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Mojdeh Henderson, the principal of Berewick Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C., relies on a team of “first responders” in her school who can handle matters such as student discipline and building issues. That setup allows Henderson to spend the bulk of her time doing things such as classroom observations that help teachers get better at instruction.
—Chris Keane for Education Week

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Principals have the hardest job in schools. They must answer to the central office, be responsive to parents, support and coach their teachers, and build relationships with students. How can one person do all of this well and keep a healthy work-life balance?

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This year’s report takes a hard look at what principals are thinking and doing about some of the most vexing technology issues in their schools.

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The group of 17 principals—all of them who had gunfire injure or kill people in their schools—aims to be a pro-active source of support and advice for school leaders after a shooting.
April 17, 2019 – Education Week
Well-known Orlando attorney Frank Kruppenbacher’s ties to former Gov. Rick Scott helped him amass authority at the state-run Florida Virtual School until a clash with its new leader led to his abrupt departure last summer.
April 12, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
What goes on behind all the closed doors in politics? Most teachers never get a chance to find out, writes teacher-turned-politician John Waldron.
April 11, 2019 – Education Week
It's one thing to learn if an intervention works in schools and classrooms; it's another to know if it's worth the expense.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
Julia Keleher is leaving her position as Puerto Rico's top K-12 official, but will serve as an adviser at the island's education department to help with the leadership transition and ongoing policy changes.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
A new study of six school districts that made heavy investments in strengthening their cadre of school leaders shows a link to stronger student achievement and longer tenures.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said in a radio interview that he deliberately exposed his children to chickenpox so they would catch the highly contagious disease and become immune.
March 21, 2019 – AP
The newest group of state superintendents, most of them appointed by newly elected governors, is ethnically diverse and full of those with experience in the classroom.
March 20, 2019 – Education Week
Superintendents can become embroiled in controversy that leads to factions calling for their ouster, as has happened to Robert Runcie, the embattled schools chief in Broward County, Fla. How does a leader know when he or she has become too much of a distraction to effectively lead?
March 20, 2019 – Education Week
School districts and researchers are working together to try to predict teacher effectiveness by looking at resumes and job applications.
March 13, 2019 – Education Week

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