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 Bulletin Board: 10 Tips for New and Aspiring APs

by #PrincipalProject 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 […]

Advice to new principals: Get away from your desk

by Tom Fabian  |  4.20.22

For school leaders, visibility really matters. I’m always out and about in our building – and it’s my personal goal to spend as little time as possible tied to my desk. Every minute I have, I’m out talking and asking questions to people in the building. Instead of sending five separate emails, I’ll walk to […]

Digital Care Package: Happy National Principals Month!

by #PrincipalProject Team  |  10.13.21

Happy National Principals Month!  You do so much for the school communities you lead – and you deserve to be taken care of, too! We’ve collaborated with your fellow leaders to collect some gifts to make your National Principals Month extra special. Download each of the items below to complete your care package! Phone Backgrounds […]

#PrincipalOfficeHours: 5 Self-Care Strategies for School Leaders

by Ashley Moore  |  12.8.20

“My self-care strategy is simple: look for something to laugh about and someone to laugh with.” – David Golden, principal in Fayetteville, TN “Normalize healthy habits as the leader. You don’t have to be first to school or last to leave. You don’t need to email at all hours. Breaks are okay – and needed. […]

We’re leading through a tough time – but we’re not in this alone.

by Marc Cohen  |  10.27.20

Marc Cohen is a high school principal in Germantown, Maryland, and a presenter with ASCD. You can find him on Twitter @marcjcohen. Over the summer, my new director scheduled a meeting with me. I thought she wanted to discuss district initiatives, school improvement efforts, and successes and challenges in my school, but her first question […]

Leader’s Digest with Principal Jessica Cabeen

by #PrincipalProject Team  |  4.11.20

Issue #2: Connection and self-care during COVID-19 Sign up here to get #PrincipalProject newsletters like this in your inbox! Jessica Cabeen is a middle school principal in Austin, Minnesota, the author of Lead with Grace and the co-author of Balance Like a Pirate. School leaders, I want to ask something I know you’re asking everyone […]

Recharge: Filling Up on Self-Care with Jody Ratti — How I use my 45-minute commute

by Assistant Principal Jody Ratti  |  1.22.20

Before becoming a school leader, I wasn’t as deliberate about making time to reflect. Now, I know that doing my work well depends on dedicated, personal reflection. I really valued winter break as a chance to slow down, spend time with my family and get the mental space that allows me to come back into […]

15 Pieces of Advice and Encouragement from your Fellow Principals and APs

by #PrincipalProject Team  |  9.13.19

We asked you and school leaders in the #PrincipalProject community to answer a question on Twitter: What tips or encouragement would you give a fellow principal or AP? Whether you’re a veteran administrator or starting your first year as a principal, we hope you find inspiration and encouragement from lead learners in this community: “Go […]