Principals

Posted Nov. 21, 2017

My Principal Saw I Needed Compassion Not Punishment, and That Made All the Difference

When I entered Mary Evelyn Castle Elementary School in second grade, it was my third elementary school in three years. We moved for a third time…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Nov. 2, 2017

Chicago Isn’t Atlanta—Our Student Learning Gains Are Real and Lead the Nation

About a year ago, Stanford researcher Sean Reardon was digging deep into a 300-million-piece database he created, containing five years’ worth of state test scores…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 30, 2017

If You’re Thinking About Becoming a Principal, You Should Read This Letter

Dear Future Principal: As you slog your way through classes that will directly affect your future work as a principal, I need you to remember…

By Anna Baldwin

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Posted Oct. 20, 2017

Episode 02: What Do Principals Do All Day?

Principals can really make or break a school. Today we’re discussing what principals do, what makes a good or bad principal, and how teachers and…

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Posted Oct. 18, 2017

7 Things I Think Every Principal Should Know

Education is the one thing that cannot be taken away from you and is the key to success. This is my 12th year as a…

By Shanessa Fenner

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Posted Oct. 18, 2017

He Was the People’s Principal

It’s 7:15 a.m. and it’s raining. The weather doesn’t matter however, because he is standing outside every day…rain, sleet, or snow, like the postman…greeting students…

By LeeAndra Khan

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Posted Oct. 17, 2017

I Became a Principal to Make School a Place Where Students Wanted to Be

As a youngster, LeViis Haney wasn’t the greatest student. In a recent blog for Education Week, he shares his struggle to stay motivated. But thanks…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 16, 2017

Being an Assistant Principal Has Taught Me a Lot About Leadership

I have crossed over to the “dark side.” I am now an assistant principal. Although I transitioned from a teacher leader to an assistant principal…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Oct. 16, 2017

The Principal That Leads Is the Principal That Is Seen

Leadership is a word that has been bandied about so much it has lost its true essence. The proliferation of “leaders” on book covers, political…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Oct. 16, 2017

It’s a Principal’s Job to Make Equity a Reality

On the first day of school each year, more than 3,300 teenagers fill the campus here at Rancho Cucamonga High School. They’re a diverse group—more…

By Cary Willborn

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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