WHEREAS, school principals play a vital role in setting the academic tone for their schools and creating an environment where students will thrive; and
WHEREAS, school principals and assistant principals, as a members of the school administration, interact with many sectors of the school community, including support staff, instructional staff, students and parents; and
WHEREAS, principals have the responsibility of working collaboratively with teachers to meet high standards and essential academic goals so that Alaska’s students will be well equipped to enter the workforce and become successful professionals, educators, artists, entrepreneurs, and political leaders of the future; and
WHEREAS, principals and assistant principals play a pivotal role in the instructional leadership of their schools by supervising student instruction, mentoring teachers, recognizing the achievements of staff, encouraging collaboration among staff, ensuring the implementation of the best practices, monitoring student achievement and progress, facilitating and modeling data-driven decision-making to inform instruction, and guiding the direction of targeted intervention and school improvement; and
WHEREAS, school principals help to lead the effort establishing Alaska as a model for other states in the quest for higher standards and accountability.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Bill Walker, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim October 2016 as:
School Principals and Assistant Principals
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to recognize the important role principals and assistant principals play in providing successful schools that will prepare Alaska’s youth for future success.
Dated: September 16, 2016