In a recent Zoom staff meeting, my principal asked five staff members to share the ways they’ve reached out to students. One teacher shared that he’d sent out a journal activity to his students, and one replied, “Can I survive this first?” That comment sparked a conversation about this historic moment and the kinds of stressors, pressures, fears, and anxieties students, families, and communities are presently feeling. (more…)
This fall, the Science Leadership Academy faced its biggest challenge in the 13-year history of the school. After leasing our charming but limited space for many years, we were scheduled to move into a refurbished co-located facility. This was a watershed moment for the district, as it marked the first time in recent memory that two existing schools—one citywide magnet and one neighborhood school—would be co-located in the same facility. The district was committing $23 million to the renovation, and it was seen as a potential roadmap for a district with many severely underutilized facilities. We’d spent the better part of two years preparing—designing the facility, getting to know each other’s faculty, and prepping for the students from both schools to get to know their new neighbors in a way that was powerful and positive. (more…)
Guest post by Tommy T. Welch
In last week’s post, I described how Meadowcreek High School (MHS) has partnered with local and national businesses to develop a robust program of paid internships that are enhancing student learning and long-term curriculum development. Of course, this did not happen overnight. It took years of effort from hundreds of people all working toward a common goal. But I am absolutely confident that other communities can replicate our success. (more…)
Guest post by Cameron Soester
For years many schools have adopted common instructional language, which has produced some amazing results. At Milford Public Schools we have taken a similar approach to adopting common discipline language. Though other programs exist that guide leadership teams to develop a discipline philosophy, we took a path less traveled and made Eagle Pride, a one-of-a-kind customized program for our preK–12 students. (more…)
As we all know, your school’s success is tied to much more than student academic performance. School security, and the emotional and physical well being of your students, staff, and community, are examples of other important issues that must be managed well in our present educational and societal climate. To that end, in December, educators from around the country had the opportunity to tune in to two webinars, courtesy of NASSP, on terrorism—an all too relevant topic today.
Throughout the year, NASSP offers free professional development webinars that provide discussion and instruction on timely topics and tools for education leaders. (Fees for nonmembers vary.) (more…)
Research has shown that when students give back to their community, it leads to significant positive effects on their academic performance, values, leadership, choice of a service career, and plans to participate in service after college.
Such findings would suggest that secondary school students who are members of the National Honor Society (NHS), National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), and the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) are well prepared for their future endeavors. These three student leadership organizations, which are administered by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), annually engage in service projects that result in a significant number of volunteer service hours and a substantial amount of dollars raised for charitable causes. (more…)
Guest post by Eddie Gleason
Meaningful family-community engagement and principal leadership are two essential components for effective school improvement. Yet, these two elements often operate separately from each other, and collaboration between school leaders and the community can be a challenge.
October is National Principals Month, which presents an opportunity for communities to recognize the important work principals do for our students across the country. In recognition of this annual celebration, I’m going to share with you how my local Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and our elementary school principal worked together to unite a community in educating our students.
Recently, as a PTA officer and the only male on the executive committee at my local elementary school, I was assigned to connect with the new school principal. (more…)