Principal Appreciation Week set for Oct. 20-26

Staff Report

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Lifetouch, Inc. and the Illinois Principals Association (IPA) encourage all communities in Illinois to celebrate Principal Appreciation Week Oct. 20-26, and Principal Appreciation Day Oct. 25. This state-endorsed recognition was first approved by the Governor of Illinois in 1990 and is annually celebrated.

Principals are individuals who started off in education as teachers, with the goal of making a positive difference in the lives of their students,” said Kevin Shelton, president of the Illinois Principals Association. “As they progressed in their careers, they assumed leadership positions that extended beyond the classroom to include the entire school community. This servant leadership requires them to wear multiple hats and invest countless hours in order to carry on that mission. I encourage everyone to observe principal appreciation day in recognition of the many individuals across the state that have devoted their lives to serving the students, staff and community members as principals in their respective school districts.”

Jason Leahy, Illinois Principals Association executive director, added: “Research has proven that the building principal’s impact on student achievement is second only to that of the classroom teacher when considering school-based factors. Principals and educational leaders impact students’ lives in a significant way. Speaking as a former principal and having visited dozens of schools throughout Illinois, the quality of a school’s learning environment and the ability of a school to do what is best for its students comes as a direct result of the leadership provided by the school’s principal and leadership team. Courageous leadership is essential to effectively educate students and work to provide the resources and support they need to be successful in the 21st century. It is important that we recognize and encourage our schools’ leaders.”

Principal Appreciation Day provides learning communities an opportunity to publicly recognize the work, commitment and importance of principals, assistant principals, and deans throughout the state. Lifetouch and the Illinois Principals Association invite all teachers, students, parents and community members to perform some act of appreciation Oct. 25 to acknowledge the leadership of building administrators in Illinois’ public and private schools.

The Illinois Principals Association is a leadership organization that serves more than 4,500 educational leaders throughout the state of Illinois. Visit

Posted Oct. 16, 2013

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