Reimagining Education: Let’s find new ways to meet families where they are

by VaShawn Smith  |  10.27.20

Dr. VaShawn Smith is a middle school principal in Grandview, MO. This is part of our series on reimagining education. Follow him on Twitter at @drvsmith. As school leaders, we know family engagement is always important – and it’s our role to provide the sense of stability and care our learners and their families need. But […]

How Principal Keeanna Warren Sustained Restorative Practices from a Distance

by Keeanna Warren  |  9.9.20

Keeanna Warren is a high school principal in Indiana. You can read more about what restorative practices look like in her school community here. Follow her on Twitter @KeeannaWarren. This past year, my high school transitioned to the complete integration of restorative practices – which means we center our days on the relationships we have […]

Virtual Tour! A Glimpse of Principal Michael Williford’s Online Orientation for New Students

by Michael Williford  |  8.31.20

Michael Williford is a middle school principal in California. Follow him on Twitter at @mwillifordjbms. As a middle school principal, I know the jump from sixth to seventh grade can feel scary, even in an ordinary year – and for students who are English language learners or qualify for special education services, it can seem […]

#PrincipalOfficeHours: A Conversation About Reopening and the New School Year

by The Principal Project Team  |  8.26.20

Recently, lead learners like you gathered on Twitter for a #PrincipalOfficeHours chat to discuss school reopening in this complicated back-to-school season. We’ve collected the roundup below to share a few highlights, and we hope it brings you a little extra inspiration – whether it’s a tip to share with your team, a plan to mull […]

Leader’s Digest with Principal Kathy Walker

by The Principal Project Team  |  8.24.20

Issue #5: Tapping back into your “why” this BTS season Sign up here to get #PrincipalProject newsletters like this in your inbox! Kathy Walker is a middle school principal in Statesville, North Carolina. You can follow her on Twitter @kathywalkeriss Optimism. Concern. Fear. Excitement. Determination. We school leaders are building our back-to-school plans a little […]

Reimagining Education: Let’s empower teachers to co-write curriculum with students and families

by Chris DeRemer  |  8.19.20

Chris DeRemer is the dean of instruction at a high school in Denver, CO. This is part of our series on reimagining education. A few years ago, when I was in the classroom full-time, my students and I did a project on gentrification. I was new to the school and the neighborhood, part of the […]

Planning for 2020-2021: 4 questions to put equity at the center of your family & community engagement

by The Principal Project Team  |  8.13.20

This blog post is excerpted & adapted from Restart & Recovery: Considerations for Teaching and Learning System Conditions from the Council of Chief State School Officers. See the full report for more guidelines, vetted resources and project context to support your family engagement strategy. 4 key values that will help center equity in your family […]

#PrincipalOfficeHours: A Conversation About Anti-Racist School Leadership

by The Principal Project Team  |  8.12.20

Your fellow school leaders came together during our recent #PrincipalOfficeHours Twitter chat to discuss building inclusive and representative spaces in school communities by reexamining policies, curriculum, student data and leadership strategies. We’ve collected a handful of responses to each question, and we hope you’ll find some inspiration, a new approach to a problem, a resource […]

Your First Year as a School Leader: Advice from Fellow Principals and APs

by The Principal Project Team  |  7.30.20

When you look back at your first year as a school leader, what do you wish you had known – and what did you love learning? Your fellow lead learners shared advice, insights and inspiration for new principals and APs who will soon be starting their big first year in school leadership! From encouraging teacher […]

Leader’s Digest with Associate Principal Xavier Reed

by The Principal Project Team  |  6.26.20

Issue #4: Resources for anti-racist leadership Sign up here to get #PrincipalProject newsletters like this in your inbox! Xavier Reed is a middle school associate principal in Mounds View, Minnesota. As school leaders, we love being with our kids and with our staff – so I know finishing our school year apart from each other […]

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