Principals

Cedric Hall, principal of Eagle Academy for Young Men in Queens, N.Y.
Cedric Hall, the principal of Eagle Academy for Young Men in Queens, N.Y., has been on an emotional journey with his students and their families in the last year.
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School & District Management 'Deaths Every Single Day': Leading a School Through the Pandemic and Racial Strife
A New York City principal describes what it’s been like to lead a school community through COVID-19 even while he fell victim to it himself.
Catherine Gewertz, March 10, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion Instructional Leadership. Easy to Talk About. Hard to Do?
Instructional leadership has been around for 50 years, but it's still not easily practiced. Here are a few reasons why and how to change it.
Peter DeWitt, March 9, 2021
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Career Advice Want to Be a Principal? How to Prove You're Right for the Job
What it takes to attract the attention of K-12 recruiters looking for their schools' next principals.
Elizabeth Heubeck, February 26, 2021
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Carrie P. Meek/Westview K-8 Center principal Marchel Woods, center rear, greets parents dropping off their children for class on Oct. 5, 2020, at the Carrie P. Meek/Westview K-8 Center in Miami.
Principal Marchel Woods, center rear, greets parents dropping off children at the Carrie P. Meek/Westview K-8 Center in Miami. A new study quantifies the connection between principal effectiveness and students' academic achievement.
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School & District Management Top-Tier Principals Spark Big Gains in Student Learning. A New Study Shows How Much
Replacing a below-average principal with an effective leader means nearly three more months of math and reading gains.
Denisa R. Superville, February 16, 2021
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School & District Management How One Principal Keeps His School Safe From COVID-19 During In-Person Schooling
Wes Kanawyer, principal of Woodgate Intermediate School in Waco, Texas, has been an advocate for in-person learning during the pandemic.
Denisa R. Superville, February 5, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion Parents Berating Teachers? Making Decisions Without the Data? Advice for Principals
A year marred by COVID-19 has created new challenges for principals. Here are some answers.
Sharif El-Mekki, January 21, 2021
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School & District Management Student Mental Health and Learning Loss Continue to Worry Principals
Months into the pandemic, elementary principals say they still want training in crucial areas to help students who are struggling.
Denisa R. Superville, January 15, 2021
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Dave Steckler, principal at Red Trail Elementary School in Mandan, North Dakota, got and recovered from COVID and has dealt with the logistical issues around staff and students who were infected.
Dave Steckler, principal at Red Trail Elementary School in Mandan, North Dakota, got and recovered from COVID and has dealt with the logistical issues around staff and students who were infected.
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School & District Management Collection Leading Through COVID-19: How 5 Principals Confronted Infection in Their Schools
Here are the stories of how five principals confronted the coronavirus when it came into their schools.
January 14, 2021
Dixie Rae Garrison, principal of West Jordan Middle School, in West Jordan, Utah.
Dixie Rae Garrison, principal of West Jordan Middle School in West Jordan, Utah, would have preferred a hybrid schedule and other social distancing measures.
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School & District Management 1,000 Students, No Social Distancing, and a Fight to Keep the Virus Out
A principal describes the "nightmare" job of keeping more than 1,000 people safe in the fast-moving pandemic.
Denisa R. Superville, January 14, 2021
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Nigena Livingston, founder and head of School at the URBAN ACT Academy in Indianapolis, Ind.
Nigena Livingston, founder and head of school at the URBAN ACT Academy in Indianapolis, makes swift decisions in responding to the threat of COVID-19 in her school community.
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School & District Management A School Leader Who Calls Her Own Shots on Battling the Coronavirus
A charter school founder uses her autonomy to move swiftly on everything from classroom shutdowns to remote schooling.
Denisa R. Superville, January 14, 2021
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Herb Cox, principal of Midway Middle School in Hewitt, Texas, credits stringent safety measures for the low number of coronavirus cases at his his.
Herb Cox, principal of Midway Middle School in Hewitt, Texas, credits stringent safety measures for the low number of coronavirus cases at his school.
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School & District Management Color-Coded Tracking Sheets and Swift Isolation: One Principal's COVID-19 Approach
In a sort of honor system, a principal relies on parents to flag COVID-19 infections at home. Then the staff swings into action.
Denisa R. Superville, January 14, 2021
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Dave Steckler, principal at Red Trail Elementary School in Mandan, N.D.,  COVID-19 and and has dealt with the logistical issues around staff and students who were infected.
Dave Steckler, principal at Red Trail Elementary School in Mandan, North Dakota, recovered from COVID-19, and dealt with the logistical issues around staff and students who were infected.
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School & District Management This Principal Knows How the Virus Can Upend a School. He Caught It Himself
Positive cases, contact tracing, and quarantines demand maximum flexibility.
Denisa R. Superville, January 14, 2021
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Authorities stand guard outside the U.S. Capitol after supporters of President Donald Trump gathered on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Authorities stand guard outside the U.S. Capitol after supporters of President Donald Trump gathered on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
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School & District Management Opinion How Some Principals Responded to the Violence at the U.S. Capitol
Principals and teachers share how they're talking (or not talking) with each other following Wednesday's insurrection.
January 8, 2021
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