Principals

Education news, analysis, and opinion that focuses on principals and their roles in K-12 schools
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School & District Management New Survey: How the Pandemic Has Made School Leadership More Stressful
Secondary school principals have reported frequent job-related stress, especially concerns about staff and student well-being.
Denisa R. Superville, January 26, 2022
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School & District Management From Principals, a Primer on Delivering Bad News
COVID and the upheavals of the last two years have raised the ante on often-emotional conversations with staff and parents.
Denisa R. Superville, January 24, 2022
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School & District Management Letter to the Editor Administrators Need Understanding, Support, and Care
"When administrators have difficulty, challenges, or mental obstacles, we feel so alone and isolated," writes an assistant principal.
January 18, 2022
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School & District Management Opinion A Principal's Assessment: 'We’re Not OK'
This school year is taking a toll. One principal explains why.
Lisa Meade, January 2, 2022
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School & District Management The Pandemic Upended Principals' Jobs. Do Professional Leader Standards Reflect the Shift?
Principals felt unprepared for the time they had to spend on crisis-management and social media communications this school year.
Denisa R. Superville, December 27, 2021
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School & District Management Many Principals Say They Want to Quit. Will They?
More than a quarter of principals surveyed said they plan to leave the profession in two to three years.
Denisa R. Superville, December 8, 2021
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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
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Elizabeth Room smiles a welcome to the integrated group of kindergarten students at John Muir Elementary School in Berkeley, California on Sept. 11, 1968, as full integration of all schools got underway.
Elizabeth Room smiles a welcome to the integrated group of kindergarten students at John Muir Elementary School in Berkeley, California on Sept. 11, 1968, as full integration of all schools got underway.
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Equity & Diversity Collection VIDEOS: K-12 Staff Diversity Matters. Here's Why
The lack of teacher diversity dates back to the establishment of America's public school system. A look at the history and some early signs of hope.
December 7, 2021
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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Recruitment & Retention Video Black Principals: How Schools Can Hire and Support Them
People of color have long been underrepresented in the teacher ranks. The disparity is even greater among administrators.
Brooke Saias, December 7, 2021
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School & District Management Pandemic-Seasoned Principals Share Hard-Earned Leadership Lessons
The COVID crisis has tested principals’ resolve to an unprecedented degree, but many have gleaned valuable takeaways from the experience.
Elizabeth Heubeck, December 2, 2021
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Sarah Foster, principal of North Linden Elementary School, talks with Katina Perry in Columbus, Ohio on November 30, 2021. Columbus City Schools has a program that lets principal “test out” the principal role, before actually fully taking it on. Through the program, they work in a school for two years under a mentor principal and fill in as principal at different schools during that time.
Katina Perry, right, principal of Fairmoor Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio, meets with Sarah Foster, principal of North Linden Elementary School and Perry's mentor in a school leader internship program.
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School & District Management This Intensive Internship Helps Principals Get Ready For the Job
A two-year program in Columbus City Schools gives aspiring principals the chance to dive deep into the job before actually taking the reins.
Denisa R. Superville, December 2, 2021
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Equity & Diversity Video A Black Male Principal in Virginia on Addressing Inequity and Creating a ‘Globalized School’
A Black male principal in Virginia offers insight on everything from school discipline to the recruitment and retention of a diverse staff.
Jaclyn Borowski , November 30, 2021
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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 Opinion ‘This Is Not What We Signed Up For’: A Principal’s Plea for More Support
School leaders are playing the role of health-care experts, social workers, mask enforcers, and more. It’s taking a serious toll.
Kristen St. Germain, November 16, 2021
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