How to Reject the “Achievement Gap” and Boost Our Belief in Every Student

by Otis Kitchen  |  8.15.22

We’ve been looking at the so-called “achievement gap” for decades and too often misreading it as a sign that some students innately do better, perform better or are just somehow better than others. Depending on your environment, that’s not something you might say out loud or take seriously as an idea. But it could still […]

7 ways principals can support LGBTQ+ teachers like me.

by Phoenix Moony  |  6.21.22

This was my first year of teaching, and even though it was a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants experience, it was a lot of fun. I’m excited to come back, largely because of the support I found in my administrators. As a non-binary person looking for my first teaching position, it was important to me to find a school […]

Here’s What I did When Student Stress and Conflict Rose

by VaShawn Smith  |  4.6.22

As a middle school principal, I’ve seen that sustaining behavioral expectations for my students is harder this year, and I’ve heard the same thing from fellow leaders. When my school started experiencing multiple behavioral conflicts every day, that was new territory, and I have to admit, I didn’t see the path forward right away. I […]

How Our Students Pushed Us to Rethink the Dress Code

by Beth Thomas  |  2.28.22

When we reached the point in the pandemic when students could return to in-person learning, we wanted to make them feel like they could come back to the safest, most welcome space possible. We did away with rules about hats and headphones. We did away with all kinds of things in order to extend grace […]

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 […]

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 […]

Restorative Practices Roundup: 5 Leaders, 5 Stories

by Baltimore City Public Schools  |  10.6.21

Over the past several years, Baltimore City Public Schools has been working to transform schools and communities by fully implementing restorative practices (RP).  As leader Karen Webber puts it, RP has been a primary tool in working to end the school-to-prison pipeline, advocating for students in crisis and reducing arrests and suspensions across the city […]

Using Student Data to Inform Equity Goals

by Alexis Knox-Miller  |  9.23.21

As my district’s director of equity and inclusion, I know how much school leaders care about promoting success for every student, beginning on the very first day of school. This year is off to a complicated start, and I also know that it can be easy to feel like we’re already behind on planning anti-racist […]

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