

The Alabama Association of Elementary School Administrators has named Karissa Lang Alabama's 2023 NAESP National Distinguished Principal

Feb 23, 2023
CLAS Names 2022 Schools of Distinction

The Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools has selected 32 schools, from across the state, as Schools of Distinction.

Feb 2, 2023
Three Alabama Principals Named Finalists for Alabama's National Distinguished Principal

The Alabama Association of Elementary School Administrators has named three Alabama principals as finalists for Alabama's NAESP National Distinguished Principal.

Jan 18, 2023
Dale County Principal Named Alabama's High School Principal of the Year for 2023

Daniel Barrentine, principal of George W. Long High School in Dale County Schools has been selected as Alabama's 2023 High School Principal of the Year by the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals (AASSP).