Leadership and Management

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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What is the relationship between school demographics and school budget, how can districts allocate new funding, and how outdated are school funding formulas?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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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
Too often, teachers are asked to use SEL practices without enough training and ongoing support, tanking the effectiveness.
April 8, 2020 – Education Week
Setting districtwide priorities for SEL and supporting teachers is essential to ensuring consistency, says Atlanta’s director of social-emotional learning in this Q&A.
April 8, 2020 – Education Week
With many school buildings closed for the rest of the academic year—and more to follow—district leaders turn their attention to making up for what may be deep learning losses.
April 7, 2020 – Education Week
Districts that can screen, interview, and select candidates virtually will have less disruption to their hiring, despite how coronavirus is upending every aspect of school operations.
March 30, 2020 – Education Week
The momentum to raise teacher salaries in several states has ground to a halt amid fears of coronavirus’ massive economic blow.
March 26, 2020 – Education Week
Highline Public Schools chief Susan Enfield’s district is weighing how to provide print and online resources to students during the coronavirus outbreak, but she’s heard enough from companies marketing their products.
March 25, 2020 – Education Week
Dez-Ann Romain, a Brooklyn principal, is believed to be the first full-time, front-line educator to die from COVID-19.
March 24, 2020 – Education Week
Thanks to the coronavirus epidemic, America is facing a school shutdown of historic proportions, deepening learning divides among students and taking away the centers of communities. Can we ever make up the lost learning time?
March 25, 2020 – Education Week
Answers to how the new federal law on emergency paid leave affects teachers, administrators, staff, and other full- and part-time workers in America’s K-12 schools.
March 20, 2020 – Education Week