Why I Hold Monthly SEL Sessions with Students’ Families

by Jazmine Frias  |  2.24.22

As a student, I came to school every day from a chaotic household. The safe and nurturing learning environments fostered by my teachers provided a refuge where I could grow and thrive despite my circumstances. And now as a school principal, promoting that same affirming environment for every student is at the heart of my […]

How I Build Math Mindsets into My School Culture

by Charles Williams  |  2.14.22

When I joined my K-8 school community a few years ago, our students were, on average, in the 18th percentile in math achievement. These days, despite all the disruptions and traumas they’ve experienced during pandemic learning, our students are demonstrating mastery at and beyond the 40th percentile, with more and more students in the 90th […]

How I Encourage Every Student to Become a “Math Person”

by Charles Williams  |  2.14.22

I’m the principal of a K-8 school serving students and families in a high-poverty community. When I first joined my school community, we were on the brink of closing. But in the last few years, my team and I have empowered our students to grow from the 18th percentile in math to reach and surpass […]

Honoring Black History (in February and Beyond)

by Kimberly Ellis  |  2.7.22

There are so many things I love about Dawson Elementary School. One of those things is the amazing diversity here. We’re just so fortunate to have such a variety of different cultures, backgrounds and perspectives. I believe only greatness can come from that. Our school is a truly special place to be, and part of […]

How Our Community Came Together for Black History Month

by Laurence McGhee & Allison Rotola  |  2.1.22

Both of us grew up in Linden, and we both serve here now – Allison as an educator and Laurence as an administrator. Last school year, as we considered how we could recognize and honor Black History Month, a thought occurred to us: Why not highlight the influential figures who came out of our own […]

Let’s recommit to the power of listening

by Jorge Ruiz  |  1.18.22

At the start of the pandemic, one major adjustment we had to make was accepting that the new challenges weren’t going to end quickly. For me, the hardest part has been trying to maintain a sense of consistency and community. As my team faces each new challenge, I try to bring our work back to […]

Shadowing a Student: A #PrincipalHack That Keeps Me Grounded

by Brian McCann  |  12.7.21

Seeing the school from a student’s perspective sharpens all of my decisions.

How I Make Student Relationships a Schoolwide Priority

by Valerie Walker  |  12.6.21

Promoting achievement means making sure every student has champions at school. Here’s my approach.

5 Communication Tips for Strong Instructional Leadership

by Victoria Thompson  |  11.8.21

I’m a STEM coach, which puts me in a unique position as an instructional leader. I’m a member of the leadership team, but I’m not a principal or administrator. I’m an educator but not a current classroom teacher. As a result of my role, I am able to see what leaders and teachers each prioritize […]

5 Quick Videos: Retaining Educators of Color

by Sharif El-Mekki  |  10.21.21

Many of your fellow leaders have expressed the desire to recruit and retain more educators of color, and Principal Project has partnered with leader Sharif El-Mekki to share his insights on what it means to build a school environment that is inclusive and empowering for all educators.  Sharif is a former principal and founder of […]

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