Ben Rodriguez's first job as a principal was opening a new school in San Tan Valley, Ariz. nearly 20 years ago. This is the last of four interviews with experienced principals.
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July 17, 2019
July 03, 2019
Sue Park, now the head of school at Yu Ming Charter School in Oakland, Calif, followed an unconventional route to becoming a principal. This is the third of four interviews with experienced principals.
June 25, 2019
An award-winning high school principal in rural Virginia learned early on that the best way to build trust with teachers and staff was to show them that she didn't have all the answers and needed their expertise and help. This is the second of four interviews with experienced principals.
June 21, 2019
A Tennessee middle school principal talks frankly about his learning curve when he started out as a school leader and gives candid advice to his peers who are brand new to the job. This is the first in a series of four interviews with experienced principals.
May 31, 2019
A black principal increased the likelihood that a new teacher hire would be black by up to 7 percentage points and a drop in black teacher mobility by 2 to 5 percentage points, according to new research. Schools with black principals also saw positive effects on black students' math performance, even in the absence of hiring black teachers.
May 21, 2019
Nearly every school has an "improvement plan," but a new survey shows that only 44 percent of teachers said their school's plan led to changes in their teaching practices, compared to 67 percent of principals.
May 15, 2019
More than half of the principals surveyed also said they were responsible for making safety decisions in their schools, including things like campus check-in procedures and security for after-school events.
April 25, 2019
Principal supervisors are overseeing fewer principals and are staying on the job longer, but they still lack targeted professional development and many districts do not have a pipeline from which to draw future leaders for the role.
April 24, 2019
Principal Says Parents Can't Wear Pajamas, Hair Rollers, and Satin Caps in Her School. Is It Racist?
A Houston principal's new dress code for parents and guests is drawing major backlash and criticism that it discriminates against women, particularly low-income and black women. The policy prohibits adults wearing pajamas, hair rollers, low-cut shirts, underwear, and revealing leggings, among other items, from entering the school.
April 10, 2019
States have traditionally heavily relied on Title II funds to pay for school leadership programs. But evidence from six districts that invested heavily in developing principals meets the federal standard for justifying using Title I money for such programs, an analysis has found.