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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
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
3 min read
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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School & District Management Live Online Discussion Ethical Leadership: What Does That Really Mean?
In 2019, Andy Hargreaves wrote, “One way to think about ethical leadership is that while morality is about right and wrong, ethics is about how to judge what’s right and wrong, and how to do
December 1, 2020
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School & District Management Opinion 4 Questions Every Leadership Team Must Ask
School leadership teams vary in size & structure, but there is one area that they should all focus on, and that is their instructional core.
Peter DeWitt, November 22, 2020
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School & District Management Opinion My District Reversed Course on the Implicit Bias Training We Need. What Now?
The principal advice column takes on communicating district decisions you disagree with, optimizing virtual lunch bunches, and more.
Tamara McWilliams, November 19, 2020
5 min read
School & District Management Principals Are Stressed and Anxious, Especially Now. Here's 10 Things They Can Do
From exercise & meditation to tapping into community, here's some ways principals can give themselves support to cope with pandemic stress.
Denisa R. Superville, October 29, 2020
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School & District Management Opinion School Leaders Were Asked About Their Stress Levels. Here's What They Told Us
Educators are under an enormous amount of stress, but school leaders do not always feel like they can talk about theirs.
Peter DeWitt, October 24, 2020
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Equity & Diversity Opinion How to Support Teacher Morale, and Other Urgent Advice for Principals
How do I discuss race in my mostly white school? How do I rethink our social-media policy? Sharif El-Mekki has answers.
Sharif El-Mekki, October 21, 2020
6 min read
School & District Management Editor's Note
Read about key features of a healthy and inclusive school climate and steps to make it a reality. See how principals and teachers view climate in their own schools.
Lesli A. Maxwell, October 13, 2020
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Dawn Brooks-DeCosta is the principal of Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School in New York City. The school has a strong social justice mission, rigorous curriculum, and commitment to celebrating Black excellence
Dawn Brooks-DeCosta is the principal of Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School in New York City. The school has a strong social justice mission, rigorous curriculum, and commitment to celebrating Black excellence
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School & District Management To Root Out Racism in Schools, Start With Who You Hire
The teachers that principals hire is one of the most powerful levers for turning schools into anti-racist institutions.
Denisa R. Superville, October 13, 2020
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School & District Management Opinion What an Anti-Racist Principal Must Do
An anti-racist principal’s work must rest upon a strong moral foundation, writes Mark Anthony Gooden.
Mark Anthony Gooden, October 13, 2020
5 min read
Mashea Ashton, principal and founder of Digital Pioneers Academy, drops in to different Zoom classes to see how students and teachers are doing.
Mashea Ashton, principal and founder of Digital Pioneers Academy, drops in to different Zoom classes to see how students and teachers are doing.
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School & District Management 5 Ways Principals Can Establish a Strong School Climate
Recommendations for leaders on making schools feel safe, welcoming, and uplifting whether learning is in person or remote.
Stephen Sawchuk, October 13, 2020
11 min read