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September 19, 2019

To Excuse or Not to Excuse? How Districts Are Handling the Climate Strike

As students choose to miss school to take part in large protests around issues such as gun violence and climate change, it poses challenges for how districts should handle youth activism.

September 19, 2019

To Connect With Families, Schools Must Build Trust, Report Finds

An overwhelming majority of school leaders think building community trust is important, but many question whether their districts are effectively cultivating relationships with parents and other residents, a national survey finds.

August 13, 2019

Academy Aims to Equip New and Future Principals With Real-World Skills

The new program, which is a joint project of the AASA, the School Superintendents Association, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals, will help a small crop of current and future school leaders address challenges they face in their schools.

July 30, 2019

6 Things Principals Look for When They Hire Teachers

Two veteran principals talk about ways job-seeking teachers can nail their interviews and the common mistakes they should avoid.

July 17, 2019

Advice for New Principals: Know Your Boss's Expectations

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.

June 25, 2019

Advice for New Principals: Be 'Emotionally Vulnerable With Your Staff'

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

Advice for New Principals: 'It's All About How You Treat People'

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

Districts Struggle to Hire Black Teachers. Is the Solution Hiring More Black Principals?

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

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 11, 2019

To Help Schools Make Better Decisions About Safety, Johns Hopkins University Launches New Center

Johns Hopkins has launched a new program that aims to help schools and educators make informed decisions about school safety and creating healthy learning environments.

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