October 2015: Michigan Principals Month

WHEREAS, Energetic and inspiring school leadership is essential if Michigan's schools are to prepare students for success both during their K-12 careers and afterward; and,

WHEREAS, Principals serve as educational visionaries, instructional leaders, assessment experts, disciplinarians, community builders, facility managers, special programs administrators, and guardians of various legal, contractual, and policy mandates and initiatives, as well as being entrusted with young people – our state's most valuable future resource; and,

WHEREAS, Principals work collaboratively with teachers and parents to develop and implement a clear mission, high curriculum standards, and performance goals; and,

WHEREAS, Principals play a vital role in the success of students by creating school environments that facilitate great teaching and learning and continuous school improvement; and,

WHEREAS, Leadership is second only to classroom instruction among all school-related factors that contribute to what students learn at school, according to research conducted by the Wallace Foundation; and,

WHEREAS, Much success of K-12 students, can be attributed to principals who act as the liaison between the school and the community it serves, ensuring that parents and taxpayers are aware of student and school achievements; and,

WHEREAS, The celebration of Michigan Principals Month would honor elementary, middle level, and high school principals and recognize the importance of school leadership in ensuring that every child has access to a high-quality education; and,

WHEREAS, During this month, we join with educators, parents and students throughout Michigan to raise awareness of the importance of educational leadership, and to recognize and thank the hard-working principals in Michigan schools who set exemplary examples of service;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2015 as Michigan Principals Month.