School Principals

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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 12, 2018)

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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 10, 2020 – Education Week
A push to open a center devoted to research and professional development for rural K-12 holds promise for educators who work in small, isolated communities.
January 22, 2020 – Education Week
Teacher Ashley Redd spent a day as a 4th grader and went home with a hangover of fear and humiliation.
January 21, 2020 – Teacher
School districts and states invest millions of dollars in preparing and hiring new principals each year. New research out of Texas could help districts get better at understanding why principals leave and help alleviate the school leadership churn.
January 15, 2020 – Education Week
It's tough to be a principal when some of your staff would rather sink the ship than sail it, writes André Benito Mountain.
December 19, 2019 – Education Week
Principals rarely take part in the selection of school resource officers who work in their buildings. That’s a big mistake, experts say.
December 11, 2019 – Education Week
“Good to Great” author Jim Collins, who has spent more than 25 years studying what separates the best businesses from the rest, highlights effective efforts to improve school outcomes in a new monograph.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week
School leaders tend to have a much more optimistic view of the promise of personalized learning than classroom educators, exclusive survey shows.
November 6, 2019 – Education Week
In three days of rock climbing, orienteering, and other challenging outdoor experiences, principals get to examine their own—and others’—strengths and weaknesses as leaders.
October 30, 2019 – Education Week
Do your teachers trust you? Do your teachers think you have the skills to help them get better at instruction? Do they know that if a parent complains about them, you will handle the situation fairly? Are you and your teachers on the same page when it comes to student discipline?
October 16, 2019 – Education Week

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