Principals

Education news, analysis, and opinion that focuses on principals and their roles in K-12 schools
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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
10 min read
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
3 min read
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School & District Management Teachers Want Their Administrators to Teach. Here's Why
Principals and other education administrators should even be required to spend time teaching in the classroom, according to teachers responding to an EdWeek query.
Hayley Hardison, November 12, 2021
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School & District Management Principals Went Through a Lot in the Last Two Years. Here's What They Want to Hang Onto
Increased technology use, flexible staffing, and deeper community partnerships are high on their list of things to build on.
Denisa R. Superville, November 5, 2021
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Professional Development Video What Good Principal Coaching Looks Like
Here's how one district uses coaches to guide new principals through their early years.
Jaclyn Borowski , November 3, 2021
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Steve McManus, the Upper School Principal of the Friends School of Baltimore, helps a student complete her independent work during his modern history class on Sept. 24, 2021.
Steve McManus, the Upper School Principal of the Friends School of Baltimore, helps a student complete her independent work during his modern history class on Sept. 24, 2021.
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Special Report How Principal Professional Development Is Evolving
This special report looks at fresh ways to frame continued professional learning for school leaders.
November 2, 2021
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Professional Development Download Making Principal Coaching Work: 5 Tips
What are the elements of a successful coach-principal relationship? Read on for some key advice from veteran coaches.
Denisa R. Superville & Laura Baker, November 2, 2021
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Professional Development Coaching for New Principals Can Provide a Critical Pillar of Support
Principal-coaches can go beyond mentoring to help early-career principals, but many districts don't have them.
Denisa R. Superville, November 2, 2021
11 min read
Professional Development How Taking a Turn as a Teacher Can Sharpen a Principal's Leadership Skills
"Teaching principals" say the experience can deepen relationships with staff and offer valuable lessons for their own leadership decisions.
Elizabeth Heubeck, November 2, 2021
7 min read
Professional Development From Our Research Center What School and District Leaders Get, Want, and Need From Professional Development
The EdWeek Research Center surveyed hundreds of educators about their professional development access, requirements, and preferences.
EdWeek Research Center, November 2, 2021
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Chicago Teachers Union members and hundreds of supporters march through the Loop to call for the Chicago Board of Education to vote to end a $33 million contract between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Police Department, Wednesday, June 24, 2020.
Chicago Teachers Union members and supporters march in June 2020, calling for the Chicago Board of Education to vote to end a $33 million contract between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Police Department.
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Professional Development 5 Ways for Principals to Turn Crisis Into Professional Development
School leaders offer advice on developing the mindset and habits to learn the lessons left by challenges like the pandemic.
Arianna Prothero, November 2, 2021
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