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 […]

5 Mentorship Tips for Retaining New Teachers

by Bethany Hill  |  10.15.21

Every school leader knows the importance of retaining and nurturing new teachers. In fact, research shows that retaining quality educators is one of the most impactful ways leaders can boost student achievement – but many new teachers find their first few years challenging, especially those who’ve entered the classroom during the pandemic. That’s why I […]

3 Ways to be Rigorous with Our Care for Our Teams

by Matthew Bowerman  |  10.15.21

I believe that my duty, as a principal and an educator, is to rigorously practice heart-centered, care-centered and belonging-centered engagement with students, staff and families.  I’m 100% clear that this is a tall order. In our daily work, we’re up against hundreds of years of inequity and systemic injustices – including in the education space. […]

How We Invite Students’ Families to Plan Together With Our Staff

by Chris DeRemer  |  10.6.21

I lead a high school in a beautiful, vibrant community, with 90% students of color and an active, devoted alumni association. It also happens to be a school in which over 90% of students qualify for free and reduced lunch – and one of the lowest performing schools in the city. In a school balancing […]

#PrincipalHack roundup: 5 ideas your fellow leaders love

by #PrincipalProject 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.”

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