#PrincipalHack roundup: 5 ideas your fellow leaders love
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
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
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
“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
Take a community approach to boosting FAFSA completion and increasing opportunity.
5 Ways to Empower Your Counseling Team to Thrive
My counseling department is so strong because I give them what they need – and get out of their way.
3 Ways to Make Sure All Families See College as an Option
As a first-generation college graduate, I make college readiness a priority for my students and families.
5 Ways School Leaders Can Set ALL Students Up for Success After Graduation
5 ways to build a school culture around future-readiness.
Distributed Leadership: Empowering Teachers to Make a Lasting Difference for Students
Beulah McLoyd is a former high school principal and now serves as executive director of Program Implementation, Midwest Region, for New Leaders. You can follow her on Twitter at @BeulahMcLoyd. When I first took on the principal role at a Chicago high school for the arts, I was charged with reopening a school that had […]
#WhyILeadNow: If we want to be all in for kids, we need to be all in for staff.
In the spring of 2020, when COVID-19 first prompted schools in the United States to shift to distance learning, our team was all in for kids. We connected with each family. We put together online resources. We copied paper packets. We made an “I miss you” video and organized a drive-thru car parade to wave […]