Especially for Principals

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Principals

  • Churn:  The High Cost of Principal Turnover:  This report calls upon decision makers and funders to value and prioritize principal retention efforts as much as principal pipeline development efforts, which research shows are necessary for the sake of students and schools.
  • Financial Management Functions of the School Principal:  A school principal’s role has changed significantly in the last few decades. The management and administrative responsibilities have multiplied with the rise of technology, new legislation requirements, and the pressures of the economy.
  • The Principal's Role in Successful Schools - Creating a Positive School Culture:  Yes, all the other roles and responsibilities of a school principal are important. But a positive school culture is imperative. It is the deliberate decision by the principals I studied to focus their time on creating a positive school culture that enables the other areas (e.g., designing instruction for student success) to also achieve noteworthy outcomes.
  • Rethinking Principal Evaluation - Executive Summary:  A New Paradigm Informed by Research and Practice (September, 2012)  The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) created a joint Principal Evaluation Committee to develop this framework for principal evaluation to be used as a guide for improving professional practice that leads to increased student learning. The framework includes six key domains of leadership responsibility that fall within a principal’s sphere of influence.
  • Rethinking Principal Evaluation - Full Report:  A New Paradigm Informed by Research and Practice (September, 2012)  The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) created a joint Principal Evaluation Committee to develop this framework for principal evaluation to be used as a guide for improving professional practice that leads to increased student learning. The framework includes six key domains of leadership responsibility that fall within a principal’s sphere of influence.
  • The Role of the Assistant Principal in Leadership Transition: The role of the assistant principal has expanded from that of disciplinarian, attendance monitor, and “firefighter” to one that includes staff development, instructional leadership, and curriculum development. Add to this a myriad of responsibilities — activity supervision, scheduling, input on the school calendar, building operations, and other tasks — and one can see that the assistant principal holds essential knowledge of many of the aspects of a school’s functioning, and thus is an invaluable support to an incoming head. The assistant principal can be the hidden anchor that keeps the ship in place during the storm of transition.
  • School Leadership - Wallace Foundation  Good school leadership is essential to turning around the nation’s failing schools, research has shown. For more than a decade, Wallace has been working with states and school districts to develop better ways to train, hire, support and evaluate principals and other key figures in schools.
  • Standards for Professional Learning:  Learning Forward's site for professional learning supports for learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes.
  • Elementary: 
  • Middle School: 
    • RTI in the Middle School Planning, developing, implementing, and sustaining organizational change, such as RTI, in middle schools is a complex endeavor. This brief is designed to give guidance to practitioners at the school, district, and state levels based on the implementation activities of middle school practitioners across the country.

 This page was updated on December 4, 2019.  Please send additional URLs to Lou Howell at LouHowell@mediacombb.net.