October 2017: 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. They are also entrusted with the educational development of young people; and,

WHEREAS, principals set the academic tone for their schools and 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 as well as continuous school improvement; and,

WHEREAS, much of the 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. We also 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 2017 as Michigan Principals Month.