Principals, Here's How Teachers View You

An exclusive Education Week Research Center survey reveals striking gaps between how principals rate the impact of their leadership and how teachers do.

Special Report: Inside the Principal-Teacher Relationship



69% of principals completely agree that teachers at their school feel empowered to bring problems to them.

25% of teachers completely agree they feel empowered to bring problems to their principal.

“That’s been the biggest frustration in the districts I have been at, teachers have questioned the consequences that a student received, that they weren’t harsh enough.”

Russell McDaniel, principal, Celina, Texas



45% of teachers completely agree their principal supports teachers who start innovative work or new initiatives.

86% of principals completely agree they support teachers who start innovative work or new initiatives.

"All too often, principals are in classrooms ... taking copious notes ... [T]hey rattle off all of the notes ... and it doesn’t help the teacher improve anything."

Kimberly Grayson, principal, Denver

87% of principals say it is very important for teachers to have a positive working relationship with them.

81% of teachers say it is very important for them to have a positive working relationship with their principal.

“Using evaluation tools as punitive assessments really doesn’t do anybody any good.”

Keith Brayman, social studies teacher, Lexington, S.C.

“There’s a fine line between being a leader and being a boss.”

David Bosso, social studies teacher, Berlin, Conn.

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A version of this article appeared in the October 16, 2019 edition of Education Week as How Teachers View Their Principals & How Principals See Themselves