#ClosedNotClosed: Principal Kristen Kuhlmann Creates a Socially Distant Graduation Ceremony

by Kristen Kuhlmann  |  5.15.20

Kristen Kuhlmann is a high school principal in Andover, Kansas. You can follow her on Twitter at @AHSPrincipal385. As the end of this complicated year approaches, I know how much our school community would love to hold a traditional commencement ceremony for our seniors. This is a tough call for every principal, and I considered […]

Changemakers: How Principal Erik Naglee is Using Twitter and Video to Celebrate Senior Students During COVID-19 Closures

by Erik Naglee  |  5.12.20

Erik Naglee is a high school principal in Greensboro, North Carolina. You can follow him on Twitter at @nagleee. This is an anxious time for students and families. I know I’m not the only principal who’s been up at night thinking about how I can support our kids – not only by working to meet […]

5 Ways to Maintain Positive Connections with Teachers

by Lisa Meade  |  5.6.20

Lisa Meade is a high school principal in upstate New York. You can follow her on Twitter @LisaMeade23.  This Teacher Appreciation Week, I’m feeling especially grateful for all the ways teachers are going above and beyond, especially in the building I am fortunate to be a part of – Granville Jr./Sr. High School, located in […]

#PrincipalHacks: 7 Tips for Virtual Meetings, from Your Fellow School Leaders

by The Principal Project Team  |  4.23.20

The challenges presented by COVID-19 are changing what it means to connect with your school community. Already, your fellow lead learners are doing what leaders do: finding a way.  From offering emotional support at a distance to making sure everyone feels comfortable with new technology, you’re figuring out ways to provide support for kids and […]

Leader’s Digest with Principal Jessica Cabeen

by The Principal Project Team  |  4.11.20

Issue #2: Connection and self-care during COVID-19 Sign up here to get #PrincipalProject newsletters like this in your inbox! Jessica Cabeen is a middle school principal in Austin, Minnesota, the author of Lead with Grace and the co-author of Balance Like a Pirate. School leaders, I want to ask something I know you’re asking everyone […]

Leader’s Digest with Sharif El-Mekki

by The Principal Project Team  |  2.18.20

Issue #1: Black History Month, ed equity and more Sign up here to get #PrincipalProject newsletters like this in your inbox! Sharif El-Mekki is a former middle school principal in Philadelphia. He now serves as director of the Center for Black Educator Development. If you can’t see something, it’s harder to see it as a […]

Recharge: Filling Up on Self-Care with Jody Ratti — How I use my 45-minute commute

by Assistant Principal Jody Ratti  |  1.22.20

Before becoming a school leader, I wasn’t as deliberate about making time to reflect. Now, I know that doing my work well depends on dedicated, personal reflection. I really valued winter break as a chance to slow down, spend time with my family and get the mental space that allows me to come back into […]

15 Pieces of Advice and Encouragement from your Fellow Principals and APs

by The Principal Project Team  |  9.13.19

We asked you and school leaders in the #PrincipalProject community to answer a question on Twitter: What tips or encouragement would you give a fellow principal or AP? Whether you’re a veteran administrator or starting your first year as a principal, we hope you find inspiration and encouragement from lead learners in this community: “Go […]

Our School Has a 50% Chronic Absentee Issue – And Here’s What We’re Doing About It

by Alexis Knox-Miller  |  8.29.19

I’m an assistant principal at a middle school. I work with students who have so much heart and character. They are so unafraid to speak truth and I really admire that. I also get the honor to work alongside some of the best teachers I know. They get up and teach our students daily because […]

Partnering with Families to Build a Culture that Welcomes All Kids

by Xavier Reed  |  8.16.19

When I think about attendance, I really think about whether students feel welcome and if they have a sense of comfort in the building. If they do, they’re going to want to be at school.  I’m an associate principal at a suburban middle school, with about a 50% free or reduced lunch population. When we […]

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