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See Your School Through the Eyes of a Student

To discover new ways to make our schools ever better places to learn, we have to understand the school experience—but as the students see it, not as we believe it to be.

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Reflections—A Principal’s Lasting Impression

As a principal, we know you’re a game changer. It is your hard work that ensures your students’ succeed academically and prepares them to leave your building to make a positive impact in your community.

As National Principals Month concludes, we at National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) want to say thank you for your leadership, diligence, and dedication to student achievement.

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Thomas J. Dodd Named 2017 NASSP National Principal of the Year

What better way to celebrate National Principals Month than NASSP naming Thomas J. Dodd of Colorado the 2017 National Principal of the Year! In a surprise ceremony at his school, Dodd was presented with this honor after 11 years of working as the principal at Lesher Middle School in Fort Collins, CO.

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30 Questions from Principal Interviews (Plus More)

Guest post by William D. Parker

Each year, I partner with other school leaders through our state principal association to work with aspiring principals or new principals as they begin their journeys in school administration. After one workshop, a participant asked, “What kinds of questions can I expect in an interview for assistant principal or principal?”

I gave a few examples, but as I thought about the question later, I began to write down the questions I remember answering in my own interviews. (more…)

Why Professional Conferences Are Still Worth Attending

Guest post by David S. Ellena, principal of Tomahawk Creek Middle School in Chesterfield, VA

The landscape of professional development for school administrators has changed dramatically over the past five years, for a variety of reasons. The ability to be connected through Twitter chats and online resources make staying up to date on best practices easier than ever.

But is it enough? Is there still a place for face-to-face meetings? Is there still a reason to attend professional conferences like Ignite ‘15? (more…)

3 Reasons to Register for Ignite ’15 Today

When you attend Ignite ’15, you will get to learn from some of the education community’s most dynamic leaders who are ready to share knowledge and proven solutions to some of your most pressing challenges.

Here are three reasons to register today:

  1. Cultivate your personal learning network (PLN)
    Have you ever wanted to put a name with a face? Chances are you have built your PLN through technology and social media, like Twitter. (more…)