Assistant Principals

Leslie Alexander, right, talks with North Forsyth High School Assistant Principal of Instruction La Quisha Linder about what to expect while interviewing for the Winson-Salem/Forsyth County School District principal talent pool. Alexander is the Area Superintendent of Leadership Development and is working to develop a principal workforce that is representative of the district's demographics.
Leslie Alexander, right, talks with North Forsyth High School Assistant Principal of Instruction La Quisha Linder about what to expect while interviewing for the Winson-Salem/Forsyth County School District principal talent pool. Alexander is the Area Superintendent of Leadership Development and is working to develop a principal workforce that is representative of the district's demographics.
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School & District Management Principals of Color Are Scarce. Here's What Districts Are Doing About It
More than three-quarters of principals are white, though more than half of students are nonwhite. Here are some approaches to change that.
Denisa R. Superville, December 7, 2021
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Professional Development Online Summit What's Next for Professional Development: An Overview for Principals
Join fellow educators and administrators in this discussion on professional development for principals and administrators.
November 18, 2021
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School & District Management Letter to the Editor Reconsidering Causes of Principal Burnout
The state and federal governments are asking us to implement policies that often go against our beliefs, says this letter to the editor.
November 16, 2021
1 min read
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School & District Management With $102 Million in Grants, These Districts Plan to Train Principals With a Focus on Equity
The new grant program from the Wallace Foundation will help eight school districts work on building principals’ capacity to address equity.
Denisa R. Superville, October 14, 2021
11 min read
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School & District Management Opinion Four Lessons School Administrators Learned Last Year & Will Apply in the Fall
Four school administrators share lessons learned during the past 18 months of COVID-19 and how they will apply them this fall.
Larry Ferlazzo, August 6, 2021
10 min read
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School & District Management Is the Assistant Principal the Most Overlooked, Undervalued Person at School?
A new research review on assistant principals finds that the role is undefined and that support for these school leaders is inconsistent.
Denisa R. Superville, April 14, 2021
7 min read
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School & District Management Opinion The Year of Scourges: How I Survived Illness and Racism to Find My 'Tribe'
A Black school leader reflects on the hardest year of her professional life.
Reba Y. Hodge, April 12, 2021
4 min read
School & District Management For Black Candidates and Women, It Takes Longer to Be Promoted to Principal
Despite often having more experience than men, women assistant principals had to wait nearly a year longer to get the big promotion. Black APs not only had to wait longer, they were also nearly 18 percent less likely to get the nod.
Stephen Sawchuk, June 15, 2020
5 min read
School & District Management 'There Is No Guidebook': Being the Principal in the Age of Coronavirus
Schools shut down by coronavirus is fundamentally changing the jobs of educators. Here's what 3 principals say their job looks like right now.
Denisa R. Superville, March 18, 2020
8 min read
Equity & Diversity What Is a 'Math Assistant Principal?' New Administrative Role Supports Equity
Long Beach Unified created a "math assistant principal," position, among other initiatives, to support students in schools that have the highest needs in math. Stacey Benuzzi, who holds that position, explains how her job works.
Christina A. Samuels, March 9, 2020
4 min read
School & District Management Under DeVos, Ed. Dept. Has Abandoned Vulnerable Students, Principals' Group Director Says
In blunt remarks at a national conference of principals, the executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals said the department's actions are telling the most vulnerable students, "We have no intention of defending your rights."
Denisa R. Superville, July 12, 2018
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Education Assistant Principal Removed After Writing Book With White Nationalist Symbol
The assistant principal wrote a children's book featuring Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character that has been adopted by the alt-right.
Denisa R. Superville, August 16, 2017
2 min read
School & District Management New Jersey Educator Named National 2017 Assistant Principal of the Year
Brad Currie, who co-founded the popular #Satchat on Twitter, was chosen as this year's National Assistant Principal of the Year.
Denisa R. Superville, April 12, 2017
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School & District Management Video Walking in a Student's Shoes
This spring, more than 1,300 school leaders from all 50 states and over 26 countries participated in the first Shadow a Student Challenge. The idea comes from a partnership between the Institute of Design at Stanford University and IDEO, a leading design firm that also works with schools. Among those who accepted the challenge was Assistant Principal Karen Ritter of East Leyden High, outside Chicago. She put aside her walkie-talkie and follow one 9th grader through all of his classes—not to mention gym, the lunch line, and a full slate of homework. What did she learn? Education Week reports in this video for PBS NewsHour.
August 11, 2016
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