As building administrators, we observe staff and work with them to define clear goals for professional development, but how much time do we take to complete our own professional development plans? As building leaders, it can be easy to think of professional development plans as just another piece of check-the-box compliance. But I urge you to take the steps to create a proactive and engaging professional development plan that will be rewarding for you and your staff and students in turn. (more…)
During the 2013–14 school year, I was in my third year as assistant principal/registrar at Dubuque Senior High School. Our principal, Dr. Dan Johnson, was in his first year as principal after serving many years as a counselor and assistant principal at the school. Good things were happening at Dubuque Senior, and school culture was positive. However, we needed a push forward to help make everything come together. The 2014 NASSP Ignite Conference provided that push. (more…)
It is officially October, which means it is time to celebrate National Principals Month! NASSP is once again partnering with the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) to host this monthlong celebration honoring the contributions principals make toward school improvement and student success. (more…)
On June 14, Stand Up for Principals—Participate in the Title II Day of Action!
Educators need the ability to better themselves in order to drive student achievement. Title II of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) offers educators this opportunity by providing federal funds to recruit, retain, and train high-quality educators. ESSA originally authorized Title II funds at $2.295 billion, a number that would make a positive impact for schools across the nation. However, Title II saw a drastic $249 million reduction for FY 2017. (more…)
Be Sure to Register for the National Principals Conference!
Do you want to be a part of the largest gathering of elementary and secondary school principals in the nation? Then join us for the first-ever joint National Principals Conference, hosted by NASSP and the National Association of Elementary School Principals, July 9–11 in Philadelphia. (more…)
Comment on NASSP’s Position Statement on Teacher Shortage
One of the most difficult tasks principals face is staffing their schools with effective teachers who can help every student achieve to his or her greatest potential. Unfortunately, recent reports point to a growing teacher shortage nationwide. NASSP has released a new Teacher Shortage Position Statement to help address the problem and provide recommendations for policymakers and school leaders to help find new solutions. (more…)
Guest post by Donald Gately
I read with great interest the letter from NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti in this January’s issue of Principal Leadership. She references a report issued recently by the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) about how principals spend their time. I want to react to the three key findings noted in JoAnn’s letter.
The first of these findings is completely unsurprising: The average principal spends 59 hours a week on the job. (more…)
Remember when student learning took place in a one-room school (think “Little House on the Prairie”)? There was a time when all students were together—learning in one culture and one environment.
But as communities got bigger, we started separating students by developmental stages. As a result, students now have to transition from school to school—experiencing different cultures and curriculums each time. And there is no doubt that those transitions can be difficult. (more…)
National Principals Month
National Principals Month continues moving along with NASSP co-hosting an event on Capitol Hill this week entitled “Revolutionizing School Leadership Under ESSA.” As states and districts begin implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), it is important to understand how the law can provide unprecedented support for principals and other educators. This event will bring in current and former principals and educators to discuss both the policy and practitioner perspective on how to best support school leadership to improve school outcomes. (more…)
Forget the summer reading list. Start making your summer “watch” list. The NASSP archives offer some insightful webinars for your professional development. Take advantage of the typically less stressful days of summer and consider these five webinars on pressing education topics.
Fresh on the heels of state-mandated testing of your students’ proficiency with state standards, you may wish to listen in on Rick Wormeli’s “Standards-Based Assessment and Grading.” An interactive webinar from March 25, 2014, Wormeli addresses what principals need to know and communicate to teachers in the new standards-based environment.
For those struggling with developing and implementing a schoolwide literacy initiative, “Literacy Lessons Learned,” hosted by Mel Riddile, associate director of high school services for NASSP, offers insights from four practicing school leaders. (more…)