Making a difference all day long: an illustrated journey
A day in the life of Principal Traniece Brown-Warrens.
Why I Hold Monthly SEL Sessions with Students’ Families
By hosting monthly “Coffee With the Principal” sessions, I bring families SEL skills, staff expertise & support.
How Our Community Came Together for Black History Month
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
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 […]
How We Invite Students’ Families to Plan Together With Our Staff
I lead a high school in a beautiful, vibrant community, with 90% students of color and an active, devoted alumni association. It also happens to be a school in which over 90% of students qualify for free and reduced lunch – and one of the lowest performing schools in the city. In a school balancing […]
Answering the School Phones Gave Me an Instant Connection to Families
I hadn’t planned to answer the secretaries’ phones – but I’m so glad I did.
3 Ways to Make Sure All Families See College as an Option
As a first-generation college graduate, I make college readiness a priority for my students and families.
Reimagining Education: Let’s find new ways to meet families where they are
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 […]
Virtual Tour! A Glimpse of Principal Michael Williford’s Online Orientation for New Students
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 […]
#PrincipalOfficeHours: A Conversation About Reopening and the New School Year
Recently, lead learners like you gathered on Twitter for a #PrincipalOfficeHours chat to discuss school reopening in this complicated back-to-school season. We’ve collected the roundup below to share a few highlights, and we hope it brings you a little extra inspiration – whether it’s a tip to share with your team, a plan to mull […]