Let’s recommit to the power of listening

by Jorge Ruiz  |  1.18.22

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 […]

Shadowing a Student: A #PrincipalHack That Keeps Me Grounded

by Brian McCann  |  12.7.21

Seeing the school from a student’s perspective sharpens all of my decisions.

How I Make Student Relationships a Schoolwide Priority

by Valerie Walker  |  12.6.21

Promoting achievement means making sure every student has champions at school. Here’s my approach.

Restorative Practices Roundup: 5 Leaders, 5 Stories

by Baltimore City Public Schools  |  10.6.21

Over the past several years, Baltimore City Public Schools has been working to transform schools and communities by fully implementing restorative practices (RP).  As leader Karen Webber puts it, RP has been a primary tool in working to end the school-to-prison pipeline, advocating for students in crisis and reducing arrests and suspensions across the city […]

#PrincipalHack roundup: 5 ideas your fellow leaders love

by The Principal Project Team  |  9.27.21

As your school year gets under way, we wanted to share some favorite #PrincipalHacks from your fellow leaders, covering everything from family connections to must-have supplies. Thank you for everything you’re doing to support teachers and students right now – from big undertakings to small, meaningful “hacks.”

Using Student Data to Inform Equity Goals

by Alexis Knox-Miller  |  9.23.21

As my district’s director of equity and inclusion, I know how much school leaders care about promoting success for every student, beginning on the very first day of school. This year is off to a complicated start, and I also know that it can be easy to feel like we’re already behind on planning anti-racist […]

3 Pillars for Building a Restorative Practices Culture

by Malik Muhammad  |  9.16.21

My journey with restorative practices is similar to that of a lot of folks who believe in the power of student relationships.  After years as a teacher, assistant principal and then as a principal in Baltimore, I’d seen the impact that investing in relationships can have on school culture and on students’ futures, and I […]

Student-ready resources for college and career planning

by Ralph Aiello  |  9.14.21

“When our students are planning their futures, they count on the adults in their school communities for guidance. But for many of us, our own college application experiences happened a long time ago – and career and college planning processes have changed immensely. We might be able to tell our students, ‘Back when I was […]

6 Ways to Make FAFSA Completion a Community-Wide Effort

by Ralph Aiello  |  8.24.21

Take a community approach to boosting FAFSA completion and increasing opportunity.

5 Ways to Empower Your Counseling Team to Thrive

by Gabbi Buckley  |  8.3.21

My counseling department is so strong because I give them what they need – and get out of their way.

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