How our school retained educators of color

by Bridget Wilhelm  |  1.9.23

Here are 3 concrete practices that worked for us.

The single most important change we made to hire more educators of color

by Bridget Wilhelm  |  1.9.23

We have to commit to recruitment as part of our ongoing, year-round work.

Two steps for supporting teachers with classroom culture challenges

by VaShawn Smith  |  12.19.22

“We are a whole school of PD.” Supporting teachers with student rapport, relationships and routines.

Teacher Feedback: The Difference Between Praise and Appreciation

by Shelley Burgess  |  11.15.22

I recently wrote about the transformative power of conducting frequent, brief classroom walkthroughs as a school leader. Setting aside 30 minutes per day to visit 10 classrooms can be a gamechanger in your knowledge of what’s happening with teaching and learning in your school, as well as in your ability to build a learning community […]

Here’s How I Show Appreciation for Teachers in My School Community

by Aisha Atkinson  |  4.28.22

I joined a new school community this spring as a brand-new instructional coach. I aspired to this role because I know how hard teachers work to support and encourage students, and I believe a key part of instructional leadership is being a supporter and encourager of teachers. That’s why I created a “teacher appreciation mission” […]

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 […]

My Two Spring Strategies for Promoting Teacher Energy

by Maurice McDavid  |  4.14.22

As a principal, I always say that spring is a season of opportunity: It’s a time to make our students feel proud of their growth and inspired to achieve even more. But we leaders know that this time of year can feel tiring for teachers. Spring break is behind us, our end-of-year goals are top […]

Here’s How I Look for True Learning in the Classroom

by Jason Kennedy  |  3.16.22

When I reflect on my first 10 years of teaching, I know it would have been a completely different classroom if I’d known what we know now about student learning. I came into teaching well versed in my content area, having taken literature classes and secondary English and writing classes, but I didn’t step into […]

5 Communication Tips for Strong Instructional Leadership

by Victoria Thompson  |  11.8.21

I’m a STEM coach, which puts me in a unique position as an instructional leader. I’m a member of the leadership team, but I’m not a principal or administrator. I’m an educator but not a current classroom teacher. As a result of my role, I am able to see what leaders and teachers each prioritize […]

5 Quick Videos: Retaining Educators of Color

by Sharif El-Mekki  |  10.21.21

Many of your fellow leaders have expressed the desire to recruit and retain more educators of color, and Principal Project has partnered with leader Sharif El-Mekki to share his insights on what it means to build a school environment that is inclusive and empowering for all educators.  Sharif is a former principal and founder of […]

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