Want to grow as an instructional leader? Start with ONE focus area

by Shelley Burgess  |  11.15.22

The more focused we are, the bigger impact we can have on instruction.

My Top Advice for New Leaders? Spend 30 Minutes in Classrooms Every Day

by Shelley Burgess  |  11.15.22

Trust me: Frequent, brief observations can transform the learning culture in your school.

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 […]

Look, Listen & Learn: Reflections from my first year as a new Principal

by Audrey Fields  |  8.5.22

For 19 years, I worked in the same school district. I started as a teacher, then various Instructional and Climate Support positions, and then transitioned to the role of Assistant Principal. Then last year, I started a new role as Principal in a new building and a new district. It was important to me to […]

Leader tip: Creating a student spotlight, step by step

by Kathryn Fishman-Weaver  |  7.29.22

One day during a staff meeting, our team was discussing school culture and strategies to focus on student strengths and family wisdom. A teacher spoke about the importance of centering student voice in all of our communications – and that inspired us to create a “student voice feature” for our school newsletter, highlighting one student […]

4 instructional coaching strategies for math teams

by Diana Ceja  |  7.15.22

As a math coach and education administrator at the county level, I collaborate with leaders and teachers to support mathematics instruction across 23 districts. Every school has its own unique culture, students and staff, and when the collaboration with a school leader begins, I build their instructional leadership priorities into our plans (such as supporting […]

It’s time to mathematize our schools

by Margie Pearse  |  7.15.22

As a math curriculum specialist working with teachers and school leaders, I find that principals are sometimes a bit apprehensive when it comes to math. Feeling hesitant in a subject that you are not comfortable with is natural. It is what we do with that uneasiness that makes all the difference. School leaders like you […]

3 keys to humanity-first instructional leadership in math

by Tim Livingston  |  7.14.22

Just like my students, my teachers are approaching the teaching of mathematics from so many backgrounds, different levels of experience and awareness.

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 […]

For School Leaders: Resources for Traumatic Times

by Principal Project Team  |  5.25.22

As a school leader, supporting your students, teachers and families through the traumatic news of a school shooting is profoundly difficult. In this moment, you may feel like there’s nothing you can say or do to help your school community navigate collective stress, trauma, fear and grief. We’ve gathered a collection of resources to support […]

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