Assistant Principals

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School & District Management Top Tips for New Assistant Principals From Those Who've Been There
Nurture relationships, learn on the job, take care of yourself—and other key advice.
Mark Bomster, August 5, 2022
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School & District Management Advice for New Assistant Principals: Seize the Initiative, Take Care of the Teachers
Veterans of the job talk about what's needed to thrive and grow in a position demanding self-care and support from others.
Denisa R. Superville, July 27, 2022
10 min read
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School & District Management Advice for New Assistant Principals: Take Chances, Build Networks, Find Joy
Those who have served in the assistant principals spot share tips for new school leaders on getting the most out of the job.
Denisa R. Superville, July 25, 2022
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Haines City Senior High School Principal Adam Lane plays guitar for teachers during a teacher-appreciation luncheon at the high school.
Haines City Senior High School Principal Adam Lane plays guitar for teachers during a teacher-appreciation luncheon at the high school in Polk County, Fla.
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Recruitment & Retention 4 Steps to Building Your Own School Staffing Pipeline
Here's some creative ways to get around the staff shortage that's plagued many schools.
Denisa R. Superville, May 17, 2022
4 min read
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School & District Management How Principals Can Help Assistant Principals Get Ready for the Top Job
Assistant principals don't always get all the experiences they need to be successful school leaders. Their principals can change that.
Denisa R. Superville, April 18, 2022
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Katherine Holden, assistant principal of Ashland Middle School, Ashland, Ore.
Katherine Holden, assistant principal of Ashland Middle School, Ashland, Ore.
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School & District Management Oregon Educator Named Assistant Principal of the Year
Katherine Holden, the assistant principal of Ashland Middle School, shares her thoughts on the pandemic and how the role has changed.
Denisa R. Superville, April 7, 2022
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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
17 min read
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
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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
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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
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