5 ed tech tips for school leaders, from a director of technology

by Martin Cisneros  |  11.24.20

Martin Cisneros is a district director of technology in San Jose, CA. You can follow him on Twitter @TheTechProfe. I became a district director of technology because I’m passionate about edtech, and I wanted to have a hand in expanding blended learning practices. This school year, I’ve certainly gotten my wish. I’m amazed by what […]

4 things students want from virtual learning this year.

by #PrincipalProject Team  |  11.20.20

This blog post is excerpted and adapted from “What if School Looked Like This? Centering Students in Virtual Learning Design,” from Community Design Partners. See the full 19-page publication for more detailed findings, more details about the Design Camp focus groups and guidelines and resources to help you invite students to the “design table” in […]

4 Ways School Leaders Can Offer Compassionate Leadership to Teachers Right Now

by Anitra Cook  |  11.16.20

Anitra Cook is a middle school assistant principal in Farmville, NC. Follow her on Twitter at @ap_cookie. My school district is one of few in North Carolina that launched the school year in person, using a hybrid model. When the announcement was made that we would be working in the building rather than just virtually, […]

Leader’s Digest with Tiffany Hampton

by Tiffany Hampton  |  10.31.20

Issue #6: What instructional leadership means to me right now Sign up here to get #PrincipalProject newsletters like this in your inbox! Tiffany Hampton is a continuation high school principal in Bloomington, CA. You can follow her on Twitter at @SMHS_CJUSD. Fall is always a busy time for us lead learners, and in a way, […]

What does instructional leadership look like? Here’s what 5 school leaders say.

by #PrincipalProject Team  |  10.29.20

As our team’s instructional leaders, it’s our job to keep teaching and learning at the center of all we do.  That means having an intentional focus on the growth of teachers and students. It means diving into the data and researching best practices. It means creating trust and providing instructional feedback to teachers, supporting them […]

Reimagining Education: Let’s find new ways to meet families where they are

by VaShawn Smith  |  10.27.20

Dr. VaShawn Smith is a middle school principal in Grandview, MO. This is part of our series on reimagining education. Follow him on Twitter at @drvsmith. As school leaders, we know family engagement is always important – and it’s our role to provide the sense of stability and care our learners and their families need. But […]

We’re leading through a tough time – but we’re not in this alone.

by Marc Cohen  |  10.27.20

Marc Cohen is a high school principal in Germantown, Maryland, and a presenter with ASCD. You can find him on Twitter @marcjcohen. Over the summer, my new director scheduled a meeting with me. I thought she wanted to discuss district initiatives, school improvement efforts, and successes and challenges in my school, but her first question […]

Reimagining Education: To bring more Black educators into our schools, let’s focus on the prerequisites for recruitment

by Sharif El-Mekki  |  9.18.20

Sharif El-Mekki is a former principal and the founder of the Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia, PA. This is part of our series on reimagining education. I was a principal at Mastery Charter School-Shoemaker in Philadelphia for many years. We took to heart the concept of windows and mirrors, decorating our walls with […]

How Principal Keeanna Warren Sustained Restorative Practices from a Distance

by Keeanna Warren  |  9.9.20

Keeanna Warren is a high school principal in Indiana. You can read more about what restorative practices look like in her school community here. Follow her on Twitter @KeeannaWarren. This past year, my high school transitioned to the complete integration of restorative practices – which means we center our days on the relationships we have […]

Virtual Tour! A Glimpse of Principal Michael Williford’s Online Orientation for New Students

by Michael Williford  |  8.31.20

Michael Williford is a middle school principal in California. Follow him on Twitter at @mwillifordjbms. As a middle school principal, I know the jump from sixth to seventh grade can feel scary, even in an ordinary year – and for students who are English language learners or qualify for special education services, it can seem […]

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