School Leadership

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The Principal Is In: Advice for Principals
In a biweekly Education Week column, experienced principals and other school leadership experts offer advice for their peers.
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September 29, 2023
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School & District Management Explainer What Does a School Principal Do? An Explainer
Learn about the principal workforce, what makes principals effective, and how schools can retain the best leaders.
Sarah Schwartz & Maya Riser-Kositsky, September 22, 2023
6 min read
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School & District Management Opinion Tips for Surviving Your First Year as a School Administrator
Here are five ways to adjust to the new role of school leader, from a second-year administrator.
William Sullivan, September 12, 2023
4 min read
Kelly Frycz, principal of Sardis Elementary, leads an interactive read-aloud with a second-grade class in Monroe, North Carolina.
Kelly Frycz, principal of Sardis Elementary, works with a 2nd grade class in Monroe, N.C., on Sept. 5. As a second year principal, Frycz looks for opportunities to engage with kids and teach in the classroom.
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School & District Management These 3 Principals Still Take Time to Teach. Here's Why
The pandemic played a role in fueling these principals' need to better understand a changed educational environment.
Caitlyn Meisner, September 12, 2023
5 min read
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School & District Management Opinion The Answer to the Leadership Crisis Is Not a Principal Pipeline
School leaders are departing. There are many ideas for how to retain them and train those who aspire to the role.
Vince Bustamante & Tim Cusack, September 11, 2023
6 min read
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School & District Management Opinion The Best Leaders Know When to Go Slow and When to Go Fast
How education leaders can balance long-term decisions with day-to-day management.
Joshua P. Starr, September 8, 2023
4 min read
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School & District Management Opinion 5 Strategies to Make Every Meeting a Model of 'Exquisite Instruction'
Too often, we focus on how teachers need to engage students without talking about how district leaders need to engage teachers.
Chris Beals, August 31, 2023
8 min read
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School & District Management Opinion How Principals Can Start School With a Smile
Here are five ways to stay positive and focus on morale this year.
S. Kambar Khoshaba, August 29, 2023
4 min read
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Reading & Literacy Letter to the Editor Informed Literacy Leadership Matters
Intentional leadership can help ensure discussions on how to teach reading remain civil, fact-based, and focused on what's best for kids.
August 29, 2023
1 min read
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School & District Management What Do Principals Carry Around All Day? 3 Leaders Share Their Essentials
On the move most of the day, these principals learned what tools they need to keep close at hand.
Caitlyn Meisner, August 24, 2023
4 min read
School & District Management K-12 Essentials Forum Start the School Year Strong: How K-12 Leaders Can Create Thriving Schools for Teachers and Staff
Join this free event to get inspired by creative and proven ways to motivate your team the entire school year.
August 17, 2023
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School & District Management Opinion What 'Barbie' Teaches Us About School Leadership
Not all schools come with a leader Barbie; many come with just Ken. Here are three lessons from the hit movie on closing the “dream gap.”
Shayla Ewing, August 15, 2023
4 min read
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School & District Management What the Research Says Keeping Principals on the Job: These Numbers Show How
Here are some statistics that point to which principals stick around and why.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 8, 2023
3 min read