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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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Calls to modernize how prospective principals are selected and trained are being heeded in some states and universities.
January 25, 2017 – Education Week
The state's move to overhaul training for school leaders has shifted university-based programs' focus to developing principals who are strong instructional leaders.
January 25, 2017 – Education Week
The career path to the principalship has been a fairly rigid one until recently.
January 25, 2017 – Education Week
The first national study of principals' time use finds that school leaders clock long hours—and many of them are spent on paperwork.
November 2, 2016 – Education Week
Principals in urban communities need to actively respond to a report by the U.S. Department of Justice that details how police routinely discriminate against black children and adults, writes David DeMatthews.
August 31, 2016 – Education Week
The No Child Left Behind Act has had an impact on principalship, writes Harvard Graduate School of Education's Deborah Jewell-Sherman.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
Principal Tim Lauer shares how he uses technology to balance extended classroom visits with his other leadership responsibilities.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
A rash of student transfers was a wake-up call for Principal Rodney Fisher to prioritize his school's mission, he writes.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
Amidst a web of challenges, principals can still manage to control the "weather" inside their schools, writes Tamara McWilliams.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
Leading a parochial school demands an engaged focus on students' sense of community and character, says Habeeb Quadri.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week

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