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 I Promote Anti-Bias Teaching With My Team
Leading anti-racist instruction means shining a light on unconscious bias with our teams
Drafting a Master Schedule: Equity, Connection & Growth
As you build your master schedule, take a tip or two from your fellow leaders.
3 Ways Every School Leader Can Help Build a Pipeline of Educators of Color
This is part of a series on recruiting and retaining teachers of color, presented in collaboration with leader Sharif El-Mekki. The first post, on focusing on the prerequisites for recruitment, can be found here. The second post, on six steps for more inclusive hiring, can be found here. When I first became a principal, I […]
6 Strategies for Bringing More Educators of Color to Your Team
This is part of a series on recruiting and retaining teachers of color, presented in collaboration with leader Sharif El-Mekki. The first post, on focusing on the prerequisites for recruitment, can be found here. By now, most school leaders are familiar with the research that all students benefit when they learn from Black educators and […]
7 Principal–Tested Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas
Teacher Appreciation Week is here! For leaders like you, showing appreciation doesn’t always have to involve elaborate gestures. It can be as simple as sharing heartfelt words or offering teachers the gift of time. Here are 7 ideas from leaders in the Principal Project community:
School leaders, are we giving teachers mixed messages about “self-care”? Here are 3 ways to get it right.
Today, I called a teacher to ask how she was doing. Halfway through the conversation, she stopped me and confessed, “I was dreading this phone call.” When I asked why, she said, “Because there are so many things I know I haven’t done yet, and I thought you were going to ask me for them.” […]
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 […]
4 Ways School Leaders Can Offer Compassionate Leadership to Teachers Right Now
Anitra Cook is a middle school assistant principal in Farmville, NC. Follow her on Twitter at @ap_cookie. My school district is one of few in North Carolina that launched the school year in person, using a hybrid model. When the announcement was made that we would be working in the building rather than just virtually, […]
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