Senate Resolution Officially Declares October as National Principals Month

Celebrating Principals Across the Country

The month of October will be recognized as National Principals Month thanks to a recent Senate resolution. The final list of cosponsors included Senators: Franken, Carper, Wyden, Heinrich, Durbin, Feinstein, Cochran and Boozman. National Principals Month is your opportunity to say “thank you” to principals everywhere and to share with the community all the great things that principals do.

As you plan your National Principals Month activities, be sure to check out our resources for celebrating and share what you’re doing by posting to social media with #ThankAPrincipal. The key to student success is a great school, and the key to a great school is a great principal.

The success of every school and student depends on the effectiveness of school leaders. National Principals Month is one way we can promote the importance of and investments in school leadership. Here are a few ways for you to celebrate your leadership.


AFSA Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Leonard P. Pugliese (left) receives  New Jersey State Joint Resolution recognizing October as National Principals Month from New Jersey State Assemblyman Ralph R. Caputo (right).

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Newark Board of Education President and Newark, New Jersey Chief Education Officer Antoinette Baskerville-Richardson (left) presents AFSA Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Leonard P. Pugliese (right) with Newark Board of Education Resolution recognizing October as National Principals Month.

Shadowing Visits

Shadowing visits provide a wonderful opportunity for members of Congress and congressional staffers to experience firsthand the role and responsibilities of exemplary principals. Use the template email to invite your legislators to shadow you for a day.


Send a fellow principal a free e-card in honor of this month’s celebration.

Social Media Toolkit

Use sample social media posts to spread the word about National Principals Month to your students, staff, and community.

Action Alerts

Use the Principal’s Legislative Action Center to find your legislators and send them an action alert email about current issues affecting principals and educators.

Media Relations

Get the word out about National Principals Month by showing the world the great things you’re doing in your school.

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