Education news, analysis, and opinion that focuses on principals and their roles in K-12 schools
Hour by Busy Hour: What a Principal's Day Actually Looks Like
From the time they wake up until they set the alarm at night, school leaders juggle the routine, the unexpected, and the downright bizarre.
School & District Management A Big Gap in K-12 Leadership Prep: Teaching School Finance Skills
More than half of prep programs in a recent review did not prepare principals to master basic financial tasks.
School Climate & Safety In Their Own Words Why This Principal Won't Carry a Gun in School, Even Though She Could
She's got a permit to carry a concealed weapon, but opposes arming teachers.
School & District Management Why Principals Must Focus on SEL, School Climate Right Now
Principals need support in focusing on SEL, academic development, school climate, and community engagement, a new report argues.
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When principals are better equipped to lead, support, and maintain high levels of teaching and learning, outcomes for students are improved.
School & District Management Photos What School Leadership Looks Like: A Day in the Life of a Principal
A look at a typical day for one elementary school principal in Texas and a high school principal in Maryland.
Recruitment & Retention Why Understanding Principal Turnover Is Important for Teacher Retention
A new study on principals in Texas argues that longer principal tenure can have positive effects on teacher retention.
Teaching Profession Stress, Burnout, Depression: Teachers and Principals Are Not Doing Well, New Data Confirm
They still love parts of their jobs—but feel anxiety and stress more than other working adults, a new study finds.
School & District Management What Happens When Districts, States, and Universities Collaborate on Principal-Prep?
A new report says broad partnerships can improve the learning experience for school leaders.
School Climate & Safety Opinion Let’s Act to End School Shootings While We Still Can
Don’t give up on student safety when the spotlight fades on Uvalde, plead 17 principals who led their schools during or following shootings.
Professional Development Principal Prep and PD: What Works and What's Being Left Out
Decades of research has clarified what effective principals need to know and where training programs succeed or lag.
School & District Management For Principals, Prep and PD Fall Short, New Report Finds
Training programs for principals are slowly, but unevenly, adapting to the research on how principals affect students and teachers.
School Climate & Safety Opinion Responding to School Shootings Has Become Routine. It's Anything But
We can’t allow ourselves to become numb to the horror of increasingly common gun violence, urges one school leader.
School & District Management Opinion Advice for Principals: Empower Your Teachers
When principals develop partnerships with teachers, it helps them both.
School Climate & Safety 'We Beg You. Do Something': Principals Who Lived Through Shootings Plead for Action
"We are members of a club that no one wants to join."