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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.
Mike Huss, principal of Ione Elementary School in Ione, California, stands next to Jake, a former student who moved to North Carolina mid year.
Mike Huss, principal of Ione Elementary School in Ione, California, stands next to Jake, a former student who moved to North Carolina mid year.
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School & District Management 5 Stories of Inspiring Principals
For a dose of inspiration, look no further than these principals.
Lesly Moore, November 29, 2022
2 min read
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School & District Management 3 Lessons From a National Principal of the Year
Donna Hayward, principal of Haddam-Killingworth High School in Higganum, Conn., shares some tips for school leaders.
Denisa R. Superville, November 16, 2022
4 min read
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School & District Management Opinion The #1 Trait of a Good School Leader
As an administrator, I've needed to prove that my students can be successful.
Erica Walters, November 15, 2022
4 min read
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School & District Management Opinion The World Seems Complicated. Perhaps It's Time to Be More Human
In our complex world, educators need to give themselves space to be human with one another and themselves.
Sean Slade & Alyssa Gallagher, November 14, 2022
5 min read
A student gives middle school principal Felipé Jackson a hug in the cafeteria.
A student gives middle school principal Felipé Jackson a hug in the cafeteria at Bear Creek Middle School in Fairburn, Ga.
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School & District Management Middle School Is Tough, But These Principals Like It Best of All
Middle school is a roller coaster for principals leading kids still finding their footing academically, emotionally, and socially.
Denisa R. Superville, November 11, 2022
8 min read
Seventh grader Camdyn Fields and principal Felipé Jackson shoot basketballs in the principal's office. Fields won a bet about a football game with Jackson and got to order Chick-Fil-A and hangout in his office during lunch.
Seventh grader Camdyn Fields and principal Felipé Jackson shoot basketballs in the principal's office. Fields won a bet about a football game with Jackson and got to order Chick-Fil-A and hangout in his office during lunch.
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School & District Management How to Survive—and Thrive—As a Middle School Principal
Middle school leadership requires a well of empathy and patience. Veterans share tips for leaders in this crucial transition period.
Denisa R. Superville, November 11, 2022
7 min read
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School & District Management Connecticut Principal Who Emphasizes Academics and Culture Named Principal of the Year
Donna Hayward, the principal of Haddam-Killingworth High School in Higganum, Conn., allows staff and students to flex their creativity.
Denisa R. Superville, November 10, 2022
3 min read
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School & District Management Opinion Why One Principal Is Asking Her Staff to Do Less
I have been complicit in the stress my staff is feeling. Here’s how I’m changing that.
Crystal Thorpe, November 1, 2022
3 min read
Statuettes of meditating monkeys sit on a table at Venado Middle School's Well Space in Irvine, Calif., on July 28, 2022. Districts across the country are using federal pandemic money to hire more mental health specialists, rolling out new coping tools and expanding curriculum that prioritizes emotional health.
Statuettes of meditating monkeys sit on a table at Venado Middle School's Well Space in Irvine, Calif. Some districts now hire administrators to coordinate their wellness options.
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Student Well-Being Q&A Why Some Schools Are Adding 'Directors of Wellness' to Their Leadership Teams
One such administrator explains what the job looks like in her high school.
Caitlynn Peetz, October 26, 2022
6 min read
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School & District Management 3 Reasons School and District Leaders Should Get on Social Media
Two leaders with impressive followings share how school and district leaders can use social media in their work.
Marina Whiteleather, October 25, 2022
3 min read
Professional Development Spotlight Spotlight on Professional Development for Leadership
This Spotlight will empower you with insights on motivating teachers all year long, improving communication with school staff, and more.
October 21, 2022
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School & District Management Ed. Dept. Recognizes 9 Principals for Leadership Under ‘Challenging Circumstances’
The school leaders are recipients of the Terrel H. Bell Awards for Outstanding School Leadership.
Denisa R. Superville, October 20, 2022
2 min read
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School & District Management Opinion How to Lead a New Team: Advice for Principals and Administrators
Turning a page in your career requires bravery. Here’s some advice for fitting in a new district.
Lisa Meade, October 18, 2022
3 min read
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Recruitment & Retention Opinion What One School Is Doing to Keep Its Teachers
In just three years, my school boosted teacher retention from 63 percent to 100 percent. Here's how.
Sarah Yost, October 13, 2022
5 min read