6 Strategies for Bringing More Educators of Color to Your Team

by Sharif El-Mekki  |  6.17.21

This is part of a series on recruiting and retaining teachers of color, presented in collaboration with leader Sharif El-Mekki. The first post, on focusing on the prerequisites for recruitment, can be found here.  By now, most school leaders are familiar with the research that all students benefit when they learn from Black educators and […]

Want more culturally responsive instruction? Start with restorative practices.

by Wyatt Oroke  |  6.8.21

In conversations with folks who are newer to restorative practices (RP), I often hear that they’re familiar with the idea of restorative circles – but that’s it. And while restorative circles are valuable and transformative, the reality is that RP isn’t just about community-building or reforming your school’s approach to discipline. Restorative practices shift teachers’ […]

7 Principal–Tested Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas

by The Principal Project Team  |  5.4.21

Teacher Appreciation Week is here! For leaders like you, showing appreciation doesn’t always have to involve elaborate gestures. It can be as simple as sharing heartfelt words or offering teachers the gift of time.  Here are 7 ideas from leaders in the Principal Project community:

School leaders, are we giving teachers mixed messages about “self-care”? Here are 3 ways to get it right.

by LaQuisha Hall  |  4.30.21

Today, I called a teacher to ask how she was doing. Halfway through the conversation, she stopped me and confessed, “I was dreading this phone call.” When I asked why, she said, “Because there are so many things I know I haven’t done yet, and I thought you were going to ask me for them.” […]

SEL for School Leaders: 5 Strategies for Adaptive Leadership (Part 3 of 3)

by Dr. Paulette France, Dr. Janene Gorham, & Ms. Anna Surratt  |  4.2.21

This is part of our series on supporting the capacity of leaders to foster the psychological safety and well-being of staff, in partnership with leaders in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Check out Part 1 on building emotional capacity, Part 2 on meeting design and facilitation and the full deck of strategies. “If there was […]

In 18 years of being a principal, implementing restorative practices is the most valuable thing I’ve done.

by Matt Hornbeck  |  3.26.21

In Principal Matt Hornbeck’s school community, implementing restorative practices reduced detentions, suspensions and office referrals and increased teacher retention.

SEL for School Leaders: 5 Strategies for Meeting Design & Facilitation (Part 2 of 3)

by Dr. Paulette France, Dr. Janene Gorham, & Ms. Anna Surratt  |  3.26.21

This is part of our series on supporting the capacity of leaders to foster the psychological safety and well-being of staff, in partnership with leaders in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Check out Part 1 on building emotional capacity and the full deck of strategies. Shifting meetings online can seem straightforward: You schedule a meeting, you […]

SEL for School Leaders: 5 Strategies for Fostering Your Team’s Emotional Intelligence (Part 1 of 3)

by Dr. Paulette France, Dr. Janene Gorham, & Ms. Anna Surratt  |  3.18.21

This is part of our series in partnership with leaders in Virginia City Public Schools, on how leaders can foster the psychological safety and well-being of staff. Every decision we make in our schools has to go back to the question: How is this going to impact the students we are charged with every single […]

Equity Pauses: A Tool for Creating a Whole-Child Approach to Data Analysis

by David Montes de Oca  |  3.17.21

As education leaders, we often encounter friction when it comes to looking at student data with our teams. One of the biggest tensions comes from the difference between using data for accountability and using it for improvement. I believe strongly that the schools we lead are the people’s schools, and our communities need to be […]

How restorative practices are transforming Baltimore City Public Schools – and where to start in your school community

by Karen Webber  |  3.2.21

Over the past several years, Baltimore City Schools has been working to transform our schools and communities by fully implementing restorative practices (RP). We’ve learned that restorative practices are not just another thing you “do” or some new thing to “try out.” They’re a way of being.  Restorative Practices emanate from the use of problem-solving […]

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