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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 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 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

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.

February 22, 2019

Principals and Teacher Strikes: How Districts Can Make the Job More Manageable

In three of the four teachers strikes so far this year, districts have kept schools open putting principals in a bind between supporting their teachers on the picket line and being the district voice in their building and communities.

February 15, 2019

Administrators Say Schools Are Equipped to Address Bad Behavior in Early Grades. Teachers Beg to Differ

In a new survey, all superintendents said strategies to deal with behavior issues such as positive behavioral interventions and supports are used in their districts. But just 57 percent of teachers said they used those practices frequently or very frequently.

January 18, 2019

Fed Up, L.A. Principals Ask District to Close Schools During Teacher Strike

With the Los Angeles Unified school district pledging to keep schools open during the strike, principals are feeling the burden.

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