Forging school culture through consistent routines

by Josh Tovar  |  5.17.24

We’re leading through a tough moment in education for many reasons, one of which is that more school communities are grappling with chronic absenteeism. As a school leader, I know how hard it can be to develop a consistent, positive school culture when students are struggling with regular attendance. It’s not easy work, but it’s […]

How lunch duty became a cornerstone of my leadership

by Sharif El-Mekki  |  3.20.24

As a principal, I spent lunch periods in the cafeteria whenever possible. It was a place to deepen connections – and a fertile ground for surfacing feedback and data. I’d sit with a student and say, “Tell me about your experience at this school, in this class, with me as your principal, and put a […]

5 ways to make Black history part of your year-round leadership

by Sharif El-Mekki  |  2.16.24

As educational leaders, we play a crucial role in shaping the narrative of Black History Month within our schools. While teachers spearhead Black History Month classroom lessons during February, it’s our responsibility to integrate Black history meaningfully into our school-wide vision and foster a commitment to anti-racist education and equity. I’ve been thinking about this […]

How my team and I promote students’ positive self-identities all year round

by Melody Hawkins  |  8.28.23

Wondering what asset-based language sounds like in your interactions with students? These principles can help.

4 reflections for building more equitable schools

by Melody Hawkins  |  8.28.23

How each of us can build environments of consistent, unconditional support for every student.

Our approach to creating a community-centered school

by Maricela Rodriguez  |  7.26.23

To encourage family participation and engagement, we must center community in all we do.

3 reminders for equity-focused leaders

by Erica Peyton-Nunnery  |  2.23.23

During Hurricane Katrina, I was a new teacher. In 2020, I was a new principal. Here’s how these experiences shaped my approach to equity.

3 key leadership questions for Black History Month and beyond

by Kristopher Childs  |  2.8.23

With the humanity of our students at stake, we have to sit with some serious questions.

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 […]

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