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‘Thank You for All That You Do': How Educators Are Honoring Assistant Principals Week

By Marina Whiteleather — April 06, 2023 1 min read
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It’s Assistant Principals Week and educators are sharing kudos for these leaders, who some call the unsung heroes of schools.

Assistant principals ensure a school runs smoothly. They can play an important role in improving school culture and equity through their work with students and families. But their role is often misunderstood as a kind of gofer or subordinate. In reality, they often work independently and lead initiatives in schools.

“This isn’t an assistant to the principal; these are assistant principals—key school leadership positions,” said Ellen Goldring, a dean at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and the lead author of “The Role of Assistant Principals: Evidence and Insights for Advancing School Leadership,” in a 2021 EdWeek article.

So, how are schools and staff showing their appreciation for assistant principals this week—and how are they taking time to celebrate?

Take a look:

Colleagues share their congratulations

Schools shout out their APs

Assistant principals bask in the love—and express gratitude

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