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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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This special report explores what states, school districts, higher education, and alternative programs are doing to prepare future principals.

New School Rules for a New Era
Articles in this special report explore the evolving roles of chief academic officers and chief technology officers in five school systems in the United States.

Principals Under Pressure
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?

Technology Counts 2018
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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From Teacher to Principal: A Look at the Typical Pathway
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State superintendents in recent years have been given increased responsibilities, but in many cases their salaries have not kept pace. That's had implications for recruitment and retention.

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Teachers say that training sessions too often don’t respect their experience, expertise, or time.
May 15, 2019 – Education Week
The biggest impediment to professional change might just be what you already know.
May 15, 2019 – Education Week
Implicit-bias training goes further than asking teachers to understand their students’ backgrounds. It asks teachers to look at themselves.
May 15, 2019 – Education Week
Growing requirements for trainings on non-academic issues—everything from food allergies to sexual assault—have made it hard for schools and teachers to keep up.
May 15, 2019 – Education Week
Education Week asked teachers what they saw as the biggest blind spots in teacher professional development. Here’s what they said.
May 15, 2019 – Education Week
Michigan's Board of Education on Tuesday chose Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Michael Rice to lead the Department of Education, citing his track record of closing the "achievement gap" among groups of students and his experience as an educator both in and outside the state.
May 8, 2019 – AP
National and state teachers of the year got a last-minute face-to-face with President Donald Trump, but two of them refused to attend the White House event in a protest against administration policies.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
Cheers erupted across the School Committee chambers as the seven-person panel chose Brenda Cassellius as the next superintendent of Boston Public Schools, based on her work with achievement gaps and equity, her desire to work with families and teachers, and her experience.
May 2, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
Effective management approaches are not skills principals typically learn through the traditional pathways of education. To fill the gap, they are turning to business programs and publications.
April 24, 2019 – Education Week
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 16, 2019 – Education Week

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