Principals, here’s how to have hard conversations with younger teachers

Teachers, to get advice on having hard conversations with your veteran administrator, read this previous blog post. Principals often tell me their entire workday is filled with fires to extinguish, a few challenging parent interactions, and a load of hard conversations. Some feel those communications are routine and don’t find them too difficult: “I don’t have…

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The Principal Pipeline Initiative – Unpacking the Effects

The results are in, and they are exciting. Last week I shared Learning Forward’s anticipation about the release of the RAND study of the Wallace Foundation-supported Principal Pipeline Initiative. (See that post here.) On April 8, I represented Learning Forward at the New York unveiling of Principal Pipelines: A Feasible, Affordable, and Effective Way for…

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The Principal Pipeline Initiative – Anticipating the Effects

In 2011, six large school districts set out to build and manage pipelines to support their school principals. This Wallace Foundation-funded effort, known as the Principal Pipeline Initiative (PPI), was built on substantial evidence from more than a decade of the foundation’s school leadership efforts. On April 8, Wallace is hosting a livestream discussion to…

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Put The ‘I’ Back in Team

Teamwork is one of those words with the power to make me cringe no matter how much I sincerely believe in the concept behind it. I suspect I’m not the only one. Yes, we’re all for team building, being a team player, taking one for the team, putting team before self. Why has it become a little hard to believe? Have we heard these clichés too many times?

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Leading With Passion And Principles

After reading about effective professional learning for principals, the connection between the words “principle” and “principal” seems obvious. If we replace the word principle in the paragraph above with the word principal, we have a rough, if simplistic, vision for the effective school leader. In the context of systems and schools that embrace effective professional learning, principals that is, school leaders nurture environments where their sound leadership influences shared decision making. Principals guide schools in solving tough problems for children. They help to establish a community with a common foundation.

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Take a schoolwide approach to supporting English learners

As a professional learning specialist focused on English learners, I often hear concerns like this one from Bridget, an English learner teacher: “My colleagues in general education classrooms say they care about our school’s English learners, but when it comes to teaching them well, with high standards and the right kinds of supports, we fall…

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