In a new proposal that would apply to select federal grant applications, the U.S. Department of Education has again attempted to define “effective” and “highly effective” principals. The definitions, similar to those the department has previously offered, would require student achievement growth to be a measured “in significant part” along with other supplemental measures to evaluate a principal’s efficacy.
NAESP President Barbara Chester has weighed in on school budget cuts and how they affect school and building supplies in several publications and discussed the issue on NBC’s Today show. “Principals are having to make decisions between textbooks and tissues and unfortunately the lists are looking a lot different than they used to,” said Chester on the Today show.
Budget woes have been impacting school districts across the nation, and principals are seeing firsthand the effects cuts and reductions have had on teachers and students. Our September/October My Two Cents question addresses this issue: What’s been the impact of state budget cuts on your school?
In addition to the responses printed in Principal magazine, we received this:
Could your school use $5,000 for a community engagement project?
The NAESP Foundation, funded by MetLife Foundation, has launched the Sharing the Dream grant opportunity. Apply today for funding to implement a community engagement program at your school. Projects may vary, but must include a global component. Sample ideas include: linking with other schools overseas using social media technology, involving immigrant parents and families in the school environment, hosting international arts and food festivals, service learning projects, and second language classes for parents and teachers. More details about the Sharing the Dream grant and application process are on the NAESP Foundation Web site.
Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., introduced a bill yesterday that creates a grant program to provide principals with professional development and mentoring programs to strengthen their knowledge of early childhood education. The purpose of the bill is to help principals create a seamless continuum of learning experiences from pre-K through grade 3 by providing a delivery system to train principals how to provide appropriate early learning environments.
This week marks the final congressional session before the Independence Day recess. When Congress returns to Washington the week of July 12, there will be less than 50 legislative days remaining in the calendar year. There continues to be a growing belief in education policy circles that neither the ESEA reauthorization nor the fiscal year 2011 education appropriations bill (Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education) will be completed before the end of 2010.
Research shows that children who begin formal schooling behind their peers are likely to stay behind and are more at risk of dropping out of school. This is a tragedy of epic proportions—most of these children are destined to lead permanently challenged lives, often adversely affecting their families and our society.
As the school year comes to an end, so does the tenure of NAESP's Mentor Center principal. Here's her final entry:
With retirements, resignations, and staff moving into different positions in the district, I needed to hire seven new staff members. Most school districts around us are on the opposite end of the spectrum; they are laying off staff. Because of this I have had to screen hundreds of applications for the hiring process. Something that you don’t learn in college is how to efficiently screen applications to narrow down the amount of candidates for interviews.