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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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We asked principals to tell us their biggest challenges, and six clear, commonly shared issues emerged. Here are strategies for tackling them, from school leaders and experts. (October 18, 2018)

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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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Some school leaders are using their leverage to confront students' hazing, drinking, and sexual violence. It's a difficult job.
November 14, 2018 – Education Week
For districts slammed by natural disasters, reopening schools is a mammoth undertaking, and one that very few school leaders have little experience doing.
October 31, 2018 – Education Week
We asked principals to tell us their biggest challenges, and six clear, commonly shared issues emerged. Here are strategies for tackling them, from school leaders and experts.
October 18, 2018 – Education Week
School leaders who delegate to expert staff, adhere to a schedule, and commit to taking care of themselves can thrive, time-management experts say.
October 17, 2018 – Education Week
Rising rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide in children are manifesting in schools. What principals can do to support students and stave off crisis.
October 17, 2018 – Education Week
Adult agitators or slackers can sabotage morale in schools and undermine principals. School leaders must confront the behaviors directly and diplomatically.
October 17, 2018 – Education Week
Few principals have deep experience with special education, but managing it effectively is possible. Some experts offer their ideas for school leaders.
October 17, 2018 – Education Week
Exercise, meditation, and keeping strict boundaries on when he reads and responds to email are among the strategies that a New York high school principal has honed in recent years to help him be effective at his job without the work consuming his life. Here’s what works for him.
October 17, 2018 – Education Week
Two principals documented all they did on a single day. They logged details of the scheduled and unscheduled events that make any day of a principal's job a time-management and leadership challenge.
October 17, 2018 – Education Week
In the wake of the 'Janus' Supreme Court case, teachers' unions are facing more than a dozen legal challenges backed by right-leaning groups that could further dampen their membership numbers and finances.
October 24, 2018 – Education Week

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