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6 Districts Invested in Principals and Saw Dramatic Gains. Dozens More Will Try to Do the Same

Reading and math scores rose dramatically in districts that focused heavily on improving the ranks of principals. Now an effort is under way to replicate that success in nearly 100 other school districts around the country. (February 11, 2020)

Leaders to Learn From

Education Week Leaders To Learn From
In this annual report, Education Week's Leaders To Learn From spotlights district-level leaders from across the country who seized on creative but practical approaches to improving their school systems and put those ideas to work.


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Education Week Quizzes

Quiz Yourself: Principal Leadership
How are states regulating principal-preparation programs, what does ESSA say about training school leadership, and how do “niche” principal-training programs aim to train more-effective school leaders?

Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About School Finance?
What is the relationship between school demographics and school budget, how can districts allocate new funding, and how outdated are school funding formulas?


Special Report: Managing the Money
This Education Week special report puts the focus on what those on the hot seat—superintendents, principals, and other local leaders—actually do with the funding they get and what stands in the way of their making better use of it.

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.

Inside the Principal-Teacher Relationship
Education Week talked to dozens of principals about strategies for building strong partnerships with teachers and heard from many teachers about what they need most from school leaders.


From Teacher to Principal: A Look at the Typical Pathway
The career path to the principalship has been a fairly rigid one until recently.

State Superintendent Salaries: How Much Do They Make?
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.

We Asked About School Finance. What Did Districts Say?
To learn more about what those on the front lines of managing school finance think of the challenges they face, the Education Week Research Center in August fielded an online survey to a nationally representative sample of school principals and district-level administrators.

District Dossier Blog

05/20 04:26 pm | 10 Ways to Make the Final Days of Virtual School Fun | A principal shares the Zoom-based activities that she and her teachers dreamed up to replace the typical end-of-school-year fun.


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A new analysis says the nation's schools will need to spend $41 billion more in the 2020-21 academic year as the fast-moving recession driven by the coronavirus pandemic boosts costs for everything from remote learning to school meals.
May 18, 2020 – Education Week
While governors get high marks from many, respondents to an EdWeek survey still want clarity and details as states navigate coronavirus school shutdowns and pivot toward the coming academic year.
May 13, 2020 – Education Week
There are six areas of key work ahead, write John P. Bailey and Frederick M. Hess.
May 13, 2020 – Education Week
The coronavirus has forced school districts and unions to work out on-the-fly agreements for how many hours teachers work, how they must interact with students, and other thorny issues.
April 28, 2020 – Education Week
EdWeek studied 12 agreements that set school districts’ expectations for their teachers during remote instruction. Seven common themes emerged.
April 28, 2020 – Education Week
As some states move to jump-start economies shut down by the coronavirus, most are keeping their school buildings shuttered. What makes schools such an outlier?
April 23, 2020 – Education Week
Leaders in some districts say remote teaching will now be a skill they will build even more in their existing teacher corps. Others are more skeptical.
April 20, 2020 – Education Week
The nation’s teachers are trying to cope with an armful of new stressors as they struggle to make the shift to remote learning for the rest of the school year.
April 29, 2020 – Education Week
Nathel Burtley, 79, was a lifelong educator who led the Flint, Mich., school system, paving the way for other African-American educators to become the heads of districts. He died earlier this month from the coronavirus.
April 29, 2020 – Education Week
Social distancing is forcing school business to be conducted virtually, putting school boards in the difficult spot of making crucial decisions on spending and other issues without the same level of public input.
April 8, 2020 – Education Week

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