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 The 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 […]

Leader Bulletin Board: 10 Tips for New and Aspiring APs

by The Principal Project Team  |  5.23.22

Student encourager. Teacher inspirer. Family supporter. Becoming an assistant principal means wearing many hats! That’s why your fellow leaders came together to answer this question: If you could add one tip to a bulletin board of advice for new and aspiring assistant principals, what would it be?  Browse their notes below and find a few […]

Here’s how I show appreciation for teachers in my school community

by Aisha Atkinson  |  4.28.22

I joined a new school community this spring as a brand-new instructional coach. I aspired to this role because I know how hard teachers work to support and encourage students, and I believe a key part of instructional leadership is being a supporter and encourager of teachers. That’s why I created a “teacher appreciation mission” […]

My two spring strategies for promoting teacher energy

by Maurice McDavid  |  4.14.22

As a principal, I always say that spring is a season of opportunity: It’s a time to make our students feel proud of their growth and inspired to achieve even more. But we leaders know that this time of year can feel tiring for teachers. Spring break is behind us, our end-of-year goals are top […]

Here’s How I Look for True Learning in the Classroom

by Jason Kennedy  |  3.16.22

When I reflect on my first 10 years of teaching, I know it would have been a completely different classroom if I’d known what we know now about student learning. I came into teaching well versed in my content area, having taken literature classes and secondary English and writing classes, but I didn’t step into […]

Catching Kids Before the Waterfall: The Case for More Proactive SEL

by Keeth Matheny  |  3.8.22

As many of you know, the American Academy of Pediatrics has declared a mental health emergency for children. And as heartbreaking as this is, between the societal challenges and mental health issues already present in our prior “normal” conditions, as well as everything the pandemic has exacerbated, it’s hard to say that it’s surprising. Increasingly, […]

5 SEL Systems That Can Transform School Culture

by Stephanie Holmes  |  3.7.22

The school I help lead was designed for students who have experienced some interruption in their high school education, either because of academic issues, life disruptions or both. Our program helps support them along the path to graduation and connects them with resources. Because of this, social emotional learning (SEL) has long been our priority. […]

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 […]

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