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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)

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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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.

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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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09/25 03:30 pm | 6 Ways Central Office Can Help Principals Lead Through the COVID-19 Crisis | Principals are on the front lines of navigating the biggest disruption to schooling in a generation. Here's how district administrators can help them do it.

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Veteran teachers give advice on how principals can foster meaningful buy-in among their school’s staff members.
October 16, 2019 – Education Week
Here are eight concrete ideas from principals and other experts that school leaders can use to make their evaluations and observations of teachers meaningful, actionable, and low-stress.
October 16, 2019 – Education Week
How deeply principals should know content areas and how much it matters for helping their teachers is an active debate.
October 16, 2019 – Education Week
We asked teachers to share how they most want their principals to show appreciation for the work they do.
October 16, 2019 – Education Week
A principal's job tests skills that seldom show up in a training program. Among them: balancing on the tightrope stretched between the needs of teachers and of parents, particularly when the two parties are at odds.
October 16, 2019 – Education Week
Student misbehavior and discipline is a major source of friction between principals and teachers. Veteran educators share how they build consensus around discipline in their schools.
October 16, 2019 – Education Week
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

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