How to get all-staff buy-in on restorative practices

by Brandon Pinkney  |  9.10.21

As you lean into planning for a new year, I know you are thinking through how best to support students in what will hopefully be a more normal year. I’ve worked in several schools as a leader, and what I’ve learned is we have to teach to the heart before we can teach to the […]

3 Ways I Promote Anti-Bias Teaching With My Team

by Maurice McDavid  |  7.16.21

Leading anti-racist instruction means shining a light on unconscious bias with our teams

Drafting a master schedule: equity, connection & growth

by The Principal Project Team  |  7.13.21

As you build your master schedule, take a tip or two from your fellow leaders.

3 Ways Every School Leader Can Help Build a Pipeline of Educators of Color

by Sharif El-Mekki  |  6.24.21

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. The second post, on six steps for more inclusive hiring, can be found here.  When I first became a principal, I […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

Reimagining Education: Let’s empower teachers to co-write curriculum with students and families

by Chris DeRemer  |  8.19.20

Chris DeRemer is the dean of instruction at a high school in Denver, CO. This is part of our series on reimagining education. A few years ago, when I was in the classroom full-time, my students and I did a project on gentrification. I was new to the school and the neighborhood, part of the […]

Planning for 2020-2021: 4 questions to put equity at the center of your family & community engagement

by The Principal Project Team  |  8.13.20

This blog post is excerpted & adapted from Restart & Recovery: Considerations for Teaching and Learning System Conditions from the Council of Chief State School Officers. See the full report for more guidelines, vetted resources and project context to support your family engagement strategy. 4 key values that will help center equity in your family […]

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