shadowing visits

I Spent a Day in the Life of Principal—Here’s What I Saw

As National Principals Month came to close in October, the staff on the Advocacy team here at NASSP decided we needed to get out of the office—away from the politics on Capitol Hill for a moment—and spend a day reminding ourselves why we do the work that we do. We reached out to several principals in Northern Virginia and asked if we could shadow them for a day, hoping that the experience would enhance our perspective on the current successes and challenges faced by principals and public schools so we might better advocate for the resources they need in 2019 and beyond. To my delight, I got all of that and more from my visit with Carole Kihm, principal of Longfellow Middle School in Falls Church, VA. (more…)

A Special School Visit from the U.S. Department of Education

Guest post by Shawn DeRose

On Tuesday, October 27th, I had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Jean Yan, education research analyst at the U.S. Department of Education, at my school in honor of National Principals Month. Prior to her visit, I asked about her experience in education and what she hoped to see while shadowing me as the principal of Glasgow Middle School.

The day began before sunrise with the monitoring of Kiss-N-Ride (parent/student drop off) at the front of the building. Dr. Yan served as a “greeter” alongside another staff member welcoming students as they entered the school. (more…)