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Hour by Busy Hour: What a Principal's Day Actually Looks Like
From the time they wake up until they set the alarm at night, school leaders juggle the routine, the unexpected, and the downright bizarre.
Teachers and faculty play a game of Kahoot! to get to know one another better during a Welcome Back training at CICS Bucktown on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022 in Chicago, Ill.
Teachers and faculty play a game to get to know one another better during a Welcome Back training at Chicago's CICS Bucktown in August.
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School & District Management Keep School Staff Motivated All Year Long: Advice From Principals
Here are some of the things—big and small—that school leaders do and say to keep teachers excited about the job.
Denisa R. Superville, September 26, 2022
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School & District Management 'How Are You?' Teachers and Principals Benefit From Check-Ins, Too
Check-ins are an important part of social-emotional learning for students. But what about check-ins for the adults in the school?
6 min read
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Equity & Diversity How Carefully Tailored PD Can Help Principals Become Equity Leaders
A partnership involving several districts suggests smart professional development can help principals improve equitable practices.
Denisa R. Superville, September 22, 2022
5 min read
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Teaching Profession What the Research Says The Big Connection Between Teachers' Burnout and Their Principals
Less-demanding principals make for less-stressed teachers, a new study suggests.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 21, 2022
3 min read
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School & District Management Opinion Advice for New Principals: The 4 Things to Focus on First
There’s a lot new school leaders are expected to learn. Here’s where to start.
Lebon "Trey" D. James III & David E. DeMatthews, September 20, 2022
4 min read
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School & District Management Opinion The Word 'Supervision' Shouldn't Get a Bad Rap. Here's Why
"Supervision" implies power, which, if used wisely, can strengthen the principal-teacher relationship.
Kim Morrison Kazmierczak & Ann Mausbach, September 20, 2022
4 min read
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School & District Management What Principal Prep Looks Like Right Now
Virtual options have grown, and that trend is expected to continue.
Denisa R. Superville, September 16, 2022
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Sherri Miller is the principal of Lacy Elementary in Raleigh, N.C.
Sherri Miller is the principal of Lacy Elementary in Raleigh, N.C.
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Reading & Literacy Listen: A Principal Reflects on Shifting to the 'Science of Reading'
Why is changing instructional practice so hard? 3 takeaways from EdWeek's Twitter Spaces discussion with a school leader.
Sarah Schwartz, September 16, 2022
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School & District Management Opinion The Best Ways for Administrators to Demonstrate Leadership
Successful administrators support their teachers in numerous ways, starting with showing they are appreciated.
Larry Ferlazzo, August 24, 2022
4 min read
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Principals said using student test scores as a metric in evaluating their effectiveness as a leader isn’t a bad idea, but other factors should also be considered.
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School & District Management Is Judging Principals by Test Scores a Mistake?
A study examined whether existing methods for evaluating the impact of principal leadership on student test scores are accurate.
Lauraine Langreo, August 23, 2022
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A photo of former Columbine High School principal Frank DeAngelis, a man with a dark beard and brown eyes. He is seated in a dark brown jacket, resting his fingers on his temple while having a conversation.
Former Columbine High School principal Frank DeAngelis is part of a network of school leaders who've led schools during and after shootings. They have released a guide for recovery to help their peers facing similar situations.
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School & District Management Principals Who Led Schools After Shootings Say Helping Peers Is Part of Their Own Recovery
Creating a network of support for other leaders who experience school violence gives them purpose.
Evie Blad, August 22, 2022
3 min read
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School & District Management A Principal's Guide to Recovery After a School Shooting
Principals who led schools during or in the aftermath of a shooting wrote a guidebook of advice and lessons learned.
Denisa R. Superville, August 22, 2022
7 min read
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School & District Management The Two Principals' Associations Are Growing Closer. Their Leaders' Priority? Listening
In an interview, the groups' new leaders described plans to work closer together—and shared ideas for the upcoming school year.
Denisa R. Superville, August 19, 2022
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School & District Management Citing Safety and Challenges Serving Marginalized Students, Principals Eye the Exit Door
Nearly 40 percent of principals say they plan to quit soon—a finding that probably reflects stressful work conditions.
Denisa R. Superville, August 16, 2022
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