The Principal Is In:
An Advice Column for Principals

An Opinion Series

The Principal Is In: A New Advice Column for Principals


Welcome to the new principal-advice column, “The Principal Is In.” The job of a school leader can be an isolating one—now more so than ever. In a new, recurring Education Week advice column, two experienced former principals will share their decades of expertise with their colleagues.

Twice a month, Sharif El-Mekki and Tamara McWilliams will alternate by answering questions about the complex ins-and-outs of running a school during these uncertain times. Sharif El-Mekki has served as a teacher and administrator in three schools in west Philadelphia across his 27-year career. He has also helped to launch efforts like The Fellowship—Black Male Educators for Social Justice, Philly's 7th Ward blog, 8 Black Hands podcast, and the Center for Black Educator Development.

Tamara McWilliams is a 28-year veteran in education. She has taught English in middle school and high school and has served her district as a principal on the elementary, middle, and high school campuses. She is now the assistant superintendent of curriculum and testing in Ozona, Texas.

Have a question? Send it in to the [email protected], and check back to see if it appears in an upcoming column. Follow #AskAPrincipal on Twitter.



The Principal Is In: A New Advice Column for Principals
Opinion

Advice for Principals: Remote Teaching, Competitive Colleagues, and Lots of Uncertainty

July 23, 2020

In a new advice column for school leaders, former principal Sharif El-Mekki answers your questions about leading during the pandemic.










The Principal Is In: A New Advice Column for Principals
Opinion

The Principal Is In: A New Advice Column for Principals

July 8, 2020

"I feel like we've opened a Pandora's box of grading." Tamara McWilliams takes on this and other urgent concerns for school leaders in a new advice column.
















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