Assistant Principals

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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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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School & District Management North Dakota Educator Named Assistant Principal of the Year
Judges praised Holly Ripley for helping lead her 1,400-student school through frequent principal turnover and an enrollment spike caused by the oil boom in North Dakota.
Corey Mitchell, February 29, 2016
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School & District Management News in Brief Georgia Educator Named Assistant Principal of Year
An assistant principal who was instrumental in turning around both academics and school culture at a Douglas County, Ga., high school has been named the 2015 assistant principal of the year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Denisa R. Superville, June 2, 2015
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School & District Management Georgia School Leader Named National Assistant Principal of the Year
With Jessica Ainsworth's leadership, reading proficiency rates at Lithia Springs High School increased for all subgroups, tripling for students with disabilities, according to the NASSP.
Denisa R. Superville, May 18, 2015
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States 'Adaptive Leadership' Training in Maryland Helps Groom Future Principals
"The assistant principal has to be well-rounded and understand instruction well enough" to prod teachers to foster better results in the classroom, says one official.
Andrew Ujifusa, January 28, 2015
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Jennifer Schrecongost, an assistant principal in Stevensville, Md., views a peer’s mock news conference as part of a state effort to prepare more principals.
Jennifer Schrecongost, an assistant principal in Stevensville, Md., views a peer’s mock news conference as part of a state effort to prepare more principals.
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School & District Management Maryland Grooms Assistant Principals to Take Schools' Top Jobs
State leaders work to upgrade the principal ranks through training and coaching of talented administrators looking to move up.
Corey Mitchell, January 21, 2015
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