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Why Principals Worry About How Mobile Devices Affect Students' Social Skills, Attention Spans

An EdWeek Research Center national survey of educators and interviews with school principals reveal big concerns about how the proliferation of digital devices is affecting K-12 education. (June 2, 2020)

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The Principal's Playbook: Tackling School Improvement
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Special Reports

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.

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.


The Principal's To-Do-List: Downloadable Resource
This to-do list template was designed for principals, based on advice and tips they shared with Education Week. It's an accompaniment to our special report, "Principals Under Pressure," that offers strategies for mastering the toughest job in schools.

Principals, Here’s How Teachers View You
An exclusive Education Week Research Center survey reveals striking gaps between how principals rate the impact of their leadership and how teachers do.

Principals, Have You Met These Parents in Your School?
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.


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In a new advice column for school leaders, former principal Sharif El-Mekki answers your questions about leading during the pandemic.
July 22, 2020 – Education Week
"I feel like we've opened a Pandora's box of grading." Tamara McWilliams takes on this and other urgent concerns for school leaders in a new advice column.
July 8, 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
A measure signed by President Trump could provide some short-term relief to school employees, but districts are scrambling to keep people working and getting paid during indefinite closures.
March 19, 2020 – Education Week
School leaders can't be effective without wading into social issues, argues David E. DeMatthews.
March 3, 2020 – Education Week
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 23, 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

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