Best Practices: Professional Development for Assistant Principals
Finding Your Leadership Voice
Melissa Ellis, Supervisor, School Leadership Programs, Prince Georges County Public Schools (PGCPS), MD; Jerenze Campbell, School Leadership Development Coach, PGCPS; and Renee Jones, Assistant Principal, Mary Harris "Mother Jones" Elementary School, PGCPS
Prince George's County Public Schools, Maryland is one of six sites supported by the Wallace Foundation to participate in the Principal Pipeline Initiative which investigates the challenge of developing and offering specific supports to assistant principals and aspiring principals. Hear how assistant principals are being developed and how they acquire skills to become effective transformational school leaders as they discuss their experiences with strategies and practices that strengthen their voice and school leadership.
Creating Space to Build Your Leadership Real Estate
Susan Holiday, Principal in Residence, Prince Georges County Public Schools, MD
This webinar will allow participants to engage in a discussion and dialogue that will assist with identifying areas that assistant principals can cultivate to broaden their leadership abilities. The webinar will be led by Susan Holiday, Principal in Residence, Prince George’s County Public Schools. This school system has broadly invested in and been a part of The Wallace Foundation Principal Pipeline Initiative that is helping districts develop larger corps of effective school principals and aspiring leaders. This work is anchored in the research supported by The Wallace Foundation report titled: “School Leadership in Action: Principal Practices.”
Unpacking the 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (Formerly ISLLC)
Sharon H. Porter, School Leadership Development Coach, PGCPS, MD; William Lee, Mentor Teacher PGCPS, MD; Ronald Miller, Assistant Principal, Charles Flowers High School, PGCPS, MD; and Carrie Curry, Assistant Principal, Laurel High School, PGCPS, MD
Participants will engage in activities that will allow them to review and reflect on the newly released leader standards and to develop and ensure alignment with their current responsibilities and duties in their schools. Panelists will take a deep dive into the link between educational leadership and student learning, and discuss specific ways the 2015 standards can be used in participants’ daily professional practice.
Building a Community of Educators: Fostering a Mindset in Staff and Students
Kelli Cedo serves as an Assistant Principal in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools where she has served as Title I Coordinator, Division Contact for School Improvement, Literacy Coach, Academic Coordinator, and Family Engagement Liaison
What is your leadership mirror reflecting to your community? Have you asked yourself this question lately? During this session, we will explore fostering a stronger school team and growth mindsets. We will discuss how leadership cultivates and empowers the work of educators and ways to develop this within your school community. Participants will be able to reflect on what their leadership is reflecting every day and how it is impacting growth.
Calling New Principals!: Sharing the Promise of Leadership
Pamela Stiles, Principal, Chichester Central School, Chichester, NH
Have you had one of those moments when you wonder “what am I doing?” This highly participatory workshop will offer tested and effective tools to new principals that positively impact systems structures, budget development, culture and climate, communication, professional development, data use, and time management.
Articles from Principal Magazine
Articles from Communicator
Communicator August 2016:
“Why You Should Help Teachers Find Their Voice”
How listening to and learning from teachers will help you be a better leader. Read more.
Communicator April 2016:
“How Assistant Principals Excel as School Community-Builders”
Three stellar assistant principals weigh in on the elements of a strong school community. Read more.
Communicator June 2016:
“Collaborative Leadership With Assistant Principals”
A principal and assistant principal share three tenets to develop a joint approach to leadership. Read more.
Communicator February 2016:
“Get the Most Out of Your Mentor”
10 steps new principals can take to get the most out of mentoring relationships. Read more.
Communicator June 2016:
“Four Strategies for Professional Growth”
Whether you are a novice or a veteran principal, you can take these steps to improve your practice. Read more.
NAESP Conference Presentations
Growing Leader Practice: Observing Principal-Led Data Discussions
Tammie Knights, MS Leadership and Supervision, Principal TA Consultant, American Institutes for Research, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Co-Presenter(s): Matt Clifford, Ph.D in Education Administration and Policy: Administration; Principal Researcher, American Institutes for Research, Chicago, Illinois
Schools are swimming in data. But these data are only as good as the discussions that we have about them. How strong are you in leading data discussions? In this session, you will use the Leading Data Discussions Observation process, a tool used for leadership coaching and formative feedback.
Speaker Series: Building Instructional Leadership Capacity
Ann Cunningham-Morris, Ed.S, Education Consultant and Author, ACM EdSolutions, LLC, Mableton, Georgia; Co-Presenter(s): Deborah ChildsBowen, Ed.D., Chief Learning Officer, Creative Mind Enterprise, Atlanta, Georgia
The research is clear...principals make a difference in teacher and student success. So, what leadership development practices should be in place to assure that principals and aspiring principals reach their full leadership potential so that students benefit? How can we assure that principal leadership development becomes the catalyst for impacting overall school improvement? How do we approach principal growth and professional learning using strengths-based strategies and practices? In this session, participants will explore the answers to these questions through four key roles and 17 impactful criteria of effective instructional leaders. Participants will leave this session armed with an increased repertoire of leadership development practices and action steps to use in their districts and schools.
The Heart of the Matter: Deconstructing Discipline of Black Male Students and Providing Restorative Practices
Tracy M. Hinds, Ph. D, National Board Certified Teacher, District Coordinator for English Language Arts & Social Studies, The School District of University City/ University of Missouri-St. Louis, Florissant, Missouri; Co-Presenter(s): Erica Lawrence, Ed.D., Principal, Adjunct Instructor, Jefferson County Public Schools, University of the Cumberlands, Charlestown, Indiana
Has the educational system tacitly engaged in perpetuating the “school to prison pipeline?” This session will deconstruct discipline of African-American students and provide strategies to cultivate restorative practices. A paradigm shift from discipline and punish to repair and restore will be emphasized to lead to increased levels of student achievement.
A School-Wide Collaborative Approach to Improve Student Behavior and Attendance
Kyle Rhoads, Ed.D., Principal, Windham Primary School, Windham, Maine
Participants learn how to improve student attendance and decrease office referrals by acquiring tools such as protocols and parent communication techniques. The presenter shares how over a three-year period a school had a statistically significant improvement in student attendance and a nearly 50% reduction in office behavioral referrals.