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May 21, 2019

Teachers Are Cynical About 'School Improvement Plans.' What Principals Can Do to Change That

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 16, 2019

Teacher Experience and Preparation Led to Stronger Black and Hispanic Achievement, Study Says

A new report from the Learning Policy Institute found that black and Hispanic students in districts that employ fully-qualified and experienced educators outperformed their peers in districts with higher percentages of teachers with less time on the job and who were not fully credentialed.

May 15, 2019

What Principals Are Most Worried About Right Now

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

How the Job of Supervising Principals Is Changing

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 10, 2019

Paying for New Principal Talent With Title I Money? New Study Says It's Possible

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.

March 19, 2019

Are Principals Perfect? If You Ask Most of Them, the Answer Is Yes

A new survey of principals and teachers by RAND Education showed that most principals believe they are performing highly in their jobs. But teacher perceptions and data on school performance and staff turnover paint a less rosy view of school leadership, researchers say.

January 30, 2019

Superintendents Are Singing Their Snow Day Announcements. Who Did It Best?

The bitter cold that has shut down many schools across the Midwest has spawned an unofficial "singing superintendents" challenge as school leaders jockey to be the most creative in their closure announcements.

January 10, 2019

Former Principal Gears Up to Run Again After 2018 Election Loss

Aimy Steele, the former North Carolina principal who challenged a longtime incumbent in the state house of representatives and lost by less than 2,000 votes in the November midterm election, is revving up her campaign for the same seat.

December 28, 2018

Principals' Top 10: From 'Juuling' to 'Toxic' Staffers, News They Could Use

Principals also wanted to know about driving school improvement, finding a healthy work-life balance, and keeping students safe amid news of school shootings.

November 06, 2018

Four Principals Win Seats in Oklahoma's Statehouse

In a state where dozens of teachers and other educators mounted campaigns for the state legislature, at least four principals captured seats.

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