We know the importance of educational leadership at all levels (school, district and county), but did you know that the second week in October is Week of the School Administrator in California? This year it falls on the week of October 8th. Schools, districts and counties are encouraged to publically recognize the contributions that school administrators make to successful pupil achievement.
All of us have seen the impact that a good administrator can make on a community. In my life, two spring to mind immediately, Richard Loveall and Marianne Cates. Richard Loveall was the Vice Principal of my junior high school, who made sure we were safe; and was always fair and respectful with students (although I’m not sure how he mustered the patience). The other is Marianne Cates, k-8 principal and my boss when I was a teacher. She was a strong leader, who was able to do what sometimes seems impossible for principals - support her students and staff, celebrate student achievement, and engage families in our little community.
In 2014 the Governor signed an amendment to the California Education Code, which moved the Week of the School Administrator from March to October. This week is to be in observance of the importance of educational leadership at the school, school district, and county levels. The Association of California School Administrators supported the change, and has a Sample Week of the School Administrator Resolution on their website.