Category Archives: Principal

Transitioning from elementary to middle school

I’m going re-purpose another piece from my past work place, The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement, this one a summary of research about elementary to middle school transition, since that process is starting in many schools districts this … Continue reading

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Having an edge: Vibrant school culture

I was a college counselor for several years, and one of the things that we talked about when we talked about counseling kids was the issue of “edges.” What edges did young people have that might lift them out of … Continue reading

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Tuesday Tidbits, November 23, 2010

Have a great Thanksgiving holiday this week, kind readers! The new Education Next is out and is very much worth reading. I was particularly interested in Mike Petrilli’s piece on differentiated instruction, something that was covered in this blog a … Continue reading

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What makes for an effective principal?

I have worked with many principals during my career – those at the three schools when I taught, those that helped to implement the Modern Red SchoolHouse initiative when I was at that non-profit, those with which I have assisted … Continue reading

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Parents and selecting a new principal

Parents: How are principals selected in your school district? What sort of input do you have? How transparent is that process? This summer, my son’s school needed a new principal fast – the previous one left abruptly in July – … Continue reading

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Tuesday Tidbits, October 26, 2010

Yup – almost Halloween. Scary! Sean Slade from the Healthy School Communities was the guest blogger for Valerie Strauss’ Washington Post blog Answer Sheet back in August; see his post about social and emotional learning. He writes about the school … Continue reading

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