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August 22, 2019

Principals Are Mostly White, But Higher Percentages of Charter School Leaders Are People of Color

Who are the nation's principals? New federal data shine a light on the makeup of the principalship.

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 31, 2019

Many White Principals Feel Ill-Equipped to Support Students of Color, Poor Children

White principals were less likely than principals of color to say that their preparation programs helped them feel ready to meet the needs of diverse students, according to a new survey.

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.

July 03, 2019

Advice for New Principals: Make Sure You Have a Mentor

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

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.

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