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

APs are often the "unsung heroes" of schools.

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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