School Principals

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Mary Pat Cumming, principal at the FAIR School in Minneapolis, is working with a student and parent to create a course on consent for juniors and seniors.
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Principals Crack Down on Harmful Student Behaviors

Some school leaders are using their leverage to confront students' hazing, drinking, and sexual violence. It's a difficult job. (November 12, 2018)

Spotlight on Principal Leadership

In this Spotlight, learn how principals are providing input on school improvement efforts, gaining management savvy from the business world, and balancing classroom visits with other leadership responsibilities.

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The Principal's Playbook: Tackling School Improvement
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Principals Under Pressure
For this report, Education Week asked principals to tell us about their biggest challenges on the job, from safety to time management.

Who's Ready to Be a Principal?
Education Week explores how some states, school districts, universities, and alternative programs are ramping up efforts to groom principals trained in the mosaic of skills necessary to be successful at running schools.

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An exclusive Education Week Research Center survey reveals striking gaps between how principals rate the impact of their leadership and how teachers do.
October 16, 2019 – Education Week
Principals encounter lots of parenting styles in their schools. Tell us about the "types" you’ve seen and strategies and tips you've used to interact with them in productive ways.
October 16, 2019 – Education Week
Teachers work their magic with students all the time, building community and trust. What would school be like if principals worked that same magic with teachers, wonders Jonathon Medeiros.
October 9, 2019 – Teacher
The majority of school districts still sideline principals in major financial decisionmaking, even as researchers argue they should have more control. But some principals remain ambivalent about significantly greater autonomy.
September 25, 2019 – Education Week
A national union for principals is campaigning to increase its membership, drafting in part off the momentum created by the surge in educator activism over the past two years.
September 11, 2019 – Education Week
As a Latina educator and parent, Victoria Onodera wishes she’d gotten a welcome-back letter from school leaders that acknowledged families' fears in this political climate. So she wrote one.
August 26, 2019 – Teacher
Three experienced principals offer candid advice and lessons they learned, and discuss how new school leaders can make the most out of their first year on the job.
July 17, 2019 – Education Week
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
A new study of six school districts that made heavy investments in strengthening their cadre of school leaders shows a link to stronger student achievement and longer tenures.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
When districts keep schools open during a teachers' strike, principals face a difficult balance between upporting their staff and providing a safe environment for students.
March 6, 2019 – Education Week

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